WELL DESIGNED JASMINE S35 ACOUSTIC GUITAR REVIEW
The Jasmine S35 is a guitar that completely redefines the budget segment. No guitar sounds as good and has such a ridiculous price tag. Most people spend a lot of money purchasing an expensive acoustic guitar since they are afraid of the quality a cheap guitar might produce.
However, with the Jasmine S35:
YOU GET TO BOTH SAVE MONEY AND MAKE ZERO COMPROMISES TO SOUND QUALITY.
The Jasmine S35 was designed by a Japanese company known as Takamine acoustic guitars but is now sold by KMC Music Company. The guitars made are still similar, and the guitars are factory-made in China. This guitar has a bold, balanced, and rich tone and looks to have taken a thing or two from the Jasmine S34C regarding the build.
A bottom line budget acoustic guitar aimed more towards those looking for a beginner guitar for children, or for an instrument to take around on the road or to places where more expensive gear is at risk of being damaged.
- Dreadnought body
- Quilted maple body
- Solid spruce top
- Mahogany neck
- Rosewood bridge and fretboard
- Symmetrical neck shape
- 20 frets
- Chrome tuners
- Chrome hardware
- Laminated neck
- Laminated body
Even for a beginner guitar, and even at its price range, the Jasmine S35 still feels lackluster. Laminate is hit or miss with most guitar companies–usually miss–because manufacturers tend to believe that they can use extremely poor quality wood if they laminate over it to try and seal up cracks, large pores, and other imperfections that would otherwise make the wood unusable, and give it poor tone. Unsurprisingly, the tactic does not work with the Jasmine S35.
There is not much to it, and for a dreadnought it is unexpectedly light, most likely due to the dryness of the wood. The hardware is cheap, and the tuners don’t grip the strings well enough to keep the guitar from slipping out of tune with more imposing bends. Overall, the guitar simply feels toy-like, which isn’t a good thing no matter if you are a beginner or an experienced musician.
Laminate just feels bad. Not only does it make the guitar feel cheap, it also makes the guitar feel odd, at times almost sticky. Laminate tends to get dirty very easily, and tends to stubbornly hold onto that dirt.
Action & Feel
Intonation is never perfect out of the box. Oftentimes, guitars need to be set up after purchase. It is something that most musicians expect, and it is an expense that should always be taken into account. What makes the Jasmine S35 a problem is that the intonation is just plain poor. The guitar is “set up” as if it was built, given a half-hazard tuning, and shopped out without being adjusted in any way. Even for such a budget guitar, this is simply unacceptable, as it makes the instrument virtually unplayable for less experienced guitarists.
The guitar itself plays decently. There is nothing special about it; it plays like you would expect a guitar in a slightly lower price range to play. For beginners, it is an instrument that will be outgrown very quickly. For experienced players, it will simply be a nuisance.
If there is one word to describe the tone of the Jasmine S35, it would have to be “wooden.” The guitar simply sounds bad. The tone is plucky, and not in a pleasant bluegrass way; it sounds damp, as if the guitar was run under a faucet before being packed in its box and flown halfway across the world. It’s a disappointing sound, to say the least.
The Intersection Between Price and Quality
If you want to know whether the guitar you purchase will have a poor or rich sound, focus on looking at one feature, a solid wood top. The problem is, you won’t find this feature on guitars at the price at which the Jasmine S35 goes for unless it’s a rip-off. Other than the solid wood top, this guitar has another feature rarely found on guitars at its level, advanced X bracing.
The Build Quality
Most cheap acoustic guitars made in a factory assembly line often have flaws in their construction. In most instances, the problem is usually the build. As such, be sure to inspect your Jasmine S35 once it is delivered to ensure that its construction is flawless with zero mistakes in its assembly. This guitar’s price is significantly reduced thanks to the synthetic bone nut and saddle.
The saddle might be placed a little too high for some people, but again, that issue can be quickly and easily resolved by a quick visit to a guitar shop. We recommend a tune-up after purchasing your guitar to ensure that it is functioning at an optimum level. Still, technology has made it easier for people to do many things that would otherwise require you to dive deeper into your pocket.
The internet is awash with how-to videos, and if you are technically inclined, you can learn to tune your guitar via a YouTube tutorial. Nonetheless, the Jasmine S35 is playable straight out of the box. In addition to its rich and balanced tone, this guitar also has a surprising volume. You expect entry level guitars not to be as loud, but the Jasmine S35 can give an astounding loud sound.
However, it is not the magical type of sound quality that you will enjoy from the guitar even after hitting the intermediate or professional levels. The Jasmine S35 is decent enough to pass for a budget-friendly acoustic guitar for a beginner, but you might soon outgrow it after gaining more playing experience. Nonetheless, it has necessary features to make it one of the best in its category not to mention one of the cheapest as well.
The Jasmine S35 can also be played by children thanks to its slim neck. It is the ideal instrument to carry on the road or as a backup option in case you don’t need to use your first choice pro guitar.