Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar Review: The Cheapest Guitars On The Market
Everybody knows that it’s wise to give a cheap and an affordable guitar to a beginner. First, they don’t understand the difference between the sounds of a $1000 guitar makes compared to a guitar that’s just under $500. But how affordable can you really go when it comes to guitars?
The Jasmine S35 acoustic guitar is one of the cheapest guitars on the market today. For just under $80, the Jasmine S35 features sounds that would help any beginner understand how to play the basic and even intermediate guitar chords and songs.
This Jasmine S35 acoustic guitar review will show you all its features, the materials that were used to build it, its pros and cons, my rating for the guitar and my recommendations. But first of all, here is an introduction to Jasmine Guitars.
Jasmine Guitars were originally owned by one of the most famous guitar manufacturing companies, the Takamine Guitars. It’s one of those companies that are renowned for producing quality guitars over and under $1000. But after 10 years or so, Jasmine Guitars was sold to the KMC Music Company and this includes the famous Jasmine S35.
About Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar Review
The Jasmine S35 is known to be the best-selling “steel string acoustic guitar” on the market. Not bad for an $80 guitar right? But what makes the S35 better compared to other guitars with the same price range are the materials that were used to make this guitar.
Jasmine guitars are known to deliver good quality guitars that are just under $500. Most of their models have a glossy finish, but the Jasmine S35 is known for having that satin finish which provides, for me, a more natural sounding acoustic guitar.
Because of its very affordable price, the S35 is especially made for beginners who would like to learn how to play a guitar. Plus, it’s best for people who love to travel with their guitar or just hanging out.
Features of Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar
The Jasmine S35 acoustic guitar is, again, one of the cheapest guitars on the market today that can still produce good quality sound. Even for a price of $80 or less, the materials that were used to create this guitar are almost the same as other guitars with the price of under $500.
Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar Composition
What makes the S35 better compared to its competitors in the same price range are the materials that were used and how the guitar was formed. To start things off, the fingerboard (the strings on the neck of the guitar that produces the quality of the sound) is made of rosewood which is typically used for low budgeted guitars that aims to achieve the best natural sound of acoustic guitars.
The top of the guitar is finely made with spruce wood with Jasmine Advanced “X” Bracing that holds the tone together when you play it. I personally like how Jasmine still incorporates their signature bracing even if the S35 is one of their cheapest guitars. This only shows that they are serious at any project that they have so that they can produce quality guitars for their customers.
Next, the back and sides of the Jasmine S35 are made of Agathis which is conifer, inexpensive and evergreen wood that is almost similar to Mahogany. Most entry-level guitars use Nato wood for better projection of sound quality, but Agathis would already be a great choice if the guitar is under $300.
It’s equipped with Chrome setting tuners that’s supported by the spruce wood. The strings that they used for the guitar when shipped is Phopher bronze light gauge .012-.053 which is quite a low quality set of strings, but it can be easily solved by replacing it with a $5 set of strings.
It has a dreadnaught and a slim neck profile and 20 close frets which makes it easy to play even if you have small fingers. This makes it ideal for beginners, so that you can easily learn how to change chords and do it fast.
Lastly, it has a natural color with a satin finish. Satins are different from a glossy finish because they are a much lighter coat. If you want an acoustic guitar that creates a more natural sound and creates a natural resonance with the wood, then it is best that you choose a guitar with a satin finish.
As what I have noticed, satin finished guitars don’t produce that punchy or crisp sound when compared to a glossy finish. It has a less bright, warm and duller tone when compared to glossy finished guitars. As beginners when it comes to guitars, it’s alright that you don’t really notice these types of differences, but you’ll get to understand it better when you play longer and better with different guitars.
How Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar Looks:
The Jasmine S35 also has one those traditional acoustic guitar looks. It has a natural color that will make you remember of those good old years when your father or grandfather used to play for you when you were little.
How Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar Sounds:
Because the Jasmine S35 is installed with Phopher bronze light gauge .012-.053, it produces low quality sound. That’s why most of its buyers choose to buy a different set of strings in order to create a more descent sound. I suggest that you buy D’Addario strings because it’s actually one of the most trusted strings on the market today.
Personal Opinion: Editor’s Jasmine S35 Review
For me, if you’re looking to buy an entry-level guitar for yourself or for someone else and you have a limited budget, then I suggest that you choose the Jasmine S35. I bought one for my brother because he was interested with guitars and I was hesitating to lend him my $1000 guitar so I chose to buy him one for himself.
I was actually glad that I chose the S35 for my brother because he was very comfortable with the overall size and shape of the guitar. Although we had to change his strings to D’Addario, it was a smaller expense rather than buying him a $300 – $500 guitar.
Once we’ve properly tuned it to place, the guitar was all set and ready to go. My brother was thrilled with his new guitar and used to play it a couple of hours a day. He didn’t complain about the guitar, which was pretty good for $80.
I noticed that the guitar itself has a weird sound when played, but my brother didn’t notice at all, maybe because he was not that sensitive enough with the sound yet. (For him, his $80 guitar has the same quality of sound with my $1000, weird right?) But overall, I totally recommend the Jasmine S35 acoustic guitar for those people on a tight budget but would still love to have their own brand new guitar.
Pros and Cons of Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar
Pros of Jasmine S35
The features of this guitar are totally made for a beginner only that is why you shouldn’t expect that much when you already know a lot about guitars. Even if it’s just under $80, here are some pros that you can expect to have:
- Great for those people on a tight budget because it’s very affordable.
- Has descent sound even for its price.
- Can be a great practice ground for those people just trying out guitars.
Cons of Jasmine S35
Of course, you can’t expect an $80 guitar to have the same features as a $500 guitar. Here are some cons that will notice from the Jasmine S35.
- It’s a standalone guitar, which means you should expect it to be shipped without a case, set of extra strings, tuners, etc. ($80 is already cheap even for a guitar.)
- It doesn’t come with electronics. Of course, even at $300 guitar doesn’t have electronics equipped to them so you should already understand that.
- Has a weird sound for those people who already understand the importance of sound quality, but it will pass the ears of beginners.
A review wouldn’t be complete if I don’t give a rating, so here’s what I think about the Jasmine S35:
Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar Review
- Hardware And Durability - 8/10 8/10
- Sound - 9/10 9/10
- Value - 10/10 10/10
- Impression - 9/10 9/10
- Features - 9.5/10 9.5/10
- Action, Fit and Finish - 9/10 9/10
When you’re looking for an acoustic guitar that’s fit for a beginner and you’re on a tight budget, then I definitely recommend the Jasmine S35. For only $80, you already got a guitar with good sound quality that will make every entry-level player proud of themselves.
Even though it has some minor drawbacks, it’s already a good bargain, not only for its price, but also for its value. It’s made with quality materials and manufactured by a respectable brand so you can be sure that it will last for a couple of years until the beginner becomes an intermediate level guitar player.
Plus, if you’re looking for a guitar that you can easily bring wherever you go, then the Jasmine S35 would be a great buddy for you. You don’t have to worry about your guitar being damaged while you’re away compared to bringing your expensive guitar.