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Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar

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Kid friendly and reliable with genuine tone woods.

Get your little musician started on the right foot with an instrument that's easy to play, will hold up to years of hard use, and actually sounds good, too! The Hohner HW03 student guitar has a spruce top with mahogany neck, back, and sides, plus a rosewood fingerboard.

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FEATURES
  • Spruce top
  • Mahogany back, sides, and neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Inline tuners
  • 3/4 student size
  • 23.5" scale length
  • 36" LONG
  • Adjustable tension rod
  • Case sold separately

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HohnerHW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

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    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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    • Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW

I purchased 2 of these for my twin 8 year old nieces for Xmas. I shipped them direct from MF to 3,000 miles away, based on the reviews here. Got to play them...Read complete review

I purchased 2 of these for my twin 8 year old nieces for Xmas. I shipped them direct from MF to 3,000 miles away, based on the reviews here. Got to play them on a visit 2 months later (after the return period, so I was nervous). All I can say is WOW!!! I figured they would need new strings right away (I immediately restring all my new guitars with Martin 80/20s), not so, strings weren't bad at all (amazing for a $90 guitar). Both had DELICIOUSLY light actions. Perfect for young beginners (and lazy old guys). Great tone!!! Nice finger boards and NO high frets. Both were identical in setup and finish, very playable right out of the box. Good looking finish, but not much more than you would expect for the price, still very acceptable. The balance, sound, and tone are much, much better than either Baby Taylor 3/4 (Spruce or Mahogany top, at 3 times the price!!). I own several full size and 7/8 scales (Taylors, Taks and Yams) and a 1/2 scale. I'm ordering one or two of these Hohner 3/4s for myself ASAP. Can't say enough good about this product. I don't care how old you are, this is the best beginners guitar I've run across, and a hoot to play for those of us who've been around a while. This will be my new rafting and camping guitar!!! Thanks Musicians Friend and thanks reviewers!!!!!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bleh

To be clear, the guitar doesn't belong to me, it was loaned to me by a friend who left it here by accident when she went back to France. Nonetheless, here's what I...Read complete review

To be clear, the guitar doesn't belong to me, it was loaned to me by a friend who left it here by accident when she went back to France. Nonetheless, here's what I have to say.
It's an alright feeling guitar, but it definitely cannot handle anything but the lightest gauged strings. Honestly, I thought it was a 3/4 classical guitar because of the wide neck and how weird it felt with heavier strings. It's fun for finger picking, and alright with strumming. The action is incredibly high, though, so that's annoying.
My biggest beef with this guitar is its intonation. It doesn't hold tune, and it's nearly impossible to tune. I think the fret sizes must be wrong or something, because when tuned with open strings to standard tuning, each fret higher gets slightly sharper than what it ought to be. You can't tune this thing relative to itself; if you try to, the highest string will end up at least a step and a half higher than what it ought to be and it sounds TERRIBLE. Now, I don't have perfect pitch so I don't really notice how sharp the notes become when playing open chords, but it's really noticeable when you get higher on the fretboard. It bugs the heck out of me!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bleh

By highschoolmiler

from Connecticut

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Wide neck- fun to pick

Cons

  • Not Consistent
  • Poor Construction
  • Requires Constant Tuning

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Smashing on ground

Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

To be clear, the guitar doesn't belong to me, it was loaned to me by a friend who left it here by accident when she went back to France. Nonetheless, here's what I have to say.
It's an alright feeling guitar, but it definitely cannot handle anything but the lightest gauged strings. Honestly, I thought it was a 3/4 classical guitar because of the wide neck and how weird it felt with heavier strings. It's fun for finger picking, and alright with strumming. The action is incredibly high, though, so that's annoying.
My biggest beef with this guitar is its intonation. It doesn't hold tune, and it's nearly impossible to tune. I think the fret sizes must be wrong or something, because when tuned with open strings to standard tuning, each fret higher gets slightly sharper than what it ought to be. You can't tune this thing relative to itself; if you try to, the highest string will end up at least a step and a half higher than what it ought to be and it sounds TERRIBLE. Now, I don't have perfect pitch so I don't really notice how sharp the notes become when playing open chords, but it's really noticeable when you get higher on the fretboard. It bugs the heck out of me!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By Guitar Junky

