Fender Acoustic Guitars: Fender’s Series of Acoustics

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Fender may be most well known for their electric guitars – the Stratocaster and Telecaster in particular – and amps but less know about Fender acoustic guitars.

Fender has a range of acoustic guitars from very cost-friendly to more premium models.

Below are the Fender acoustics available currently.

Table of Contents

Fender Paramount (PM) Series

The paramount series features 6 different guitars – 3 standard models and 3 deluxe models.

The standard models are available in natural and the deluxe models are available in both natural and sunburst. The following make up the Paramount Series:

  • The PM-1 Deluxe Dreadnought (Natural & Sunburst options)
  • The PM-2 Deluxe Parlor (Natural & Sunburst options)
  • The PM-3 Deluxe Triple-0 (Natural & Sunburst options)
  • The PM-1 Standard Dreadnought (Natural only)
  • The PM-2 Standard Parlor (Natural only)
  • The PM-3 Standard Triple-0 (Natural only)

The Deluxe Models

The deluxe models are all solid wood and feature East Indian Rosewood back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top.

They come with ebony fingerboards, a bone nut and an ebony bridge with bone compensated saddle.

The deluxe models have a recommended price of $999.99.

The Standard Models

The standard models are all solid wood and feature Mahogany back and sides and a Sitka Spruce top.

They are equipped with a rosewood fingerboard, a bone nut and a rosewood bridge with bone compensated saddle.

The standard models have a recommended price of $799.99

Deluxe and Standard Models

For both the standard and deluxe models:

  • The Dreadnought models have a scale length of 25.3″ (643mm) and a nut width of 1.69″ (43mm)
  • The Triple-0 models have a scale length of 25.3″ (643mm) and a nut width of 1.75″ (44.5mm)
  • The Parlor model has a scale length of 75″ (628mm) and a nut width of 1.75″ (44.5mm)

All models are equipped with Fender/Fishman PM electronics and those electronics are specifically set up for each different shape.

Quartersawn scalloped X bracing is used on all models.

Fender Classic Design Series

The Classic Design series of guitars features a number of options.

  • CD-320AS
  • CD-320ASCE
  • CD-320ASRW
  • CD-320ASRWCE
  • CD-220SCE
  • CD-220CE All Zebrano
  • CD-280S Dreadnought
  • CD-280SCE
  • CJ-290SCE Jumbo Maple
  • CD-140S
  • CD-140S All Mahogany
  • CD-140SCE
  • CD-140SCE All Mahogany
  • CD-160SE 12 String
  • CF-140S Folk
  • CF-140SCE
  • CD-100CE
  • CD-100CE Left Hand
  • CD-100 Left-hand
  • CD-100 12 String
  • CP-100 Parlor
  • CD-60
  • CD-60CE
  • CD-60 All Mahogany
  • CD-60CE All Mahogany
  • CF-60 Folk
  • CF-60CE Folk
  • MA-1 steel

O.K. that looks daunting but let’s break it down.

Note that any of the models a title that start with “CD” are dreadnoughts, “CF” are Fender’s folk shape/size, “CP” are parlors and “CJ” are jumbos.

CD-320

There are 4 different versions of the CD-320.

The CD-320AS is an all solid wood guitar with a solid spruce top and solid Mahogany back and sides. It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Bone nut
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated bone saddle

The CD320ASCE is the same except it also has a cutaway and electronics (Fishman Presys Pickup System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner)

The CD320ASRW has Indian Rosewood (solid) back and sides in place of the Mahogany and the CD320ASRWCE is the Rosewood version with a cutaway and electronics.

The 320 series go for between $599 and $799 with the models with electronics costing more and the rosewood models costing more than the mahogany models.

CD-200

The CD 200 series features 5 different guitars.

The CD-220SCE (dreadnought) has a solid spruce top and laminated ash burl back and sides.

It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.625″ (41.3mm) nut width
  • Bone nut
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated bone saddle
  • Cutaway
  • Fishman Presys Pickup System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner

The CD-220SCE All Zebrano (dreadnought) – as it sounds – features laminated Zebrano back, sides and top.

The CD-280S Dreadnought has a solid spruce top and laminated rosewood back and sides. It doesn’t have a cutaway or electronics. The nut width is a very narrow 1.58″ (40.1mm).

The CD-280SCE has the cutaway and electronics.

And finally, the CD-290SCE Jumbo Maple. This guitar has a solid spruce top and laminated maple back and sides. It is a jumbo shaped guitar with a 1.625″ (41.3mm) nut width.

CD-140

The CD-140 series features 7 different guitars.

The CD-140S is the basic model has a solid spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

It is a dreadnought guitar and features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone nut
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated Graph Tech NuBone saddle

The 140SCE has a cutaway and electronics and comes in either black or natural.

The 140S All Mahogany is the same as the 140S except that it has a Solid Mahogany top in place of the Spruce top.

The 140SCE All Mahogany is the same as the 140SCE except that it has a Solid Mahogany top in place of the Spruce top.

