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Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

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The Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar has a 3-quarter size (23.63" scale) for those who prefer a more compact instrument. The AA13 Minib...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar has a 3-quarter size (23.63" scale) for those who prefer a more compact instrument. The AA13 Minibowl cutaway acoustic is handcrafted to the same high level as full-size Applause guitars.

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FEATURES
  • Mini Applause Series
  • 6 String Acoustic
  • 3/4 Sized Cutaway
  • Spruce Top
  • Scale Length: 23 5/8"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  • 20 Frets
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ApplauseAA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Plays amazingly well

The overall design of this guitar is what is really going for it. It is well-thought out and executed - no matter who made it or what specific materials were used - the design...Read complete review

The overall design of this guitar is what is really going for it. It is well-thought out and executed - no matter who made it or what specific materials were used - the design lets this guitar be a very useful and musical tool around the house. I keep this in the stair way of my garage area and use it to write when sitting around on a porch swing or garden bench, or even walking around the property when I let my sheep out to graze the hills. The short scale is great for playing and songwriting. It doesn't have the more $pricey sound of larger guitars, but it still has a sound of its own, and that's what counts. At this price, everyone should own one. If I lost this, I'd get another, pronto.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Has Some Issues...

The build quality is very nice, especially for the price, however there were some issues that caused me to return the guitar and look for something else. For one thing, the round back...Read complete review

The build quality is very nice, especially for the price, however there were some issues that caused me to return the guitar and look for something else. For one thing, the round back makes it very hard to hold the guitar. I had thought it would be comfortable, but the thing keeps slipping onto it's back, whether you're sitting or standing... which makes playing it rather difficult. The other issue was the tone... the highs were fairly clean and sharp but by the 4th string it became very muted and dull. When you get to the 5th and 6th strings, it sounds like it's under water... the tone is just so dull and lifeless. Perhaps different strings would help, but it looked to me like it already had a set of 80/20 bronze lights on it, and that's about the brightest kind of strings you can get. I've played other 3/4 guitars that sounded a lot better, and don't keep slipping on their backs... they may cost a little more, but are well worth it, all things considered...

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbeatable for the Price

By Strat7

from Ormond By The Sea

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Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

I've had this little guy for a couple of years now. It's my outside/travel acoustic and I've been very happy with it. Unlike a previous reviewer I had no problem with the strings or set up right out of the box. IMHO you can't go wrong here in using it for either travel or as a junior.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plays amazingly well

By Shepherd Stringer

from WNC

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

      The overall design of this guitar is what is really going for it. It is well-thought out and executed - no matter who made it or what specific materials were used - the design lets this guitar be a very useful and musical tool around the house. I keep this in the stair way of my garage area and use it to write when sitting around on a porch swing or garden bench, or even walking around the property when I let my sheep out to graze the hills. The short scale is great for playing and songwriting. It doesn't have the more $pricey sound of larger guitars, but it still has a sound of its own, and that's what counts. At this price, everyone should own one. If I lost this, I'd get another, pronto.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Plays Great

      By kj-WgqHo

      from MB, SC

      Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

      I've owned this guitar for some years now, it has been dragged around, drop kicked, beat up and wet a number of times (Beer, water etc..). It plays just fine, the action is good and it stays in tune. It's sound for it's size is a seller!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Has Some Issues...

      By Jean

      from Prescott, Arizona

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      Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

      The build quality is very nice, especially for the price, however there were some issues that caused me to return the guitar and look for something else. For one thing, the round back makes it very hard to hold the guitar. I had thought it would be comfortable, but the thing keeps slipping onto it's back, whether you're sitting or standing... which makes playing it rather difficult. The other issue was the tone... the highs were fairly clean and sharp but by the 4th string it became very muted and dull. When you get to the 5th and 6th strings, it sounds like it's under water... the tone is just so dull and lifeless. Perhaps different strings would help, but it looked to me like it already had a set of 80/20 bronze lights on it, and that's about the brightest kind of strings you can get. I've played other 3/4 guitars that sounded a lot better, and don't keep slipping on their backs... they may cost a little more, but are well worth it, all things considered...

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not what I expected

      By Mike-aLH_y

      from Maryland

      Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

      I purchased two of these guitars, one for my wife and one for my daughter (both learning to play guitar). I thought these would be great entry level guitars. I love the size of these guitars. Their small hands have no problems along the fretboard. However, after playing the guitar and tuning it for them, I was disappointed in the sound results and build quality. I researched for awhile and after the numerous positive reviews, I tried this guitar. I did not want a TOY GUITAR, I wanted a student guitar. What I ended up with was a very basic guitar that I believe is overpriced. The tuners are cheap, the saddle is cheap, and the fit and finish are that of a $50 guitar from Walmart. I purchased two of these guitars as gifts. I could understand if I received a lemon...but 2 lemons? Four years ago I purchased a Mitchell acoustic for $150 new. That guitar puts these Applause guitars to shame.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is a winner!