from Northern California

Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I purchased 2 of these for my twin 8 year old nieces for Xmas. I shipped them direct from MF to 3,000 miles away, based on the reviews here. Got to play them on a visit 2 months later (after the return period, so I was nervous). All I can say is WOW!!! I figured they would need new strings right away (I immediately restring all my new guitars with Martin 80/20s), not so, strings weren't bad at all (amazing for a $90 guitar). Both had DELICIOUSLY light actions. Perfect for young beginners (and lazy old guys). Great tone!!! Nice finger boards and NO high frets. Both were identical in setup and finish, very playable right out of the box. Good looking finish, but not much more than you would expect for the price, still very acceptable. The balance, sound, and tone are much, much better than either Baby Taylor 3/4 (Spruce or Mahogany top, at 3 times the price!!). I own several full size and 7/8 scales (Taylors, Taks and Yams) and a 1/2 scale. I'm ordering one or two of these Hohner 3/4s for myself ASAP. Can't say enough good about this product. I don't care how old you are, this is the best beginners guitar I've run across, and a hoot to play for those of us who've been around a while. This will be my new rafting and camping guitar!!! Thanks Musicians Friend and thanks reviewers!!!!!!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Kids Love It

By GuitarDaddy

from Woodbridge, Va

Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

This is a great little guitar for the beginner guitarist. I wanted something for my kids to start learning on and play with me so I bought two of these from a local store. The scale was just right for my 5 and 6 year old. They are able to fret the strings with no problem and have already learned G,C and D. What else do they need? We have been playing these non-stop since they arrived. The finish was good and the tuners are stable. My daughter did want a pink guitar but everyone that I found didn't have the playability that these do. So she is going to customize it herself.... with daddy's help of course. This is by far the best value for any 3/4 size guitar if you actually want your kids to learn. I'm going to pick up one more for my nephew!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little acoustic

By Jan

from Livermore, Maine

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Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I teach K-5 general music and currently have 9 of these guitars in my classroom. They are a good size for younger children to learn on and offer a reliable quality and rich sound right out of the box.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

an $84 guitar? it does not sound like it though

By DY84 fan

from Millville, NJ

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Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

very very good value for an all wood guitar.
It came with cheap strings. after about 9 months, I changed the strings to Light Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze strings and replaced the stock plastic bridge pins with bone bridge pins. Oh man, the difference in sound was very obvious. If you have this guitar, just change the strings and bridge pins, you will love to strum this guitar a little bit more...Just replace the strings and bridge pins, you will think this is not a cheaper guitar, not even a starter guitar. Just remember, this is an all-wood guitar, so it will sound better through time..

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Solid construction, major intonation issues

By Chuck

from NC

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Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I wanted a smaller acoustic I could use for practice/song ideas and since I own a full size Hohner acoustic which plays incredibly well, I trusted in this one. What can I say? It looked good, sounded good for its size, tuners worked good, but it was impossible to tune. It may have just been the guutar I received, as it seemed that the frets were not properly spaced. Intonation was way off. I returned mine.
For a guitar in this price range, the features were acceptable. Tuners work fine. Construction seems solid.
I experienced terrible intonation issues with the guitar I received. After tuning all the open strings to standard tuning, every note from the first fret and up played as a sharp, making it virtually unplayable.
You get what you pay for. The guitar I received had some flaws.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My view

