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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.
1 Fender PM Series Guitar PM-1
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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.
2 Fender Acoustic Guitar FA-125CE
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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.
3 Fender California Series Newporter Classic
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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.
4 Fender T-Bucket 300 Guitar
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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.
5 Fender FA 135CE Acoustic Guitar
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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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