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Hohner Essential Plus Mini Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Hohner Essential Mini Jumbo guitar is built using a revolutionary technique Hohner calls Frequency Matching. Hohner's technicians use a form of t...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big sound for a small price.

The Hohner Essential Mini Jumbo guitar is built using a revolutionary technique Hohner calls Frequency Matching. Hohner's technicians use a form of tap tuning to determine the resonant frequencies of the woods and then match the solid Sitka spruce top with similarly resonant mahogany backs. Combining this process with a micro thin finish produces a powerful, rich singing tone that is reproduced brilliantly through the Fishman Ion Preamp with built-in chromatic tuner.

All Hohner Essential guitars go through a 12-point inspection process at Hohner's US facility to make sure every guitar is set up to sound and play great.

  • 6-String
  • Mini jumbo body
  • Mahogany body
  • Solid sitka top
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 20 frets (14 open)
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • Satin natural finish
  • Fishman Ion preamp with built-in tuner

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Hohner Essential Plus Mini-Jumbo Acoustic-Electric

By Charlie R.

from Florida and Tennessee

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Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Mini Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I recently purchased a Hohner Essential Plus Mini Jumbo Acoustic-Electric guitar without ever having seen one or played one before. To say that I was pleasantly surprised with it when I got it would be an understatement. Here are some observations and some of my opinions about the guitar.BODY SIZE: I consider this a medium size guitar. It measures 14 5/8" wide at the lower bout. It's 10 3/8" wide at the upper bout. It's 3 7/8" to 3 15/16" thick.NECK & STRINGS: The neck width at the nut is 1.70". String spacing at the nut is 1.41". String spacing at the 12th fret is 1.78". String spacing at the saddle is 2.13".APPEARANCE: The guitar has an attractive matte finish on it. The wood quality is higher than I expected for a guitar in this price range. The headstock and tuners are attractive also and the tuners work well. The neck/fretboard is nicely done and the fret edges are flush and smooth with the edge of the neck.SOUND: I'm VERY pleased with the sound of the guitar. I would describe the sound as "full, rich, warm, and mellow" and that's with the stock .011-.052" D'Addario strings on it. When I plug it into my amplifier which I use for my electric guitar, it sounds great that way too. I can turn up the reverb and tremelo depth on the amp and it still sounds great.SET-UP and PLAYABILITY: This guitar was so SWEEEET playing right out of the box that I couldn't believe it. The set-up was terrific. String height was quite low (about 1.6mm for the high E and 2.0mm for the low E string at the 12th fret). Fretting the guitar for chords or single notes took very little effort. I could even play barre chords well up the neck which can take considerable effort on some guitars. The cutaway allows easy access up to about the 18th fret for me, but it's a bit of a stretch to reach the 19th and 20th frets. I don't play that far up very often anyway. TRUSS ROD ADJUSTMENT: Truss Rod Adjustment is very easy with this guitar. No disassembly or removing of any screws, plates, or anything like that. Simply reach between the strings into the sound hole with the furnished Allen (hex) wrench and give the adjusting nut a little turn. It takes about 15 seconds to do, and anyone who can change a light bulb can do it. Just go slow and easy and don't overdo it.INTONATION: Intonation was spot-on with this guitar. Hohner got it right with their Earvana tuning system. The guitar has a built in tuner (which I checked against my Korg Chromatic tuner) and it works great. The electronic controls take one 9 volt battery (furnished) which fits into a separate compartment that is easily accessible. No disassembly required to change or inspect the battery. There's also a strap button on the bottom end of the guitar. SUMMARY: This is one easy playing, great sounding guitar for not a lot of money. It's set-up and ready to go right out of the box. Buy one and enjoy it like I'm doing.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By gr1bb

from woodbridge, VA

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Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Mini Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Overall Rating: 3 out of 10

I just bought this guitar based on the intonation system that it boasts about and the tap tuning that supposedly produces a better sounding guitar.

This guitar is not a bad guitar, however it is not for me. As you will see, I mainly do not like it because of body size, so the Dreadnaught model may have been more like what I want, but I really like the Jumbo style models because they are more curvy.

