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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 Javanese rosewood fretboard combo is elegant and smoo... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

75%

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 (7)
  • Jamming (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Value in a Travel-size Guitar

I was looking for an inexpensive travel-size guitar. I tried a number of acoustics of this size in the store, including Squire, Ibanez, and a baby Taylor. The Yamaha sounded and played...Read complete review

I was looking for an inexpensive travel-size guitar. I tried a number of acoustics of this size in the store, including Squire, Ibanez, and a baby Taylor. The Yamaha sounded and played almost as good as the Taylor for less than half the price. The scale is shorter than normal, and the action is fairly low, which would help with kids who are just starting out. The neck might be a bit chunky for smaller hands, however. The tuners are cheap but adequate. I put Martin "Silk & Steel) strings on it, and it doesn't sound bad at all, especially if I tune it up a full step. Overall, a very good value for the money, and a fun little guitar to fool around with. I'd certainly recommend it for a first guitar.

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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

I would recomend this product to other beginners.

By Edwin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

Im a 10 year old girl,a beginner at playing the guitar.theres only one thing I didn't like about my new guitar,that is it didnt come with a hard case. Everything else about it I love.

 
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.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little guitar for the money!

    By Fendermanmoses

    from IN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

    • Not Much Bass

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Travel
    • Youth

    Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

    Got this guitar for my daughter and I think I play it more then her! It is what it is for a little over 100 bucks, but I feel it has a good solid construction and is easy to play. The only down side is due to its size the harder you play it the worse it sounds, so I wouldnt recommend it for more then something to learn on or just sitting around the house playing around. That being said I really like this little thing and feel like my money was well spent!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Right size for a travel guitar but sound is lacking

    By Adolph

    from Illinois

    Site Member

    Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

    I purchased about five months ago as a travel guitar. I was focused on a budget acoustic that would fit in airplane overhead compartments so I could practice while I was traveling. The airplane fit is good. The sound is disappointing. It does the job if you are working on chord transitions or fingering with a soft strum. Anything above a soft strum and the sound becomes similar to a ukulele.

    (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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice instrument

          By James Widman

          from Frisco, TX

          Comments about Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar:

          I bought this JR1 for my 9 year old grandson as a first guitar. It is very well made, precision neck and frets. It is easy to play and he is using it! Amazing tone for the smaller body. I can play this one as well. This guitar will be in the family for a long time. Great value.

          (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!

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