Don’t tell me you haven’t heard of that name before. The Jasmine S35 pretty much dominates the acoustic guitar market with over 1200 reviews on Amazon alone. Frankly, that’s impressive. I have also read countless times people recommending this guitar for beginners. But have you ever asked yourself why? What makes this guitar so differentiated from the other arguably hundreds of guitars out there? Keep on reading this Jasmine S35 Guitar Review and you will understand why, or why not.
What to Expect
I’m going to warn you before we start into this review that this guitar is not perfect. And no guitar is perfectly perfect. This guitar does carry its own cons and imperfections. However, that doesn’t mean that we should focus on them, either. This guitar has got many upsides that they outweigh the downsides by tons, which is why it’s a good pick for beginners.
To give a bit of info about this guitar, here’s a quick description from Amazon about the product’s anatomy and style:
Tone & Comfortability
The Jasmine S-35 is a great-looking dreadnought guitar with a big, bold sound and excellent features that represent exceptional value. Great for any player seeking a well-built and easy-playing guitar, the S-35 features a select spruce top with Jasmine’s Advanced “X” Bracing, and agathis back and sides.
The slim neck and full 25 1/2″ scale length provide comfortable feel and excellent play ability, and the smooth satin finish maximizes resonance for optimal sound quality. Other great features include a rosewood fingerboard and bridge, full body binding and chrome tuners.
- Model: S-35
- Body Style: Dreadnought
- Top: Spruce
- Bracing: Jasmine Advanced “X” Bracking
- Back and sides: Agathis
- Body Finish: Satin
- Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
- Neck: Nato
- Neck Finish: Satin
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Fingerboard Radius: 12″ (305 mm)
- Number of Frets: 20
- Position Inlays: Pearloid Dots
- Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1 3/4″ (44 mm)
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Saddle: Synthetic Bone, Compensated
- Bridge Pins: Black Plastic
- Hardware: Chrome
- Special Electronics: N/A
- Machine Heads: Chrome Covered
- Strings: Phopher Bronze Light Gauge .012-.053
As you read, this guitar features a Spruce Top with lamented back and sides. The finish is a Satin and the tuning pegs are Chrome covered. The fret board is a Rosewood type.
What People Are Saying
Opinions varied. Some acclaimed this guitar; others deemed it as their worst purchase. It’s really hard to give this guitar a definite rating. This guitar may or may not be a fit for you. It depends solely on your taste and preferred style of playing. I collected a couple of reviews from Verified Buyers on Amazon on what they have got to say about this guitar:
-I want to start by saying that most of the very few negative reviews on here are because these individuals do not know how to set up a guitar, or know that most new guitars need to be set up in the first place.
I think it may be done to save labor, but the truss rod is often not tightened, and the saddle is too high.
This guitar also has the capability to sound like a $400 guitar, but this will cost 20 in extra parts. A TUSQ saddle and a new set of strings. I prefer medium-light for these lesser expensive guys, if the action is set correctly, it will be easy to play and sound beautiful. These are not necessary, but for all the reviewers who say this doesn’t sound as good as some of the nice ones, put the new saddle on and the new strings, set the action, torque the truss rod, and you have yourself a wonderful sounding guitar.
Regardless of your experience with guitars, an easy test to see if this guitar needs to be set up is to stick a quarter under the 12th fret. If it has room on top of it before it touches the string, it will need to be set up. Proceed to step 1, if the quarter fits just perfectly with no room, congrats, you got lucky, you are ready to play.
1.) If you are new to guitar, I would highly recommend taking it to a guitar shop and having them set your action. This will usually cost 20-30 bucks but will make this guitar play really nicely, and your progression as a guitarist will be effortless instead of very difficult.
I don’t recommend spending the extra money on a new saddle or new strings for a beginner. To them, this thing will sound full-bodied as it is, and you can switch out the saddle and the strings in 6 months or a year when you replace the strings anyway.
If you are not new, or new but handy with little repairs and such, go on you-tube and type in “how to set up your new guitar” A great video of how to set it up. For anyone experienced with guitars, the sound quality will be pretty good stock, but to make it resonate and sound full-bodied and amazing (like a true solid spruce top guitar) change out the saddle for a TUSQ or something equivalent and buy some Ernie ball Earthwood medium light 80/20 strings.
