The ‘Gold Rush’ ST91 is a 3/4-size, dreadnought style guitar. This means that it has all the resonance and full tones expected of a guitar with a dreadnought body shape, but at only 3/4 the size.
The Gold Rush series of acoustic guitars have been designed to be just like the more high-end models, but with simpler features. This is a much better way to lessen the cost of a guitar than to cut corners on manufacturing quality!
The smaller size make this instrument great for if you find the regular dreadnought body too large. This can often be the case for more slightly built, or younger people.
Overall: (3.5 / 5)
The guitar features a light weight, nato mahogany body, and a traditional X-bracing system, which helps provide a balanced, and yet bright tone. The single-ply bindings, rosewood bridge and die-cast tuners mean this baby sure isn’t going to fall apart any time soon!
This guitar has been designed by luthier Greg Bennet, and- as with many Samick guitars- is definitely in the budget range. Greg Bennet do offer more high-end models, however.
The bridge has rounded corners, which not only prevents the finish from cracking at the corners, it also helps to soften the appearance of the guitar. We feel that this is a really nice touch, especially when paired with the way that the end of the fretboard merges with the curve of the soundhole.
- Nato Mahogany top, back and sides
- Rosewood fretboard (12” radius) and bridge
- Die-cast tuners
- 3/4 size body
- Nato Mahogany neck
- Nut width 1 11/16”
- 18 fret, 23 1/4”scale
- Dot inlay
- Single-ply binding
- Rosewood bridge
What We liked
One of the first things to noticed is the rounded, C-shape neck profile that really makes this guitar easy to play. The frets are cut smoothly to the fretboard- so there are no jagged or rough edges.
They’re not lying when they say that they’ve cut back on features, and not cut corners! The whole guitar is made from nato mahogany, from South America, which isn’t the most expensive wood out there, but it definitely does the job.
By comparison, the next model up (the ST92) has a spruce soundboard, with the rest as mahogany. This is another example of ‘you get what you pay for’, if you believe that the woods make that much difference…
Also, don’t be put off by the 3/4 size body. Dreadnought style guitars tend to be fairly large already, and you can think of this as just a smaller version, and not necessarily a child’s version.
What We didn’t like
Considering this is a budget guitar, you have to expect some imperfections, right?
Well, to be honest, no. This guitar doesn’t have much to dislike about it, only the strings it comes with are possibly a little thick and heavy. You can replace these with a lighter set.
The only downsides to this guitar are the materials used. Personally, I’m not sure a spruce top over the nato mahogany is so much of a huge advantage, and the die cast tuners do the job pretty well, and keep you in tune (even if they’re not made of the best materials).
This is what happens when a great company make a cheaper guitar: the quality of manufacture and build are not sacrificed; the materials are just less expensive.
Overall ST91 by Samick Acoustic Guitar Review
Well, if you’re a professional musician working in a studio, then we’d suggest giving this one a miss. However, if you’re a gigging musician looking for a roadworthy acoustic guitar, then you can’t go wrong with the Samick ST91.
Sure, more high-end materials could have been used, but this would have driven up the price. Either way, the build quality is impeccable! No rough edging or messy glue joints here!
If you get this guitar, it’s sure to last (provided you treat it well) and not fall apart after the first few months. Also, it’ll sound and look great without breaking the bank (people may even believe it’s a more expensive instrument). That would be the main takeaway from out ST-91 by Samick Acoustic Guitar review.