By jon neet

from Hawaii

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Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I'm giving this guitar a 10. I like it enough that I am looking for a pickup that will work on it to use through my acoustic amp. I ordered a Seymour Duncan Woody, but there is no way that pickup will fit into the soundhole without shaving wood off the pickup. Didn't want to void my warranty so returned it. I am ordering a K&K Sound Hotspot pickup for it where the pickup sticks on, so I don't have to worry about the smaller soundhole size. I'm getting that pickup for a little more delivered. Didn't want to spend much on a pickup for a guitar that I got for a low price.
I had read reviews for the Hohner and listened to some youtube videos of it and liked the sound. Gave it a shot and am very happy with it. When I'm done I'll have a guitar and pickup that I could use for around the house playing, busking, or playing small gigs if I want to.
I am not comparing this to an expensive Martin or Taylor. But I have been playing for about 45 years off and on. I'm looking at a Hohner resonator guitar on ebay, as the Hohners seem to be pretty well made for a Chinese guitar.
For an acoustic guitar it's got all the features one would expect at the price. My review is for this guitar at this price.
Again, for this acoustic at this price, I think it's a bargain.
Has to be a 10. Plays very well. Sounds good. Tuners hold well. Looks nice. Sounds good for slide playing.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun little guitar

By Bone Nut

from Mount Holly, NC

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Pros

  • Consistent

Cons

  • Flat Sound

Best Uses

  • Open-tuned Bluesy Stuff

Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I wasn't expecting much. I'm not sure why I even bought it.

I gotta say: it has been a very pleasant surprise. With a string-change, it plays pretty good. I have short fat fingers and can't strum a C on a normal guitar, but on this thing its no problem.

The frets are placed slightly sharp all the way up the fretboard. I appreciate the consistancy of this because I can account for it. The intonation is off of course. But whatever. Tune to open-G, grab your slide, and go bananas. the little guitar has gobs of tonal character (not what you'd normally want in a guitar). Hohner should rename it the Delta Spitbox Supreme and include a slide. Its perfect for a budding bluesman looking for a raunchy bang-box. Seriously.

For parents looking for a cheap guitar for their budding rockstar: don't buy this. Really. Why saddle a beginner with something that'll never quite sound right? Invest in a better instrument.

Basicly, this is a great guitar if you know how/when to use it. For the inexperienced player, I'm certain there are better choices.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

For the money, it's a great starter.

By JTmore

from Eastern Arizona

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Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this for my daughter. I love the traditional look, no pink or aqua painted plywood here. The finish isn't top of the line, but is pretty nice for a kid's guitar.
Two things will improve the tone immensely: Decent light strings (after all, it's a kid's guitar, so light strings are the way to go), and brass bridge pins. For an extra $12 or so, it's impressive how much better it sounds (BTW, get the brass, the "alloy" pins are a pain to install and don't provide as much sustain).
It was set up well to start with, and within 20 minutes it was tuned and ready. It plays very well. The tuners seem to hold just fine. If you have child who wants to learn, this is the box.
I just wish I could find as good of a deal on a case for it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Short scale guitar for big people

By Sam Sixty

from Way down south, in Mississippi

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Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I have personally been frustrated by full-size dreadnought acoustics. The bodies are too big, and it feels like I'm trying to play with a Samsonite tucked under my armpit. I also don't like trying to play bar chords on a 25.5 inch scale acoustic; it makes my left hand cramp and my forearm hurt. But enough about me. I bought this guitar, stuck some Martin SP .10s on there and started playing. It sounds wonderful. The new HW03 uses bridge pins (unlike the photo!), but this is my only gripe. The old style in-line tuners are actually pretty cool; they even have brass gears! Sounds sweet, plays easy, looks real purty! Two thumbs up.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

HW03 3/4

By Hunter Hogan

from Ga.

Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

Great product at a great price. Beautiful wood !

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Beginner Guitar for age 10 and under

By Sammy

from Morris, Illinois

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Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

