Excellent value and motivator for my kid
I got this for my son's eighth birthday with low expectations of the quality. When I unpacked it and checked it out, I thought "this looks pretty good." After the birthday unveiling, we brought it, as a family, to Brooklyn Lutherie (highly recommended) for a set up. Mamie was impressed with the guitar and it needed a lot less work that we anticipated and a lower set up fee than we expected.
Most importantly, my son, who hasn't had guitar lessons of any sort, picked up the guitar and started experimenting with it right away. We don't know if he'll stick with it, but at this price, the investment is worth it.
We got it with the Fender Mini '57 Twin which is another inexpensive gem. It amplifies and it growls and it's plenty loud when we need that.
In response to another reviewer, the Road Runner Roadster OM Brat Guitar Bag fits this guitar just fine, and the straps can be cinched for a little body. The guitar's still probably too heavy for sustained back carrying for a child, but each parent can figure that out.
Finally - shout out to David Mikautadze, my Sweetwater rep, for helping me out on this.