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Ibanez Jampack IJV30 3/4 Size Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar EXPIRED

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Adorama has Ibanez Jampack IJV30 3/4 Size Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar on sale for $99. Shipping is free.

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About this guitar:
  • Jampacks are perfect for beginning students and come with "Everything You Need To Get Out and Jam" - guitar, electronic tuner and a whole lot more.
Includes:
  • Ibanez 3/4 Size Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
  • Gig Bag
  • Chromatic Clip-on Tuner
  • Ibanez 1 Year Limited Warranty

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John Lennon played a 3/4 rickenbacker
A first guitar is a tough one. As long as you get something playable, they can figure out if they are interested. The trouble is you do not have the knowledge to assess playability. My first thought would be to go look at some Craigslist offerings in person, but that may not seem the best to you. At $200 used, you can find pretty decent guitars in near-new condition as long as you have an idea what to look for. The key item I would want is a solid (as opposed to laminated) top, good intonation, and fret edges that do not interfere with play.

Anyway, more directly to your question:

Your Costco link opens what looks like (although it is a bit difficult to tell) a classical guitar. I would chose this Ibanez (a known guitar brand) over the non-name brand from Costco. Amazon reviews for the Ibanez are pretty encouraging. Ultimately, in person you might find one specific unit to be better than others. Wood just isn't all the same and some will sound and play better than others. Because you do not have the skill to do that, you have to rely upon the average quality. Ibanez has a tiny bit more to lose if they sell total junk.

You need to decide if you want a classical or a steel-string guitar. Pop/country favors steel-strings. Classical music favors classical guitars with nylon strings. For a learning player, steel strings tend to be harder on fingers, but the strings are closer together and thus easier for small hands. All in all, there is no perfect or one-fits-all answer.

A couple possible steel strings in smaller guitar bodies:

A Yamaha FS800 "folk" is a smaller guitar with a solid top, but $220:
https://www.musiciansfriend.com/g...ar&index=8
https://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-FS8...B01C931H4S

A Rogue concert. Rogue is a known budget brand which sells "good for the price" guitars.
https://www.musiciansfriend.com/g...tric-guita

or black for $70:
https://www.target.com/p/rogue-ra...A-75550497

or this with a cheap pickup for $85
https://www.target.com/p/rogue-ra...A-75550823

Better guitars near this price range tend to be larger guitars. The Monoprice Idyllwild https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=610801 is a full dreadnought size, I believe. Probably not ideal for an 8-year-old. I'm 5'8" and I have decided that I prefer smaller-bodied guitars for comfort and handling qualities. So all of the following links are for guitars that will probably seem really large to your daughter.

Similar full dreadnaught solid-top guitars include this Epiphone https://www.guitarcenter.com/Epip...1455119.gc

And this Fender https://reverb.com/item/36670668-...ar-natural

For a first guitar, you might also consider a Rogue. At $59, you can have a luthier tell you if it is junk and needs returned and have it adjusted to be more playable when it arrives.

https://www.musiciansfriend.com/g...4000027000

Guitar Center has it for $10 more; they used to would price match and might have one in person if you went over. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Rogu...-Guitar.gc

The key downside with all of the above guitars is that they are quite large for a small child to play.

Good luck. You may just want to find a friend that plays and see if they can help you find something used. I just bought a smaller Crafter for $125 that plays great and sounds pretty nice. If you have help from someone that can play a little they can tell you if the guitar sounds wrong or is really hard to play. That's half the battle.
You can also get a new full-size non-name-brand guitar for $60 from time to time. For example, Guitar Center / Musicians Friend has a Rogue RA-090 dreadnought on sale now. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Rogu...5039668.gc

IMHO, you usually have to spend <=$250 to get a decent guitar, but for a beginner or a second guitar, these should be sufficient. The cheapos may also need to be adjusted to be more easily playable (ie. adjust neck, change strings, etc).

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$100 for a new guitar? What's the catch?
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$100 for a new guitar? What's the catch?
It's 3/4 size, intended for kids..
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It's 3/4 size, intended for kids..
John Lennon played a 3/4 rickenbacker
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$100 for a new guitar? What's the catch?
You can also get a new full-size non-name-brand guitar for $60 from time to time. For example, Guitar Center / Musicians Friend has a Rogue RA-090 dreadnought on sale now. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Rogu...5039668.gc

IMHO, you usually have to spend <=$250 to get a decent guitar, but for a beginner or a second guitar, these should be sufficient. The cheapos may also need to be adjusted to be more easily playable (ie. adjust neck, change strings, etc).
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Can you play Creed on this?
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Can you play Creed on this?
You don't play Creed, Creed plays you!


And you definitely don't play Stairway!
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Decent deal though. I recently bought my son a Taylor 3/4, he is just starting to learn, but If this was left handed I'd buy it just as an extra.
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You can also get a new full-size non-name-brand guitar for $60 from time to time. For example, Guitar Center / Musicians Friend has a Rogue RA-090 dreadnought on sale now. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Rogu...5039668.gc [guitarcenter.com]

IMHO, you usually have to spend <=$250 to get a decent guitar, but for a beginner or a second guitar, these should be sufficient. The cheapos may also need to be adjusted to be more easily playable (ie. adjust neck, change strings, etc).
Is there a "decent" guitar on sale?
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Does it come as a package with the additional accessories? Site description does not mention any but picture shown on Slick Deal shows a package
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Does it come as a package with the additional accessories? Site description does not mention any but picture shown on Slick Deal shows a package

afaik yes. you can see adorama page for info on the right side (what's included)
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Does it come as a package with the additional accessories? Site description does not mention any but picture shown on Slick Deal shows a package
From the website:

What's in the box:
Ibanez 3/4 Size Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Gig Bag
Chromatic Clip-on Tuner
Ibanez 1 Year Limited Warranty
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John Lennon played a 3/4 rickenbacker

Yoko sized
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It's 3/4 size, intended for kids..
Adorama is reputable, I've gotten some really good deals
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