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Ride the wave of Fender's rich musical history and SoCal style.

Cowabunga! Grab your board shorts and your California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar, head on down to Laguna to play some tunes and ride the waves. This dreadnought beauty from Fender's California Series will have you admiring its cool Strat guitar headstock, soft C-shaped maple neck and hip checkerboard binding 'til the sun goes down. Other cool features on the Sonoran SCE include a vintage-inspired pickguard design, rosewood fingerboard and scalloped bracing. Perfect for Fender enthusiasts, fans of vintage-style guitars, and guitarists who want a different look and vibe.

FEATURES
  • Body Style: Single Cutaway Fender Style Dreadnought
  • Finish: (021) Natural
  • Finish: Gloss (polyurethane)
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Bracing: Scalloped X bracing
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Neck: Maple vintage "C" shape
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • No. of Frets: 20
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
  • Machine Heads: Vintage Fender Style with White Plastic Buttons
  • Electronics: Fender FTE-3 Active On-Board Preamp which Features: Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Low Battery Indicator Light
  • Scale Length: 25.3 in. (643 mm)
  • Body Depth: 3.75 in. (Front), 4.75 in. (Rear)
  • Width at Nut: 1-5/8 in. (41 mm)
  • Width at Heel: 2-1/8 in. (54 mm)
  • Unique Features:
  • Fender Stratocaster Headstock Shape, Fender Tight Dreadnought Body Shape, Traditional Fender Bridge, Factory Mounted Forward Strap Button with Internal Block Reinforcement, White Dot Inlays, Checkerboard Rosette, Soft "C" Shaped Neck, Multiple Body Bindings, Gold Pickguard
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP-12 Phosphor Bronze, Gauges .012 to .053
  • Accessories: None
  • Introduced: 1/2008

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FenderCalifornia Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12), Yes (3)

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(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bang For The Buck

By Beta464

from Paris, TX

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Pros

  • Fishman Pickup System
  • Great tone
  • many color options
  • Perfect Setup Out Of Box
  • Very comfortable neck
  • Very Well Built

Cons

  • Stock Strings

Best Uses

  • Backup guitar
  • concerts
  • First Guitar
  • Gigs
  • Practice
  • Primary Guitar

Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I purchased my Fender Sonoran SCE a few months ago and fell in love with it the moment I picked it up, it has a great Stratocaster feeling neck, very well setup out of box with no adjustments needed, the tuners while generic work just fine and are easily replaced with the superior Fender Vintage Style Tuners with no modifications to the guitar whatsoever, I've played many guitars from Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Takamine, Washburn, Seagull, Guild and many many more and this one will outshine any guitars in it's price point (the only exception possibly being the Seagulls depending on the model) if you're on the fence about buying this guitar try going to a local music shop and playing it and you'll fall in love with it the same way I did, it produces a great tone that's unrivaled by most other guitars in it's price point, the only guitar I own that I love more is my Ovation 1862 Custom Balladeer from the 80's and this one easily rivals it in looks and tone. The only real downside is the stock strings with are Fender brand strings but they're easily replaced with a good set of Elixirs.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great value

By Gabe Newsome

from Eastern Washington

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Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Great value, period. Fender is my brand
Note, prior review talks fondly of guitar, didn't give it any stars which was obviously a mistake. Electronics are nice. Neck is nice a thin like my Strat's. Nice sounding guitar for the money

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A MUST HAVE IF ON A BUDGET!!!!

By MIKENANDI

from BIRDSBORO, PA

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Pros

  • Great action
  • Great electronics
  • Great tone

Cons

  • Tuners Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Playing Anywhere
  • Playing Live

Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar because it has a resemblance to my 1983 Fender Balboa acoustic-electric. The Balboa is my baby, which I still use when I play live. I've bought other more expensive guitars to use as back ups(yes even a Martin DMX), but they really couldn't get the sound I was looking for. This Fender Sonoran SCE has it!! Ease of play,full sound, and great looks!! For the price this is a no brainer! I played a set with it at my last gig and was very impressed! Get it!

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Typical sounding electric acoustic

Pros

  • Decent sound
  • Good Craftmanship
  • Good finish
  • Not Much Bottom End

Cons

  • too much treble
  • Typical Sound

Best Uses

  • Nice to look at
  • Practicing
  • Second Guitar

Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing guitar for 57 years and I've played,built,repaired,Etc., a lot of them, so
don't get me wrong it's a nice guitar but it's like most all other electric acoustics they all have too much tingy sound.If I was designing a electric acoustic I would locate the pick up away from the bridge more near the sound hole then you would get more of the real sound of the guitar and more resonance...

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid full sounding guitar

By Ricky D

from San Jose, CA

Pros

    Cons

    • Nothing negative

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I played one of these guitars at local music store during four separate trips. Quality of tone, easy action and feel sealed the deal for me. Needed an acoustic for an outside venue and this guitar met all the requirements, plus my limited budget. My wife loves it too and even said she understood why I bought it. The first show only confirmed what I knew, a great buy for a fabulous sounding guitar! You'll fall in love with it too. Go play one and you will get one too. I recommend this guitar without hesitation. Right out of the box it's ready for the show. You'll be proud of making this choice.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great sounding guitar...

