After 5 years of playing classical guitar, I have decided it was about time to try something new, something could give me different experiences, but simultaneously not too unfamiliar to me. Thus, I thought playing acoustic guitar is a nice choice since I already had a lot of knowledge about wooden guitars.
I paid attention to Fender acoustic guitars because I knew they are a trustworthy producer. In fact, they are my favorite brand and 2 classical guitars in my collection are from Fender. As expected, I then found out that Fender is even one of the best entry-level guitar makers in the market at the moment.
I bought Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar because of its price. Since I still wanted to experiment with acoustic guitars, I didn’t want to spend too much on a new one. In my opinion, the guitar’s price seems to be unbeatable in comparison with guitars from other renowned brands.
Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is an entry-level guitar whose price is under $150. After playing for 3 months, I generally feel quite satisfied with what the guitar offers.
While the guitar doesn’t excel in anything, it doesn’t have any defective component either. In other word, Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is an all-round guitar for beginners.
That is why I believe it is a great value for the price. Perhaps it is an excellent option if you are looking for an acoustic guitar to make a good start for your guitar career.
Being a guitarist myself, of course I understand that everybody has different taste and someone’s perfect guitar may be not that good in others’ perspective. To find out whether the guitar is suitable for you, you can check my review for more details.
The guitar looks prettier than I thought. The clean and glossy paint is a remarkable feature. Besides, I heard somewhere that dreadnought guitars usually resemble to each other. So it’s actually difficult to identify a cheap guitar just by judging the appearance, which is quite good for me in this case.
One of the reason I chose Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar is its full-size body. As a full-grown adult, I feel great holding the guitar and it fits me perfectly.
However, if you are considering purchasing a beginner guitar for your child, I will recommend other smaller guitars. A guitar for beginners doesn’t mean to be play for a lifetime anyway; therefore, you wouldn’t want to wait for your kid to grow up into the size of the guitar.
Action (space between strings and frets)
Fender FA-100’s strings and fretboard are located quite close to each other. The good news is that a low action allows you to play the guitar with ease. Particularly, you will be able to press your strings down the frets effortlessly with high accuracy. Nevertheless, the bad news is that the strings you press may unexpectedly touch other frets, making buzzing noises.
In spite of the low action, my guitar sounds totally fine actually. But in case you encounter the buzzing noise problem, you can higher the action by adjust your guitar’s saddle.
For an entry-level guitar, the guitar sounds amazing. I would expect that sounds to come from a $250-300 guitar. If I imagine in my mind the intonation of a good acoustic guitar, I will think of a bright and cold twang. And that is exactly how Fender FA-100 sounds like.
I’m really glad because I have found what I want when deciding to switch from classical guitars to acoustic guitars. With the guitar, I can perform jubilant melodies easier than I do with classical ones.
Listen to the sound of Fender FA-100:
Components you may want to adjust
As mentioned above, if you have problem with the action, the saddle need to be replaced. To be more specific, you can do it very simply by loosening the strings until you can take the saddle out, and then put the new saddle in the same position before tightening the strings.
The strings are fine; however, because I prefer higher quality strings, I still changed them in order to improve the guitar’s tone quality. You can also do that easily by following instructions on the Internet, which I won’t present here because it will make the review too long.
Pros vs cons summary
I found out that I am actually quite fond of acoustic guitars thanks to Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar – 1 of the best guitar for beginners. Maybe I will buy another better guitar in the future, but it will still be one of my favorite guitar. In general, it is a well-made guitar which will absolutely worth the money you invest.