Which is the Best Guitar for a Beginners – Yamaha FG830 or Fender CD-60S

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There are tons of people wanting to learn how to play guitar but before starting, you have to own or borrow a guitar to continue practicing before turning you into a good player. I know most of the beginner players doesn’t have any idea about choosing the right guitar and end up choosing the one that they are not comfortable to play. That is why I am here.

I didn’t have my own guitar when I am starting to learn guitar. So basically, I go and visit my friends and borrow their guitar for weeks or months. At first everything is perfect but as I continue learning and my ears are getting sharp, I am beginning to understand that the guitar I am using doesn’t sound really good specially when it sounds good on G chord but terrible on other chords. When I decided to buy my own guitar I already have a slight idea how to choose.

First thing to do in choosing a guitar is the body built, the better the built, the better the sound that it will produce. Second is to check the neck and fret board or finger board. Finger board are very essential on playing a guitar because it gives you a better touch depending on the built so make sure to check a guitar with a comfortable smooth touch. Also, do not forget to check the distance of the fret bar or the frets because that would be the very reason why some chords does sound good but other chords does not.

There are tons of guitar out there but in this article we are going to talk about my most recommended guitars for beginners. The Yamaha FG830 and Fender CD-60S.


Yamaha FG830 Review

Brand/Model: Yamaha FG830

Style: Acoustic

Prize: $299.00 (retail)

The Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Yamaha FG830 Overview

Yamaha is one of the leading Guitar maker in the world and they have been building guitars for decades. Yamaha FG series are the most sold in the world and most popular guitars. Yamaha’s first FG guitar was FG180 folk guitar made in japan in 1966. Over the years they have improved and built FG guitars and one of the most improved FG series is Yamaha FG830.

Yamaha FG830 is one of the most popular FG series Yamaha guitars. Yamaha proved once more that quality guitars does not need to cost you a lot of money. With its price, you probably gonna think that the materials used to craft this instrument are lesser value. Believe it or not, Cheaper, but better materials.

  • Solid Sitka Spruce Top
  • Rosewood Back & Sides
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Rosewood Bridge
  • Natowood Neck
  • Diecast Tuners
  • Truss Rod
  • Newly Developed Scalloped Bracing

Headstock and Neck Materials

Diecast tuner example

Yamaha FG830 is using a diecast tuner on headstock for easy tuning and better stabilization of the strings. This tuner is great for jam sessions and some outdoor jam with your friends. The neck is made out of nato wood with a soft and smooth matte finish for better touch while the fingerboard is made out of rosewood that gives you an amazingly soft note and chord playing.

The nut is made out of Urea, a resin material that is artificially made and give you a better sound characteristic. Urea nut is commonly use by Yamaha on their classical guitars. Also, it has an adjustable truss road that helps you adjust the neck bow or the so called relief. It helps player to adjust the distance and tension between the finger board and the strings for a much comfortable position and touch while playing.

Fret Board or Finger board example

Body Materials

One of the most important body part is the sound board of the guitar and FG830 is using the most popular sound board, the Solid Sitka Spruce. This material can be used on any kind of playing style from finger picking, plucking, strumming and a lot more styles. From its name “Solid”, This lightweight material is design to last long over a decade. Not only that, Solid Sitka Spruce gives a better and clear tones and a powerful tone projection. Focused on more mid range sound, Low bass but full sound and a brighter high range sound.

Body parts example

Back and sides are made out of Rosewood, a solid material for all weather to last longer. Also, it gives you a better quality mid range sound. The Bridge is made out of rosewood too for a better sustain when holding the guitar strings. Traditional western body is the most popular body shape called Dreadnought, A style that is used on this guitar.

The newly developed Scalloped bracing (X) is one of the best bracing out there. This new bracing have a higher acoustic pressure that gives more vibration at the top front and back part of the guitar. Meaning, the sound will sustain much longer and projects very well. Black pick guard is included to protect from scratching the body while playing.

Sound Quality

What do you think all the materials are for? All materials have a role for a better sound. Because of those materials, it produced a better mid range sound with a brighter treble sound. Low sounding bass but full. Overall, FG830 is great!

Pros

  • Greater sound for the price
  • Solid Dreadnought body
  • Great sustain
  • Excellent for beginners.
  • Good materials

Cons

  • No cutaway
  • Bigger size dreadnought not suitable for kids.

Here is a demonstration by Jake Blake from kraft Music


Fender CD-60S Review

Brand/Model: Fender CD-60S

Style: Acoustic

Prize: $249.00 (retail)

The Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.com

My Rating: 9 out of 10

Fender CD-60S Overview

Fender CD stands for Classic Design, originated from USA. This guitar is one of the most popular fender acoustic guitar and very ideal for beginner players that are looking for a high quality guitar but lower cost. Fender CD-60S is suitable for first timer players for its good playability and also, materials used on this guitar aren’t cheap for its price.

  • Quality solid spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Mahogany Neck Wood
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Rosewood Bridge
  • Diecast Tuner
  • Scalloped X Bracing
  • Dual Action trust rod

Headstock and Neck Materials

Headstock diecast tuner sample

once more our famous rosewood that have been used on other guitars. But Fender CD-60S only use the Rosewood on fingerboard that gives you a soft touch on playing a note or chords. The neck was made out of mahogany, a strong and dense wood suitable for building the neck with a gloss finish. There is a total of 20 frets vintage size with a 25.3 scale length and an easy to play shape with a rolled fretboard edges.

Our famous Diecast tuner was also used on this guitar for better tuning and a creme plastic was used on the nut. They have also used a dual action truss rod for better adjustment on the neck tension between fingerboard and the strings.

