Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar 886830826269

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

Case sold separately.

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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2 year warranty on microphones.
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HohnerHW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great starter guitar!

Bought this for my 9-year old to use with school lessons and it has been a great choice so far. The finish was superb and the feel of the guitar is good. A...Read complete review

Bought this for my 9-year old to use with school lessons and it has been a great choice so far. The finish was superb and the feel of the guitar is good. A few small blemishes on the fret board but he doesn't mind. It only has a single button to attach a strap on the bottom; a second would have been nice, but we simply tied the strap behind the strings above the nut. We did replace the strings to some lighter weight Gibsons and the tone is much better, plus it's easier on his hands. I would certainly recommend this guitar for children or adults needing to transport a guitar frequently.

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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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5.0

Wonderful 3/4 Guitar

By CiCi

from Charlottesville, VA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

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.

     
    2.0

    2 years, 2 stars

    By Trevor Johnsen

    from Rockford IL

    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 caseas well. 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 skinny 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. The description says "years of use"... to be exact ... two years. Well, it's less than 2 years old, it's only had one set up, and it already needs bridge work. Hohner, update your stock photo, and ...nice craftsmanship.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    i don't know

    By dude

    from Illinois

    About Me Novice

    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...

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Fun little guitar

    By Bone Nut

    from Mount Holly, NC

    About Me Novice

    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.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    All went well!

    By rae

    from bellingham, wa

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    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.

        (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!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Franklin Bunch

        from E Alton, IL

        Comments about Hohner HW03 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

        This is a excellent guitar for price, looks great and good tone Be aware that the fingerboard is 2" wide at nut, may be more difficult for small hands, and the nut needs strings lowered to ease fingering

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        For the money, it's a great starter.

        By JTmore

        from Eastern Arizona

        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.

        (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 !

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Solid construction, major intonation issues

        By Charles Buchanan

        from NC

        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.

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