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  • Jumbo body style
  • Solid spruce top
  • Laminated flame maple back & sides
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A large-bodied guitar with a solid spruce top and wonderful flame maple back & sides.

The Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar features an elegant flame maple back and sides. A grand sound all in all, with booming response and great balance and projection. Premium features include a solid spruce top with quartersawn scalloped X bracing, tortoiseshell pickguard and abalone rosette, Ivoroid binding, maple neck with dual-action truss rod, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with smaller (3 mm) dot inlays, compensated rosewood bridge with bone saddle and abalone-dot black pins, gold hardware, factory-mounted forward strap button with internal block reinforcement.

Features

  • Jumbo body style
  • Solid spruce top
  • Laminated flame maple back & sides
  • Quartersawn scalloped X bracing
  • Tortoiseshell pickguard and abalone rosette
  • Ivoroid binding
  • Maple neck with dual-action truss rod
  • 20-fret rosewood fingerboard
  • Compensated rosewood bridge with bone saddle

Make your sound bigger and better with this elegant jumbo from Fender. Order today.

 

CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
  • Body: Solid Spruce Top, Laminated Flame Maple back and sides
  • Body Shape: Jumbo
  • Body Back: Laminated Flame Maple
  • Body Sides: Laminated Flame Maple
  • Body Top: Solid Spruce
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bracing: Quartersawn Scalloped X
  • Rosette: Fender® Abalone Design
  • Body Binding: Multiple Body Bindings
  • Neck
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Position Inlays: 3 mm Dot Position Markers
  • Fretboard Radius: 11.81" (300mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.3" (64.3 cm)
  • Electronics
  • Controls: Volume, Integrated Electronic Tuner with On/Off Switch, Bass, Mid, Treble, Phase, Low Battery Indicator Light
  • Hardware
  • Hardware: Gold
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Bone Compensated Saddle
  • String Nut: Bone
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings: Fender® Dura-Tone® Coated 80/20 Bronze (.012-.052 Gauge)
  • Unique Features: Dual Action Truss Rod, Tortoise Shell Pickguard, Quartersawn Scalloped X Bracing, Compensated Bone Saddle, MOP Inlaid Headstock Logo, Traditional Fender Bridge, Factory Mounted Forward Strap Button with Internal Block Reinforcement, 3mm Dot Position Inlays, Abalone Rosette and Ivoroid Binding
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FenderCJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (7)
    • Practicing (6)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
    • Rock concerts (3)
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    5.0

    Sons first acoustic of his own

    By Metalchemist

    from Centrat Commiefornia

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fender Name
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Nice Flamed Maple Finish
    • Rich Sound
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands
      • Teaching Guitar Care

      Comments about Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

      I've been playing since I was @ 10 years old, I'm 55 now, have a room full of amps (some vintage all tube)dozens of axes electric. Two acoustics.
      I purchased this guitar for my son for Christmas and the fact that he's playing the guitar and will one day have all my toys.
      Now he will learn how to take care of his own guitar. Nuff said.

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      4.0

      For the Money, GREAT!

      By hinely

      from Newnan, GA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

        I am saving for a high-end guitar. I played Taylors, Martins, Blueridge, a Lowden, Gibsons while figuring out what I wanted and they are incredible. I needed one to serve while waiting. This guitar was on sale and is what I'm looking for in a geetar. Jumbo, natural, no cutaway, no electronics. I had a huge smile when I strummed my first G chord. Big booming sound, crisp, feels great. Yes it has laminated sides and back and is China-made, but it's nice. I've been played for 29 years and have had many guitars.

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        5.0

        Outstanding

        By Tony

        from Belleville Illinois

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

            Comments about Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

            I bought this guitar because it was one of those "stupid deals" that Musicians Friend puts out. I had bought another Fender acoustic a while ago and wasn't impressed so I got rid of it. When this deal came out I figured it was an inexpensive way to get a jumbo guitar. Let me tell you I am greatly impressed by the sound and feel of this guitar. The tone, both highs and lows, are lovely. The fit and finish are good, I especially like the curly maple laminate sides (the neck isn't flush with the body, there is a 1/64th "gap" that has been filled by the finish but it doesn't affect the sound or the playing so...) the binding is good, the frets aren't too rough, the inlays are nice ect. Out of the box the action was low but still very playable. It was even pretty much in tune. The best part is that it STAYS in tune. Once the guitar got acclimated to my house and I started playing it I really couldn't put it down. The sound is big but not overpowering. The subtlness that you can get from fingerpicking is impressive. But where this guitar really shines is when you strum some chords. It has a big sound, an expressive sound, and a balanced sound. I do get some string buzz, but that's because the neck needs a little adjustment to raise the action a hair, but then no one should judge a guitar before it's been tweeked. All in all I am delighted with this guitar and with Musician's Friend. It is well worth the money even when it's not a Stupid Deal!

