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Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar Agathis Top Satin Body Finish

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

Fender's upgraded MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size 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.

Includes a gig bag.

FEATURES
Small scale for small hands
Satisfying sound
Stable tuning
Satin finish

Get a starter guitar from one of the biggest brand names. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Body Style: 3/4
Scale Length: 23.3 in. (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 in. (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
Includes a gig bag
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FenderMA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (23)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Stays in tune (17)
  • Good audio (13)
  • Consistent (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (22)
  • Jamming (10)
  • Recording (3)
  • School bands (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Novice (12)

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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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice for the price

By JC

from The Woodlands, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

    I picked one up to kill time in a local shop, and I was impressed. I own a Taylor GS Mini and this is not the same quality guitar, but it had a nice sound and the action was set at a comfortable level. For the [$] sale price, this is a steal.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love my new GUITARRR!!!!!

    By Cobertus

    from Lafayette, Louisiana

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Built well
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

      I bought this guitar on halloween for an upcoming camping trip and just to have and use anywhere I go because it's so small. The place I bought it from adjusted the neck a bit and tuned it and I brought it home. It's pretty much been welded to my chest ever since then. I changed the strings to elixirs so I didn't have to worry about gross sounding strings, and it sounds great! It's built well and has pretty woods. Any blemishes in the finish are really hard to find too. That's all I can think of to put, anyway, It's a great guitar and I have no complaints. Would probably be a good first guitar.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great beginner guitar

      By charlie

      from pennsylvania

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

          great guitar for a young person starting out
          well constructed and stays in tune
          i've bought cheaper children's guitars and they do not stay in tune and they are constructed poorly
          the price is right

          (7 of 7 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 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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.

          (6 of 6 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 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love it!

          By SherrieSoaps

          from Michigan

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

            I wanted a smaller guitar to practice on and had heard of the baby Martins and mini Taylors. I had visited a large guitar chain store to hear each of them and was not impressed enough with their tone to purchase.

            Then I saw MA-1 was a steel-string mini. My full-size is a Fender and I love the tone of it. So I figured I would take a chance on the Fender mini. I absolutely love this little guitar.

            Holds tune wonderfully. Small, lightweight but stylish. The tone rivals a bigger guitar. I love that it doesn't sound 'tinny' with the steel strings.

            At this price, if you are in the market for a mini, this is the way to go.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great little guitar

            By New England Gal

            from NH

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

                this was for my daughter who is just starting to learn. It needed a lot of tuning up out of the box, but once tuned up it sounded great and is a beautiful little guitar. She loves it!

                (3 of 3 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 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Handy Dandy Guitar

                By Crow

                from New England

                About Me Novice

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

                  I keep this 3/4 size next to my TV-chair. When a commercial comes on I grab my little Fender and go over chords, and scales.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent !

                  By Iceman

                  from Radford, Va.

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Needs A Glossy Finish

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

                  I was very surprised on how well this small guitar sounded. It tuned up really easy and it chords real easy. Almost like an electric guitar. I am very pleased with this product. It was delivered on time.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Nice starter guitar

                  By Lauren

                  from Colorado Springs

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                  • Flat Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

                  Nice little guitar. I've been playing for a year and originally had a full sized Yamaha. I'm quite petite, so a full size guitar is really awkward. I found this guitar and it completely changed my practice! I've really enjoyed it thus far. I broke my first string doing some weird tuning (lol), so it's out of commission at the moment, but I have recommended it to several people looking for a good starter guitar. It sounds pretty good for the price.

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

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

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Good for taking with you or practicing

                      By slwhnd184

                      from Muncie, IN

                      About Me Novice

                      See all my reviews

                      Pros

                      • Good Feel

                      Cons

                      • Requires Constant Tuning

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Guitar

                      By Christy

                      from Sierra Vista, AZ.

                      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 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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)

                        (2 of 2 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 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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.+)

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          It's GRRRREAT!

                          By Matt!

                          from Iowa

                          About Me Experienced

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

                            It was between this and one of the Little Martins. I just couldn't swing the extra couple hundred for the Martin and got this from MF about a year ago. I Love It! I do a lot of recording and performing on the street as well as in bars and I don't think I would perform with this but the bright, crisp sound is quite nice in my recordings. Given it's size it obviously doesn't have the sound my dreadnoughts have but still has some decent projection. I mostly use this little guy for camping, quick picks, and random jams on the couch but it feels so comfortable and solid that it's really grown on me. It's cheap but it's nice and absolutely worth all of what it's being sold for so don't be afraid to pull the trigger!

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            This thing brings me joy.

                            By aaaaarrrrrhhhhh

                            from Marshfield, WI

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel
                            • Stays In Tune

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

                                I love the way this guitar sounds, the way it feels, and the way it looks. I strung it with D'Addario Silk & Steel Silk & Steel strings and put a strap button an the heel of the neck as the guitar does not come with one. I use this guitar as a stress reliever at work. When I get a break, I play for anywhere from two to twenty minutes. There are times when it will sit unplayed for a week or two, but whenever I pick it up, it's still in tune. I can honestly say that I enjoy playing this guitar more than any of the other guitars that I have played, and I have been playing guitar for the past 30 years. I don't know if the marketing department at Fender would go for this, but perhaps they should advertise the Fender MA-1 3/4 as "fun sized," because it is.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Impressed

                                  By Bluegrass1

                                  from Narrows,Va

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Feel

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic 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.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Great purchase!

                                      By Happy Mom

                                      from Thomaston, CT

                                      About Me Novice

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Practicing
                                        • School Bands

                                        Comments about Fender MA-1 Parlor 3/4 Size Acoustic Guitar:

                                        We bought this guitar for my son. He had outgrown the one he had. It is a beautiful piece and he loves it!

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