Yamaha FG JR1 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag

by Guitar Reviewer

  • Built with the legendary quality and playability
  • 3/4 size for easy travel and comfortable playing
  • Ideal first guitar for a child
  • Guitar features a Spruce top, Indonesian Back and Sides, Nato Neck and a Javanese Rosewood fingerboa
  • Includes Gigbag

Product Description
Built with the legendary quality and playability the FG Series, Yamaha designed the JR1 for the younger player or anyone who is more comfortable with a smaller-bodied acoustic. Carefully selection of woods goes into the building of every single Yamaha guitar and the JR1 is no exception. Features include a spruce top, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard and meranti body for solid, bright tonality and great looks, and chrome hardware. Includes gig bag.JR1Great as a trave… More >>

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Rating: 4.0 (8 reviews)

Yamaha FG JR1 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar with Gig Bag

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D. Young February 8, 2010 at 7:45 pm

If you are looking for a 3/4 size guitar, this is not the one for you. We purchased this for our 10 year old daughter. When she took it to her first lesson the instructor told us that it is not a 3/4 size, but closer to a 1/4, which is not the correct size for a 10 year old. Now we are trying to return it and get the correct size, but have had nothing but hassles.
Rating: 1 / 5

A. Oldham February 8, 2010 at 7:48 pm

This was purchased as a first guitar gift for my kids. I admittedly don’t know much about guitars, but one of the things that make things difficult learning a guitar is sore fingers and apparently nylon strings are easier on the fingers than steel strings.

Just wanted to let everyone know although this guitar appears to be marketed toward kids, it has steel strings… so beware.

Otherwise the guitar sounds good for the price.
Rating: 2 / 5

washbear February 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I’m very satisfied with this guitar, which I bought for my 8-year old son. The tone is good and the guitar stays in tune. It feels well-made in the hands. We had a Mark II M2G-30SB 1/2-size guitar which we’d used for a year before this, and it didn’t stay in tune (and it always had one sour string that never would get in tune, even with the help of an electronic tuner. Changing the strings didn’t help). So I’m very pleased with the Yamaha. It’s great quality at an affordable price. We purchased the guitar through the Guitar Center website, which had free shipping. It comes with a soft case. The only criticism I have, and it’s a minor one, is that I wish the case had at least one pocket on it for picks and such. But it’s a well-made case otherwise. Thank you, Yamaha, for making a good product!
Rating: 5 / 5

Donna L. Lempert February 9, 2010 at 12:55 am

i bought this to play at a lake house. it has a nice sound for an inexpensive guitar. its padded case made it easy to take on an airplane. i’m happy with this purchase.
Rating: 4 / 5

M. J. Keyes February 9, 2010 at 1:43 am

One of the other reviewers complained that their guitar teacher called this a “1/4 sized guitar” and it appeared that they felt they had gotten a bad deal. No, it is a 3/4 sized guitar – this is based on scale length and not overall size of the guitar – but it is small. This guitar has a 21 1/4″ scale (normal is about 26″ but it varies), a 12 1/2″ lower bout and a 9″ upper bout. This places it in the parlor size category, more or less, and it fits a child well.

This is a fully functioning guitar with a solid spruce top, decent craftsmanship, and an adjustable truss rod. The action is acceptable (although it needs setup at the nut) and the tone is, well, there. You are never going to confuse the Yamaha FG JR1 for a $3000 Taylor. It is a $120 guitar. The main virtues are its size, playability, and price. For that $120 you get a well made, well designed small guitar suitable for all ages with enough tone and volume to hold its own in a small group. You can take it aboard any plane and place it in the overhead rack. If you are sitting around the campfire and have to fight off a bear with it, you are only out $120 and it is sturdy enough to tolerate at least one swing.

The adjustable truss rod lets you change the relief of the neck in all sorts of conditions (assuming you are brave enough to do so) and a little filing on the nut by your luthier (don’t try this at home unless you have some experience) will make it very playable for both finger style and pick.

So it is not the top of the line, it works well for what it was intended to be. It sure beats the heck out of the so-called travel guitars which all sound like they are made from cardboard and look like the set designer of Avatar or LOTR produced them for orcs. If you are looking for a quality small guitar but are too cheap to pay for one, give the Yamaha FG JR1 a look.
Rating: 4 / 5

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