Read my honest review of Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic Guitar

Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway

Review Summary:

Why this review was written?


I’ve been learning guitar playing since high school, but I’m not really on the pro-level yet. I decided to buy my very own guitar 8 months ago, and I’m writing this review just to share my thoughts on how I feel about this guitar, and what other people may like and not like about it.

Like I said, I’m no pro in playing guitars, but that was why I decided to learn more and finally buy my own guitar. My best friend, a lead guitarist/bassist/drummer in a few bands helped me choose.

Being the woman that I am who prioritizes looks above all things, it was love at first sight when I saw this all-mahogany guitar, that is: Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Usually, my friend said that mahogany creates a good finish for mellow sounds, and although this guitar only has guitar laminates, I would say that the sound crisp is even all through-out.

Although I think it would be disadvantageous to others that this is made with laminated mahogany and not solid mahogany, I’d really say it’s a good thing for me.

A dreadnought is heavy enough, I’m not sure I could carry it well if it were made of solid wood. It’s almost a year and so far, even with a dog at home and my sometimes careless attitude, no part has chipped off. The free hard shell that comes with it played a great part in helping me keep it safe.

"Here’s a summary of my thought about it after using it for almost a year, and some basic information on its structure, body size, and material for your reference."
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Benefits

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It’s ready for being amplified with its Fishman electronics inside.

It’s in dreadnought size, perfect for people who are looking for a guitar and playing in a band at the same time.

The mahogany color is gorgeous, and the bronze strings and black pick guard, and fret neck and body perfectly complement each other design-wise.

It comes with a hard shell that fits me really well and really looks so good!

Actually, the exteriors is what really caught me off guard when I first got this. It’s just really beautiful.


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Features

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Classification of different body guitar shape

This guitar is an electric-acoustic guitar with a dreadnought body shape.

All of the materials used for it, from fret to the body, are made of gorgeous-looking and even better sounding laminated mahogany.

The neck is “C” shape with 20 frets and is 25.3 in long.

The special electronics inside it is Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner,with Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L (.012-.052 Gauge) strings

Aside from being made from mahogany, the guitar has 3mm Dot Position inlays, a gold silkscreened Fender logo, with a black neck body and binding, and pickguard.

Overall it does not only sound good, but feels good and looks good for me too.

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​What I like & don't like

 What I like: 

It’s not too pricey and definitely one of the most beautiful guitars I’ve ever seen.

> Great sound: The mahogany laminates really help in creating a strong mellow sounds that could be good just by itself and just as good with accompaniments from a band.

> User friendly: The built in Fishman electronics is easy to use and completely adjustable. This makes using this guitar convenient and helps in making this guitar’s capacity range really wide. Like I said, I use it solo, with the band, and with an amp! Despite its flexibility, the sound is maintained, I really like Fishman.

> Mahogany wood: It’s made of laminated mahogany wood, and the good thing is we could get the fantastic sound from a mahogany finish, without making the guitar too expensive.

This is a really good deal for beginners or people who are looking for a nice-looking guitar and are on a budget.

The guitar’s body being mahogany and the body shape being dreadnought is perfect for me. Mahogany helps give off mellow sounds, but the dreadnought is usually designed for the sound to be loud and strong. I’m really enjoying trying different music styles with this guitar.

 What I don't like: 

This works for me, but it’s only designed for right-hand users. I just wish other left-handers could use it too.

Being a dreadnought, it’s kind of on the heavy side. That’s okay, because it looks really gorgeous, but for me lighter is more portable and better.

Famous Guitar and musician clubs that could be joined in US

Music heals and could gather people together for a greater purpose. When more people gather for a specific purpose, more things are achieved.

If you are a passionate guitar strummer looking for a venue to help you enhance your strumming skills, or if you’re just looking for more people to share your overflowing thoughts, and ideas for guitar and music, here are famous organizations around US that you may check out and join.

Why join an organization?

A person may have various reasons for joining an organization, most people join organizations for apprenticeship or to meet more people in their field. Others want a venue to use their talents for humanitarian projects. It’s important to know one’s purpose and goals in joining an organizations before checking them out.

Things to consider when joining a guitar organization:

Location: Is there a branch/chapter near my place?

Guitar type: Do I want to know people who play classical or steel guitars?

