Fender FA-125CE 6-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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90 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$230
Fender FA-125CE 6-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 150+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

It's interesting how an affordable acoustic guitar like the FA-125CE can carry the Fender brand, while for electric guitars, the Fender label is reserved for expensive models.

With the FA0125CE you are getting a genuine Fender labeled acoustic at a very generous price, and on top of that it comes with Fishman electronics (one of the leading brands).

Speaking of electronics, the preamp doesn't take too much space on the body, yet it has enough space for 2-band EQ, volume control and a nifty tuner.

It has a dreadnought body with spruce top, and basswood back and sides.

It also has a cutaway for easier access to higher frets, a feature found in many acoustic-electric models.

Another distinct feature of this guitar is Fender's Viking bridge which extends a bit further on the sides compared to regular bridges.

Specifications:

  • Body Shape: Dreadnought with Cutaway
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Basswood
  • Finish: Natural
  • Bridge: Viking Style Walnut
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Profile: Not specified
  • Fingerboard: Walnut
  • Fingerboard Radius: 11.81"
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3"
  • Nut Width: 1.69"
  • Electronics: Fishman Pickup with 2-band EQ
  • Pickup Type: Active

Pros
Many users are impressed by the Fender FA-125CE's build quality and tone, it surpassed what they were expecting given the price tag. The main theme in reviews is that it is a great beginner guitar, and this sentiment is shared by both students and experienced players. There is also plenty of kudos for its plugged-in tone, courtesy of its Fishman brand electronics.

Cons
There are a few reports of minor cosmetic quality control lapses. There are also some who wish that it came with a gig bag, but it doesn't.

Overall
If you're looking for an affordable option that doesn't look and sound as cheap, then this should be high up in your list.

This was on our recommended list for Acoustic-Electric Guitars Under $200 until the price went up above $200. You can see highly rated alternatives in our guides to The Best Cheap Acoustic Electric Guitars Under $200 and The Best Acoustic Electric Guitars up to $1000.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

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