Overall: (3.5 / 5)
These guitars feature an advanced ‘X-bracing’ system, which (unlike standard guitar bracing) is supposed to improve note definition by allowing the soundboard to resonate more freely. This is achieved by shifting the supports inside the guitar (shaped like an “X”) forward and closer to the soundhole (more information on their website, linked above).
The Jasmine S35 is a Dreadnaught style guitar, and it is aimed at either beginners, or as a backup instrument for professional players. If you buy from Amazon, it is also backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Jasmine S35 Features
- Dreadnought Style Body
- Jasmine Advanced “X” Bracing System
- Spruce top with Agathis back and sides
- Rosewood fretboard and bridge
- Nato Neck
- Synthetic bone nut (1 3/4″ or 44mm wide) and saddle
- Satin Natural finish
- Slim neck profile (Fingerboard Radius: 12″ or 305mm)
- 25 1/2″ scale length (648mm from nut to bridge)
- 20 frets
- Pearloid Dots for fret position inlays
- Chrome hardware and machine heads
- Strings: Phopher Bronze Light Gauge .012-.053
What we liked
Well, this guitar is, as promised very good if you’re a beginner (or even intermediate) player! The solid construction is much better than some other guitars in this price range! In fact, I would definitely say that if you want a well made guitar at a reasonable price, this is the instrument that you’ve been looking for.
Most importantly, this guitar is very easy to play and very playable. This is partly due to the professional construction (no dodgy joints or unfinished edges here, as you may find on other cheaper guitars), but also down to the fact that this guitar sounds like it cost a few hundred dollars.
As I said, this guitar is easy to play, which is a bonus for beginners- if you get a guitar that is too difficult to play, there is a danger that you’ll just want to give up. Who wants an impossible amount of effort to sound even close to good? Right, no-one!
Luckily, this guitar is very, very comfortable and easy to play.
What we didn’t like
Well, as can be expected with cheaper guitars, everything is not perfect. For example, the action (distance between strings and frets) is a little high, which makes it more difficult to play than it could be.
Also, the frets are quite small, which could be a problem, depending on your playing style. This all means that the guitar may require a setup (and- according to other reviews- a string change) to sound its absolute best.
Well, if you’re an absolute beginner on a budget, there are cheaper guitars out there. The Jasmine S35 more gives the impression that it’s a cheaper mid-range guitar, rather than a more expensive beginner guitar.
Having said that, if you really know what you’re doing (or are willing to learn) this guitar is up there with some of the more ‘professional’ or ‘high end’ models. It’s definitely worth the money, all things considered.
So, if the price doesn’t put you off, the Jasmine S35 will be great for you- especially if you’re a beginner to intermediate player. I wouldn’t hesitate to use this as a backup guitar in a professional situation, either.