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Fender DG100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Natural

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The Fender DG100 is a big, warm-sounding acoustic with a solid Englemann spruce top, mahogany back and sides, dot position inlays, a tortoise shell pickguard, and abalone rosette.

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The Fender DG100 is a big, warm-sounding acoustic with a solid Englemann spruce top, mahogany back and sides, dot position inlays, a tortoise shell pickguard, and abalone rosette.

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  • Solid Englemann spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Dot position inlays
  • Tortoiseshell pickguard
  • Abalone rosette
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    4.8

    (based on 23 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I Keep Going Back To It

    I'm a beginner. My focus was simple - I wanted an acoustic that was comfortable and sounded good. I didn't have a lot of knowledge about guitars and how they're built, so feel...Read complete review

    I'm a beginner. My focus was simple - I wanted an acoustic that was comfortable and sounded good. I didn't have a lot of knowledge about guitars and how they're built, so feel and sound was all I had to go on. I knew Fender from electrics - didn't even know they made acoustics. Now I know more about guitars, and what to look for, and at the end of the day, I'm really proud of the choice I made when I knew nothing! This guitar sounds AMAZING!!! I've now played Taylors and Martins and everything else I can get my hands on. And while I understand the higher price for some of these other guitars, I keep going back to my Fender and I'm happy. If aesthetics matter to you, this is a BEAUTIFUL guitar. It just can't be beat for the price. It's solid, sturdy, gorgeous and it sounds amazing (the sound is what always, ultimately gets me! It's unbelievable. Rich, full, loud if you want it to be, no buzz.) I've since changed the strings but it really is good to play out of the box. I waited a good, long time before I changed the strings. Definitely consider this guitar - I don't think you'll be sorry.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    A little less action...

    After playing this guitar for four years now I can say that in beginners hind sight I would recommend any novice to spend a bit more money and purchase a different guitar; a Takamine...Read complete review

    After playing this guitar for four years now I can say that in beginners hind sight I would recommend any novice to spend a bit more money and purchase a different guitar; a Takamine EG360SC to be exact. Although I agree with other experienced players that say the DG100 has a warm and earthy tone, it lacks in early learning playability due to it's large amount of action at the fret board. Once I learned of what "action" was due to having difficulty with added hand fatigue due to the [extra unnecessary] force needed to press those strings down. After playing other guitars with better action did I realize that some extra work was needed to achieve better sensitivity while working the board. The truss rod in the neck needed slacking, and the saddle was ground down to get those strings closer the fret borad. And still I'm not very happy with the results. The craftsmanship compliments the sound, and the grover hardware is a nice added touch. Do not let a higher price tag intimidate you because you lack experience. When you find a good working guitar off the start, you will really enjoy learning the art, and when you develop your playing skills through learning, you will have a better playing experience with a nicer guitar that aligns with that experience.

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    (57 of 60 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Incredible Body with poor strings

    By Happy Strummer

    from Hamilton MA

    This guitar is awesome right off the shelf! It has excellent tone and nice looking abalone trim This only problem with it is the mediocre strings it comes with. Just get some nice Elixirs or D'Addarios and you've got one nice guitar that sounds like a much more expensive Martin.

    (37 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Keep Going Back To It

    By SemperFi

    from Jersey

    I'm a beginner. My focus was simple - I wanted an acoustic that was comfortable and sounded good. I didn't have a lot of knowledge about guitars and how they're built, so feel and sound was all I had to go on. I knew Fender from electrics - didn't even know they made acoustics. Now I know more about guitars, and what to look for, and at the end of the day, I'm really proud of the choice I made when I knew nothing! This guitar sounds AMAZING!!! I've now played Taylors and Martins and everything else I can get my hands on. And while I understand the higher price for some of these other guitars, I keep going back to my Fender and I'm happy. If aesthetics matter to you, this is a BEAUTIFUL guitar. It just can't be beat for the price. It's solid, sturdy, gorgeous and it sounds amazing (the sound is what always, ultimately gets me! It's unbelievable. Rich, full, loud if you want it to be, no buzz.) I've since changed the strings but it really is good to play out of the box. I waited a good, long time before I changed the strings. Definitely consider this guitar - I don't think you'll be sorry.

    (22 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well made guitar!

    By sold you guitar

    from Sutton, MA

    I was looking for a guitar to get for my birthday. My price range was up to about 600 bucks. But when i played this guitar i fell in love with it. It has such a great warming sound to it. I was playing Martins in the store and to be honest, I couldnt tell the difference between this guitar and a Martin. Its a great guitar for under 500 bucks and really is worth every penny. Ive played it everywhere from small concerts to playing around the campfire and it sounds better and better everytime...It dosent come with the best strings, but just put some D'Addario's on it and your all set. Bottom line, if you want a guitar for under 500 bucks, this guitar is just for you..It sounds, looks, and feels great..

