Fender FA-115 Dreadnought 6-String Acoustic Guitar

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94 out of 100. Incorporating 1450+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$230
Fender FA-115 Dreadnought

Gearank High Notes

The FA-115 is Fender's most popular beginner acoustic guitar, it usually comes bundled with essential accessories.

While it does not have a solid top, it makes up for it with the quality of accessories that it ships with, which include clip on tuner, strings, picks, strap and a gig bag.

This dreadnought shape guitar features spruce for the top and mahogany for the back and sides, and while the laminate top maybe a turn off for some, it does have durability and reliability as its strong point, which makes it more ideal for beginners who may not be as conscious about careful handling of the instrument.

It follows after Fender's "Easy to Play" neck profile with rolled fretboard edges, with a fretboard radius of 12" and a scale length of 25.3".

Features:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Mahogany
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Walnut
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: ‘Easy-to-Play’ shape with Rolled Fretboard Edges
  • Fingerboard: Walnut
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Frets to Body: 14
  • Scale Length: 25.3”
  • Nut Width: 1.6875"

Pros

The Fender FA-115 is described as the best beginner friendly guitar by many, thanks to its combination of good playability, tone and price. Many are also pleased with the quality of the included accessories, including the free Fender guitar lessons which many commend in reviews. Many owners also agree that attention to detail and overall build quality is also quite good given the price.

Cons

If you're looking for a solid top acoustic guitar, or you're not too keen on accessories then you may want to look at other acoustics.

Overall

With its build quality and accessories, the Fender FA-115 is a good starter guitar for anyone to learn on.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available, such as the Ibanez AW54 in our guide to The Best Acoustic Guitars.

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I've written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at my local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.