5 Best Fender Acoustic Guitars of 2020 – Reviews

"Known for tele's and strat's, Fender also has some acoustic gems too...."

By James Wall

Fender is probably most famous for their electric guitars, but they also so make some very affordable acoustic guitars.

Since 1946 Fender has been innovating and implementing manufacturing methods to create modestly prices guitars with quality features. This year is no different as Fender introduces the California Series. This series appears to join the industry trend of smaller guitars with quality components. With the California Series Fender has created a line of guitars with a smaller body, quality materials and a fresh look that should appeal to all.

In addition to the new line of guitars, Fender offers several guitars with a traditional look that are an excellent value. While you can purchase these guitars a la cart, many of the entry-level guitars come in player packs giving the beginning guitarist everything they need to get started.

For those looking for upgraded appointments and solid wood construction, Fender Acoustic offers the Paramount series. These are more traditional looking guitars using upgraded materials to provide a guitar with characteristics usually only found on more expensive guitars.

Best Fender Acoustic Guitars

1 Fender PM Series Guitar PM-1

 

Fender Paramount PM-1 Standard Dreadnought - Natural
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Fender Paramount PM-1 Standard Dreadnought - Natural
  • Mahogany back and sides provide a rich and balanced tone
  • Grade "A" Sitka spruce top for strong and balanced projection
  • The Mahogany neck with Ebony fingerboard provide comfort and a sharp attack
  • Fishman-designed preamp
  • A hard shell case and Limited Lifetime Warranty is included to help protect your investment

The Fender PM-1 acoustic guitar is a full-featured acoustic guitar that comes packed into a very traditional looking dreadnought body. This guitar is well suited for the player that is looking for a traditional look and high-quality components at a reasonable price. This guitar doesn’t cut any corners on the materials as it is constructed of a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard, and bridge. The checkerboard pattern on the edge of the guitar and the sound hole, give this guitar an ‘Art Deco’ look for the player that likes their guitar to have that extra flair without being too flashy. In addition to the solid wood construction, the guitar comes with a Fender and Fishman designed pre-amp and pick up. The controls on the pre-amp have a low-profile modern design and allow you to contour the sound with bass, mid-range, treble and phase controls. All these features including the bone nut and compensated saddle make this guitar a tremendous value that sounds great.

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2 Fender Acoustic Guitar FA-125CE

 

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Fender FA-125CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural Finish
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Fender FA-125CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural Finish
  • 150-200, acoustic-electric-guitar, fender, free-swift-ship, in-stock, reverbsync-offers:off, reverbsync-shipping-profile:Standard Ground Shipping Over 39.99, special-order, Take-Photos

The FA-125CE guitar is an excellent value that provides a budding guitarist everything needed to get started with a basic guitar built with essential features. Tuning can sometimes be problematic for new guitarists so Fender has provided a builtin electronic tuner as part of the Fishman Electronics to make tuning a snap. This lets the player focus on learning how to play the instrument. The laminate spruce top is an industry standard for the top and coupled with the x-bracing on the inside, ensures that the guitar will produce quality a tone. The cutaway design allows for easy access to frets above the 12th fret. All this makes for a perfect package to get the beginning guitarist started.

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3 Fender California Series Newporter Classic

 

Fender Newporter Classic - California Series Acoustic Guitar - Hot Rod Red Metallic with Gig Bag
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Fender Newporter Classic - California Series Acoustic Guitar - Hot Rod Red Metallic with Gig Bag
  • Fender-exclusive Newporter body shape
  • Painted solid Sitka Spruce top; natural solid Mahogany back and sides
  • Fender- and fishman-designed pickup/preamp system
  • Includes deluxe Gig Bag
  • Warranty included

