Jasmine S-34C 6-String Acoustic Guitar
Jasmine make a number of entry level guitars and one of their more popular and highly rated is their S-34C model.
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.
- 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)
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. 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 on of the better sounding and more playable acoustics for the price.
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 .
This is a practical and functional great value acoustic guitar for beginners who are not too fond of the larget dreadnought shape.
Although this was on our recommended list when the price was below $100, we currently recommend higher priced and more highly rated options in our guide to The Best Beginner Acoustic Guitars, but you wouldn't go far wrong getting this as your first guitar.