Fender DG100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar  

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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
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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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5.0

Best Sound in this Price Range

By Todd Loy

from Raleigh, NC

I may be a beginner guitar player but I do know what sounds good tonally and musically. I went into GC with a friend who's a very very good guitarist and I had him play a bunch of acoustic guitars. I just listened. I had zero brand loyalty, did not know which brand was supposed to be better than another, and didn't care really. So, I just listened as my friend played and this Fender DG100 sounded the best to both of us. We kept coming back to this model. My friend was surprised of the low cost. So, I bought it. I'm still very happy with my purchase. The original strings were killing me though so I replaced them with Martin Acoustic strings custom light and it's been heaven ever since. Now, thinking about adding an acoustic pickup and amplifier :)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the bucks!

By That Buzzard Boy

from Columbus, OH

I bought my DG100 in 04. I have been playing for over 40 years. I also own several high end acoustics but was looking for a campfire/picnic/front porch guitar. This one really fills the bill! Playability and tone are great. It is getting a little bit beat up from 6 years of rough duty, but it is my go to guitar for camping trips. I had to replace the saddle with a Tusq and it sounds even better. The tuners are perfect and it stays in tune well. As it is a solid top, it will go out of tune easily when the humidity changes. I keep it strung with EXP phosphor bronze 12s and it always sounds wonderful. This is a fantastic beginner guitar and I have helped several young people learn to play with it. Buy it, you will never regret it.

(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

(5 of 6 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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

 
5.0

Amazing! Couldn't be better.

By Daniella13

from orem, utah

This guitar other than the fact is cheap. Its amazing. I got it for my birthday in may, and i'm loving it. It sounds amazing. It's awesome. And its nice for new players.

 
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.

 
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!

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