If you don't usually think of Gibson as an entry-level acoustic guitar company, they are out to change your mind with a wide selection of quality instruments at affordable prices like this one. This Gibson Maestro, for example, is a standard "dreadnought" size instrument with a beautiful high gloss black finish, Spruce top, and laminated Mahogany back and sides. Other features include a very comfortable Nato neck with a Rosewood fretboard, a Rosewood bridge, and enclosed chrome tuners. It is clearly superior to most entry level instruments, with great playability and a bright, resonant sound.
It has a black pick guard, binding on the top and back of the body and white binding on the neck, multiple stripes at the rosette, and a 14/21-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlay. The bridge also appears to be rosewood with white black-dot pegs, and the black headstock is set off by the chrome enclosed tuners. It is in virtually spotless condition; as I hope the pictures demonstrate, this is a sharp-looking instrument.
While I don’t usually refer to on-line reviews, this reviewer summarizes the Maestro’s appeal very well:
“Gibson Maestro Acoustic Guitar Review: Acoustics Under $300 Reviews, Last updated: June 25, 2018 by Nate
Hello, and welcome to my Gibson Maestro acoustic guitar review. I bought this guitar around 10 months ago as a do up guitar. I haven’t done much to do it up so far but have still played it a lot. The Maestro comes in both a full-size dreadnought size and a parlor size. The one I am reviewing is the dreadnought.
This is an inexpensive guitar so it doesn’t sound like a million dollars, but once you change the strings it’s definitely playable and listenable.I would definitely call this a warm sounding guitar. To my ears it’s not muddy but I prefer a warmer sound in general. It’s likely that the sound would brighten up considerably if you were to replace the plastic saddle and nut with bone or something like Tusq. I have already purchased a new nut and saddle but haven’t gotten around to putting them on yet.
O.k. now onto the playability. Surprisingly this guitar is actually not too bad to play, straight out of the box. I was expecting an unbearably high action as you often get when you buy entry-level guitars. But I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this guitar was to play--still higher than I would consider ideal, but it’s definitely playable if you don’t want to have to adjust it (or have someone else adjust it for you).
The width of the neck at the nut is 43mm (1.69”). This is a nice width in my opinion and works well for beginners and more seasoned guitarists plus it’s a good middle ground for any sized hands.
The fretboard is rosewood so no complaints there. The Maestro dreadnought has a full size 25 ½” scale length. This is what I am used to so this was fine. This isn’t going to be the guitar you buy for performing or for recording. It’s got a good sound for the price you pay for it. This guitar would be best for anyone who is looking to find a playable listenable instrument to play around on around the house or around the campfire.
It would also be suitable for beginners – though I think there would be better options. As a beginner the sound is fine and it’s easy enough to play which is good but if you continue with playing the guitar you would probably want to upgrade reasonably soon to something of better quality. Finally this guitar is great for anyone looking for an instrument as a do up or a way to get a nice cheap guitar.
Definitely value-for-money. This guitar is less than $120 – that’s nothing for a guitar. For something that costs this much you get a guitar you can actually play! And I’ve been playing it for 10 months. I wouldn’t record with it and I wouldn’t perform with it but it’s perfectly fine for sitting around at home and playing and practicing.”
The factory package includes the Maestro by Gibson 6-string dreadnought acoustic guitar, gig bag (I took the liberty of upgrading the factory vinyl gig bag), strap, picks, a 4-lesson instructional DVD, and the owner's manual and warrantee.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $45 for shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashier’s checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have tried to be perfectly clear and accurate in describing this instrument, so its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before offering to purchase it.
Thank you for your interest in this guitar.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.