Starting out on a new journey can be a daunting experience, especially when this experience involves eventually performing in front of people. While it takes courage and strength of character to overcome the worry that comes with anticipation, pleasing an audience is possible with the right instrument. As a beginner your audience is you (and your neighbors) so what you require is an instrument to impress yourself, and give you the chance to study the basics. The Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, as part of its bundle, offers you everything you might need. Let’s take a closer look and find out why.
First and foremost the body, which in the case of our guitar is dreadnought shape. A marvelous choice for the depth and strength of sound, though the sheer size of the guitar may seem a little too much. Still, getting used to the size is as easy as falling in love with the power you will be able to put out with the help of this marvelous dreadnought design. The bass range sound of the guitar are enhanced by the shape of the body, giving it the strength of projection and the warmth of tone any beginner will appreciate.
The laminated spruce top of the guitar is a marvelous tonewood. While the lamination does dull the sound slightly, the topwood is still capable of resonating the mid and treble tones produced by the guitar in a manner most beginners will find sufficient to their needs and ears. The brightness of tone brought in by this wood is definitely something to appreciate. The back and body of the guitar are solid Agathis. While I am not going to be extolling the virtues of the wood, as there are not many, it still serves well enough in the context of the instrument. The tonewood is soft and pliable, the guitar might have a problem taking a beating. If you are careful though, the guitar should be able to serve you well enough, until you are ready to pick up a new one.
The neck of the guitar is also Agathis. The wood is lightweight and soft, so watch how you treat it – very easy to damage. It is adequate for the price though, which is exactly what a beginner musician needs. The fretboard is a nice and smooth rosewood sitting on top of a slender neck to allow for maximum comfort when playing.
The bridge on the guitar is made of solid rosewood, a good choice for any guitar, especially one so affordable. The rosewood adds a nice bit of resonance for the mid and low tones, further enhancing the sound of the guitar.
The nut and saddle of the guitar is made of synthetic bone and compensated synthetic bone respectively. While I am a fan of bone, synthetic materials tend to not have as much resonance or lifetime as the actual stuff. These should work for a beginner, but nothing much beyond that.
The tuners on this guitar are definitely not stellar and might actually be the least impressive part of the guitar. The tuning stability is something less than good, with the guitar needing frequent re tuning whether it is being frequently used or not. This is an annoyance to a professional and beginner alike, though a bit more practice in returning a guitar might be nice for a beginner.
As a result of all these details the guitar has a tendency to sound deep and throaty, with a little bit of buzz coming out as a result of the synthetic bone used in the nut of the guitar. Yet this is no problem, since any beginner will find it fascinatingly fun to play and enjoy the sound. The lower range tones are especially well expressed thanks to the dreadnought shape, Agathis back and sides and the rosewood bridge. The higher tones are not much behind. Overall the guitar creates a very nice set of tones that is adequate for a beginner, though the higher level players might find it lacking.
Overall the Fender FA-100 Dreadnought acoustic guitar is nothing more than a beginner’s guitar. Which is why it comes as part of a bundle, full of things a beginner will need in the future. Gig bag, picks, strap, tuner and even a beginner’s guide to starting and learning to play the guitar. Fair warning to the professionals – if you are looking for a cheap guitar, you might want to look into other options available on the market.
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