It’s the aging toner, but I couldn’t help but notice that the new Yamaha JR1 3/4 acoustic we just started carrying resembles a mini-me version of the great Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton model. There are a world of differences between them including build, size (the JR1 is 21 1/4″ scale 3/4 size guitar while the Clapton is a full size acoustic), the price (JR1 is $139, the Clapton is $3,299), the woods (the JR1 has a Spruce laminate top with tropical wood back and sides while the 000-28EC has a solid Spruce top with beautiful Rosewood back and sides) and the appeal (the JR1 is perfect for smaller sized or kid’s hands who might be trying out guitar for the first time or campers looking for an inexpensive take-along, while the Clapton is probably for the seasoned player who knows exactly what they want). This is a ridiculous comparison, but we’re seriously excited about the JR1 as it’s a great option for folks looking for a very playable and great sounding acoustic for kids to start on at a seriously nice price – it’s no toy. Of course the Martin Clapton is impeccable and one of our store’s absolute favorites. Whoever put the aging toner/color on the JR1 – nice move. It’s pretty cool.