I, too, have this issue. I haven't gotten around to trying it yet, but I imagine that new strings would help. Mine are seemingly metal, but they're really some other kind of shitty material that sounds god awful. Not to mention it's hard to keep in tune, but that part is at least manageable. I advise trying to get some new strings and that should give you a whole lot of improvement.
I have one of those first acts and for a 40$ guitar it's weeelllllll worth the money. You could cut a hole in the side and add a pick up and equalizer, make it a electric Acustica but you gotta be careful doing so. Make sure you don't crack it or make the hole too big. Honestly those first acts are wonderful, great sound, feel, and cheap.
The first $50 in donations go towards paying our monthly server fees and adding new features to the website. Once this goal is reached, we'll see about feeding Matt that burrito.
Buy Matt a Beer
$0.00 of $75.00
Now that we have the bills paid for this month, let's give Matt a hearty thank you by buying him a drink for all the hard work he's done for StP. Hopefully this will help keep him from going insane after a long day of squishing website bugs.
Feed Matt a Burrito
$0.00 of $100.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt has a beer in his hand, how about showing him your love by rewarding all his hard work with a big fat burrito to put in his mouth. This will keep him alive while programming new features for the website.
Finance the Shopping Cart
$0.00 of $200.00
Now that the bills are paid and Matt is fed, perhaps it's time to start planning for those twilight years under the bridge... if only he had that golden shopping cart all the oogles are bragging about these days.