The CD160SE 12 String is the 12 string version of the 140S – it has a 1.89″ (48mm) nut width and has electronics but no cutaway. it’s available in black and natural.

The CF140S Folk is Fender’s “folk” shape version of the 140S and also has a narrower neck (1.625″ – 41.3mm).

The CF140SCE is the CF140S with cutaway and electronics.

CD-100

The CD 100 series has 6 models.

The CD-100 is the standard model and has a laminated spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone nut
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated Graph Tech NuBone saddle

The CD-100CE has a cutaway and electronics (Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner).

The CD-100 Left hand is the left handed version of the CD-100.

The CD-100CE left hand is the left hand version of the CD-100CE.

The CD-100 12 string is the 12 string version and has a 1.89″ (48mm) nut width.

Finally, the CP-100 Parlor is the parlor sized version of the CD-100 and has a sunburst finish and a scale length of 24.75″ (628mm).

CD-60

There are 6 different models of the CD-60.

The standard model (the CD-60) is very similar to the CD-100 and has a laminated spruce top and laminated mahogany sides and comes in natural, black and sunburst options for the finish.

It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone nut
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated Graph Tech NuBone saddle

The CD-60CE has the cutaway and electronics.

Both versions also come as all Mahogany which has a laminated mahogany top in place of the laminated spruce top (CD-60 All Mahogany and CD-60CE All Mahogany).

The CF-60 Folk has the folk sized/shaped body and has a slightly wider nut width of 1.73″ (44mm).

The CF-60CE is the Folk version with a cutaway and electronics.

Check out my review of the Fender CD-60 here.

MA-1

The MA-1 is a 3/4 size guitar (as it sounds). It has a parlor shape with a laminated agathis top and laminated Sapele back and sides.

It features:

  • X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 23.3″ (592mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated synthetic bone saddle

The MA-1 is very inexpensive and great as a starter guitar for a kid or as a travel guitar.

Check out my review of the Fender MA-1 here.

Fenders Acoustic Packs Series

This series features all of Fender’s low priced options that come in packs (with tuner, picks, extra strings etc)

The packs series features:

  • The FA-100
  • The FA-125S
  • The FA-125S Folk Mahogany
  • The DG-85

FA-100

The FA-100 is a dreadnought with laminated spruce top and basswood back and sides.

It features:

  • X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.650″ (42mm) nut width
  • Synthetic bone nut
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated synthetic bone saddle

Learn more about the FA-100 here.

FA-125S & FA-125S Mahogany

The FA-125S is a folk size guitar and has a solid spruce top and laminated mahogany back sides. It is a bit of step up from the FA-100 as it has a solid top, scalloped bracing & graph tech nut and saddle.

It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Graph Tech Nubone Saddle

The FA-125S Mahogany has a Solid Mahogany top in place of the Solid Spruce top.

DG-85

The DG-85 is a dreadnought guitar and has a solid spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

It features:

  • Quartersawn Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Graph Tech Nubone Saddle

The California Series

Finally we have the California Series.

This series features a number of very different types of guitars and is based around Fender’s 1960s acoustic guitars.

The series features:

  • Kingman SCE
  • Kingman ASCE Dreadnought
  • Kingman Jumbo SCE
  • Malibu CE
  • Sonoran S
  • Sonoran SCE
  • Standard Stratacoustic
  • Stratacoustic Plus
  • Stratacoustic Premier
  • Standard Telecoustic
  • Telecoustic Plus
  • Telecoustic Premier
  • T-Bucket 100CE
  • T-Bucket 300CE
  • T-Bucket 400CE

All of the guitars in this series (except for the T-Bucket models) feature an electric guitar style headstock.

Kingman Series

The Kingman SCE is the first I’ll look at here. It has a solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and laminated mahogany sides. I have to admit that this is the first guitar I’ve come across with different material for the back and sides.

It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.625″ (41.3mm) nut width
  • Bone Nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Bone Saddle
  • Electric Guitar Style (Stratocaster) Headstock
  • 3-Color Sunburst Finish

It has a cutaway and in built electronics (Fishman Presys Pickup System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner).

The Kingman ASCE is basically the same guitar with a different look.

The Kingsman Jumbo SCE is the same except that it is a Jumbo shape/size, the back is laminated mahogany and it features quartersawn scallped x bracing.

Malibu Series

The Malibu CE is Fender’s folk shape/size and has a laminated spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.625″ (41.3mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone Nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Graph Tech NuBone Saddle
  • Electric Guitar Style (Stratocaster) Headstock
  • Option of natural, red and gold or “surf” green Finish

It comes with a cutaway and electronics (Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner).

Sonoran Series

The Sonoran is a dreadnought guitar with a solid spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

It features:

  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.625″ (41.3mm) nut width
  • Bone Nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Bone Saddle
  • Electric Guitar Style (Stratocaster) Headstock
  • Natural Finish

The Sonoran comes in a non-cutaway/non-electronic version (Sonoran S) or a version with a cutaway and electronics (Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner) – the Sonoran SCE.

There are several color options for the SCE – Natural, Lake Placid Blue, Black, Candy Apple Red, Pink and Surf Green.