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love my new guitar!

    By Christy

    from Austin, Texas

    It's a gorgeous guitar with a solid front making it more than worth the money. The sound is fantastic... as good as more expensive guitars without the price tag. And, let's fact it, it's really beautiful. The photos do not do it justice!

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Power and Beauty

    By Parker Lee

    from Packwaukee, Wisconsin

    I walked into Guitar Center the other day, looking for a new acoustic. As I browsed the acoustic coral, a couple Martin's and a Taylor caught my eye but as I was about to pick one up the DG 100 caught my eye. The pure beauty of this guitar star-struck me, so I snatched it up, pick in hand and played. Once I got past the visual appeal of the gold hardware and the abalone inlays I was still in pure awe. The projection of this guitar was amazing. As I played chords I was overjoyed by this guitars warm tone. Not only did it handle chords, finger-picking, and flat-picking, but when I went to play a couple arpeggios the action again amazed me I was able to fly over the fret board. There was no buzz when I went past the 12th fret and onward. To be fair I tried the Martin's, the Taylor and even a couple Gibson's. But the DG 100 shot each of them down. As soon as I got home I took it out to play recorded a song and surprised again but the sound quality was so rich. I am re-recording all of my songs using the DG 100. If you are still skeptical I dare you to take this guitar up to any guitars in its class and even attempt to find so much quality for this price. Positives - Visually Appealing - Powerful - Strap nut (so you don�ۡ���t have to tie your strap on by the head) - Sturdy bridge - Light-weight Negatives - Awkward at first headstock - Can�ۡ���t put it down

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    A little less action...

    By Obsidian 3

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    After playing this guitar for four years now I can say that in beginners hind sight I would recommend any novice to spend a bit more money and purchase a different guitar; a Takamine EG360SC to be exact. Although I agree with other experienced players that say the DG100 has a warm and earthy tone, it lacks in early learning playability due to it's large amount of action at the fret board. Once I learned of what "action" was due to having difficulty with added hand fatigue due to the [extra unnecessary] force needed to press those strings down. After playing other guitars with better action did I realize that some extra work was needed to achieve better sensitivity while working the board. The truss rod in the neck needed slacking, and the saddle was ground down to get those strings closer the fret borad. And still I'm not very happy with the results. The craftsmanship compliments the sound, and the grover hardware is a nice added touch. Do not let a higher price tag intimidate you because you lack experience. When you find a good working guitar off the start, you will really enjoy learning the art, and when you develop your playing skills through learning, you will have a better playing experience with a nicer guitar that aligns with that experience.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar at a awesome price!

    By DnG

    from CA

    This is by far one of the best acoustic guitars on the market for the price. The finish on the guitar is just absolutely beautiful and plays like a dream. The price tag is very affordable and well worth it. The only downfall I can find is the fact it is not electric capable. A must have!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great intermediate guitar

    By KateDS

    from New York, NY

    Great guitar with a great sound. I tried it out along with a couple others in this price range (Yamaha, Ibanez, Epiphone, etc.), but there was no contest. The fullness of the sound and the easy action on the fretboard were exactly what I wanted. You get a guitar that's worth twice what you pay for it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Ucode

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    Great guitar overall. First off its a very pretty guitar, it looks great and is very comfortable. It has a nice warm and full sound and is easy to play. For the price to performance ratio, I feel that this guitar was a steal. I highly reccomend this guitar to anyone.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar

    By GuitarGal

    from Chicago

    I love this guitar and the other customer was right, the picture does not do it justice. It's a beautiful guitar and the sound is out of this world. However, I am a petite woman and it's definitely a bit too big for my frame. So women I would consider the GDC 200 for a more comfortable fit- that's what I traded mine in for.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    More then I hoped for

    By Matt

    from CA

    I have owned and played this guitar for eights months now. I wanted something to take through the beginner and a little way into the novice stage. I now see I will be playing this guitar much longer then that. It feels great, looks even better and plays and sounds wonderful. For a guitar in this price range it will be hard to beat.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Heart DG100

    By Chuck

    from Howell, MI

    I am a Fender man. Knowing this, my goal when walking into the music store was to NOT walk out with a Fender acoustic since all of my electrics are Fender but I couldn't find anything for this price that sounded this great. It came down to an Ibenez and the DG100 and I felt that this one had a much warmer tone so I snagged it. My only complaint is that the factory sticker on the pick guard does NOT come off. You NEED to get some sort of adhesive remover to get it off...how annoying. Other than that, I am very happy with it. Playing it is like slicing through butter with a hot knife...smooooooooooth.

