John Lewis 36" Wooden Acoustic Guitar
Look for something else
We received this guitar as a well meant present. Shame about the money spent on it.
The quality of the guitar is very bad. The varnish looks shabby and the overall feel is of low quality.
After a couple of months the connection between neck and body of the guitar just came apart. It appeared cheaply glued and we had to throw the guitar away. Not a good start to learn an instrument.
13 July 2014
Perfect first guitar for budding rock star
Sensibly priced, decent build quality, looks like the real deal. Whilst it is easy to turn the screws to adjust the tone of each string, I found it almost impossible to match the higher notes (thinner strings) to what they are supposed to sound like.
Also, I could not fathom out how to attach the strap and there are no diagrams to help in the instructions. Anyone figured this out?
03 January 2014
Fab little guitar - bag needed
This is a fab guitar my daughter received from her grandmother for christmas. My daughter really enjoys playing on it. It is not too heavy and a great size for my 8 year old.
It would be great if John Lewis could also sell a Guitar Bag separately for when the guitar is not in use.
04 February 2013
Authentic child size guitar
Christmas present for my 7 year old daughter. Excellent quality, looks and feels great, just a smaller version of what you would expect from an adult size. Good value, just got to get the lessons booked now!
09 January 2013
Great for First Time Users
Brought guitar for a present for a 7 year old which is the right size, weight and length and would recommend for anyone interested in learnng to play the guitar.
29 July 2012
Useful to see if your child really wants to learn
Any parent who is trying to help their child to start playing a musical instrument has the same problem - how much do you spend, when your child might not be interested and the money could be wasted? This is how I came upon this guitar - I didn't want to spend too much, but I wanted to give the chance to learn some basics.
This guitar just about clears that hurdle. The build quality is inconsistent (not as straight as it should be#, the markings on the edge of the fretboard are non-existent, the finish is better in some places than others #some blobs of lacquer here and there#, one of the tuners was really stiff, indicating some problem within, and the sound quality is decidedly average.
However, those are the bad points, and as I play guitar myself I am a bit picky. Good points - you can tune it, it makes a sound, and you can therefore learn the basics about fingering and what it means to own a musical instrument #i.e. you can drop it without causing hundreds of pounds of damage). For the money that you spend, this is worthwhile - it costs much more to learn this in most places.
The only way to really learn a musical instrument is to have one there for you to tinkle on whenever you feel the need - and this guitar fulfils that at a very low price. However, if your child really takes to the guitar, you will find that you almost certainly need to buy a better one in around two years, as otherwise their ability will far exceed the quality of this instrument and they'll get very frustrated.
So, in summary - I think the price for this product is fair. It isn't a huge bargain, as the quality is reflected in the price. However, as a low-price entry into the world of musical instruments, this item would qualify as a good buy.
02 May 2012