Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar Review: The Affordable Good

Overview

The Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar, manufactured by the Japanese company Takamine, is made for guitarists on a tight budget and novices. For those who are just starting and unsure if they would be passionate about playing the guitar in the long run, this is a good start for you.

It’s affordable enough but with a bold sound that gives you a glimpse of what higher-priced acoustic guitars would feel and sound like. It has simple dreadnought design and a satin natural finish with the back and sides made from Agathis wood. It is able to deliver great sound at a low price.

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Jasmine S35 Acoustic Guitar, Natural
  • Features a Spruce Top
  • Laminated Nato back & sides.
  • Satin Finish

Product Features and Specifications

Simple and Natural Design

The Jasmine S35 features a non-cutaway dreadnought body with a spruce wood top and Agathis back and sides. It also has a pickguard.The neck is slim (with just a 12” radius) and made of nato with a rosewood fingerboard and bridge and it has a scale length of 25 1/2” with 20 frets.

The nut and saddle are made of synthetic bone. The tuning heads are chrome covered. Both the neck and the body has a satin and natural finish to complete the simple beauty off the acoustic guitar as well as maximizing its resonance.

Sound

The Jasmine S35 features and X-style bracing for big, bold sounds. The product also includes Phosphor Bronze acoustic guitar strings (Light Gauge .012-.053).

The overall sound is well-balanced considering the low-cost value. As long as you don’t push the tuning heads beyond their limit, the strings will stay in tune for some time. But tuning has been a common issue in affordable guitars and is easily managed.

Value

This is also among the most affordable acoustic guitars in the market but many have commented that they’re getting more than what they paid for in terms of sound and playability.

User Feedback

There have been mixed reviews for the product, mainly because of the wide range of customers who have purchased it. Beginners and hobbyists have little problem with the Jasmine S35, noting that it goes beyond what entry-level acoustic guitars in its price range would offer. However, more experienced hands have had to deal with its little imperfections and required some modification for the product to sound decent enough.

Regarding the sound, many are pleasantly surprised at the quality. The low-end response can be a little loose but the trebles are not shallow and the volume is loud enough. It may not be for a serious performance but it’s more than enough for beginners and practice. Some have even used it for recording and jam sessions at small venues.

Hardware and design-wise, it’s simple and used low-cost alternatives to some parts but it doesn’t affect the sound quality like other low-priced acoustic guitars do. However, there seems to be an inconsistency in the assembling of the model, with one even commenting that thisJasmine acoustic guitar is different now compared to what was received in prior transactions.

Some have mentioned that string action is too high and one unfortunate incident is when filing the frets was required.Others have mentioned the common issue of needing to tune often. After hours of playing, the strings will go out of tune but it’s nothing major and is expected to occur.

Buyers who opt to buy a new set of strings should expect that the strings need to be broken and will go out of tune as it adjusts.But overall, the Jasmine S35 has good playability and decent sound and most users agree that it’s worth their money.

Ratings

Guitar Fella has made an in-depth review of the product that’s worth reading. It rates the Jasmine S35 with 4 stars for the Body and Neck, 4 stars for the Hardware, 4 stars for the Sound and 4.9 stars for Value.

Guitar Center rates the Jasmine Acoustic Guitar with 4.7 stars out of 5 from 52 reviews. eBay ranks it at 4.5 stars out 5 from 13 reviews while Musician’s Friend gives the lowest rating at 3.6 stars out 5 based on 17 reviews.

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Good sound
  • Decent quality and make
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty

Cons

  • High string action
  • Goes out of tune after some time

Conclusion



The Jasmine S35 is a great entry-level acoustic guitar for beginners and students as well as a good practice guitar for professionals. Novices will find this easy to play and handle. Meanwhile, professionals can get around the little flaws with some tweaks to let it shine and unleash its potential as a good recording or home acoustic guitar.

It’s perfect for musicians in a tight budget and who are looking for an inexpensive but decent instrument to play in gigs.

Bottom line, the Jasmine S35 is a good guitar. Not great, but it can definitely perform better than other acoustic guitars within the same price range.

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