Purpose: Do I want to learn more about guitars? Learn about guitar making? Use guitars for humanitarian purposes? Are there perks that I can get from joining a certain club?

Famous and existing guitar associations in US

Thereare various guitar associations in US, and these ones are famous for a reason. They are arranged according to their general purpose.

Guitarists

Guitarists may be playing classical or steel guitars. No matter the guitar type, here are famous organizations for the lost guitarist.

  • Guitar Foundation of America

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The Guitar Foundation of America is one of the most renowned guitar organizations in the United States. It is an organization, library, publisher, and continuing education support for guitar enthusiasts around US. As mentioned, members are given access to a wide pool of information in their online resources, as well as access for funding in further studying guitar and its science.

  • Cleveland Classical Guitar Society

This serves as an educator and promoter of classical guitar art performance in and outside Cleveland. They not only offer a venue for gathering classical guitar enthusiasts, but also educate other people and promote the art of classical guitar music through free guitar classes throughout schools in the area.

  • All Frets

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All Frets is also an organization based in US that has everything a guitarist could need in one place. It offers scholarships, 6 time a year publications, and annual conventions for its members.

  • Guitar Alliance

Joining guitar alliance is for guitarists of all levels. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, learn and share knowledge on guitars here. It has regular newsletters and has been running since 2001.

For a cause

Other guitar associations make use of guitar playing for humanitarian purposes.

  • Traveling Guitar Foundation

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This organization believes that music is healing, and this makes is accessible for schools around US. They are a non-profit organization that supports schools’ musical programs that lack finances.

  • Guitars not Guns

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Is another non-profit organization that brings guitar classes to various high-risk young communities across US. The program could be supported by donations or volunteering, and aims to eliminate violence by letting the youth shell out their feelings through guitars.

Distinguishing different kinds of Acoustic Guitars

Acoustic guitars are really popular in the music industry. The general term “acoustic guitar” refers to a bigger umbrella that envelopes various and more specific types based on body structure and purpose. A knowledgeable person on guitars would be wise to choose the best fit for a guitar buyer’s purpose and body built. The main things to consider in buying a guitar is musical genre and comfort in handling. What are the different types of acoustic guitars and how are they different from each other?

Guitar body parts

To better distinguish guitars, it is best to know its body parts. Each modification on a guitar part has a purpose to generate a specific and unique sound or to fit a body type well. Here are the different parts of a standard acoustic guitar:

  • Headstock
  • Post
  • Machine head/Tuner
  • Nut
  • Fret
  • Neck
  • Heel
  • Side
  • Binding
  • Fretboard
  • Upper bout
  • Body
  • Top
  • Pickguard
  • Lower bout
  • Saddle
  • Bridge
  • Bridge pin
  • Tail
  • Sound hole

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Guitar Size

Smaller guitars are usually generate more mellow sounds and bigger sized guitars are used for louder music, especially if accompanied by other instruments like guitars, piano, and more. Most guitars are classified by size, as the size mostly determines not only comfort for the user, but also the range of sounds that a guitar could produce.

Parlor/Baby Guitars

This is the smallest kind of acoustic guitars and started to be famous in the 1950s. It has an overall smaller body than other acoustic guitar kinds. The upper bout is also noticeably smaller than the lower bout. This type of guitar is best for mellow and folk songs.

O (Concert) and OO (Grand Concert) Acoustic Guitars

These guitars were considered large when they were first introduced, but now serve as a great transition, most especially in size, from parlor size (small guitars) to bigger-sized guitars. The lower bouts range from 13 ½-14 ½ in. Since this is in medium size, it offers the flexibility in sound of smaller guitars, and controlled resonance. Most acoustic-electrical guitars could be found in this size. This guitar is best utilized for users who mostly perform solo, without accompaniment.

Dreadnought

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The largest among the most popular acoustic guitar kinds, these guitars offer louder sound that comes with a bigger body. The sounds are less flexible compare to parlor sized guitars. However, they create deep and strong sounds that could be used with accompaniment.

Student sizes

There are more kinds of guitars, like the jumbo (largest), auditorium (a little larger than OO guitars, with a 15 in lower bout), and classical (second to the smallest of guitars). However, these terms are too technical and not very friendly for beginners. Some manufacturers and guitar stores divide their guitars in 4 sizes; 1/4 being composed of the smaller guitars, and 4/4 being composed of the biggest guitars. This is easier to distinguish for beginners.

