Our son has been playing the guitar, entirely self-taught for about nine years. He cut his musical teeth on the ubiquitous Fender Strat (Stratocaster), and got an acoustic guitar about four years ago. An Oscar Schmidt, by Washburn which has been a workhorse. I haunted Firehouse Guitars, Meier Music, RIT Guitars and our local RIT offshoot Guitar Haven, looking at acoustic guitars for our budding BB King personal ‘Lucille’. I asked question of dreadlocked individuals with pierced faces (who knew more about guitars than the more conservative salesman-ly looking people).
Were there prices guitars? Certainly. Did I have $700 to spend. No. It turns out that I didn’t need to spend big. I finally landed on a full-sized Oscar Schmidt acoustic guitar, made by Washburn. I wasn’t familiar with Oscar Schmidt and only slightly with Washburn. But the price was right; under $130 with case and an extra set of strings (our boys break guitar strings like fishing line). I was assured that while Guitar Haven wasn’t as familiar with Oscar Schmidt as they were say, Gibson, that these guitars were getting very positive reviews from customers.
That was about four years ago. Since then our Oscar Schmidt guitar (I say ours because it gets around and has a personality all it’s own) has fallen off from footstools, down several stairs and off from its rack (which was a sillyh investment because no one but me ever puts guitars back on the rack anyway. The tuning pegs are in constant use because one son likes it tuned low and the other, normal to high. Our Oscar Schmidt guitar has had a procession of new strings all of which remain untrimmed and beguile the cat mercilessly. The cat can often be found, in fact, in mortal combat with the guitar strings. So let’s just say that this Oscar Schmidt has gotten its use.
Our Oscar Schmidt is played daily by three different guitarists. Through this constant mauling, it has maintained a clear, sweet sound.Oscar Schmidt, by Washburn has been making guitars siince 1871, first in Europe and later in Jersey City. I would enthusiastically endorse the purchase of an Oscar Schmidt Acoustic guitar. It is truly one of best investments that I’ve ever made. Look for Oscar Schmidt – Washburn autoharps, ukuleles, mandolins and banjos also.