Finger Board example

Body Materials

Fender body example

body style is a standard dreadnought, a standard western guitar body style. On the front body, quality solid spruce (sitka) that is designed to last longer with a scalloped X bracing for a better vibration that will sustain the sound. Back and sides are made with mahogany gloss finish. While rosewood is focused on mid sound, mahogany emphasize treble and bass sound.

Fender CD-60S bridge is made out of rosewood for a better sustain on holding the strings and a black pick guard to protect the body from scratch while playing. Overall, This guitars build is perfect for beginners with its cheap prize.

Sound Quality

What do you expect when playing a Fender guitar? Quality product and sound. This guitar is focused on treble and bass sound. A well-balanced tone with a good brighter sound.

Pros

  • Greater sound for the price
  • Solid Dreadnought body
  • Great sustain
  • Excellent for beginners.
  • Good materials

Cons

  • No cutaway
  • Bigger size dreadnought not suitable for kids.

Here is a demonstration by Sam from PMTVUK

Check out on this amazing guitars that your kids will love!

Choose the right one for You

I have given you my idea and experience on playing these guitars. Now it is up to you to decide which of these are suitable for your playing style. Both are great guitars to play. Check out on my other Guitar reviews for you to have more idea on picking your first guitar.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Randyford Molano

founder of Guitar Chords & scales

email: ford@guitarchordscales.com

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14 thoughts on “Which is the Best Guitar for a Beginners – Yamaha FG830 or Fender CD-60S

  1. Effie says:

    Both of them seem a great choice. But I’m not an expert – I’m an absolute beginner who wants to make the right purchase-and I would really appreciate an expert’s opinion on which to choose. Money isn’t an issue. Which one would you suggest, Randy?

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    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hello Effie! Both guitars are excellent for beginners. The only difference is you are buying a different name/brand of guitar. If you had read my article, almost exact same materials have been used for making these guitars. I have played both guitars and it is perfect, but I would go for the Yamaha FG830 because it suits my style of playing. For beginners like you anything you choose is perfect. I assure you that. If you still have any question or need suggestions please feel free to drop a comment below and i would be so glad to help you out! Thank you!

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  2. Catherine says:

    Awesome!

    This is very well laid out and informative.

    My son started with a child-sized version of the Yamaha.
    Then as a teen, he played a Fender and still prefers the Fender brand guitars over all else. He is self-taught, along w/ writing music and playing it himself.
    He also had an electric guitar as a teenager, it looked like a flying V and it was black and white throughout. I’m not sure what the name brand was but it was apparently “The” guitar to have in the ’80s.
    He loved his guitar’s and slept with his favorite one every night.
    Do you sleep with your guitar? or has your partner made you leave yours beside the bed too? lol

    Have a Happy Day!
    Keep Strumming.

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    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hi Catherine! I love both Fender and Yamaha guitars. I have been using my Yamaha classical guitar and my Fender Stratocaster for over a decade now. Yes! I do sleep with my guitar and my partner is OK with it because she is a musician too! If you still have any concerns, please feel free to comment below and i will be happy to hep you out. Thanks!

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  3. val ross says:

    Your knowledge of the different kind of guitar and their power of use is amazing. I never bought myself a guitar. It is not something i really looked in to but my first born love musical instruments specifically guitar. Certainly opened my eyes to how to look for good quality at a great price.

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    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hi Val ross! I hope this article helped you choose a better quality but not to costly guitar. Absolutely all beginners does not know how to check or what to choose in buying a guitar. If you still have any question or concerns, please feel free to drop a comment below and i will be glad to answer you back. Thank you!

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  4. Philip says:

    Hi Randyford,

    This article takes me back many years when I used to live on a a canal boat.

    I picked up the guitar, the Yamaha Guitar displayed here, and I practiced some chords friends would teach. I got quite good time.

    Gave it up though. In my view the answer to which is the best guitar for beginners is most definitely the Yamaha guitars – no question.

    They are light weight. Well made. Strings are not too thin for beginners. They are very cheap to buy as well. Perfect for all age groups to.

    Thanks for this Randyford as I am looking for a new one.

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    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hi Philip! Any particular reason why you stop playing?? if you don’t mind sharing your thoughts. Maybe i could help you or motivate you to start playing again? Both guitars are pretty good specially for beginners. But the one i really like is the Yamaha. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. If you have any question, opinion or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment below and i will be happy to answer you back. Thank you

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  5. Missy says:

    I really like how you broke down the materials these guitars are made of and how that affects the way they work.

    I am clueless when it comes to guitars, but one of my nephews has been dying to learn how to play. I’m going to bookmark this page and show it to my brother when I see him next as he has no idea where to start shopping for guitars either.

    I was wondering if you have any recommendations for beginner guitars with a lower price point? My nephew is only 10 years old and my brother is worried he will loose interest in playing.

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  6. Eddie says:

    I think I’ll go with the Yamaha. Both guitar will serve the purpose of starting as a beginner and I recognize the name Yamaha for good music products. We have an electric piano from Yamaha and it’s been over 30 years still working. Thanks for the review and I appreciate the videos too.

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    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hi Eddie. Yes both guitars are great and if i were to choose i would choose both. But still depends on what really suits you style of playing. If you still have any concerns just drop a comment below and i’d be more than happy to answer you. Thank you.

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  7. Lanie says:

    Hello Randy. I’ve been wondering lately which guitar is right for my son. I think I will opt for the Yahama FG830. Thank you for the detailed review. I really don’t know about guitars, but this info really helps!

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    1. Randyford Molano says:

      Hello Lanie! I hope that my article really helped you on picking a guitar for your son. May i know how old is he? So that i could suggest you a suitable guitar for your son. Just leave the a comment below and i will quickly response for your needs. Thank you!

      Reply

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