Ordered this guitar to research and see if it was quality guitar for beginners age 10 and under. I took it out of the box and played it for hours. I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to put it down. Excellent beginner guitar, I'm not so sure that I would call it a beginner guitar. Great action on the strings, stayed in tune, no string or fret buzz, no dead frets and the guitar actually sounds really nice. How can you beat that for the price. If your a parent who has a child age 10 or under who wants to learn guitar I highly recommend this guitar.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

i don't know

By dude

from Illinois

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Poor Construction

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

I bought this guitar less than 2 years ago as a compact practice guitar for use at home. I wanted a 3/4 scale for fun. I bought it the Gator 3/4 hard shell case. I used it with a student or two to teach them some basic chord variations, but it's never been abused. I will say that out of the box, it seemed very plastic-y, and I had to wind both E strings the opposite way around their respective tuners (similar to a Martin Backpacker or Gibson Melody Maker with a thin headstock) and it stays in tune now. The fretboard is dead flat, so I had to get used to no radius, as I wasn't a classical player. The strings were held to the bridge with pins and not "through" bridge like the picture shows (which is one of the reasons I bought the Hohner over another brand, but I got over it). It has no serial number, made in China, it was priced low, so whatever. This is the important part, I have only changed the strings once, and I didn't use very heavy ones, D'addarios, I think they were 11s, and the bridge has started to peel up from the top of the guitar. It still plays, it's still fun to play, but it's days are apparently numbered. It's less than 2 years old, it's only had one set up, and it already needs bridge work. Wow Hohner, nice craftsmanship...

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

All went well!

By rae

from bellingham, wa

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

      I bought this for my niece for christmas and she has had no complaints. I haven't heard that it was difficult to tune or that there have been any problems with the sound.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This Is It!

      By rekterx

      from Texas

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      Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

      My new little Hohner sounds better than my $3,000 Martin.OK ... so I don't own a Martin. But this is still a neat little guitar. I do own a Yamaha FG730S. I wanted something to keep in my office and learn a little finger-style. This more than fits the bill. A nice sound that I made better. It has a little more string space than the FG730S. Mine came with a traditional bridge and bridge pins. At first I thought the bridge was plastic. But it is not. I rigged up a bone saddle, put in some ebony bridge pins, and strung er up with some John Pearse 200L's. This is great little guitar. If you are considering this guitar there is a guy on Youtube playing a blues piece on his HW03. check it out. He is a good player and his little Hohner sounds great.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great for starters

      By liz-3PzlG

      from richmond va

      Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

      i got this guitar 3 years ago for Christmas and it is great the sound is awesome well worth the money. this year im gettin an epiphone hummingbird cant wait

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little guitar for the size and price

      By EJ Lynch guitars fan

      from Redding, CA

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      Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

      great buy. I think me and my son will be very happy with this instrument.
      seems to have every feature you would expect from a guitar like this. no issues.
      was one blemish in laquer near sound hole. no biggy. the top is obviously not solid spruce, but I didnt' really expect it to be.
      value is the best I could find. really good product for the price.

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Terrible

      By Steve-grm-7

      from Utah

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      Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

      The manufacturer's website list this as a 7/8 sized guitar, while it is listed as 3/4 size here.The finishing of this guitar is rough even for an inexpensive guitar. The tuning machines feel really cheap. The adjustable saddle is cheap and the adjusting screws had sharp burrs.I wouldn't mind cleaning it up a bit and replacing the tuning machines, but the deal breaker is the fretboard. It is dead flat, which makes it extremely difficult to play barre chords. Normally, only classical guitars with nylon strings have flat fretboards.I should have saved the packaging until I had some time to play with it. I would have boxed it up and sent it right back.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      not bad for the money

      By twisted finger

      from Chicagoland

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      Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

      I agree with the other reviews that it is a great bang for the buck. I think the manufacturer used a black magic marker though to color the fret board because my left finger tips were turning black after 10 minutes of playing it. It could have been the strings I guess. I'll try changing them. I won't return it but I hope that goes away with time. It really does sound nice for its size. It also has an adjustable bridge. Tuners are open back and work ok and stays in tune. I bought this for one of my students(daughter). She's 10 years old and it fits her nicely. I would not hesitate to buy one of these for travel or campfire sessions.

       
      5.0

      Wonderful 3/4 Guitar

      By CiCi

      from Charlottesville, VA

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      Pros

      • 2 B A Gift 4 A Young Boy
      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

        I am so excited that my young "great" nephew, musical since birth, will receive this guitar as a gift from me. I know he'll absolutely love it. Do you have sheet music for children learning the guitar? (c;
        Thanks so much.

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