 
This guitar is perfect for the guitarist that is looking for a modern looking guitar made of quality materials. The fully painted spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides offer tremendous tone for a medium-sized guitar. It comes in two fun colors, Cosmic Turquoise, and Candy apple red. The back and sides are natural wood giving the Newporter classic a two-toned look. This guitar comes with the Fender and Fishman designed Pre-amp and pickups allowing you to plug in and play to larger settings or to give you the volume boost you need when playing in a group. The Newporter Classic also comes with the 6 in-line slotted tuners giving a nod to the famous look of the headstock associated with fenders electric models. Fender pairs this guitar with a deluxe gig bag to protect this beautiful instrument and to make it easier to carry around safely. In summary, while the Fender acoustic Newporter Classic is a fun guitar with its shape and colors, its quality materials and electric components make this a serious guitar to use for both casual settings and performances.
 
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4 Fender T-Bucket 300 Guitar

 

Fender 6 String T-Bucket 300-CE Acoustic Guitar-Rosewood Fingerboard-Moonlight Burst, (0968075021)
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Fender 6 String T-Bucket 300-CE Acoustic Guitar-Rosewood Fingerboard-Moonlight Burst, (0968075021)
  • Cutaway dreadnought acoustic-electric guitar
  • Fishman Isys III pickup system with active preamp, tuner, volume and tone controls
  • Figured laminated maple top with quarter sawn scalloped ”X”-bracing; laminated mahogany back
  • Bound maple neck with “C”-shaped profile; 20-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Graphtec NuBone nut and compensated saddle

 

The moonlight burst finish on the Fender T-Bucket 300 acoustic guitar gives this dreadnought guitar presence that is worth a closer look. The flamed maple laminate top with x-bracing provide an elegant yet eerie vibe with the moonlight inspired transparent grey finish. The tone of this guitar can be attributed to the scalloped bracing which allows for more vibration of the top giving it even tone. Equipped with a Fishman Pre-amp and Isys III pickup the Fender T-Bucket 300CSE acoustic guitar works perfectly in a live setting. In addition to the bracing, the tone of the guitar is improved by the Graphtech nut and compensated saddle. The Graphtech material is superior to plastics in that it doesn’t brittle and is very close to the tone provided by bone nuts and saddles. The cut-away design provides easy access to frets about the 12th Fret. With its low entry price, this guitar is a great value for any guitarist.

 

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5 Fender FA 135CE Acoustic Guitar

 

Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
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Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
  • Body Style: concert Finish: gloss polyurethane Top: laminated spruce Bracing: X-bracing Back and Sides: laminated basswood Neck: nato Fingerboard: rosewood Frets: 20 Bridge: rosewood with compensated saddle Machine heads: die-cast chrome Electronics: Fishman Ion-T preamp with built-in tuner Black pick-guard Aged bridge pins with black dots Aged fingerboard and body bindings Rosette: Multi-ABS inlays Inlay: White dot position Headstock: matching pai
  • The Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar is built on the concert-style platform for a sleek, modern design
  • The laminated spruce top features X-bracing for bright, punchy tone, ideal for lead guitar
  • The neck is nato, and the back and sides are laminated basswood-both tone woods known for letting the mid and high frequencies sing out
  • Thanks to the basswood back and sides, the Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar is very light, avoiding strain to your neck or back during prolonged playing

 

Fenders FA-135CE acoustic guitar offers professional features and sound at a very affordable price. This guitar is similar to the previously mentioned FA-125CE, but with has the concert body style. For some, this shape is more comfortable than the dreadnaught shape and is more suited to players with a smaller frame. The FA-135CE acoustic guitar comes straight from the factory with the Fishman Presys pickup and the active pre-amp installed in the upper bout of the guitar. The pre-amp has controls for treble, midrange, bass and phase signals giving the guitarist full control of the tone right from the top of the guitar. The concert cut-away is smooth shaped cut-out in the body of the guitar that offers easy access to frets above the 12th. This guitar offers many features at a great entry price and is an upgrade to most beginner models.

