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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (4)
  • School bands (3)
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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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...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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(9 of 9 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

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

This guitar owner gently weeps

By skwirlboi

from chicago, il

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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

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      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.

      (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.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Check the action

      By Martman

      from Des Moines, IA

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      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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very impressed

      By Bob Leahy

      from IN

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      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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar

      By Chez Hooligan

      from Ballston Spa N.Y.

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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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent 3/4 Size Guitar

        By Franko-NM

        from Albuquerque, NM

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        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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All around great Guitar

        By Me-a1pi6

        from Montana

        Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

        This is a great guitar for the money!! I love it, it sounds good, is great for traveling and is pretty. It is not a Taylor or a Gibson, but it is great for a begining guitarist, and for a travel guitar for a experienced musician. The action came nice out of the box, and it stays in tune real long time aswell. So, if you need a begining guitar, or a travel guitar and cont want to spend a lot, get this one!

        (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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great beginner guitar

        By Tom

        from Wake Forest, NC

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        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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great sounds

          By BlessTheRock

          from Driftwood, TX

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I've played a LOT of little guitars while looking for an instrument that would let my 4 year old feed her interest without damaging it as a cheapo electric did for my older kid ( he went Piano, so all was not lost). The sound is great, the setup is fine out of the box.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          First guitar

          By Timyak

          from Franklin, TN

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          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for my 9 year old daughter for Christmas. It is a very nice looking and well made guitar. Unfortunately the thing is almost impossible to tune properly. Had to go to a local shop to have them even make it close to tune. Great package, but performance left a little to be desired.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice little guitar

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          My friend got this guitar a little while back and I played it for a long time. He liked this guitar and so did I. It is very durable. He took it around as his travel guitar and it had a really good sound. The only reason he gave it up was he needed money to go towards another guitar he wanted. All around, this guitar is amazing.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Great Surprise!!!

          By Ian Ross

          from Avilla, IN

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for my father's 65th birthday and was VERY surprised at the quality of the sound.My much more expensive acoustic barely had the quality of the sound this had.It is about half size but produces full sound!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          excellent student guitar

          By Western PA Funk-o-meister

          from Pittsburgh PA

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          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for my daughter a couple of years ago. Very nice quality, stays in tune well (which I think is very important for a young musician), plus I get a kick out of playing it myself! (Sounds wonderful with a glass slide.) Overall, an excellent bargain, and a great way to introduce your child to the world of music.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pretty dang good

          By TheDementedCupcake

          from New Orleans, LA

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          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I received this guitar from my uncle for my eighth birthday. It really is a nice little guitar, and if you've got small hands, like my dad and I, then this is perfect! Like a few other guitars, it doesn't have that great booming sound of a great acoustic, and truthfully, it's a little quiet, but it's a good guitar overall. It was truly worth the moneyAlso, that gig bag is really durable. You can bend it in half and throw it at any generic object, and it will still be good as new.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Guitar

          By Bresett Guitar

          from Austin, TX

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I played this guitar in a music store last week and was very surprised at the tone of it. I used to own a Taylor Baby... this guitar sounds better. When I saw it here I immediately ordered one for my fiancee' for christmas. You know, I'm thinking of getting myself one as well, this is a huge value.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING GUITAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          By Guitarlover123

          from Stutgart, Germany

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I have had this guitar for about a year and it still sounds as good as new. I've been moving it though the house and has banged it up it doesn't even have a scratch. I thought this guitar was amazing for its price. I'd recommend this guitar to any young folk.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          The Martin LXM is the only 3/4 guit. Worth owning

          By Paul-bnLuz

          from california

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          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          After "wine tasting" every 3/4 guitar made in the local guitar store, I could not recommend the Martin LXM more highly. It's the only one worth owning. All the others are imbalaced- rattly, tinny, or have too much mid range- the sounds are not inspiring. These guitars will wind up sitting on the shelf rather than in someone's hands. In my humble opinion, save up for another week if that's what it takes, get the Martin!

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