Guitar Price

Guitars could also be classified by price, from low to high-end brands. As a general rule, it is best to try lower range of guitars for starters, and try more expensive guitars as a newbie starts to learn and feel how the different shapes and sizes of guitars affect sound and style in music.

Fool-proof guide to finding the best guitar

Short introduction of acoustic guitars

Acoustic guitars are one of the most popular musical instruments. Although “acoustic” is a kind of guitar, “acoustic guitars” could be further divided into more specific classifications. There’s always the perfect guitar for all types of skill level, body built, and purpose. What’s the best acoustic guitar in the world? What’s the best one for you?

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Distinguish between classical and acoustic guitar

An acoustic guitar is a guitar that creates sounds by merely transmitting vibration from the strings to air. Unlike electric guitars, acoustic guitars don’t need electricity to amplify sound (although some acoustic guitars have evolved to be a hybrid of electric and acoustic). It just needs the fingers or a pick to strum the strings strategically to produce the desired sound.

An acoustic guitar could be chosen based on the following criteria

Design/Body structure

Generally speaking, an acoustic guitar may have varied sizes and shapes for its neck and body. Some acoustic guitars may have longer necks, others may have shorter ones. The body could be big, small, or in varying degrees of in-between, and it could also come in different shapes. Aside from ergonomic comfort, the different shapes and sizes may enable the user to create different kinds of sounds.

For example, based on body size and the power to produce loud sound, dreadnoughts and jumbos are the acoustic guitars that are relatively bigger in size. Consider buying this kind if you aim for a loud guitar, especially if it would be used with a band. This kind is the most popular, loudest, and fit for band music.

There are also the classical guitars. Classical guitars are generally smaller, has a soft sound, and has a wider sound range. These smaller guitars are used for mellow music, and could be used for solo performances or music writing.

Strings

Here goes one of the most frequently asked questions, what string is best for what kind of people? Well, it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert. What kind of sound would you like to create?

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Steel strings are generally louder and stiffer. They are also mostly used for pop music. The stiff strings make it easier to create the sound due to limited string movement, but its lack of flexibility may limit the range of sounds that the musician can create. Nylon strings have soft sound that are used for mellow music. Nylon is generally softer and bendable. It could be used for a wider range of sounds.

Personal Preference

Guitars may vary in sizes, neck length, and string material. All created and designed for a specific purpose. However, although it is important to have information on why these variants were developed, it is still best to look around and hear the guitar sound yourself. Aside from the structure and materials, the tightness and thickness of the string may also affect the sound that a guitar produces. It is also important to consider if the size and shape of the guitar allows you to be comfortable playing it while standing or sitting.

The quality of a guitar does not solely depend on its brand, model, structure, or materials. The best guitar could be determined by its ability to reflect its owner’s style and personality.

Acoustic guitar on stage

There are so many different types of acoustic guitars available today: 6-String, 12-string, nylon string hollow-body, semi-hollow-body, some with pickups some without, and each one will have its own characteristics.

Watch this guy playing semi-hollow body nylon telecaster thin line Acoustic Electric Guitar

Whenever a band’s stage volume is robust I prefer to use the electronic pickup inside the guitar first.

Using the guitar’s internal pickup rather than a microphone helps with separation by minimizing the amount of bleed from stage sounds like percussion, guitar amplifiers, and other instruments. These sounds will also reach the pickup but at a much lower level. Sometimes even a vocal sound will reach the pickup.

Stage Monitoring

Secondly, the internal pickup will help with stage monitoring. You will be able to get more headroom (level) before feedback when having the sound routed back to the wedge monitor. There is a limit though-when you start to hear a howl this is the sound of the body of the guitar resonating due to the sound waves from the wedge monitor being reproduced, vibrating the guitar body and moving around inside the guitar then being reproduced again by the pickup. If you have some tone control on your acoustic guitar pickup like low, mid, and highs, make an adjustment to help smooth out the hot spots.

Microphones On Acoustic Guitars

When using a microphone to capture an acoustic guitar for live sound I found that the microphone of choice really depends on the sound of the guitar and the sound the player wants to hear.

