This is a review for the Huntington ¾ student nylon stringed classical guitar, sold by DirectlyCheap.com.
I contacted the Directly Cheap company and asked if they would be interested in sending one of their instruments for a review and they were kind enough to send this classical guitar for my article.
The Directly Cheap Huntington classical guitar is made with a Laminated Linden top, Basswood for the back and sides, and the guitar’s neck, fretboard, and bridge are made out of Catalpa. The Directly Cheap classical guitar is also made with traditional classical style tuning pegs (check pictures). I’m not sure what the tuning pegs are made out of but they look and feel like the gears are made out of chrome and the rollers and the ends of the tuning knobs feel like plastic, I could be wrong but that is what they looked like to me.
The average list price for the Directly Cheap Huntington classical guitar fluctuates around the $50 USD mark.
Quality of the guitar
Upon opening the box the first thing I noticed was that it was padded with bubble wrap!
You have no idea how many guitars I have opened and there is nothing protecting the instrument but a thin layer of cardboard. The instrument was well protected and from what I could tell it suffered no damage while it was being shipped. However, I did notice that it had a very strong paint smell so I let it air out for a couple of hours until it faded away.
The guitar turners were a bit stiff but I suppose they held their tuning. I would tune the guitar up to pitch and noticed that it slightly had a hard time staying in tune for the first few days. For example, I would tune it up to pitch and then about five minutes later all the notes would go flat again, but after a few days they finally settled in place. I am 90% sure that the strings slipping out of tune was the old guitar strings fault and not the tuners because the tuners looked pretty durable and they didn’t appear to be loose or damaged in any way.
After closely inspecting the guitar I noticed that there were some small paint flaws near the guitar’s neck, body, and headstock. The black paint on the side of the body and neck didn’t completely cover the wood and it was slightly chipping away, and the guitar frets had black paint on them because they weren’t properly covered when the guitar was being painted; I easily fixed that last problem by rubbing a bit of steel wool on the frets to clean them up. To be honest I don’t think the average person would have noticed a lot of the paint flaws (especially a beginner), because they were all very subtle flaws.
I uploaded an unboxing video of the guitar so you can see how it looks for yourself (link is down below).
The nylon guitar strings had a bit of discoloration on them when I inspected them as if they had been on the guitar for a long time, and they also had a tiny and weak sound on the lower three strings. I first thought that perhaps something was wrong with the nut or bridge and it was muting the sound, but no that was just how the strings sounded on the guitar. The top three bass strings sounded fine, but I still highly recommend that you put on a fresh set of strings to get the best sound quality out of the guitar.
The Huntington classical guitar is small and lightweight, which was expected for a ¾ sized instrument, but I also found that it was very comfortable to play and hold and was well constructed. I didn’t find any flaws with the woodwork or the basic build of the guitar’s body that would cause complications. Beginners should have no problem learning how to play on this guitar.
I found that the guitar had great Intonation from the first fret all the way to the 20th, and all of the guitar frets were smooth and filed correctly. The neck on the guitar was straight, but I should mention that the Huntington Classical guitar does not have a truss rod, so if the neck were to somehow warp over time you would have to get creative to straighten it back out, but the good news is that classical guitars normally don’t put that much tension on their neck’s so it is unlikely that the neck will bend out of place.
I must say that for a $50 guitar this was actually a surprisingly nice instrument. If you are a beginner and you need a cheap guitar to start with, yes I recommend that you check it out. The Directly Cheap Huntington classical guitar has minor flaws, but majority of them are cosmetic; there is nothing wrong with the construction quality of this guitar that will hinder you from playing.
If you buy the guitar I would recommend that you get the guitar setup and put some new strings on it before you start playing, after that you should be good to go. For only $50 you can’t ask for a better deal than this.
You can watch my Youtube Huntington Classical guitar Unboxing video by clicking on the provided link.
To learn more about the Directly Cheap Huntington Classical guitar, please visit the Official Directly Cheap website.
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