DG-5 Review

manufacturer: Fender date: 03/17/2008 category: Acoustic Guitars
Fender: DG-5
The Fender DG-5 acoustic guitar is a great-looking, well-built instrument that happens to be extremely affordable. Features include a Basswood body and top, plus a Nato neck with a Rosewood fingerboard. Designed with attention to detail, the Fender DG-5 is an instrument you can be proud to own and you'll love to play!
 Sound: 8
 Overall Impression: 7
 Reliability & Durability: 6
 Action, Fit & Finish: 6
 Features: 7
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overall: 6.8
DG-5 Reviewed by: soul_power, on march 17, 2008
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Features: This is your typical acoustic import guitar made Indonesia with 15 reachable frets with 20 frets total. It features a laminated Basswood top and body with a Nato neck and a Rosewood fingerboard. The finish is a beautiful stain stain that compliments the guitar really well. Standard Dreadnought body with a rosewood bridge. It came with stock die-cast tuners that. It's got everything that a standard Dreadnought has but it's not fancy or anything. // 7

Sound: This actually sounds surprisingly good. Very nice mellow sound that's perfectly balanced. It has the punchy low end that a good will give and the highs cut through very well and are clear as a bell. The mids are all in tact as well but personally I think it could use a bit more in that department. Good for any kind of acoustic music that has that punchy bass. I use mine for Blues mainly. The downside is like most cheap acoustics the sound starts to get muddy if you strum really hard. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: Action on this guitar is a mile high. I took out the plastic bridge and replaced it with a bone one that I made and it still wont get low enough to suit my fancy without getting a terrible buzz. The high action on this thing can be very frustrating, especially for the target audience (beginners). The stock tuners were terrible. They would slip constantly and I would have to tune it every 10 minutes or so. I replaced them with some Grovers I had laying around and it fixed that problem. The frets had sharp ends which I filed down. Overall the quality of the construction of this guitar was pretty poor. // 6

Reliability & Durability: Not sure how much gigging this thing could take. There is no way the stock hardware would have lived up to the abuse. The strap buttons seem pretty secure but there is no way in hell I would gig this thing without a backup. Like I said overall it just doesn't seem like it's built very well. // 6

Overall Impression: Overall I would say you would be best staying away from this guitar especially if you're a beginner. You will probably get frustrated by trying to play on the high action and it wouldn't be very fun. It fits pretty much anything acoustic that has a nice boomy low end where the highs come through but if you're looking for a bright sounding guitar this isn't it. I've been playing for about 4 years and my main Acoustic is a Sigma (basically an imported Martin) and the quality and sound of that guitar is much better. If it were stolen I would definitely save up for something else. This thing sounds pretty good but that's really about it. I would say it's strong point is that it sounds better than most acoustics in the price range but the quality and action don't exactly make it worth buying. // 7

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