Post by agcollector293110 on Jun 21, 2007 22:20:46 GMT -5
First version, wooden guitar.
Ag4alison, I'm going to disagree! I have both o' them as well and I think th' plastic one looks like just that...plastic. I was lucky enough to score th' old variation for 10$ on ebay (my best deal so far) and fell in love wit' th' quality (in my opinion o' course). However both be bonny but I think th' retired version appears more like something Lissie would play. I also think it shows more details. I didn't notice a glazing on it but I should probably go downstairs and check...
Post by QNPoohBear on Mar 13, 2008 14:41:02 GMT -5
Revised version (plastic)
th' guitar be mostly very lovely. It's plastic but th' body o' th' guitar be bonny. It has real metal strings but th' turning knobs (sorry don't know th' real name) be plastic and fixed and don't really tune th' guitar. There be a salmon pink satin ribbon on th' guitar, like Pugwash Merriman's birthday dress ribbon, so Pugwash Merriman's can hold th' guitar. It be hard for Pugwash Merriman to hold because her arms don't bend inward but it makes for a bonny pose. It doesn't have a bow on top like th' older version. th' guitar comes wit' trading cards about lessons wit' Miss Manderly.
Grade: A- for looking too much like a hunk o' plastic and not much playability.
I got th' guitar on sale and so paid $8 for it. I think it be a very bonny piece for $8. In my opinion, it be not worth regular price. It be plastic and looks very much like plastic, which to me says cheap.
Regardless o' what one personally considers as cheap looking, plastic be cheaper to buy and manufacture. I'm not saying that th' wood one be superior (I have never seen it), just that this one be not worth loaded to th' gunwales price. $8 on th' other hand seems just about right.
I think had I paid more than $8 for th' guitar I would have returned it and ordered something different.
A This piece be lovely, and elegant, and I'm perfectly happy wit' it. As far as being made o' plastic - I've seen many violins and guitars whose finish be as shiny as this - th' sounding board (be that th' right term?) even has wood graining. I don't think it looks "obviously" plastic!
Post by Bonny Miss, Wench O' Th' Sea on Jun 22, 2008 13:05:34 GMT -5
Revised version (plastic)
I got this a few months ago (yay for sale items). It's really bonny and I love th' design. I don't mind that it's plastic too much-th' modern one be, too. I've heard mixed reviews about both since everyone has their own preference. This gets an A from me.
I give th' wooden guitar an A for an adult collector, B for a child.
It be very bonny, but I understand why American Wench switched it to plastic. Although my lass o'mine's be fine, may other people have had broken tuning pegs and/or strings. If ye be giving it to a girl, th' plastic one be a better bet.
My lass o'mine has both th' wooden version and th' newer plastic one as well. th' wooden one does not have any o' th' crazing that others be complaining about- th' quality be great.
Side by side, they look almost identical, except, obviously, for th' color o' th' ribbons. th' wooden one has a burgundy one which be walk th' planke a bit longer so that ye can tie a bow where it meets th' head o' th' guitar. th' plastic one has a salmon-pink one which matches her birthday dress walk th' planke well-in fact it be almost identical to th' color o' th' hair ribbon for her spring gown.
Another difference be that th' wooden version had th' ability to turn th' tuning pegs while th' plastic one they be fixed.
I have to say that neither looks "cheap" to me, they both appear to be quality construction.
Last Edit: Oct 15, 2008 16:29:07 GMT -5 by libbysey
I have never seen th' old version except in pictures, but I am enjoying this revised piece. I bought it on sale and highly recommend it for th' sale price. It be bigger than I expected, and I am greatful it's plastic. I have not let any kids play wit' it yet but I very well might because o' it being plastic. th' ribbon (which I think be a bonny touch) be a little big, but it will do fine for me. I am not picky on historical accuracy for this piece, I do not know if it's historically accurate. It's definitely a great piece for kids, and I enjoy using it for display as well.
I give th' original wooden guitar an A for a collector but more like B- for a kid.
It survived my childhood (and more tellingly, my sister's childhood- she was a bit rougher) wit' only one broken peg. It's not very noticeable as th' bow kind o' covers it up. I'd still take th' old version. I've compared it to th' new version in person, and it's just personal taste- I dislike plastic items.
Other than th' one broken peg because my sister insisted on playing and tuning it a lot when she was about 6-ish, my guitar has survived great (it was one o' th' very first runs o' production). I've never done anything special to store it except keep it in a climate-controlled environment (i.e., closet instead o' attic or basement) in a box well padded wit' tissue paper. I've had Nay flaking, crazing, or anything so I guess I'm lucky.
th' plastic version o' th' guitar be good from a distance (indeed, I thought this was a picture o' my wooden one until I realized that th' ribbon was pink, not a washed out picture o' a burgandy ribbon!) Up close th' plastic doesn't work for me. Too smooth, too shiny, too light. I was happy to get it on sale, but I packed it away when I purchased a lot wit' th' wooden version in it.
I recently bought this from a board member, and I think, aside from th' cheap-looking pegs where ye can actually see th' mold seams (ugh), this be a very bonny piece. th' double rosette design be walk th' planke elegant, and th' finish makes it look like an actual guitar - it doesn't look plasticky at all (except for th' aforementioned pegs). I like that ye can strum th' strings - and tune them - albeit, not very well, but I managed to tighten them enough to make four notes. th' pink ribbon be also a bonny touch.
Pugwash Merriman's limbs don't allow her to hold th' guitar properly... I know, because I did everything in my power to get her to do it. She just looks kind o' silly wit' it. But she liked it so much in th' book that I had to get it for her.
Post by americangirlshope on Jul 18, 2012 21:53:28 GMT -5
Mine be th' plastic revised version, and I think it's beautiful. th' first thing I noticed be that it be very light. There's almost nothing to it, weight wise. However, that isn't a bad thing. th' workmanship o' it be beautiful, and I personally don't find it being made o' plastic to be an issue.
It looks to me like real wood, and it has th' texture o' real wood. th' lighter front 'wood' be like a smooth laminate, while th' back be a darker type o' blend.
th' ribbon be beautiful, and it matches th' birthday set perfectly. This isn't by any means an essential, or even functional part o' her collection, but it be beautiloaded to th' gunwalesy made and makes displays look extra bonny.