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            5.0

            jumbo value

            By kenren10

            from Delaware, USA

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            Pros

            • Attractive Woods
            • Decent Fit And Finish
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Fit Finish
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Picking Parties
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

              My opinion of offshore Fender acoustics changed when I bought a wonderful Nohea ukulele for my girlfriend a couple of years ago. I really didn't need a maple jumbo but I have long wanted one (after borrowing a neglected blonde Guild a few years back) and I figured at the STOTD price I could just pay to ship it back if I didn't like it.

              It's NOT going back.

              Usually when trying out instruments bought online (which can be risky, especially with acoustics) I search for the flaws first before playing. It took a while to find the flaws - in this case the nut has a bit of discoloration from the glue joint and the shaping & sanding on the inside surface of the soundhole was uneven. Both flaws have been properly finished and polished and do not affect the sound or playability of the guitar. You would really have to look for the uneven soundhole edge; I had been playing it for a couple of days before I noticed. The interior is spotless - no glue squeeze-out visible even with an inspection mirror. There is one area on the top x-brace which could have been sanded a bit more, but again, you would have to reach inside to feel it.

              The top grain alternates between narrow and wider which would bother some - I don't mind it at all - and there is some beautiful silking/bearclaw that I love. The body wood is laminated, but it's lovely flamed maple and the finish is thinly and evenly applied. I have played many Chinese/Korean/Indonesian guitars with very thick finishes that choke the tone.

              This one just rings - it's not overly boomy or shrill - just a very pleasing, even, consistent tone. It blooms with harmonics on sustained open chords, with decent headroom on hard strums. The tone really opens up when strummed closer to the fingerboard – it's not bad picking near the bridge but the tone is tilted a bit more towards sustained trebles than the rich, ringing mids you find strumming over the soundhole. It's not getting restrung soon but when it does I will try something a bit darker than phosphor bronze. As mentioned in another review, using a ToneRite for a few days really helped the tone mature (if you know someone who has a ToneRite see if you can borrow it for a while – it will make a noticeable difference on any solid-topped acoustic instrument).

              No, it doesn't sound just like an all-solid Gibson J200 or J45 but it's impossible to beat for the price. The playability is very consistent up the neck as well - it plays like an electric – and it's versatile enough to be my go-to solo gig guitar. I sing tunes that can be strummy, flatpicked or fingerpicked (with or without a capo to accommodate my vocal range) and there's nothing in my repertoire that this Jumbo can't do. There's a slightly high 4th fret that only is revealed when hitting the G string too hard, and it could use a little more fall-away on the highest 5 frets, but without a cutaway I'm not playing up there anyway. The tuners appear to be Schaller-types and work well - they are a slightly firm but that's better than a bit loose.

              The only real criticism I can come up with is purely cosmetic - the near-white maple neck looks a bit plain with all the flamed wood and binding. I suppose they could have stained or masked it a bit to hide the inconsistent grain - but that's really the only thing I would change. The satin-finished neck feels and plays GREAT - it's very consistent no matter where I am picking and it stays in tune when I use a capo (original Shubb).

              A few things I noticed that differed from previous reviews:
              1) Mine came with no pickguard. I could put one on but I don't need it. I'm not Willie Nelson and the poly finish is durable enough...and as stated I love the look of the top as is.

              2) The neck is not scarf-jointed (a very pleasant surprise at this price). It's a solid piece of maple with a slightly darker block of maple forming the heel (the color is in between the light neck wood and the darker stained sides). The neck on mine is solid from the tip of the headstock to the soundhole.

              3) I prefer the location of the upper strap button above the neck joint - it's out of the way of the fretting hand, easy to access and the guitar hangs perfectly. I saw this described in a Dan Erlewine column a few years back but hadn't actually tried it before. I have a Larrivee D-50 with no strap button and this is where I will put the button on that.

              4) Mine arrived with a spare TUSQ saddle – I haven't tried it as I am thrilled with the performance so far. I may try it when I restring but the setup is so good I may not mess with it at all.

              All it needs now is a pickup and a case! No knock on Musician's Friend (I have been a happy customer of theirs since the 80's) but I think case shopping is best done in person as this is not a one-size-fits all guitar. It's not the deepest one I own (the aforementioned Larivee is) but it is by far the widest and I will buy a hardshell for it. For now it's happy in a Summit guitar pack I only use when I travel.

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              5.0

              You Should Probably Get This...

