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Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar  

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Overview

  • Genuine spruce top
  • Indonesian mahogany back and sides
  • Reduced 21-3/4" scale for small hands
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $209.99
  • Your Savings:
    - $80.00
  • Your Price:
    $12999

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Here's a steel-string folk guitar for the kid!

A genuine spruce top, Indonesian mahogany back and sides, and reduced size make it a great-sounding, great-playing first guitar for small hands. Nato neck and Javanese rosewood fretboard combo is elegant and smooth playing. 21-3/4" scale. Includes Yamaha gig bag.

Features

  • Genuine spruce top
  • Indonesian mahogany back and sides
  • Reduced 21-3/4" scale for small hands
  • Includes Yamaha gig bag

Make that aspiring guitarist ecstatic with one quick click or call!

 
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YamahaJR1 Mini Folk Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

    • Requires constant tuning (3)

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent 3/4 Size Guitar

      I have had this guitar for about two months. I am amazed by the good sound for an inexpensive 3/4 size guitar. I am well pleased with it and play it quiet...Read complete review

      I have had this guitar for about two months. I am amazed by the good sound for an inexpensive 3/4 size guitar. I am well pleased with it and play it quiet often. I like the small size and the good sound. The neck is comfortable and the string height is good right out of the box. It also has a truss rod for adjustments if necessary. I have a little buzz when I start working the b or high e string at about the 10th or 12th fret but what can you expect for such an inexpensive guitar. It is not enough buzz for me to send back that is for sure. I have a more expensive Ibanez that has a little buzz. You will find that quiet often on a lot of guitars a fret or two that may be a little too high but that is an easy fix. Like I say, it is an excellent little guitar with great volume and sound quality. It is not just a starter child guitar that is for sure. I love to practice with it and work on musical pieces that are difficult to accomplish from the start. It is extremely comfortable and I am glad I bought it. I would not hesitate to buy another from Yamaha because they did a great job on this little instrument.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      ...major letdown from Yamaha

      Yamaha has, as one who studied music education, been the company that educators could count on to deliver an instrument that will tune, have at least average playability, sound decent or better and...Read complete review

      Yamaha has, as one who studied music education, been the company that educators could count on to deliver an instrument that will tune, have at least average playability, sound decent or better and be available at a good price. The JR-1 only delivers on the last point - price. The tuners on my sample refuse to stay on. On the third or fourth string-change three screws from two different tuners came out...I attempted to tighten them up again but the holes were too big! What has happened? After enough time passes, the screws pull against the wood. The undersized screws and the cheap wood conspire to cause this problem, especially if the guitar has been stored for awhile with strings under tension. on a "normal" guitar this would not be an issue but a 3/4 scale guitar has a lot of tension on a small neck. It needs to be tough. This little guitar needs the tuner isssue addressed. I suppose you could fill the holes then reinstall the tuners with more robust screws but that is too much to ask, in my opinion. Get the Baby Taylor or the small Martin. My guitar is a few years-old. I hope Yamaha has taken corrective action. An instrument that won't tune is bad for anyone but will do real harm to a student, causing them to give-up thinking it is their fault when, in fact their instrument is unplayable. C'mon. Yamaha! The bottom of your product-line is at least as important as the top

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      3.0

      Too much whiz and not enough bang

      By Vanmack

      from Troy, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Frets Easily
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Nice Size

      Cons

      • Requires Constant Tuning
      • Tinny Sound I'm Trying S

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

      Treble strings sound tinny...I'm trying diff' strings and picks. Think medium strings might help but don't want tension to "belly down" top.Tuners somewhat iffy. Would love guitar if I could get better tone out of it. Great size for my 72 yr. old hands.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      This guitar owner gently weeps

      By skwirlboi

      from chicago, il

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Requires Constant Tuning

        Best Uses

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I have a Yamaha FS720S which I love. I've always had respect for the Yamaha name and, after reading these reviews, bought this little guy expecting it to measure up to its larger brethren. I was sadly disappointed. I can live with screws coming loose or cheap strings, but this guitar refuses to maintain its tuning as you move up the fret board. The the G and B strings are especially bad.
          In retrospect, I should've sent the guitar back, but I instead I changed the strings and made excuses for it. By then it was too late. If you buy this guitar and experience the same thing, put it back in the box and head to UPS. Otherwise you, too will end up with something that taunts you every time you look at it!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Almost Nice

          By Johnson Fan

          from New York

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Decent sound
          • Durable
          • Very Playable

          Cons

          • Lousy Tuners
          • Requires Constant Tuning

          Best Uses

          • First Guitar For Age 6-9

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          Your choices for a guitar small enough for a 6-9 year old are very limited. Most are hard to play and sound like plastic toy guitars. The JR1 is the best of many that I've tried.

          Sore fingers deter youngsters - and just about everyone else - from practice. The JR1 won't eliminate that problem, but it won't be as painful as all the other kid's guitars I've tried. I put Elixir Polyweb extra light strings (.10-.47)on these guitars to make them even easier to play.

          The sound is about as good as you could expect from a guitar with such a small body. It sounds almost as good as a Taylor or a Martin :-) (I had to say that because it's a standard assessment of too many people who buy inexpensive guitars.) That said, it's a lot cheaper than a Baby Taylor or a Martin LX. Both of these guitars sound pretty bad and neither sounds much better than the Yamaha.

