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My Fender F 65 Acoustic Guitar - Flatpicking
My Fender F 65 Acoustic Guitar
Hubs and Guitars
I'm forever writing about acoustic guitars - especially here on Hubpages. I sometimes feel like I'm just the guy that does that on this website, and that it's just my job or something to do acoustic guitar reviews here. Of course that's not the case at all - but the thing is that people probably think that I'm a whiz guitarist, and I'm just NOT. I can play the guitar fairly well though, but it's an art form that demands constant practice, and extreme dedication.
What I mean to say here is that someone like me can actually know how to play things that I'm not able to actually execute, for the loss of fine motor skills that comes with inactivity. Mostly, it seems I play the keyboard. . .the one I'm typing here now with. Acoustic guitars are a hugely interesting subject for me; and they've all got some unique stories and histories behind them, both personal to their respective owners, and respective to their manufacturers.
There are lots of guitars in the world that have vastly vaunted respect due entirely to their manufacturer and model - the Martin D 28 is one such guitar; and I've owned one, I know they are great - but some of the lesser appreciated spin offs and copies of that guitar are equally wonderful - and the Fender F 65, in some cases, is a wonderful substitute for persons seeking to own a D 28 - but the F 65 will probably always be exceedingly affordable to those who've always wanted the Martin, but couldn't afford it.
Me and My Fender F 65 Steel String Flat Top
The Fine Day, and the Santa Cruz Guitar
Yesterday, to me, was. . .a lot like having ten or fifteen Christmas days all at once - without having to deal with any sort of hassles or stresses that come with family gatherings, so maybe yesterday was more like twenty Christmas days.
Let's just say that despite me not getting laid yesterday - it was a damned fine day.
Now my Grandmother had passed away about a month or so ago, and that's exactly how it should be - there's this thing that goes on that we call the cycle of life, or something, and the end of that cycle is a thing called death. I'm fairly certain that if you're reading this, and don't get all raptured away or something, that you'll get to find out all about that at some point or another too.
So my Grandmother passed away. The second part of this that needs explaining is that I live in a travel trailer. Now, I already had a guitar; but I've got a mental block with that thing. I'll actually shoot you, fill your body with holes and all other sorts of un natural ventilation if you were to steal that thing. You've got to understand that my Santa Cruz guitar is just like that ring thingy that those Hobbits and that weird little guy were all crazy about. My Santa Cruz Guitar is. . . .my precious.
Did that make sense? I'm just not willing to keep my Santa Cruz in this little travel trailer that I live in. The thing is Brazilian Rosewood - and I could positively freak out just for thinking that you are thinking about that thing. Luckily, my Santa Cruz lives in a house with an even meaner person than myself inside of it, and it's safe there.
Here's a Fingerpicking Blues Guitarist Playing a Fender F 65
The Fender F 65
So I've just always been unwilling to keep my only possession of value in my travel trailer. Consequently - I've just NOT ever been playing the guitar, and that only serves to make me feel guilty for about a million different reasons. I needed another guitar so that I could keep one out here with me, and be able to play whenever I wanted to, and now I have one.
So why did I have such a fine day yesterday?? I got the guitar that I needed, a much better guitar, actually, than I needed - A Fender F 65 acoustic steel string dreadnought or Flat Top guitar. Oh certainly, if I was being filmed or recorded - I'd be playing my Santa Cruz, but my Fender F 65 is the guitar that can and will make that all possible.
I'm fresh out of excuses now. I want to have my own youtube videos in a few months, after I've been playing enough to feel good about it again.
Here's a Young Man Playing a Nice Fender F 65!
Blues On An F 65 Fender
What Is A Fender F 65?
Most steel string acoustic dreadnought guitars are copies of either a Martin D 28, or a copy of a Martin D 18. The Fender F 65 is a very good copy of D 28. I had no idea how good a copy it is though, until I put a brand new set of medium gauge Elixir strings on the thing.
I haven't done the research yet to find out what year this thing was made, or whether or not it was made in Japan instead of in the USA. Those things are important to some people, but they aren't that important to me. Needless to say, as my Grandmother's guitar - this guitar will never, ever be for sale.
The link that I've provided (to the right) is outstanding in many ways; but I might figure out how to contact the guy that runs the site to ask him a few questions about this guitar. I know that the back and sides of the F 65 Fender are East Indian Rosewood. I just can't find it in writing that they are SOLID and not LAMINATION. From looking at the wood grain pattern from the inside and then on the outside, I believe that this is all solid East Indian Rosewood. I can't for the life of me imagine that such a high grade Solid Spruce soundboard as the one on this guitar would be on a laminated body instrument, as that wouldn't make a bit of sense.
I'm telling you here - I know acoustic guitars very well, and the spruce top on this guitar is SUPERB. Visually, one can often get an idea on the quality of the spruce used by seeing how tight the grain patterns on the top are. I've owned a four thousand dollar Martin D 18 Golden Era before that didn't have a better spruce soundboard than this Fender F 65 has.
I know you can't see it from my cell phone photos here - but the top of this guitar has the most beautiful abalone binding all the way around it, and again, making the circle of the sound hole - otherwise known as the rosette. It also has abalone "snowflake" pattern inlay on the rosewood fret board as position markers, double action steel truss rod (a very standard feature for any fine steel string acoustic guitar) and a solid mahogany neck.
The major deviation from the standard Martin D 28 design on this guitar is the stainless steel adjustment on the bridge. I don't exactly like that, but I don't exactly dislike that either. I don't even know how to operate it, and I have no reason to want to adjust it at all at this time - the set up and action of this thing is perfect.
The only problem at all on this guitar outside of natural wear and tear that we owners and players must always consider as maintenance issues, is that the clear coat finish on the East Indian Rosewood back and sides has sort of clouded up, and now has a "milky" appearance. I do not yet know what the cause of that is - but I want to venture a guess that it's the result of having got too hot at some point or another, or for extended periods of time.
I'm not complaining. I'm practically rejoicing. I recommend one of these guitars as a first rate instrument to anyone. The thing is - because it's most probably made in Japan, and because it's a copy of a Martin, and made by Fender, a brand that is mostly associated with great electric guitars - these Fender F series acoustic guitars are a real bargain, and especially on the used market.
I hope you've enjoyed reading about mine, but I promise you that you couldn't possibly enjoy it as much as I have, for obvious reasons.