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Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar  

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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...Read More

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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

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YamahaJR1 Mini Folk Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

  • Requires constant tuning (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

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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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.

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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

    (5 of 5 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

        (3 of 3 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.

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        (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

          (3 of 3 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

          (8 of 8 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

          (4 of 4 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.

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