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  • A large diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone works well in most cases, particularly in the studio where you have the option of placing the microphone at a distance to capture the most natural sound of the guitar. However for live music, depending on the band lineup, this opens the door for other sounds to bleed into the guitar microphone and somewhat limits the amount of stage monitoring you can achieve.
  • A Hyper-cardioid microphone will work well, allowing minimal bleed as long as you choose just the right angle. The right microphone angle is relative to the sound you want to get. Moving the microphone closer to the sound hole then closer to the bridge will yield some very different results. Experiment with the microphone angle until you find the right sound.

Then there are times when a good old dynamic microphone like a standard SM-57 seems to work the best. Keep in mind that you will not be able to stop all the bleed but minimizing it really helps.

Best Of Both Worlds?

At times you may want to use both the pickup and a microphone. The pickup can give you the up-close sound of the strings and more headroom in the monitors, while the microphone helps to capture the instrument as a whole and includes the sound of the body of the guitar. When using this technique you may hear some phasing due to the different distances of the pickup and microphone in relation to the strings.

By moving the microphone around and varying the levels between the two signals, you can achieve a good, workable combination.

This article was written with the assumption that the acoustic guitar is set up and tuned properly. Remember, no matter how good the microphone is or where you place it or how you utilize the pickup it will not correct intonation.

Keep Your Cables In Shape

The signal from your pick up is the signal you want to reach the DI box that goes to the mixer and the same signal you want to have at the input of your amplifier if you’re using one.

One worn cable in the setup can destroy a perfectly good guitar signal.

Walking on cables, which happens, eventually wears out the effectiveness of the shield, this is something you may not notice for some time.

If you use a lead cable for too long it can even become microphonic, that is to say, it becomes hypersensitive to vibration.

Keep all your contact points clean including the input and output jacks on the guitar and any pedals in the setup. Check for cracks and wear and replace bad cables with the best you can afford.

Best Review of Yamaha FG700S Acoustic Guitar

Have you ever heard of Yamaha FG700S,

a quite famous acoustic guitar brand?

Ah, the Yamaha FG.

 To many people, this has been the beginner’s guitar of choice – and even to some professional or amateur guitarists, this affordable (almost cheap) but reliable decades-lasting guitar makes an excellent travel guitar.

A closer look.

Yamaha is a Japanese company, and their FG series is manufactured in China – politics aside, the results are great. Chinese-built guitars are usual for entry-level guitars, but they’re usually known to last maybe four to five years, with quality ranging from pretty damn great to mediocre at best.

The FG700S belongs in the former range, with great sound quality, and a construction that has made it last decades in the hands of some of my friends.

I didn’t start with a Yamaha, neither have I owned one for very long, but I have had experience playing some of them from my friends – and there’s a reason Yamaha boasts that the FG has been their best-selling series since it was introduced in the 60s.

So let’s take a look at what’s been keeping it a success for the past half-century!
  • Features
  • BeNefits
  • As with most beginner guitars, the Yamaha sports a killer price.
  • There are guitars which are very cheap, just under 500 or under 300, but chances are you can get yourself a new FG700S for even a cheaper price somewhere on the internet.
  • But pricing isn’t what were here to discuss – it’s what the guitar really is that matters.
  • You’ll have to play it yourself to believe it, but the Yamaha FG700S sports great bright highs and heavy lows, a pleasant strum, and a composition of the regular rosewood for its fretboard (fingerboard), solid spruce wood for its top, and Chinese Nato wood for the sides and back.

Ok, let's watch this review video from another guy

about this model Yamaha FG700S - it's quite honest I think.

What I Like

  • Sturdy, affordable and versatile – it’s a beginner’s guitar, and a great one at that.
  • It’s got great sound for a guitar at its price point, and an amazing longevity at that.
  • It’s not tough to hold or play, and feels just right in the hands of most guitarists – myself included.

What I  Don't Like

  • One significant mention is the guitar’s fairly high action. It’s not high enough to warrant not considering it a great option, but it is something you should be aware of.
  • Being a beginner’s guitar, it’s lacking in the quality someone with more experience might want. While versatile, it scratches the surface of what guitars can do. 
  • It’s a standalone guitar, so you’ll have to buy yourself a case, stand, tuner, picks, extra strings and cleaning tools in the very least.

Conclusion:

My Rating

If you’re a beginner and you’re looking for a great guitar on a budget of under $300, then this is probably one of the best choices you can make.

However pushing your budget up to $500 opens other, much better options, so it’s a matter of price and of just how committed you’ll be to playing.

