I received this guitar in the Guitar / Mandolin package that Musicians Friend offers for my 2005 Christmas present. After a year and a half it is still going pretty strong.
The intonation is not spot on, but bearable. The tuners stink. The frets are starting to wear, but I play this thing a lot!
You can here it on my song Yellow Pages on my Soundclick page.....
Not bad for a cheap dread, 'eh?
I am a retired pro drummer of 35 + years that also plays guitar, bass, keys, and assorted other instruments. This guitar was worth the price IMHO.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $99.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
I love my guitar. Good for starting out, and cheap enough to not kill your wallet, but expensive enough to be useful and get the job done.
Price: $70.00 (new)
Where Obtained: http://www.Musiciansfriend.com
Agh! I messed up the name of the strings, it actually has Martin strings! Can't believe I did that. Anyway, it's Martin not Marshall! Lol, I have an excuse, I'm a beginner! It was manufactured in Oregon. There are 19 frets, and six strings. It is solid black with a fine polish that makes it mirror-like. It's my first guitar, and I'm not sure of how to describe it just yet, but I have already fallen in-love with it because it is so beautiful. It wasn't messily put together, either. It has a great and prominent sound. It's been described on the site I bought it from as the perfect beginner's guitar, or good as a beater guitar.
It is hard sometimes to wrap the fingers around the neck to hit the notes, but other than that it has yet to have any flaws. Sounds great, looks great, and is inexpensive.
SO far I'm just learning the basics, but it has proved to be great for learning the chords and sounds associated with them.
It is probably better used as a beginner's guitar. Doesn't need adjusting too often. I think someone would need to use this only for beginning and personal use rather than live use or use on-stage.