 

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Comparison of Fender Acoustic Guitars
Fender Paramount PM-1 Standard Dreadnought - Natural
Fender FA-125CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural Finish
Fender Newporter Classic - California Series Acoustic Guitar - Hot Rod Red Metallic with Gig Bag
Fender 6 String T-Bucket 300-CE Acoustic Guitar-Rosewood Fingerboard-Moonlight Burst, (0968075021)
Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
Fender Paramount PM-1 Standard Dreadnought - Natural
Fender FA-125CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural Finish
Fender Newporter Classic - California Series Acoustic Guitar - Hot Rod Red Metallic with Gig Bag
Fender 6 String T-Bucket 300-CE Acoustic Guitar-Rosewood Fingerboard-Moonlight Burst, (0968075021)
Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
$799.99
$159.99
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Fender Paramount PM-1 Standard Dreadnought - Natural
Fender Paramount PM-1 Standard Dreadnought - Natural
$799.99
20 Reviews
Fender FA-125CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural Finish
Fender FA-125CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Natural Finish
$159.99
34 Reviews
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Fender Newporter Classic - California Series Acoustic Guitar - Hot Rod Red Metallic with Gig Bag
Fender Newporter Classic - California Series Acoustic Guitar - Hot Rod Red Metallic with Gig Bag
$799.99
17 Reviews
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Fender 6 String T-Bucket 300-CE Acoustic Guitar-Rosewood Fingerboard-Moonlight Burst, (0968075021)
Fender 6 String T-Bucket 300-CE Acoustic Guitar-Rosewood Fingerboard-Moonlight Burst, (0968075021)
Price not available
57 Reviews
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Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
Fender FA-135CE Cutaway Concert Acoustic-Electric Guitar Natural
Price not available
19 Reviews
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Still not sure if a Fender guitar is the right guitar for you? Check out our favorite models from other manufacturers on our Best Acoustic guitars page.

 

What Should You Look For in a Fender Acoustic Guitar?


Shape/Size

Fender like other manufacturers, offer a variety of shapes and sizes.  Here is a list of the common fender shapes:

  • Dreadnought - larger bout size, offers more projection,  traditional shape
  • Concert - slightly smaller body than the fender dreadnoughts, more rounded in shape
  • Parlor - smaller size perfect for playing around the house or travel
  • Triple-0  - Similar to the fender concert,  looks similar to an Martin-OM pattern not as rounded as a concert shape
  • California Series - a 3 distict shapes and a headstock that looks more like a stratocaster headstock

Wood Selection

For the most part Fender acoustic guitars use laminates for their back and sides.   The very least expensive ones even have a laminate top.   In general you want to get a guitar with a solid wood top for tone.   But if your using electronics and/or will be using it out camping etc... a laminate maybe an acceptable option.

The paramount series offers all wood designs with traditional tone.   If your a serious guitarist that is looking for great tone the Paramount Acoustic Guitar series offers a great value.

Bracing/Nut/Saddle

Fender acoustis use traditional bracing and a variety of materials for the nut and saddle.   In general with Fender guitars, the more expensive the guitar the better quality the nut and saddle.


Cost

You can find a pretty decent Fender acoustic for less than $500.  However if your looking for the richer tones provided by an all wood guiltar you'll likely have to spend at least $700 or even more depending on the features.   Even at $800-$900 for Fenders Paramount series, this is a bargin compared to what i always refer to as the big 3 Martin, Taylor, and Gibson.


Extra Features

Fender has always had colorful acoustic guitar entries through the years starting with the "King" series in 1963.   One can never say they are affraid to push the limits when it comes to style.  The California series is a quirky-cool looking series with modern takes on the dreadnought, concert, and triple-0 shapes.  The bodies are a little smaller,  usually have electronics and come in a variety of colors and unusual looking wood pairings.


Most fender acoustic models have an electronics option if you are looking for an acoustic guitar to gig with.   Another option is to get the inexpensive guitar and a nice sound hole pickup to add on afterwards.   Check out our article on soundhole pickups.

That’s it, that’s quick rundown of options availale for fender acoustic guitars.

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