              By E. T.

              from Purcellville VA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

                I got a GREAT DEAL from mf on this guitar! Nice top, REALLY nice flamey back & sides, big but focused sound! Sounds great fingerpicked, but it really likes to be slammed with a medium pick--very dynamic, you can get real soft but there seems to be no limit to how much volume it can make when you really dig in. (...and the Cliche of the Day is) Not a Bank-Breaking, Sounds-Like-Angels-on-Steroids Gibson, but a really Fun Guitar and a Crazy Good BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!! Seriously, if you ever wanted to add a Jumbo to your guitar wall, this is the Jumbo for your wall.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                addendum to my previous review

                By Ken W in Portland, OR

                from Portland, OR

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

                  To get the crisp bright sound that makes a maple-back guitar sound good, I use a .56mm Clayton imitation tortoiseshell flat pick. I modify this pick by filing the tip thinner, and also more pointed. (For improved grip, I also punch three holes in the pick.) The result is the control of a thicker pick, but the fine high end overtones of a very thin pick.
                  For further improvement, I installed a Planet Waves O Port sound enhancer. This directs the sound from inside the body out the sound hole, giving a brighter, punchier sound. With my rosewood guitars, this seemed to remove too much of the low overtones, but this instrument seemed to benefit from the use of the O Port.
                  In this configuration, I don't think this instrument is appreciably inferior to my previous Guild maple jumbo, which was awesome.
                  If you buy this instrument and set it up as I have done (see also my previous review), I think you will find this a very delightful guitar. I am finding it to now be my favorite guitar, and I have purchased many guitars over the years,some of which were expensive.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  This is a good maple backed jumbo

                  By Ken W in Portland, OR

                  from Portland, OR

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Not A Cut-away Design
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues
                    • Worship

                    Comments about Fender CJ290S Flame Maple Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:

                    The Fender CJ290S has a lower bout of 16 1/4" (4 7/8" deep), and upper bout of 12 1/8" (3 7/8" deep). Made in China. (For comparison: a maple Guild GAD JF30 jumbo has a lower bout of 16 1/2"; the Guild F50 has a lower bout of 17"). Size may be too big for a small-framed person, but the bigger size gives more resonance and tone. I love jumbos.
                    I bought this instrument to replace the Guild GAD JF30BLD I had sold and later regretted selling (they are no long being made). There is no real competition on the market at this time; the other jumbo maple guitars are cutaway design, which I feel also cuts away tone. I felt that I was taking a risk, as Fender acoustics have been considered as inferior, inexpensive beginner's guitars. I was to find that Fender has been raising its quality...

                    INITIAL IMPRESSION: Good enough to keep; perhaps sounds a bit tight.
                    The action at the nut: same as for a high end Taylor. If you want the lower nut action of a Martin, use
                    small jeweler's files, an X-acto saw, and/or acetylene torch cleaning files to lower the strings down. The string action is comfortable as is.
                    The low E string is 2.5 mm height at the 12th fret, and the high E is 2 mm at the 12th fret. No buzzing;
                    surprisingly good setup.
                    Fit and finish: excellent, especially for the price.
                    Wood quality: very good. The grain in the top is fairly close; no defects. The laminated maple back appears to be a desirable AA or AAA grade, with impressive flame effect. There appears to be minimal loss of projection due to the use of a laminated back.
                    The polyester finish: nice in appearance; glossy; not excessively thick.
                    Interior bracing in the bottom: finely finished and shaped; the top bracing: rectangular shaped, with the ends trimmed thinner.
                    Tuners: Gold. Excellent; turn smoothly, look and work great.
                    Saddle: Bone; appears to be fairly high quality. I tried Tusq, but it thinned the tone and gave a ringing B and high E string. I went back to the factory saddle. (Later, I went back to Tusq when I lowered the tuning three frets, which gives good overtones.)
                    Neck: Maple with rosewood fretboard. Pegboard is spliced onto the neck. Since the neck is heavier than the classic mahogany/ebony neck wood - causing imbalance - I put a strap attachment on the far side of the neck, which successfully corrected an imbalance problem. The heavier neck is no problem when playing in the seated position.

                    MY SETUP:
                    Elixir Nanoweb 80/20 bronze strings. (For lots of overtones, but warmer sound, try Martin Lifespan SP phosphor bronze; in between these two strings is the D'Addario EXP 80/20 bronze.)
                    Tusq bridge pins, 2mm dot size. (I hear a significant improvement with these, compared to the stock plastic pins.)
                    String tension lowered down three frets, giving more resonance, easier fingering, and less strain on the neck. Resulting sound is now more like a 17" jumbo!
                    ToneRite sound enhancer applied to the instrument for one week. (vibrates the top for break-in, making the instrument sound more opened up)
                    Tap testing of top after ToneRite break-in: very resonant top.
                    Case: This instrument comes without a case: I am using the Yamaha level 3 quality case (their best) that is specified for the Yamaha Professonal LL series guitars. (Yamaha Vinyl Hardshell Case for LL, LI Series Steel String)... Great case, great fit. Note: The Yamaha case that is level 1 will work, but it is a tighter fit, and the top pf the case is pressing on the top of the bridge.

                    Conclusion:
                    After the above set-up, the instrument has opened up, and the tone impresses me and sounds more like my old Guild... and I am impressed with the low street price. I got a big discount by buying condition 2 used (but it looks new). I will use this guitar when I want a bluegrass sound with good projection. For the price, you can afford to have this as a companion to your rosewood guitar. I consider it good enough for use as your only guitar. This instrument helps me not miss my Guild GAD JF30 maple-backed guitar, which was an awesome instrument.

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