          The JR1's greatest flaw is the tuners. Buy a cheap Snark tuner at the same time. You'll need it. The JR1 requires frequent tuning, but will hold for a 15-20 minute practice session.

          For the price, you get an OK sounding, very playable, and sturdy guitar. If it had decent tuners, it would be an excellent kid's guitar. Sadly, it's as good a kid's guitar as you will find in today's market.

          As to my experience, I've been playing off and on for about 35 years. I've owned around 20 inexpensive guitars and about the same number of more expensive Martins, Taylors, Gibsons and Larrivees. I've bought two of these little Yamahas for youngsters.

          I gave this guitar a low rating in comparison to guitars generally. If I was rating it only among kids guitars, I'd give it a much higher rating, but not five stars because of the tuners.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great guitar

          By Chez Hooligan

          from Ballston Spa, NY

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

            The guitar I purchased is awesome. I have had small guitars in the past that were a rotten. However this one not only stays in tune I can tune it too double drop D and is not only stays in tune but sounds truly evil. IT sounds good and is handy when I just want to practice.

            I love it.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very impressed

            Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

            Got this for my daughter to learn on and I'm very excited to see her play it. She loves it and I love that it's a Yamaha, which should mean it'll still be around when her little brother wants to learn. Good tuners, real good woods, smooth fretboard, decent tone. Very pleased.
            The Yamaha mini folk has real wood contruction, good tuners and the neck is very playable. The tone is surprisingly good for such a small guitar
            Very nice finish. Solidly built. Sound quality is very good for what it is. I was considering cheaper guitars before I bought this one, and I'm glad I spent a little extra
            Like I said, it's worth the money in my opinion. There are cheaper alternatives for a starter guitar, but they don't look, sound, or feel as good as this one.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Stays Out of Tune

            By DaisyMom

            from Sheboygan Falls, WI

            Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

            I bought this for my daughter (10) to learn. She is frustrated (as am I) that the guitar will not stay in tune. We've changed the strings too.Not knowing if she would stick with it, > $125 is plenty to spend for beginner. I trusted the Yamaha name and am disappointed.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            ...major letdown from Yamaha

            By PeaveyT60fan

            from Wise, VA

            Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

            Yamaha has, as one who studied music education, been the company that educators could count on to deliver an instrument that will tune, have at least average playability, sound decent or better and be available at a good price. The JR-1 only delivers on the last point - price. The tuners on my sample refuse to stay on. On the third or fourth string-change three screws from two different tuners came out...I attempted to tighten them up again but the holes were too big! What has happened? After enough time passes, the screws pull against the wood. The undersized screws and the cheap wood conspire to cause this problem, especially if the guitar has been stored for awhile with strings under tension. on a "normal" guitar this would not be an issue but a 3/4 scale guitar has a lot of tension on a small neck. It needs to be tough. This little guitar needs the tuner isssue addressed. I suppose you could fill the holes then reinstall the tuners with more robust screws but that is too much to ask, in my opinion. Get the Baby Taylor or the small Martin. My guitar is a few years-old. I hope Yamaha has taken corrective action. An instrument that won't tune is bad for anyone but will do real harm to a student, causing them to give-up thinking it is their fault when, in fact their instrument is unplayable. C'mon. Yamaha! The bottom of your product-line is at least as important as the top

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great beginning or travel guitar

            By drbombay

            from New Jersey

            Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

            I bought this guitar as an my first one. I needed a small acoustic as I was going on a year-long voyage and couldn't bring an electric, and this was the one I chose. After some new strings (an important, and easy, piece of work on this guitar), it sounds great. Although I primarily play electric-type songs, they sound great considering the fact they're on an acoustic. It stays in tune pretty well, and has great sound. Even though it is miniature, I often receive comments on how well it sounds.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Check the action

            By Martman

            from Des Moines, IA

            Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

            I bought this guitar for my 7 year old daughter. Wanted something "more than a toy." The OEM strings are horrible and the action is way-high. She could barely press the string without cutting her fingers! I've since gotten my son a Laguna Little Brat, and the difference is night-and-day. The Brat has a richer sound, better strings, holds a tune better. For the money the Yamaha is not bad, but you'll have to adjust and change strings. The Baby Taylor and Little Martin are much better but cost twice as much.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent 3/4 Size Guitar

            By FLucas

            from Edgewood, NM

            Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

            I have had this guitar for about two months. I am amazed by the good sound for an inexpensive 3/4 size guitar. I am well pleased with it and play it quiet often. I like the small size and the good sound. The neck is comfortable and the string height is good right out of the box. It also has a truss rod for adjustments if necessary. I have a little buzz when I start working the b or high e string at about the 10th or 12th fret but what can you expect for such an inexpensive guitar. It is not enough buzz for me to send back that is for sure. I have a more expensive Ibanez that has a little buzz. You will find that quiet often on a lot of guitars a fret or two that may be a little too high but that is an easy fix. Like I say, it is an excellent little guitar with great volume and sound quality. It is not just a starter child guitar that is for sure. I love to practice with it and work on musical pieces that are difficult to accomplish from the start. It is extremely comfortable and I am glad I bought it. I would not hesitate to buy another from Yamaha because they did a great job on this little instrument.

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