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Ideal Guitar for Beginners: The Fender DG-8S

Ideal Guitar for Beginners: The Fender DG-8S

by 2013/09/04


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Easy to use and tune, low maintenance, affordable, excellent sound quality for the price


A little ‘cheaply’ made. Fret Buzz. Doesn’t stay tuned.

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A low priced beginner’s guitar

Priced around £129, the Fender DG-8S is considered a decent guitar for beginners and casual players. It is a 6 stringed guitar and has a simple, standard dreadnought body. DG-8S comes with the whole package of a gig back, picks, an automatic chromatic tuner, strap and a set of strings. Fender also provides a special DVD that comprises of over 3 hours of instructions, along with Fender’s factory tour, a perfect set for beginners. This guitar has a Nato Top and neck, as well as a rosewood fretboard. The DG-8S has basically been designed to meet the needs and requirements of beginners and hobbyists. It has a natural finish and consists of basic 20 frets neck. Available in various other, rather fancier versions as well, the Fender DG-8S is preferred by guitar enthusiasts in its natural, subtle form.

The Fender Dg-8S is reasonably priced compared to other guitars of this quality in the beginner’s acoustic category. Users will also notice how it offers ease of tuning unlike any other with a set of excellent tuners astoundingly convenient to manipulate based on the player’s preferences. However, a number of professional users tend to complain about the fact that the action on this guitar is unexpectedly high when it is brand new but becomes low after some time. Also, a slight buzz is occasionally experienced, which is a drawback that only a rare few notice. The buzz might be caused due to the action and strings setup problem. Other than that it has a clear tone, sounds rich and fun to strum on. Even works out for casual recordings but normally it’s something you’d keep around and just chill with or to have a handy decent sounding guitar lying on your couch for when inspiration strikes! It’s ideal for outdoor parties and quality gatherings with friends.

Fender DG-8S requires little or no maintenance owing to the high quality finish, and impressive acoustic action within an affordable price range.

I think that the guitar is very good value for money that it costs, I think it will probably be aimed at the beginner to intermediate players

This guitar is perfect; excellent for beginners (minus the high action) it plays great and sounds great

Not the most beautiful work of art, but it is a great basic, acoustic guitar

I was skeptical about buying a "Value Pack" guitar, but after sitting and playing this guitar, I was pleasantly surprised. While it is made in China, don’t let that scare you off. The fit and finish on my instrument is top-notch.

  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
  • Machine Heads: Chrome (Covered)
  • Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
  • Scale Length: 25.3 in. (643mm)
  • Body Depth: 3.94 in. (100mm) to 4.92 in. (125mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.69 in. (43mm)
  • Strings: Fender 60L Phosphor Bronze, Gauges .012 to .052
  • Series: Dreadnought Guitar Series
  • Body Style: Dreadnought
  • No. of Frets: 20
  • Width at Heel: 2.24 in. (57mm)
  • Unique Features: Includes: Gig Bag, Multi-Language Instructional DVD, Strings, Tuner, Picks, Dot Position Inlays, Simple Black/White Body Binding, Silkscreened Logo, White Plastic Nut and Saddle

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