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Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar   

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A genuine spruce top, meranti back and sides, and reduced size make it a great-sounding, great-playing first guitar for small hands. Nato neck and Ja...Read More

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

A genuine spruce top, meranti 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. 21-1/4" scale. Includes Yamaha gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Genuine spruce top
  • Meranti back and sides
  • Nato neck
  • Javanese rosewood fingerboard
  • Javanese rosewood bridge
  • Nut width is
  • Reduced 21-1/4" scale for small hands
  • Includes Yamaha gig bag

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YamahaJR1 Mini Folk Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (3)
  • School bands (3)
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    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very impressed

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...Read complete review

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost Nice

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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Best guitar for the price

By Guitarman

from Floral City, Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • school lessons

    Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

    I am a guitar teacher at a privet school. I purchased this guitar to lend to my younger students 5-8 of age. Now 3 of my students have switched from a cheep first act mini guitar to this guitar, and are very happy, and are playing better.Well worth the money.

     
    5.0

    Great little guitar!

    By Viola Mom

    from Lancaster, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

    • School Bands

    Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

    My kids, ages 7-12, are enjoying this. The steel strings are a bit hard on their tender fingers, but you can always change them to nylon if you want. My only real complaint is that when you finger the frets, the pitch isn't always right. I am not a guitarist, but am a professional classical violist, so my ear is well trained. This instrument is fine for my kids who are just messing around on an appropriately sized guitar for the first time, but they won't be winning any competitions with it! I wouldn't expect that for the price! But I do feel like this guitar is a good value for the price. Recommend it for children and beginners. A shoulder strap is not included but would be nice.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great beginner guitar

    By Tom

    from Wake Forest, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar for my 10 year grandson, who has expressed an interest in learning the guitar, and could not be happier. We changed to strings to silk and steel lights which may it a little easier on his fingers and the guitars sounds really good considering its size.

       
      5.0

      played it as a kid and an adult!

      By hazakhan

      from isb, pk.

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

        i got this guitar when i was 7 but at the time did not want to learn it as i started playing piano. then after 12 years i picked it up again and started to learn, not only does it sound great but kids want a stylish guitar and this one looks really good. would definitely recommend it to all children as this guitar is lovely to play and is the best platform for a beginner.

         
        5.0

        A good value

        By Pap

        from Piqua, Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Nice finish
        • Quality Workmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Youth Beginners

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          A very good value. It is nice looking with a "full size" feel. Perfect for young children who are beginning to get a little serious about learning.

           
          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.

          (6 of 6 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!

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Almost Nice

              By Johnson Fan

              from Western NY

              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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great guitar

              By Chezhooligan

              from Saratoga New York

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very impressed

                By Bob Leahy

                from IN

                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.

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