Fender 6 Slim Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Last updated: June 1, 2023

The sound of the Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar suffers a little due to the laminated wood build. However, it has a synthetic bone nut and bone saddle, which somewhat makes up for it. You'll also get a nylon bag with your purchase, allowing you to take it on the road with you.

We looked at the top Acoustic Guitars and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Acoustic Guitar you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: Featuring a protective finish that shines, this acoustic guitar has a crisp sound at an affordable price.

In our analysis of 69 expert reviews, the Fender 6 Slim Beginner Acoustic Guitar placed 16th when we looked at the top 19 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Getting started as a guitar player was never easier than with the Fender FA-100 Acoustic. It’s priced so affordably that jumping in doesn’t require a big investment. This instrument features a protective and glossy finish encompassing the body, time tested quartersawn X bracing, a compensated saddle and laminated Spruce top. Included with purchase is a Fender padded gig bag that lets you safely carry it wherever you go. Also included with purchase is Fender’s limited lifetime warranty.

Our Expert Consultant

Lewis McGehee  
Professional guitarist, songwriter and private guitar teacher

Lewis McGehee is a professional guitarist, songwriter and private guitar teacher. He began playing guitar at the age of 7, playing in bands at 11 and was signed to Lifesong Records as a singer-songwriter in his early 20s. On the strength of his live shows, he went on to perform with many national acts such as John Prine, Robert Palmer, Talking Heads, Christopher Cross, Bob Dylan and Christine McVie. He also completed a multi-city tour as an opening act for Bruce Hornsby and has been teaching private acoustic guitar lessons for over 40 years.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Bright, responsive tone. Affordable price, especially for a Fender. Includes padded gig bag and other nice to have features.
For a guitar on the entry level, the Fender FA-100 has a very distinctive and incredible sound.
Playability- Lightweight and with rosewood fingerboard, this guitar’s playability is out of the discussion.
This guitar offers a very good projection for the materials, aided by the X bracing, while the overall sound is crisp, clear and pleasant.
That said, the Fender FA-100 has a shallow action, meaning its strings are very near the fretboard. Not only does this improve the guitar’s playability, but it also makes pressing strings down much easier for beginner’s.
The FA-100 Dreadnought is Fender’s cheapest beginner guitar.
What was a surprise to learn was that they use a synthetic bone nut and a compensated synthetic bone saddle. That’s pretty cool that they don’t just use cheap plastic on such an inexpensive guitar.
All in all, the FA-100 starter pack is an excellent option for anyone looking to dip their toes (or fingers) in the world of guitar playing without having to invest a significant amount of money in an instrument.

What reviewers didn't like

Spruce top is laminated and could be somewhat less conducive to resonance.
Sound quality is not the best. Beginners won’t notice the difference though.
For beginners only- Anyhow, we do not suggest semi-pro and professionals to try something more serious with this guitar.
You probably won’t want to gig with it, but for lessons, practice and campfire performances you couldn’t ask for much better without stretching your budget.
One shortcoming of the Fender FA-100 Acoustic Guitar is the sealed, laminated wood. As is commonly known by experienced guitarists, laminated lumber can never match the sound quality of open, natural wood.
The only downside to this feature is that the strings have a greater tendency to buzz when strummed hard, but that can easily be fixed with a quick tweak of the action.
The tone is pretty empty and flat, it’s lacking any real character and projection
As far as the guitar’s setup goes, the action, while not excellent, is low enough to play comfortably.
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