It makes sense to grab an affordable guitar when you’re not sure of whether or not you’ll stick to regular playing and practicing.

Best Review of Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar

Review Summary


An excellent acoustic guitar model, especially suitable for those who have large hands or who play finger style due to a slightly larger nut width.

Introduction to the Seagull S6 Acoustic Guitar

High-quality Martin’s and Taylor’s out there cost an arm and a leg – a high-quality Seagull doesn’t. Meet the Seagull S6, where price and professionalism come close.

It’s made of premium woods, straight out of Canada, eco-friendly and for less than half a thousand dollars. To me, that’s about as much a steal as a heist on the Louvre.

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Seagull S6 Original Acoustic Guitar

A primary reason is, quite literally, resources and production. The Seagull S6 is a solid guitar, and by that I mean that it’s well-built, long-lasting, and made of beautiful tone woods. It’s aesthetically pleasing and produces a great sound, far more than its money worth.

Is it a Martin guitar? Does it par up to a Taylor? Is it the acoustic equivalent of a Gibson Les Paul? No, no, and no. But, it comes very close to any one of these, and at a fraction – a literal fraction – of their usual prices.

The show doesn’t end there –like mentioned, Seagull guitars are eco-friendly. This might not be important to you, but it is to me.

"Irresponsible deforestation and the cutting down of exotic woods is a great issue worldwide, and demand for rare tonewoods is leading to the extinction of very precious species, while general demand for cheap wood is leading to the disappearance of forests all over the world, causing landslides, changes in weather and climate, loss of life for millions of animals and many other tragedies."

Most guitar makers say they’re making an effort towards ending these practices, but only few certify themselves as eco-friendly and get their wood from local, alternative and ample sources.

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FEATURES

The Seagull S6 commands a beautiful tone, matching the fact that it is, very simple, beautiful. It’s not specially-designed, it doesn’t sport an amazing color palette, and it doesn’t look like it’ll knock you off its feet – it’s got that warm cherry wood and cedar look to it, and that’s about it, but that’s all it needs. Just that simplicity alone helps convey its purity – its quality.

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The cedar top is pressure-tested, which is almost as rare in a guitar at this price-point as the cherry wood is. The fretboard is a standard rosewood, but the nut and headstock make the board special in its own right, too.

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BENEFITS

Attention to detail is a factor that makes the Seagull S6 stand out, but not in a way that most people would recognize, or consider – and that is the quality of the nut and saddle.

The nut is the elevated piece of wood on the upper end of the fretboard, where the headstock begins, while the saddle is the piece of wood below the sound hole that actually holds the strings.

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The significance of these two parts over other guitars is that there are differences in height and string grooves along the saddle and nut, to compensate for things such as string thickness and action and make the guitar easier to play – you’ll see this all the time with high-end acoustic guitars, but not with something under a thousand bucks, a beginner guitar especially.

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PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • The price is amazing for the guitar’s quality.
  • A pressure-tested cedar top and domestic cherry wood sides, grown and built in Canada, make this guitar sound amazing.
  • ​A custom, specialized nut and saddle, qualities usually only seen in far more expensive guitars.
  • ​A custom, specialized nut and saddle, qualities usually only seen in far more expensive guitars.

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Cons

  • Though a question of taste, the guitar is very plain.
  • The neck is wide, making it somewhat difficult to grip for most players who’ve had experience with thinner fretboards.
    To a beginner, however, both would be equally difficult to get used to.
  • There are cheaper beginner guitars, with far less quality but also far less required financial commitment.
    The question to this con is: will you be a committed guitarist, or are you just trying it out?

Conclusion

Although I hate to admit it, the guitar’s biggest benefit is price. It’s incredibly rare to find a North American-made, locally-sourced pressure-tested guitar for just about $500.

Seagull decided to build an entry-level guitar in terms of budget, but ended up making a guitar that a lot of hardcore hobbyists and professional guitarists would probably classify as ‘much more than just a beginner’s guitar’.

Honest review of Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar

Review Summary


Looking for a ridiculously affordable dreadnought by famous guitar makers Fender? I wasn’t, but I’m glad I found one – quality guitars at low prices are incredibly hard to come by, and even less so when they’re put on offer by a quality guitars at low prices.

