This is a very good guitar for the price. It has a lot of features that similarly priced guitars often don't, like an adjustable truss rod and an articulated saddle, which means you can avoid a number of problems that are common in cheap guitars, like strings that are in tune when open but sharp when fretted (you will -never- get a guitar with this problem truly in tune unless you can make adjustments that are beyond the scope of any beginner, and that's if the construction if the guitar lets you make them). It has a fairly easy action, which makes it easy to play when your fretting technique is still developing and contributes less to sore fingertips than a model with higher action, so it's a very encouraging instrument for a beginner, instead of a frustrating one. It's pretty plain-Jane in appearance, but the sound quality is acceptable; it makes a very decent starter instrument, adequate to learn the basics without causing bad habits and get you to the point where you know whether or not you're a serious player and a more expensive instrument makes sense. The included tuner works well, and it's a handy tool when you're still developing your ear, much easier than trying to tune from a piano, tuning fork, or pitch pipe; it's probably about a $10-15 value by itself. Even without it, though, this guitar is a decent deal. The Chord Buddy is, at best, an amusing toy; if you're really serious about learning to play, don't use it. It's basically for people who think that playing Guitar Hero teaches you something about playing a real guitar -- it might be fun to goof around with, but don't go fooling yourself that playing chords with it means you've learned how to play guitar. I valued it at $0 when considering the price of the package, and tossed mine in the junk drawer.
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