Fender Paramount PD-220E review

Is this stunning all-mahogany dreadnought the new benchmark for electro-acoustics at this price? The evidence suggests as much

Fender Paramount PD-220E
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Guitar World Verdict

You’re looking at one of the very best electro-acoustics available in this price range.


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    X-bracing offers great resonance.

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    Tidy build.

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    Appealing, rustic aesthetic.

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    Clear, defined mid and treble tones.

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    Unrivalled value for money.


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    Limited to blend and volume controls on the pickup.

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With all the excitement around Fender’s Acoustasonic models you’d be forgiven for overlooking the company’s extensive array of more traditional flat-top steel string models alongside those bold hybrids. The Fender acoustic guitars Paramount series is especially one to watch, and we feel it’s perhaps the company’s most underrated line. 

Back in 2017 we were impressed by the first Paramount mahogany models we tried and felt they stood up to anything in their electro-acoustic £500 bracket. They even included a hard case. 

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Rob Laing

Rob is the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar, he worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including as Editor of Total Guitar. He's currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with his own songs and is enjoying playing covers in function bands.