This Squier is a beginner’s acoustic guitar, however, so a connoisseur might not be impressed with this model – but for what it’s worth, it’s a great example of what to look for when you’re first starting out, and here’s why.

Fender Squier Guitar is one of the best guitar beginners could aquire themselves with average budget. Practicing could both be easy and quality-solid with this piece of instrument."

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Features

The Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar pack is meant for a single thing: being a beginner guitarist’s best friend.

It’s got pretty much everything you could want.

The guitar itself has a large dreadnought body, strap, book, bag, pick, a tuner, and a pitch pipe (which is strange, since a tuner is already included).

A dreadnought guitar is built for size and sound, which is why the name sounds so intimidating – it’s a reference to a type of warship, but that doesn’t mean this thing only cranks out violently loud music.

It’s great for folk or soul, and for simple open-position chords, the type you’d usually begin with when first playing the guitar.

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Benefits

  • Although it doesn’t come with a case, the dreadnought-style body is a common one so you shouldn’t have a problem finding one.
  • In terms of longevity, my cousin got this guitar back in 2010, and it’s still in good condition – mind you, he does take good care of his instruments.
  • Other than that, the only note I’d like to make towards this guitar is that, despite it coming with a gig bag, don’t expect to use this as a professional.
  • Even if you change the strap and the strings, this is still a beginner’s guitar, meant to be comfortable and high-quality, yet not on-par with a career guitar.
  • It does have a comfortable feel to it, and for a beginner, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal in terms of value and quality.
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What I like & don't like

What I like:

The guitar is great for beginners, large and loud and available at a great price.

It’s got decent action, a nice tone, and is built with a spruce top and a laminated agathis back. Watch this video below to enjoy beautiful voice by Squier Fender.

It comes with a long list of accessories – specifically a strap, a bag, a lessons book, a tuner, guitar picks and a pitch pipe.

It’s fairly long-lived for its price tag, so it’ll last you throughout your beginning years as a guitar player.​

What I don't like:

Fender is a large company – this means getting replacement parts or otherwise contacting and going through customer service due to missing parts of the set or other issues may leave you with little hope for resolution.

It can be tough to tune, and comes with low-quality factory stock strings.

The lessons included with the set are somewhat lackluster. The bag is also practically useless – you’ll want to buy a separate dreadnought gig case if you plan to go somewhere.

You could find another, perhaps better guitar, from a lesser known brand if you went through the trouble of digging deeper in search. However, if you get this at an even more discounted price, you’ll have gotten yourself an amazing find.​

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Conclusion

This guitar is a beginner’s set – it’ll do well for a starter, but it falls very quickly short of anything serious. The extras are mostly negligible, but they’re still a significant factor, in particular the tuner and picks.

The straps and strings are best changed out, and you’ll want a different bag as well.

The guitar’s action – meaning, the distance between the strings and the fingerboard/fretboard – isn’t too high, so you won’t have to worry too much about hurting your fingers while playing.

Squier is Fender’s brand name for beginner’s electric guitars, but this one’s a Fender Squier Acoustic Guitar made of spruce and agathis, and features a hollow body. It’s very affordable as guitars go, and you get what you paid for – and a little more in the form of a warm, bright tune.

If you know someone interested in playing the guitar, but also know that they’ve never done it, then this would be an excellent choice.

Finding The Best Acoustic Electric Guitar

It’s tough to find the best acoustic electric guitar, given how many there are. Acoustic electric guitars are any amateur and professional guitarist’s best friend, and the selection is vast. Prices can vary from around $200 to very easily over $3,000, $4,000, $5,000 – the sky is the limit.

But for most people (myself included), the limit is set by budgets, by salaries, by what we’ve got to spare for our hobbies – and not many are willing to part with a few thousand dollars for a guitar. But that doesn’t mean having to compromise on quality or style. “Cheap” guitars – only madecheap in comparison –can still be band-worthy instruments to last you for years to come, and thousands of performances.

But what is the bestacousticelectric guitar? As with most things, opinions differ on the subject – but there are a few rules to finding out exactly what may be the best acoustic electric guitar for you.

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  • Are you sure you need an acoustic electric guitar?

The basic difference between an acoustic electric guitar and a regular acoustic guitar is that an acoustic electric guitar can be made much louder, and has EQ settings – thanks to the, you guessed it, electronics. However, for most people looking for a guitar, you won’t need one with electronic parts. Chances are you’ll do just fine with a great acoustic guitar, and you’ll probably save about 20% of your purchase.

