Directly Cheap Huntington 41″ Dreadnought acoustic guitar review
This is a review for the Huntington 41″ Dreadnought steel string acoustic guitar. I contacted Directlycheap.com about the guitar and asked them if they would send it over for me to review, and they were kind enough to deliver one to me. The Huntington Dreadnought guitar also comes in the cutaway style design for those that find that guitar style more comfortable or appealing to play. The MSRP list price for this guitar is $99.95, but you can find it on Sale for about $55 USD at most online dealers.
The guitar is made with:
- · Ping Style Chrome Tuners,
- · Resin Nut,
- · Calputa Fretboard with Dot Inlays,
- · Linden Top, back and sides,
- · ABS Black Pickguard,
- · Calputa Bridge,
- · Resin Pegs,
- · Back End Button for guitar strap,
- · Guitar also comes in a variety of different colors.
Huntington Guitar: The Good news
The Huntington dreadnought guitar arrived without any problems. The only thing I would have liked was a bit more padding in the box, maybe a bit of bubble wrap would have helped to keep the guitar safe. There was plastic over the pickguard and over the neck and strings but it wasn’t enough to protect the guitar from dents and scratches. You can check out my Youtube Unboxing video to see the Huntington guitar in more detail, and make sure to also take a look at the pictures at the top of the article.
I tuned the guitar up without any problems and I was surprised with how well it kept and held its tuning; not only did it hold its tuning the day it arrived, but during the week as well. The tuners are nice and tight, but easy enough to turn when you need to make minor adjustments. The guitar has a truss rod to adjust the neck and it works just fine. I found the neck on the guitar to be smooth and comfortable to play.
All of the guitar frets were shaped correctly and had no sharp edges, and the body was well constructed and only had minor flaws; I’ll explain more of that in a little bit.
The sound of the guitar is nice and clear. The guitar has deep and profound sounding bass notes, and the treble strings sound soft and pleasant. I should mention though that the sound depends on your playing style because when I started strumming the tone did brighten up and project loudly throughout the room.
The guitar strings that came with the Huntington guitar were actually pretty decent. They look and feel like they could perhaps be phosphor bronze .12 strings. The strings were easy to bend but very difficult to slide, they felt a bit sticky and rough. If you are a beginner the strings that comes with the Huntington guitar will work just fine, but I still recommend you change them out for fresh new strings to get the best sound quality out of the guitar.
Now, although I said that the guitar neck was set correctly, due to the weather there were some slight intonation issues while it was being shipped and it caused some minor fret buzz on my bass strings, but a good setup at your local music shop will fix that problem. A bit of truss rod adjustment should fix it right up, so I will probably get around to it sometime later in the week.
As for cosmetic flaws, there were some minor paint problems where the lines weren’t very consistent near the neck, but I was probably the only person to notice it. There was also a small scratch in the wood near the 12th fret’s dot inlay. I also found some small scratches on the back of the body, but it doesn’t appear to be a crack, just a scratch on the surface of the wood. My guess is that the scratch happened during shipping due to the lack of padding.
Also, the guitar bracing just inside the sound hole has a small crack in it. The crack is right in the middle of the X shaped bracing and is about an inch in length, so the bracing is only being held together by a very small piece of wood. I’m pretty sure that this did not happen during shipping because the outside part of the guitar near the sound hole is not damaged in any way.
However, I purposely hit the wood and tried to move the bracing around to see if it would break but it held firmly in place. The crack in the bracing doesn’t seem to affect the tonal quality of the guitar, but I do wonder how well it will hold up over the years.
The last problem I found was that the Huntington guitar had a really strong new paint smell, as if they had freshly spray painted the guitar before they shipped it out. It was so strong I was afraid black paint would smear off on my hands, but that never happened, the paint stayed on the guitar. After a few days the paint smell faded away and I stopped noticing it.
Overall thoughts about the Huntington Guitar
The name Directly cheap fits well; the guitar has a very low and affordable price and decent construction quality. The spray paint smell is a minor problem in my opinion, but the crack in the bracing does make me a bit concerned because it helps support the guitar’s sound board. Take note of the problems, but I don’t think they will hinder you in playing the instrument.
Just based on how the guitar looks, my youngest sister picked it up and decided to start learning how to play and my brother also asked if we could do a jam session together, so we spent the afternoon playing a bit of Bon Jovi’s Wanted Dead or Alive on this guitar. If the guitar inspires you to start playing and it sounds great when you do, then it’s a good guitar in my eyes.
Overall, I like the Huntington guitar in terms of sound quality; it will be great for beginners just starting out. If you are looking for a cheap and affordable guitar to buy, I recommend you check out the Huntington 41″ Dreadnought acoustic guitar.
If you are a bit more advanced and need something with more quality, look at something with a higher price tag.
UPDATE 11/11/13: I’ve owned this guitar now for close to six months and I am surprised to say that it is still holding up without any negative effects. I thought the crack in the bracing would grow over time and ruin the guitar, but it never happened. There are no signs that the crack is growing or that it will split over time, and I actually love the way the guitar sounds. If you buy this instrument you won’t regret it!
For more information, check out directly cheap official website.
Also check out my Huntington Guitar Unboxing video on Youtube.