Together they run $20 and once your action is set correctly and your truss tightened perfectly this thing will sound like a $400 takamine, No joke.
I keep referring to the action, this is the amount of space between the frets and the strings, it is the most crucial part of setting up a new guitar and will make ease of playing, sound quality and the whole experience fantastic. The way to decrease action is to loosen the strings enough to pull the saddle out and sand it down 1/32 – 1/8th inch depending on how much is needed. This process takes less than 10 minutes yet many players don’t know how, or don’t know that this is an option.
Many reviewers on here say that the “action is too high” which it may be, but it is VERY easy to fix, and makes or breaks any inexpensive guitar. Please don’t listen to the bad reviews from the individuals that have not yet set up their action correctly, this is a takamine (Taak-ah-mani)which is a fantastic brand that makes fantastic quality guitars, do not be fooled by the price tag. This is a beauty, and is simple but perfect for any person with a spare 100 bucks.
And honestly, I would not buy any guitar upgrade until you could afford a Seagull s6 (roughly $400) as the seagull will play like a $1,200 guitar. DO NOT waste your money on any other cheap guitar out there, and remember… when you buy a new guitar, it needs to be set up!
You now know more than the people out there, so the next time you hear someone saying “the action is way too high” or “This cheap guitar doesn’t have sustain” or “this doesn’t sound full-bodied like the nice ones.” Just smile and know that all they need is to buy a new saddle, some new strings, and adjust the action (all less than 20 bucks if you do the work yourself). I have seen friends buy $1000 guitars and never sand the saddle down, it makes me sad.
I know this is long guys, but thank you for reading, I highly recommend this guy, and I highly recommend the seagull s6 as the next guitar upgrade. Have fun playing!
I found this review to be the most precise and helpful. Here are a few other opinions that you may find helpful:
-Some reviewers have criticized this guitar but, as one positive reviewer said, it is amazing that you can buy a musical instrument of this quality for such a low price. If you are a guitar enthusiast and avid player, you probably will immediately notice that this guitar is not nearly as good as one that sells for $300 or $400.
But of course not–it is not a $300 guitar; it is a $70 guitar. For $70, you can’t go wrong. It is a beautiful guitar. The action is not as high as others have said and the strings are fine. I tuned it and played it right out of the box and it sounds great. I love this guitar. You cannot go wrong for $70.
–I bought this guitar to use with the Fender Play guitar lesson since I saw an ad on Facebook and saw that it was half price for life. I never knew how to learn to play and the Fender program was just what I was looking for.
In my highly unqualified opinion I think this is a pretty nice guitar for a very good entry level price. This is not my first guitar. I bought one several years ago and quickly became frustrated just to sell it, for a loss, after it sat int he corner for a few months.
My son, who is 7 years old got a Yamaha 3/4 size guitar for his birthday in September, which sparked my interest again. His Yamaha is all I have to compare this Guitar to and the Yamaha, in my opinion is probably a “nicer” guitar. I nearly bought a Yamaha, but after browsing I decided for the less expensive option in case my playing history repeats itself.
I was surprised that the strap peg (is that what it is called?) is under the neck instead of above it. It is above the neck on the Yamaha. I don’t have a strap yet so I don’t know if it effects the guitar in any way. I think the finish on the Yamaha is much nicer than the Jasmine, but I really don’t care. I figure that is I learn to play I can spend a $200 or $300 on a better guitar later down the line.
The B string was a little too close to the E string, leaving an uneven gap between the B and the G-string, but I was able to correct that..
Other than that so far so good.
Is It Worth It?
I say give it a go. As a reviewer pointed, you can’t go wrong for a 70 bucks. If you are a beginner, then this guitar is a good place to start. If you are an experienced player, this guitar could be further step to expand your experience. And if you do actually give it a go, then don’t forget to give us a quick opinion, even if you are an utter beginner.
This product is for roughly 76 dollars on Amazon. You can get this guitar with the full accessories bundle all for $135.
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