These guitars are generally for the beginner guitar player to not invest too much into their instrument until they get better. However, this guitar will last for years to come and still play great. I use mine as a camp guitar so I don’t worry about getting nicks or scratches on it. Very Durable!
As a guitar teacher that having taught guitar for more than 35 years and also having owned and played on Jasmine by Takamine S35 acoustic guitar for 7 months, I wanted to share my review of this acoustic guitar.
However, this Jasmine by Takamine S35 acoustic guitar review will not sugar-coat the Jasmine S35. As is expected of a low price acoustic guitar for newbies, it does have it’s own set of some shortcomings. This is a basic-entry-level-guitar and it lacks a lot of desirable features of a standard guitar.
Also, don’t just take this review as your only source of information. You could read more reviews of several buyers who have bought or played this guitar.
So, is this guitar good ? Does it fit into my wish-list for students ? Whom, if at will I recommend this guitar to ? and much more… So Here’s my comprehensive take on the S35 acoustic guitar.
- 1 Features of Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar:
- 2 The Two Different Types of Takamine Jasmine Guitars
- 3 Why I liked Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar
- 4 Things I dislike about Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar
- 5 Conclusion
Features of Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar:
- Top: Laminated Spruce,
- Back & Sides: Laminated Nato,
- Fingerboard: Rosewood,
- Bridge: Rosewood,
- Tuners: Chrome Plated,
- Satin Finish: Natural Gloss for good resonance,
- Nut Width: 1 11/16″,
- Scale Length: 25 3/8″,
- Product Dimensions: 42.5 x 19.2 x 7 (inches),
- Weight: 10.7 pounds.
The Two Different Types of Takamine Jasmine Guitars
The standard dreadnought of the Jasmine by Takamine S35 is great for most beginners. When learn to play acoustic guitar as a beginner you rarely access the high frets. This Jasmine by Takamine S35 is much more affordable and even advanced players prefer a good dreadnought guitar. So, this Jasmine S35 is my pick! I love it!
Is just that, part of the body of the Jasmine by Takamine S34C has been cutaway. This makes the higher frets on the fretboard much easier to access when shredding up and down the fretboard. A little more of an advanced acoustic guitar if you ask me. Also, it’s has a bit more expensive than Jasmine S35. Worth it though if you want an acoustic guitar that will last through all stages of your playing and abilities
Why I liked Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar
1. Price & the value for money
The Jasmine S35 acoustic guitar is an amazing deal. For this price range, it is the BEST sounding guitar you’ll get. The Gibson, Martin, Yamaha and other brands have no better offering in this price range.
The Takamine Jasmine S35 dreadnough acoustic guitar is good for beginners. It has a large, full, deep sounds. Of course, the sounds of the Jasmine S35 is amazing warm and full. However, it isn’t a $500 acoustic guitar but its sound makes it seem like more expensive guitar.
[ I am sure some of musicians wouldn’t agree more on what I thinks about ]. The craftsmanship of Jasmine S35 acoustic guitar is more better than is expected for a entry-level-low-priced acoustic guitar. The attention given to details combines together to render an nice tone and good plucked harmonics, something that determines the good playability which is most important for beginners. The action is low but not buzz when playing, It’s clear and crisp sound!
3. Ease of playing
In terms of playing, I must say that the action is quite comfortable (if not the best) thereby helping the beginners pick up the guitar faster. Jasmine by Takamine S35 acoustic guitar is an easy instrument to play and to keep in tune.
The action is pretty O.K and is not at all bad (it is surprising for a low-end acoustic guitar!) as was suggested by some reviews that I had read for Jasmine S35. The fretboard is also pretty comfortable making it really easy easy manoeuvrings through it.
Things I dislike about Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar
1. Low String response time
Well I shouldn’t be complaining about its price but you should know this before you possibly purchase this S35 acoustic guitar. The strings response time is a bit on the lower side and could be a small hindrance for the beginners.
But I look at it in this way – picking up on any instrument is only a matter of habit. If you have learn driving on a big vehicle, and with smaller vehicles are all the more easier to handle.
2. Laminated wood
Laminated wood will reduce the influence of humidity and temperature but their sounds will never improve with age.
And… that’s it!
In my experience as a guitar teacher, I have seen so many people who start learning on their own quit in the first few months... and Why?
Because lets admit that it is painful in the beginning phases to rub your fingers against the fretboard. Once you pick up a few songs it starts becoming a pleasure.
In that case, there is no point spending a huge amount of money to buy a guitar and then realize that its not working out for you. When you find yourself picking really well you can then consider buying your best guitar say after a years time.
1. Best things in life are for Free
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I have been teaching guitar for more than a decade and I have seen thousands of teaching methodologies during these years. I can safely vouch that the free lessons are equal to (if not better) than many of the pricey guitar lessons currently available in the market.
This Free Guitar course is broken down into 20 lessons that you can learn at your own pace. The teaching methodology is perhaps the best at Zentao and the icing on the cake is that it is absolutely Free .
2. Another point worth knowing
I bought this guitar around seven months back when the piece was more expensive at that. Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar has gone further cheap since that time and I am still chapped that I paid a much higher price for mine.
Overall the Jasmine by Takamine S35 Acoustic Guitar is good value. It’s a great acoustic guitar for newbies, or someone who doesn’t wanna spend a lot of money, but wants a good quality full sized acoustic guitar.