Jasmine S-34C 6 String Acoustic Guitar

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 1000+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$120
Jasmine S-34C

Jasmine make a number of entry level guitars but none of them come close to being as popular or as highly rated as their S-34C model.

It has a street price around $100 and it was the only acoustic guitar in the sub $100 price range that had sufficiently high ratings for us to include in the first edition of our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars and we're currently recommending it in our guide to Acoustic Guitars for Beginners.

The Grand Orchestra shape of this guitar makes it a little easier for younger players to learn on, but its body shape is not limited in appeal to young guitarists.

Specifications

  • Body Shape: Grand Orchestra
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Sapele back & sides
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Slim
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4" (44 mm)

Pros

Customer reviews often cite the Jasmine S-34C's effectiveness as a student guitar with many guitar teachers recommending it. The general consensus is that this is the best sounding and most playable acoustic for $100.

Cons

There were many customers who complained about quality issues such as damage to the finish or wood - it was unclear if these were shipping or quality control issues. Although some reviewers said it had a nice low action others complained that the action was so low that there was an unacceptable level of fret buzz which required the guitar to be replaced.

Overall

If you only have $100 in your budget for a new acoustic guitar then our research strongly suggests this is the one you should purchase. If your budget can stretch by an extra $30 then consider the Epiphone DR-100 instead.

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Below is another Metareview for the Jasmin S-34C

Jasmine’s S-34C is a significant step up from the Rogue above. The main benefit it has over the Rogue is that the top of the guitar is made from spruce, which is classified as a tonewood, which is generally expected to sound better. Note that this one has a wide nut width at 1.75", which can be good for fingerstyle but can be an issue for those with smaller hands.

This guitar’s body falls into the “Grand Orchestra” category, which is rounder and slightly smaller than a dreadnought. The difference isn’t dramatic, but a Grand Orchestra is definitely more manageable for children or smaller framed adults. The body also has a cutaway, which is when a chunk of the body is removed to make it easier to play on the upper frets. This really doesn’t matter on a beginner instrument, but many guitarists will appreciate its inclusion when they advance.

Specifications

  • String Type: Steel String
  • Body Shape: Grand Orchestra
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Body: Sapele back & sides
  • Number of Frets: 20 - all open due to the cutaway
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Nut Width: 1.75"

Pros
The size of this guitar makes it a good fit for children age 12 and above, or adults, and this is reflected in reviews. Still, its rounder shape makes it manageable even for younger players. Value for money and playability are two things that many users rate it highly for, while others appreciate its overall build quality. There are also plenty of users who are satisfied with its tone, but don't expect it to sound like more expensive solid top acoustics.

Cons
As mentioned above, the nut-width maybe a bit too wide for some, but then again, some teachers (myself included) prefer starting off young players with wide neck acoustics to help them stretch their fingers and to allow for better spacing. Much like many entry-level guitars, getting one with good setup out of the box is a hit or miss, thankfully there were more hits than misses when we analyzed market feedback .

Overall
This is a practical and functional great value acoustic guitar for beginners who are not too fond of the dreadnought shape.

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