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Dean Playmate JTJ 1/2 Size Steel String Acoustic Guitar
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The Dean JTJ Steel String Acoustic Guitar is well made, easy to tune, and very playable. The perfect starter guitar for youngsters with its 1/2 size,...Click To Read More About This Product
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The Dean JTJ Steel String Acoustic Guitar is well made, easy to tune, and very playable. The perfect starter guitar for youngsters with its 1/2 size, it gives them the feel of a real 6-string.
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Other reviewers have hit the important points.... Good intonation on this guitar will require a combination of higher tuning OR heavy strings, AND a light touch, which very young players usually have...Read complete review
Other reviewers have hit the important points.... Good intonation on this guitar will require a combination of higher tuning OR heavy strings, AND a light touch, which very young players usually have anyway. The negative reviewers probably haven't compared this guitar with 1/2-size instruments from First Act, Santa Rosa, and other brands that produce guitars in this size and price range. I feel the Dean JTJ is superior to these, particularly in the bridge design, action, and general playability. The tuners are cheap, and the knobs rattle (even when screwed down all the way), but they do hold their tuning well for cheap tuners. The zero-fret avoids the problem of high-action-at-nut, which is the bane of so many cheap guitars--and their owners.I think this instrument represents a good value in its price range. If you want to purchase a better quality child's instrument, check out Yamaha's 1/2- and 1/4-size nylon string guitars, and Samick's 36" steel-string student/travel guitars. These are kid-size instruments built to better-than-entry-level quality standards: not surprisingly, they cost three-to-five times as much as the Dean. If you're not sure if the child will stay with the guitar or beat up on it, you can start on a Dean and subsequently upgrade to one of the aforementioned better models. Then Junior has the Dean for a "beach" guitar he/she can take camping, leave in the car, etc. Not a bad arrangement.It may not be a Samick or a Yamaha, but I still give the JTJ a thumbs-up in its size and price range.
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This baby Dean is priced so low it's silly. I ordered mine on Dec. 21 and it arrived promptly on the 23rd. This guitar is not a pro or even semi-pro sounding guitar....Read complete review
This baby Dean is priced so low it's silly. I ordered mine on Dec. 21 and it arrived promptly on the 23rd. This guitar is not a pro or even semi-pro sounding guitar. However, it is constructed much like a full-size acoustic with bracing and decent woodwork. The tone is limited due to it's size but there are no buzzes or rattles or other incredibly annoying sour tones that would be the death blow of most guitars this cheap. It also looks fairly sharp. I tuned it to standard with the supplied strings and played for about a half-hour. After, the g and high e strings were a little flat but I get that on my $*** acoustic after a half-hour too. The tuners, finish and clearcoat is as basic as you get but it works great and looks good. If you want a guitar that sounds remarkably good, stays in tune for a reasonable amount of time, can get lost or stolen or broken then replaced for the cost of a tank of gas, then order it. If you are a discriminating player looking for big tone or superb craftsmanship in a mini-guitar this Dean is not you're guitar. But, if you want to have fun, play guitar anywhere, anytime for $** bucks and sound good this is the guitar for you.
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This is a toy - don't be fooled by the Dean name. From the description, you'd think it was a real instrument for a young beginner - it's unplayable. I bought two to give as gifts and I had to return them both - they can't be tuned. It is a toy - not a guitar
I bought this for my sons first guitar. I could not tune or play it. I dont think my son would enjoy it so I am returning it.
I keep this guitar next to my desk and pick it up whenever I have a free moment. Nice sound for its size, but needs to be tuned constantly.
Bought this for my 7 yr old. Tuners were junk and fret board a joke and plastic. But, what should I have expected for the price? Dean should not be putting its name on this product. I wouldn't waste the $ on it again
I bought this on an impulse figuring for a few bucks it might work, if not I would give it to some kid. I love this thing, now I have a great little guitar to travel with and haul down to the beach. After reading some of the other reviews I can't help but wonder, what the heck did people expect for the cost of a pair of cheap jeans. This thing is great and a bargain, anything that makes music for this price is worth it.
This is a pretty guitar, that, unfortunately, can not be tuned. It is unplayable. Even with a good set of strings, it is unplayable. This is not a good first guitar. The student will not learn the correct notes. Buy a better acoustic guitar!
This guitar looks good but the intonation is so whacked out in the first five frets that it is hard to play basic chords that don't sound foul. If you really want to teach your kids guitar spend the money and buy the Fender Junior or similar guitar. It seems to me that this guitar can be hit or miss on quality. All in all it looks professionally made but lacks the accurate craftsmanship.
After looking for a suitable starter guitar for my 3 yr old son, I came across this Dean. It is much better constructed than any of the First Act guitars I saw in the stores. Even the tuners were surprisingly descent, but you have to tune it to A or G and use heavier strings due to the short scale length. It WILL not stay in tune if you use light strings and standard tuning. And for the money, I won't feel too bad if the boy beats it up. Overall, a good value.
I paid very little for this guitar so I'm not going to complaign about the quality (or lack thereof) of this guitar. What I am going to complaign about however, is the false advertising claims that are posted in the product description on this web site. It reads: "...Well made, easy to tune, and very playable. Excellent intonation...". For the price I figured it was a throwaway but I expected the truth at a minimum. The intonation on this guitar is worse than horrible. You can tune it perfectly and nothing sounds good outside of the open strings - even the simplest chords. This guitar is completely unplayable - even my 8 yr old knows it sounds bad.
About what you'd expect for the price. Intonation is terrible. If you can manage to get one chord to sound in tune, that will be the only one. I was hoping to teach my daughter with this guitar, since it is the perfect size, but I am afraid she will get discouraged because it sounds so out of tune.