      By Bob-G6ZKx

      from Geneseo IL

      Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

      Fabulous travel guitar. It fits in airline overhead bins and takes bumping around without damage. I replaced the strings immediately and adjusted the truss rod a little to lower the action a tad. Have had it for 6 years and it is the one I grab if I am going anywhere.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Tinny sounding

      By Crow

      from New England

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

          I keep a 3/4 size guitar next to my TV chair so i can play chords during commercials. I had a Squier 3/4 size it sounds ok and easy to play. When the AA13 came in I tuned it up, played awhile and put back in the box to sent it back. It had a tinny sound and it being a 3/4 size it was much larger then any of my 3/4 size guitars I also have a 3/4 Yamaha. So I sent applause back and order a Fender 3/4 size steel string . I played a friends and it was like playing my Squier with better sound and Quality . When comes to acoustic guitars all wooden sounds best.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar In This Price Range

          By Dude123

          from East Coast

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            I have owned two of these. I bought the first one in 2004 and I loved it until the day it was stolen. Never had any issues with it. I purchased another one in 2013, same model only different color and again, I loved this guitar out of the box. I got the second one in ruby red and I really like how it looks. Considering the price, I was again very pleased with the volume and quality of the sound. I own three other guitars, including an Ovation Celebrity CC24, and my little Applause AA13 is the one I pick up first because it is so comfortable and easy to play. I'm a big round-back, Ovation fan and I would recommend this guitar to anyone considering it. If anything happened to my second AA13, I would buy the same guitar even a third time.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            GET THIS

            By ThatGuy

            from Madison,WI

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Rich Sound
            • Smooth
            • Stays In Tune
            • Very Easy Action
            • Well made

            Cons

            • Not Full Size

            Best Uses

            • Campfires Xd
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            Getting this guitar I expected little because of the price. But I was most definetly wrong. Amazing acoustic guitar. The action is the most easy I have ever felt on an acoustic. Great sound. Stays in tune. Very well made. It made me want to come home and play it. If youre looking for an acoustic look no further.....buy this

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            ALL'S WELL

            By bob

            from east coast

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • Action could be better

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            really good service,great guitar for the price
            i will order from you again
            keep it up

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The perfect travel Guitar!

            By Tuner Man

            from North West Illinois

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought my guitar 5 years ago for use as a travel guitar. It has exceeded all of my expectations and is still my favorite to just fool around on. It travels well, stays in tune and fits in the overhead bins of almost all commercial airliners (in a padded gig bag). With light gauge strings and a close set on the action it is easy to play and easy on the fingers. Just a great little all around guitar. I love it (and you will too!!).

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice little guitar.

            By Anonymous

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            Just got it and it's nice. Has a nice action, sounds great for a 3/4, a lot louder then I expected, almost as loud as my full size Yamaha. Intonation is right on, Ruby Red finish is flawless, binding is nice, over all it's an excellent guitar. Tuners aren't sealed like Grovers but you'd not expect it on a guitar in this price point. Makes me want to order a full size AA21 to go with it, if only MF would get em' in Ruby Red(hint, hint.) If you want a great little take along guitar that's pretty much weatherproof and at a great price this is the one you want.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sounds better than my friends expensive Gibson

            By White boy

            from Seattle, WA

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought this guitar for my son on recommendation from you guys and have yet to regret it. It was an excellent value and has great sound. Although you can't guarantee every guitar will sound the same per model, we got a good one. It has great mid and high's and is fair on the bass-end, but hey... it's a 3/4 size right? Buy it for your kid or to travel, it's worth it!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This baby is it!!!

            By RockEnRoller6

            from West Alexandria, OH

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            9's all the way across the page, this guitar is awesome I've rocked on many guitars in its price range let me say nothing comes close to its quality, tone, etc its simply a awesome guitar. I'm also very pleased about how easy it is to play, I have small hands so its very easy to get my hands moving down the neck. Shes my first and is always going to be with me! This baby is awsome enough said!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great small guitar.

            By Keith-PfmBG

            from Ks

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            I needed a small guitar to take on vacation and to the lake. Has nice sound, easy to play and great value.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great little guitar!

            By Bigdaddy-0jzOl

            from Bellingham, WA

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought this as a beginner guitar for my 12 year old daughter on her birthday. I'm quite pleased with the purchase. It has a great look and actually plays quite well. The sound is a bit thin due to the size, but improved with a new set of strings. Her quitar instructor was so impressed he decided to get one for his daughter. Overall a good investment.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent guitar.

            By TN.Frank

            from Crossville, TN.

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            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            Just got my AA13 and I'm totally impressed. Not sure which guitar some of ya'll were playing but this one is LOUD, almost as loud as my full size Yamaha Dread. Action is nice, intonation is spot on, fit and finish is great. Tuners, while not being sealed units, do keep in tune very well. I'm very happy with my AA13 and when I get the funds I"ll probably get a AA21 full size to go with it. Great Job Applause.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Just the right size

            By np2k3

            from Mobile,Al

            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            Just got mine today and it was better than I expected. The sounds a little thin due to the shallow back but I bought it to take to work with me(I work offshore) and it will fit nicely in the cargo compartment of the helicopter I have to ride in. I look forward to many pleasant nights in the gulf strumming my mini guitar.np2k3

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar

            By Macdad159

            from Undisclosed

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            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            I am in IRAQ serving and wanted a good sounding cheap guitar. Yeah right! That is what I thought until I purchased this guitar. I absolutely love it. Great action. Warm tone. Fast neck. Though small in scale easy to play and very enjoyable.

             
            5.0

            survived a saltwater bath!

            By arster

            from Brooklyn NY

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            Comments about Applause AA13 Minibowl Cutaway Acoustic Guitar:

            This guitar can take a lickin' and keep on tickin! I've been using it as my beach guitar for around 10 years now and it even got completely submersed by an unexpected high tide!Of course it has a small sound but it tunes up and it can stand up to the elements.

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