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Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar  

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Perfect for school music programs, individual students, and beginners.

Fender's upgraded MA-1 mini acoustic guitar now provides an improved playing experience akin to that of more expensive full-size instruments.

These great-sounding, solidly built 3/4 size guitars are perfect for school music programs, individual students and beginners who are more comfortable with a smaller guitar. New features include upgraded tuners for more stable intonation, Fender headstock logo, and back and sides made from a beautifully grained tropical wood called sapele, which produces a sweet, full tone.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Small scale for small hands
  • Satisfying sound
  • Stable tuning

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SPECIFICATIONS

MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar

  • Body Style: 3/4
  • Scale Length: 23.3" (592 mm)
  • Top: Laminated Agathis
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Sapele
  • Finish: Satin Body Finish
  • Bracing: X Bracing
  • Neck: Nato
  • Neck Finish: Satin Neck Finish
  • Nut: 1.69" (43 mm), Synthetic Bone
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Case: Gig Bag
  • Number of Frets: 18
  • Tuners: Die-Cast Machine Heads
  • Strings: Fender Dura-Tone Coated 80/20 Bronze (.012-.052 Gauge)
  • Unique Features: Upgraded sapele sides and back, upgraded machine heads, dot
  • inlays, compensated saddle and Fender screened headstock logo
  • Case sold separately
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FenderMA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Stays in tune (11)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Consistent (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (14)
    • Jamming (7)
    • School bands (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It fits the intended purpose

    I purchased this 3/4 size guitar to start an 8-year old grandson in learning the basics of guitar. It is important that young fingers do not feel a lot of pain or...Read complete review

    I purchased this 3/4 size guitar to start an 8-year old grandson in learning the basics of guitar. It is important that young fingers do not feel a lot of pain or they will quickly tire of practicing.
    I put a set of light gauge strings on it right out of the box and that helped a great deal.
    The guitar is well made and is perfect as a starter instrument.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    tried two of them, same problem

    Nice sound, but unfortunately the intonation was painfully off, more on some strings than others. I tried two guitars, same problem.

    Nice sound, but unfortunately the intonation was painfully off, more on some strings than others. I tried two guitars, same problem.

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    1.0

    tried two of them, same problem

    By Pops

    from Brooksville, Maine

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Intonation Is Way Off
      • Not Consistent

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

        Nice sound, but unfortunately the intonation was painfully off, more on some strings than others. I tried two guitars, same problem.

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        4.0

        Good for taking with you or practicing

        By slwhnd184

        from Muncie, IN

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Requires Constant Tuning

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

        It is a good feeling guitar. I bought it for my daughter to start learning on and it fits her hands well. I am sure that ounce the strings get broken in it will stay in tune better, or I may go to a different style of strings, all and all, not a bad guitar for the price.

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        5.0

        Great guitar for my 7 year old daughter.

        By ECUmedford

        from Whiteville, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Child
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Travel

          Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for my 7 year old daughter. I read a lot of reviews hoping to buy something that was affordable but sounded great and stays in tune (a known issue for smaller instruments).

          I am really impressed with the sound. It sounds great with a nice rich tone. The low tones remind me of the full-size fender that my nephew owns. It stays in tune perfectly.

          This is a great guitar for young kids to learn on but would also make a good travel guitar. I play a Takamine, but like picking hers up to play because of the size.

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          4.0

          Impressed

          By Bluegrass1

          from Narrows,Va

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

              Bought this guitar for my 7 year old grandson as a Christmas gift. Really liked the way it looks right out of the box. Wasn't aware that it came with a gig bag. Only wish I had picked up a couple picks. Haven't used the tuner yet. I tuned it by ear.

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              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Baby Doll Zill

              from Baker City, Oregon

              About Me Novice

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              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Stays In Tune

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • BEGINNER
                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

                At 41 years old I am picking up a guitar for the first time...a dream I have had for years. After much consideration I chose this Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String. Fender is reputable, it's a travel/lighter guitar, it had other really good reviews everywhere, price. The guitar is beautiful and did not need much tuning right out of the box. It sounds great....I love the vibration. I ordered my guitar on a Fri. and had it the following Thurs. (free shipping)

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar

                By Baby Doll Zill

                from Baker City, Oregon

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

                  At 41 years old I am picking up a guitar for the first time...a dream I have had for years. After much consideration I chose this Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String. Fender is reputable, it's a travel/lighter guitar, it had other really good reviews everywhere, price. The guitar is beautiful and did not need much tuning right out of the box. It sounds great....I love the vibration. I ordered my guitar on a Fri. and had it the following Thurs. (free shipping).

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  It fits the intended purpose

                  By Coolgramps

                  from Lancaster County PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • A Great Beginners Guitar

                  Cons

                  • Action Is Still High

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Starting A Youngster

                  Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

                  I purchased this 3/4 size guitar to start an 8-year old grandson in learning the basics of guitar. It is important that young fingers do not feel a lot of pain or they will quickly tire of practicing.
                  I put a set of light gauge strings on it right out of the box and that helped a great deal.
                  The guitar is well made and is perfect as a starter instrument.

                  Comment on this review

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Surprisingly Excellent

                  By The Big Dipper

                  from Salt Lake City

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                  Pros

                  • Balanced Sound
                  • Doesn't Sound Tin-y
                  • Fun To Play
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Sounds Natural
                  • Stays In Tune
                  • Surprising Projection

                  Cons

                  • One Strap Peg

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Serious Beginners
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

                  I ordered this as to be a little travel guitar that I would use here and there, but I like it so much, I use it more than my Jasmine Dreadnaught.

                  I expected it to sound pretty tinny, not super warm or mellow or the way an acoustic guitar should sound, but it sounds great. The intonation almost spot-on right out of the box. It comes in a gig bag and includes a truss-rod wrench, which is awesome. Didn't even think something this inexpensive would have a truss rod, but that's a very nice feature.

                  It only has one strap button, but I bought a Mandolin Strap from Guitar Center and tied a snowboarding boot lace from one hole to the headstock, right under the strings. It's actually very comfortable, especially because this guitar is so light.

                  I love the satin finish, and the wood is good-looking, too. I had never heard of Agathis before I got this guitar, but I think they should use it in more guitars. When you hit a string, you can feel the ENTIRE guitar vibrate - a true sign of a well-built guitar.

                  I'd reccomend this for sure if you're trying to learn guitar and want something nice, or if you've been playing for years (like myself) and just want a little guitar for camping of jamming in a car or something. It says "Small scale for small hands" but the fretboard isn't much smaller than a normal guitar at all. Very comfortable to play, but just small enough that a 12 year old or so wouldn't have trouble with it.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Beginner Guitar

                  By stringenthusiast18

                  from Boston, MA

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Size

                  Cons

                  • Not Very Rich Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Learning
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

                  Bought this as a guitar to learn on, and I love it. Very good for someone who is a beginner and doesn't want to break the bank. Nice, easy feel for smaller hands or kids, and has a pretty decent sound. Overall, great guitar, fun to play, would definitely recommend.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  really good guitar

                  By jbrist

                  from weldon,il

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender MA-1 3/4 Size Steel String Guitar:

                    Bought this for my 6 yr. old grandson. I'm really impressed with it's quality. Fretboard is smooth,
                    set-up is very low. Stays in tune very well, really a solid starter guitar. Only lacks a little in tone though. Easy to play, so it should keep his interest in it.
                    (BTW, I've played for 40yrs.+)

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