Check out my review of the Sonoran SCE here.

Stratacoustic Series

Like it sounds the Stratacoustic series features guitars that look like Fender’s classic Stratocaster electric guitars.

The Standard Stratacoustic has a laminated spruce top and a 1-piece fibre glass back and sides.

It features:

  • Quartersawn X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.5″ (648mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone Nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Graph Tech NuBone Saddle
  • Electric Guitar Style (Stratocaster) Headstock
  • Oval soundhole
  • Black finish

It has a double cutaway and electronics (Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner).

The Stratacoustic plus has an Inca Silver finish and comes with a built in mini USB port for directly plugging into your smart phone, tablet or computer for recording.

The Stratacoustic premier has a flame maple top with a 3 color sunburst finish and also has the USB port.

Telecoustic Series

Like the Stratacoustic series the Telecoustic series of guitars emulates their electric brother – this time the Telecaster. They feature the telecaster style body and headstock.

Otherwise they are very similar to the Stratacoustic.

The Standard Telecoustic has a laminated spruce top and a 1-piece fibre glass back and sides.

It features:

  • Quartersawn X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.5″ (648mm) scale length
  • 1.69″ (43mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone Nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Graph Tech NuBone Saddle
  • Electric Guitar Style (Telecaster) Headstock
  • Oval soundhole
  • Black finish

It has a single cutaway and electronics (Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner).

Like the Stratacoustic the Telecoustic comes in a plus and premier model.

The Plus (pictured) has a Sherwood green finish and comes with the micro-USB port for recording with your smart phone, tablet or computer.

The premier has a flame maple top and a 3 color sunburst finish and also has the USB port.

T-Bucket Series

Finally we come to the T-Bucket series. The T Bucket guitars are the only ones in the Califronia series without the electric guitar style headstock. There are 3 models.

The T-Bucket 100CE is a dreadnought with laminated spruce top and laminated mahogany back and sides.

It features:

  • Quartersawn Scalloped X bracing
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 25.3″ (643mm) scale length
  • 1.625″ (41.3mm) nut width
  • Graph Tech NuBone Nut
  • Rosewood with Compensated Graph Tech NuBone Saddle
  • 3 color sunburst finish

It has a cutaway and electronics (Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner).

The T Bucket 300CE model has laminated mahogany back and sides and either a Flame Maple, Quilt Maple or Quilt Ash top (depending on the color). It comes in either 3 color sunburst (Flame Maple), Black (Flame Maple), Blue (Quilt Maple), Amber (Quilt Maple), Violet (Quilt Ash), Dark Brown (Quilt Ash).

Check out my review of the T-Bucket 300CE.

The T-Bucket 400CE has a Flame Maple top and Flame Maple back and sides.

Thanks for Reading

There you have the extensive collection of Fender acoustic guitars – lesser known than their electric brothers but a good selection none-the-less as you can see (and I’m sure there are some that I’ve missed here).

In my opinion Fender are great at producing decent quality acoustics for a reasonable price.

You can check out all of my Fender acoustic guitar reviews at the links below.

Need a guide on Fender amp serial numbers? I’ve got a blog about that, too.

FAQs

Do Fender make good acoustics?

Yes, Fender is known for producing good quality acoustic guitars, suitable for players of all levels. They offer a wide range of models, from affordable entry-level options to higher-end acoustics. Fender acoustics are appreciated for their playability, solid construction, and versatile sound. While they are more famous for their electric guitars, their acoustics have also gained a positive reputation among many guitarists.

By Nate Pallesen

Nate is just your average (above average) guitar player. He's no Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page - wait this site is about acoustic guitars (sorry) He's no Django Reinhardt, Chet Atkins, or Michael Hedges, wait? who!? He's no Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton or Ben Harper - more familiar? Anyway you get the point :-)

3 comments

  1. Thank you Nate!

    You helped me a lot to decide which Fender is best for me. I really appriciate your invested work in this review to help out other people like me!
    Can you help me to decide electric or acoustic guitar is better to play blues music?
    I still don’t know.

    Best Regards
    Mark

    1. Hey Mark

      Thanks for visiting.

      It definitely depends on the type of blues music you want to play. If you like modern blues and want to play modern blues then electric guitar is probably better – though I use the term modern very loosely – Muddy Waters was playing the blues on electric guitar in the 1950s.

      That also doesn’t mean you can’t play modern blues on the acoustic but if you are playing with a band, it would be played on an electric guitar most often.

      If you like your blues slow and/or old school or if you are playing solo – then an acoustic guitar is probably better.

      I prefer blues on the acoustic guitar – but then I really like the old school blues – like Robert Johnson, Son House, Charlie Patton etc. I also like modern blues but I still prefer it minimal. I enjoy the blues the most when it’s an acoustic guitar and a voice – and maybe a harmonica.

      But that’s all personal preference of course. Short answer – I think in a band (with drums, bass etc) I think electric guitar works better – but playing solo it’s better with an acoustic guitar.

  2. What is the difference between cd100ce and cd140sce? Appearance and specifications are identical.

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