    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender DG 100 Acoustic

    By Phil K.

    from Toledo, Ohio

    I'm just starting out on my road to becomming a guitarist. I went to Guitar Center to pick out my first guitar, after reading alot of articles online, so I had an idea of what to look for in a starter. Guitar Center had a Seagull Entorage Rustic Mini-Jumbo on clearance, so I picked it over the other options. Mistake. I couldn't get comfortable with the "fat bottom" of the mini jumbo, and the rosette is butt ugly on the entorage rustic. So I came back and chose the Fender DG 100. It's looks are awesome, and it sounded ok too, just finger strumming it in the shop. Then I got it home and reality set in. Once I started strumming it with picks the buzz came. It just sounded awful. The action is too high to ever be comfortable learning on, and it's sound is nowhere near as nice as the Seagull sounded out of the box. I thought that I could save some money by going with the Fender, but all I did was learn the importance that the action on a guitar has for beginners. I'm taking my Fender back to Guitar Center and I'm going to spend the money I should have spent the first trip and get the Seagull S6. The Sound of a Seagull, and a Fender DG 100 are Night and Day apart from each other, and the ease of play are even further apart. If a Seagull is out of your price range, especially for a beginner, I recomend trying a less expensive Fender Model or something else entirely. I hope this helps you out.

     
    5.0

    Sounds and plays great

    By POW3RAGE

    from New York

    I got this guitar from a new Guitar Center that just opened up and I love it. It really makes you want to play the guitar and want to get better. I have just started and I love playing with this acoustic. The only thing that I have to complain about is that one of my strings broke less than a week. Other than that it was well worth the money!

     
    5.0

    Excellent sound, Excellent quality

    By Wyatt

    from Buffalo, MN

    Awesome guitar for the money, and it sounds great. Definitely worth more than it actually is. Very good quality and very good sound. It's an excellent play for both strumming and finger picking and the strings are pretty easy to push down. And like other acoustic guitars, the frets are slightly bigger and the strings are slightly farther apart to fix those chords that always have that one string that doesn't quite ring the right way. I love my Fender.

     
    5.0

    Unbelievable for the price

    By Ron

    from Dallas

    I needed a guitar that will be a friend for many years, and couldn't afford one from most of the other major manufacturers. The Fender DG100 is the answer for me. It has amazing quality, attention to detail, and a great sound. It's an unbelievable guitar for the price. The solid Englemann spruce top gives the tone a complexity and musicality you just can't find in a most other guitars, let alone at this price. I'm happy to find a friend that I look forward to picking up, playing, and spending lots of time with. A suggestion: name it after your wife or girlfriend, to avoid jealosy.

     
    4.0

    Solid Top - Worth the Price

    By SS

    from Midwest Illinois

    I bought one of these for my son, who is just starting out. For the price, the solid top and country of origin (Korea!) sold itself. I still pick up this guitar and play even though I have more expensive acoustics around... The top looks great and the guitar sounds better than some pricier units. The abalone inlay is quite nice at this price as well. I agree that the stock strings are pretty bad and start to discolor easily. Pick up a set of Martin or D'Addario strings and replace them - the guitar sounds warmer and crisper as a result. Also, the action was too high on the upper frets. I have had to adjust the truss snce purchase. Overall, a solid top acoustic with a solid sound for a solid price.

     
    5.0

    Perfect Beginner

    By JC

    from Central Florida

    This guitar is beautiful, i didn't like the light wood grain at first but it grew on me, and the pick-guard blends well with the body of the guitar. The gold tuners are an added plus Before i got this i was playing my friends martin that his mom got in the 80's and they sound very similar. It gives a bright vibrant sound thats clear. The strings on this guitar arent too good, i haven't even changed them but i will soon. Ive had it for two months and i love it, i highly recommend it if its in your price range and you want a very well made guitar from a respectable company like fender. It stays in tune for a long time, so thats a plus. i got a gold capo for it and a 2 inch suede strap. It looks sweet, i highly recommend it. 5 stars all around!!!

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Chris

    from CA

    This a great guitar. i got it 8 months ago and i loved it since. i wasnt sure about how a fender acoustic would play, but it played beautifly. i honestly couldnt tell a difference between this and a more expensive guitar. this guitar came with dardario exp's witch i love. the lesson learned from this guitar is you dont need to pay a lot for a great product. go out and buy this!

     
    5.0

    WOW! I was really impressed when I pulled it out of the box!

    By Scott Whicker

    from Shelby, NC

    I am an absolute beginner. In fact I don't know how to play the first note/chord. Music has always been a big part of my life and I do play other instruments. But, I have always wanted to play guitar. I didn't want to buy some piece of junk guitar at Walmart, but I also didn't want to spend thousands of dollars to get a guitar that I know will look and sound great. I read all the reviews on this guitar and decided to take the change. I am so happy I did. This guitar is absolutely beautiful and sounds great. It has a deep rich sound and it does come with d'addario strings on it. Now the fun part, getting my finger tips in shape to play. I spent the better part of last night just strumming it. It sounds great and I can't wait to actually start playing music on it.

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