Things change when you’re playing semi-professionally or professionally, however, or if you’re just playing in a band for fun and would like to actually be heard over the singing and drums.

  • Exactly how much are you willing to spend?

Guitars are worth vastly varied sums of money, from a hundred bucks or so, to thousands of dollars. You’ll have to figure out exactly where in that spectrum your budget falls before starting your search – it’ll narrow down your selection immensely. If you’re looking for an amazing guitar to last you for decades, and are an audiophile to boot, you can definitely count on a 4-digit price tag.

But if your ear isn’t trained, and you’re just starting out, you’ll most probably be comfortable enough with something worth less than half as much as, say, a Gibson.

  • What are you looking for in your best acoustic electric guitar?

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There’s a checklist everyone has to go through before making a purchase of any kind, but this is most especially true for instruments. That checklist involves prioritizing what’s important to you as a guitarist – do you want your guitar to be light, are you looking for a specific sound in the strum, do you only play nylon strings, or are you an exclusively steel-stringed kind of player? Whatever your style or preferences are, they’ll play a big part in how much you’ll learn to love your guitar, so it’s important to take them into consideration.

  • Remember, mint condition is a luxury.

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When you’re buying from a storefront, then generally you’ll want to pick up the shop’s demo guitar. It’ll be the one you’ll be more comfortable with, seeing as how it’s the one you’ve been trying, and you’ll more often than not get a discount for any minor scratches, blemishes or marks. Some people have gotten away with saving hundreds of dollars off an expensive guitar by buying the storefront guitar rather than the mint condition guitar in the back of the store.

Mind you though, you may have to do some insisting to get them to sell it to you.

Who Makes The Best Acoustic Guitars?

Knowing what is best is really a matter of preference and perception – but knowing what’s good is generally a matter of knowing what isn’t, and avoiding that. There are a few names in the guitar business that have successfully done so, long enough to become legendary brands – and there are newcomers that are well on their way to following in those rich footsteps.

But the question is, between the thousands of guitar makers out there, exactly who makes the best acoustic guitars?

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  • Gibson

Probably the most famous – and expensive –guitar makers in the world, Gibson Guitar Corporation have produced the very same guitars that many of today and yesterday’s rockstars became famous with. For over a hundred years, they’ve squarely stood as the kings of the guitar world.

Today, however, buying a Gibson is an investment you generally only make once in your life. And it’s one that’ll stick with you for a long time to come.

  • Fender

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The younger, yet not much less popular Fender is known specifically for their electric guitars – the Stratocaster and Telecaster – but that hasn’t stopped them from producing some of the best acoustic guitars out there.

Squier guitars, in particular (as subsidiary of Fender) are noted for their affordability and quality.

  • Ibanez

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Noted for being the guitar sales front of Japan’s first instrument company to become successful in the West, Ibanez is named for the Salvador Ibanez guitars it imported from Spain in the late 20s; in the 30s, company Hoshino Gakki decided to continue the venture by making the guitars themselves with “Ibanez” becoming an eventual brand name.

Known for wild designs and a “lawsuit era”, they make some of the best acoustic guitars on the Japanese market.

  • Martin & Co.

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Ancient compared to Gibson at over 180 years of service, Christian Frederick Martin’s guitar business venture has gone on to create some of the most valuable and best acoustic guitars in the instrument’s history – with steel-string vintage instruments that can, in some cases, be found on the market going for six-figure numbers. And even the regular flattops will cost you a few thousand dollars.

Uniquely, the company has more often than not been headed by a member of the Martin Family – today, that head is CEO C. F. Martin IV, the original founder’s great-great-great-grandson.

  • Paul Reed Smith

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A rarity in the modern world of guitar makers, PRS Guitars’ founder is still alive, and jamming – Paul Reed Smith, master craftsman and guitarist, is owner to one of the youngest, and continuously more popular guitar companies. Specifically, it’s earned a reputation for custom instruments, and recently, affordable quality guitars. One particularly famous guitarist using a PRS Guitars-made model, is Carlos Santana.

These are the generally top 5 most respected guitar makers, among which you’ll definitely find most of the best acoustic guitars out there – but mind you, I didn’t write the above list in any particular order of quality, or ranking.

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