Wesman Todd Shaw started playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. He loves nothing more than to pick one up and pluck some strings.
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.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on November 08, 2011:
Fred, I'd buy it from you if I could - if you put it on ebay then I could probably advertise it right here on this page.
Let me know.
fred on November 08, 2011:
I have a 1974/1974 fender f65 accoustic. Just about brand new, I want to sell it
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 29, 2011:
I love dobro music, James! I'm a bit of an acoustic music nut - but I really like acoustic rock!
I'm hoping that in a few months or so I'll feel like making a flatpicking video that I can upload to youtube. I'm trying to NOT be shy about anything these days.
James A Watkins from Chicago on July 29, 2011:
I am glad you got this beautiful guitar, my friend. I played in a rock band for twenty years. My guitar player of 16 years, born blind, played a 1957 Fender Stratocaster. My uncle Ray played for years as a Nashville session man (steel guitar). He died three years ago. He handmade dobros. Google the word "Rabro" and you can see one. Gorgeous!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 26, 2011:
If it's possible for me to do so then I will be engaged in this manner. Hell or dirty water.
Evelyn Anne on July 25, 2011:
I sure enjoyed your article on the Fender; keep up your good work!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 25, 2011:
Hello, Damien Marley! I'd imagine that one in good condition could be had from a pawn shop for less than $500 - I think most all of these were made in Japan, and for that reason alone they aren't considered as valuable money wise. I'm here to tell you though - they are some top notch guitars! If if said "Made in the USA" on it - these would be $1,500.00 new - or more. If you find one of these - you can probably have a guitar as good as most D 28s for less than half what one would cost.
Damien Marley on July 25, 2011:
Hi wes. That there sir is not something you get to see everyday. How much would it cost to get a guitar like that?
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 22, 2011:
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm just in love with my inherited F 65, and when I went to look for information on it - your site was the only site with anything useful at all - and your site looks VERY NICE too!!!!
You are VERY welcome!
philsfenders from S.Wales UK on July 22, 2011:
Thank you for your kind words about my philsfenders web site,I'm really glad you enjoyed visiting. I'm in the process of adding a load more information & pictures, I'm hoping it will be ready by August.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 21, 2011:
Thank You, Sueswan!!!!! I only get sad and disappointed with myself if I'm not fooling around with one. I don't have to be good at it even, I just have to mess around with one, and it makes me feel better! Like magic, or something!
Sueswan on July 20, 2011:
I admire your passion for guitars. Don't let it die.
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 20, 2011:
Hey Christopher! Thank you very much! I hope so too. I might make it to being an old man someday, and if so - then I hope that there's somewhere where I can sit around with an open guitar case in front of me - for people to toss me smokes, dollars, and maybe - set a six pack into!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on July 20, 2011:
Hey Thanks, Willie! You're right about priorities. I'm afraid that most of us - even those of us who think that we are immune - are societal conditioned to mis prioritize all sorts of things.
I like the way you think - positive action over fruitless wishing!
Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on July 19, 2011:
And I hope you continue to enjoy your guitar for many a long day.
DoItForHer on July 19, 2011:
That is great you found a guitar you can have around and use. When people read that, I'm sure it is inspiring to those who want to do something, but for some reason or another, misprioritize life's goals and the things that really mean something get left behind. You playing the guitar, an activity you clearly enjoy, on a more consistent basis again shows positive action instead of a bunch of fruitless wishing.