Perfect little guitar
So I just thought I would write this review up for anyone that's still thinking about getting one of these cool little guitars. I spent weeks researching it on forums watching on the Youtube videos, and I finally just bought it, and I've had it for a few weeks now, so I thought it would be a good time to write a review for it.
I've been playing for about 10+ years now. I enjoy blues/bluegrass styles like Chet Atkins, Elizabeth Cotten, John Fahey, Mississippi Fred McDowell, John Hurt, RL Burnside, the Band, Black Keys, CCR, CW Stoneking, Ry Cooder, and overall most fingerstyle stuff, etc. I enjoy playing in standard tuning, as well as with a slide in Open G or Open D, and Open C as well. This guitar does all that and then some with ease. It's definitely become my go to for around the house noodling and for on the go in place of my resonator.
I think this guitar is suitable for the beginner as well as the more experienced guitarist. In my opinion, it's not really till you've played awhile and have held a few guitars in your hands that you can start telling which guitars are quality and which guitars are going to be a pain in the butt to play (intonation and action/overall setup). I think for the more experienced guitarists this guitar just feels good. It doesn't feel cheap, and it doesn't sound bad either. For the guitarists who are just starting out if you're debating which guitar to get or if this is a gift for a future guitarist then definitely consider the Jim Dandy because I think anyone will have a really good time learning on this guitar because it doesn't weigh that much, the neck is pretty small, the action is set up nicely, and the body isn't too bulky for a kid or an adult who is trying to learn. It just has a lot of the small things that'll make learning the guitar a more positive experience.
The positives: It came set up extremely well right out of the box. I didn't have to make any adjustments. I kind of bought it as a little traveler's guitar because I would be too worried to lug my resonator around everywhere especially on long road trips, and luckily the Jim Dandy is a solid substitute. The finish is great, and I think they definitely nailed the look they were going for. Overall, it's a fun guitar. I have it sitting on a stand (while my resonator is in it's case), and I find myself usually going for the Jim Dandy. And like I said earlier, for the type of music I like playing it's perfect. It sounds good with slide, and I think it really sounds huge playing it fingerstyle in Open C or Open D. Also, the neck is smooth like butter, and the intonation is right on.
The areas for improvement: I think my only complaint is that the tuners don't always stay in tune, but that's nothing a little upgrade can't fix. Also, if you're buying this guitar as a bedroom guitar you're probably planning on just leaving it out for a quick grab and go, but I love it so much now that I've been trying to find a decent case for it, and it's been kind of tricky finding a case that'll fit it snug. Just thought I would throw that out there for anyone that might think they'll get really invested in playing it!
Also, I would like to give a big thanks to Jed at Sweetwater for helping me with the order and everything. They're really cool here, and he even called the next day to confirm that I had placed the order, and he followed up with any questions I had regarding my purchase.