Flaws: The quality of build on this guitar is actually better than your average guitar in this price range. There was one place however where the soundboard did not match the side right and looks slightly funny. Not a dealbreaker for sure, but still worth mentioning.

The Earvana No Variance Intonation: Perfect. I wish more guitars would come with this or Washburn's Buzz Feiten systems, although an improvement would be rounded corners on the nut as this can bite your fingers when playing close to the nut. The problem with this system is that it is on a guitar that has poor quality tuners. If you see that they advertise as Grovers, they are NOT.

Body Size: I have a Yamaha guitar I've played religiously for 5 or 6 years that is a "mini jumbo" so I thought it would be comparable in size. My Yamaha is 40 inches long while the Hohner Mini Jumbo is about 3 inches shorter than it. It looks and feels like a 3/4ths sized guitar. The body is about an inch or two short on all sides when compared to a normal mini jumbo. Also, this guitar will not fit in a normal hard shell case.

Tone and Playability: The action on this guitar is great. No buzzing, low enough, and the frets look nice. Hohner advertises this guitar as having great tone because of the tap tuning, however I am disappointed because this has the "tinny" (extra) small bodied guitar sound. For comparison, I had an Ibanez Talman (very small bodied) that I felt had more volume and tone than this Hohner.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By Tonelover!


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Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Mini Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I haven't been playing guitar the longest (about two or three years) but I've spent ALOT of my time studying what makes an acoustic guitar good, like wood differences, solid to laminate guitars, build quality ect... Anyways, I've always thought Hohner was another cheaply made foreign guitar (because of what my dad told me) and I never even touched one. A month or two back I joined the worship team at my church and a few weeks ago the acoustic lead guitarist brought this guitar down. I had never heard or played a Hohner so I judged it on my opinion and wondered why this guy who always plays thousands upon thousands of dolars worth of guitars would have this. He played around on it a bit and I liked the sound so he let me try it. I WAS AMAZED! The neck felt amazing, the guitar wasn't too heavy, and the tone just blew me away! I couldn't belive that this guitar was so good as it was. Upon looking it over I found out it was a solid topped guitar with an earvana nut and the most shocking fact was this guy just bought the guitar and hadn't done one single thing to it. And also, the preamp and pickup sound was just so dang clear and natural sounding that I almost couldn't belive it. The only flaw it had was the 12th fret on the high E string was a bit dead, but I'm sure you could just mess around with the truss rod a little and fix it (cause the action was super high). But the point is, this guitar is AMAZING and can stand up to a Taylor or Martin in build quality, feel, and tone pretty dang easily. I suggest you don't waste your money on a better name on the headstock. BUY THIS GUITAR!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)



By This Guy-vNqTX

from NE

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Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Mini Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I picked this guitar up at a local shop the other day, where it was seemingly banished to an almost-empty rack in the corner. "Hohner, eh, whatever" I thought, especially considering the price.Well, this guitar is a prime example of the Golden Age of Cheap Guitars we live in. This thing plays great and sounds amazingly sweet. It easily rivaled any acoustic in the shop up to the $1000 range, and kept up with some others above that. No, it can't compete with a Taylor, but that's not a fair comparison, anyway.I didn't have a chance to plug it in, but I couldn't put it down. It just played and sounded so good, and it was just a fun little guitar. I own some nice instruments, but I wouldn't hesitate to include this in my collection. In fact, it may just end up there.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By ja-8I0Mv

from Chicago

Comments about Hohner Essential Plus Mini Jumbo Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is one sweet axe.The materials used on this guitar are superb.The Earvana tuning system does exactly what they say it does. Dead on, all the way up the neck.Hohners Tap Tuning appears to be true. The toneis exceptional for a guitar in this price range. Workmanship is 95%, but all around excellent. There is no pick guard, so it may be somewhat fragile for some real hard pickers i know, but I play finger style anyway. The Fishman pickup is very true. It sounds just like an acoustic guitar through my small practice amp, and the tuner isexcellent. I added a strap button at the heel, and replaced those naaasty Chinese strings,and now I love it, and they can't have it back.

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