It might be a little bit tricky and time-consuming to find a guitar at an affordable price, especially if you are looking for a jumbo-sized guitar. You do not want to sacrifice good sound and build for the price but at the same time you do not want to scrape out your wallet. So the key is to tread lightly when it comes to cheaper models (well, actually expensive ones too but you know what I am saying). There are quite a few things to keep in mind and a list of things you do not want to sacrifice. On that note, let’s discuss one of a guitar that might be the right fit for your needs and wallet – Jasmine S34C NEX.
Just like with any affordable guitar you get good things and then you get not so good things. Let’s talk about the good stuff first. If you are comfortable with bigger guitars and want louder, and defined tone than jumbo is the way to go. A lot of people find playing bigger guitars to be quite uncomfortable but this model comes with a Venetian-style cutaway that lets you access the full range of tones. Now as to a bad thing: tonewood. Well, it does not necessarily have to be a bad thing. This guitar features Sapele back and sides which are not the most revered material and laminated spruce top with advanced “X” Bracing. Laminated in most cases means that the sound is not as bright. But as always, one part of the guitar does not define how good or bad the guitar is – it is definitely a combination of multiple things and if the construction is done right Sapele or not, it might sound great. Jasmine’s advanced bracing basically means “forward-shifted” “X” which helps produce more open sound with improved definition.
Jasmine S34C NEX comes with die-cast tuners at the stock head. It also has a dark-stained rosewood fingerboard and bridge fitted with a synthetic compensated saddle and bone nut. Synthetic bone nut might not be considered as high of a quality as actual bone nut but I do not think it messes up the sound in any way and the cheaper version is used for a very simple reason – cheaper price.
Jasmine S34C Sound
If you are looking for something that sounds astounding and quite load you would think that you would need to pay out that is definitely not the case. Jumbos, like dreadnaught, are known to be louder so if you are looking for that you are in luck because this one brings the A-game. The projection and low-end response is great. The quartersawn lets the top vibrate more freely that gives you much better sound resulting in overall well-balanced sound that provides everything you are looking for in a jumbo.
I am never too keen on trusting a brand just because I have good experience with one or two of their models or know about their reputation. An amazing brand can produce a God-awful product that you will never want to touch but the reputation of the company, like Jasmine, is there because of some amazing products that they put out. Products that are not high end and only affordable for professional musicians but for “common people”. S34C Nex is one of the models, I believe that strengthen their reputation for producing good quality product for a great price.
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