Re: Piece of garbage or no?
A little research reveals that this OM has a scale length of 20 and 3/20"
It seems like the Fender made these only for a short time, so there aren't a lot of these around. Likely factory made in Korea like so many others (Johnson, Gold Tone, Trinity College, etc.). It has been the general consensus around here that the TC ones are the most consistently decent. Among the others, you might be more likely to get more variability... some duds, some gems, and mostly in between... ok, but not super.
So for someone with curiosity and an interest in starting to explore the OM world, probably not a piece of garbage... probably an ok entry-level instrument assuming it is in good condition and has a good setup. Setups can make a HUGE difference in these relatively low-end instruments. So if you can afford to set aside some $ to have an experienced luthier take a look at and adjust the setup, that will serve you well.
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