A cheap guitar is bought because you want to get as much for as little as possible. When you are offered a chance to pick up a bundle, containing a guitar, for a price lower than 100 dollars, you must restrain your enthusiasm. While you are getting a lot for a whole lot of cheap, you also need to understand: some guitars are cheap because they are not good and have a slew of issues. Some bundles, such as in the case of the Sawtooth Acoustic Dreadnought Guitar bundle, do offer you a good opportunity though. Let’s take a closer look and figure out what this opportunity is.
First and foremost – the dreadnought shape. The dreadnought finds widespread use, in every price bracket of the market. It is the favorite of many manufacturers and players alike because it offers a lot of power and a good bass response. Which is why the fact that the dreadnought is present on this guitar is a good thing. You want as much sound as possible out of your first guitar, and the added bass response is a nice bonus. While slightly bulky, it is easy to adjust to.
The top wood of the guitar is Spruce. A good choice of hardwood with a number of great qualities. The laminate, while dulling the sound slightly, does not get in the way of the wood resonating with the mid and high tones to a beautiful degree. The mahogany back and sides are a definitely good addition. The laminate nature does not allow for the mahogany characteristic effect on the sound, but it keeps the guitar sturdy and able to take punishment.
The neck of the guitar is mahogany as well – a good choice. The guitar has a surprisingly good arrangement of tonewoods, especially for how cheap it is. The fretboard is a nice and smooth rosewood.
The bridge of the guitar is a nice and sturdy laminated rosewood, adding just a tinge more of a bass response onto the already present powerful bass.
The nut and saddle of the guitar are compensated synthetic plastic. While I do not like synthetics as much as I like natural materials, these provide the strings with nice harmonics, while keeping the buzz to a minimum.
The entirety of the hardware is chrome. The tuners of this guitar are its weakest point. They need to be retuned almost every time you want to play, which is a little annoying.
The sound of the guitar is surprisingly pleasant, for an instrument this cheap. The guitar has a powerful sound, thanks to its dreadnought body projection. The bass response on the guitar is very good, sometimes too good, resulting in a booming sound that can be prevented by not getting too excited when playing. The higher tones of the guitar are well expressed, while the midtones easily hold their own. While the sound might not be something a professional might find satisfactory, a beginner player will definitely get the kick out of it. Warm, vibrant and powerful, this sound feels like it should come from a more expensive instrument.
Overall, the guitar is one of the best options you will ever have in the under 100 bracket. It provides the player with a beautiful set of tonewoods and design, resulting in a sound exceeding the expectations of where the instrument is placed in terms of price. The bundle that comes with the guitar is astoundingly large in terms of what it includes. A tuner, gig bag, picks, guitar stand and strap, as well as an introductory guide for guitar is definitely something to be excited about in a bundle this cheap. Overall, I recommend it for any beginner looking to save on price.