      By John P.

      from Hyde Park NY

      Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Doesn't matter whether you are plugged in or not..It has that beautiful Fender feel...Rich full sound...Amazing guitar for the price..

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Worth it

      By Matt

      from Richmond Hill, GA

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      Pros

      • good acoustic sound
      • Good action
      • Good Electric Sound
      • Looks good

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I'll start off by saying I didn't get this guitar from MF, and it wasn't at the same price. However, it would be worth it even at MF's price.

        Compared to other acoustic/electric guitars at a similar price point, this one blows most of them away. It looks nice, it sounds nice, it has good action and a decently fast neck, and the electronics are great. I was skeptical at first, having had bad experiences with Fender acoustic/electrics in the past, but after playing this at the music store for over an hour, I decided I had to have it.

        I had been looking for a good ac/elec for a while, and had a hard time choosing because of prices. The Sonoran is well worth the price.

        I would definitely recommend this to any guitarist.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ALL AROUND GREAT GUITAR

        Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is not only a great looking guitar the electronics sound great and excellent craftsmanship for a chinese built guitar.....sounds awesome!!!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good value ...get it......

        By Guitarsrevo

        from Dallas georgia

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        Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Good overall value, plugged in it rings like a bell. Has a true sound..not plugged it is a tad thin but overall good....it shines plugged in....great neck ,,,very fast...Just a cool product you can be proud of the name and the sound the gitbox makes....Finish is great and good quality.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Strat-like neck - great guitar attached!

        By Fender-Man

        from New York

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        Pros

        • Built-in tuner
        • Fishman Pickup
        • Great neck
        • Nice tone

        Cons

        • Action Could Be Better

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I wanted an inexpensive guitar to take to the beach and that also had a pickup to supplement my great but non-electric Martin. I'd been thinking about the Sonoran for a few years because I love the neck and headstock. I finally got one last week and am really loving it. I have this guitar hanging in a convenient spot on my bedroom wall, so I find myself picking it up every day. It won't replace my HD-28, but it's the best and most usable guitar I've played in this price range. Really a lot of value here.

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          • No

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Acoustic with a Strat neck, heaven

          By CapdCodFrank

          from Cape Cod

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          Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Great guitar for gigs, I use it exclusively.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great guitar for the price

          By JJ59

          from Pennsylvania

          Pros

          • Great guitar for the pric

          Cons

          • Made in China
          • Mediocre Finish

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Fender isn't exactly known for their acustic line and to be honest there is good reason for that. This guitar is the exception. I've owned mine for about a week now and have been very impressed very comfortable neck decent action and overall decent tone. I played many other guitars in the same price range and for me the Sonoran came out on top. The finish could be better but overall not bad.

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            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing Instrument On All Levels

            By James

            from undisclosed

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            Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            I'd had one of these a few years ago. Regrettably, I sold it when I was in a pinch and have regretted it ever since. I came across it on here with a Reduced Price and snagged one. Awesome both acoustic and electric. I use it a lot for recording, too.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            VERY nice !!!

            By OldHillbillyHippie

            from Mid-Michigan

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            Pros

            • Eectronicss
            • Fit and finish
            • Looks
            • Playability
            • Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Very nice fit and finish. Great sound and set up perfect out of the box. The electronics are very nice from the tuner to the ease of battery change to the sound when plugged in. The neck not only looks good it feels and play good too. Quite impressed. Good job Fender.
                Ordered the Olympic white but was sent the Candy Apple Red due to being mis-tagged at the warehouse. Customer service was awesome and sent out a replacement and received it in four days.
                The white is a bit more of a "creamy" color than the pictures convey, but still very nice looking. The red is also very nice.

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                • No
                 
                4.0

                Fender Sonoran

                By Dick

                from New York

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • string height a little high

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Good looking guitar-nice color-well constructed(except for string height) well worth the money.

                 
                5.0

                i would buy this guitar again in a heartbeat

                By walrus

                from oneida n.y.

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • The acoustic sound with electric playability,

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I use it for church worship , and home , and any thing that turns up

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome

                  By lovebluestone

                  from Nicholasville, KY.

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Stays In Tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Traded to the Candy Apple Red form a Cheaper guitar and ready loveit.

                     
                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again !

                    By BK

                    from LaPlata Maryland

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                    Pros

                    • Fun to play
                    • Has a very comfortable neck
                    • Has great tone
                    • Looks great !

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming with friends
                      • Just playing for fun
                      • On stage
                      • Practicing
                      • Sitting around a camp fire

                      Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      This guitar is fun to play. It has a great neck, very comfortable. Great tone acoustic or electric. Very pleased with this purchase. The action was a little high for my taste, but was easily adjusted to my personal needs. Absolutely love it !!!

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                      5.0

                      Quality product at a resonable price.

                      By Amirillo Slim

                      from West Texas

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                      Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      I was intrigued with the idea of a acoustic guitar with a Fender Strat neck and head-stock that drew me to this guitar. If this is the goal of your thoughts, then this guitar will not disappoint. I will at some point swap-out tuners with Fender vintage, but stock tuners that are installed do what is intended of them. Fret wire, straight, even, and well polished. This is a Fender, quality built instrument. Tone is great both plugged-in and acoustic.

                      Fit and finish flawless. Needed set-up, but weather you are a novice or veteran player any new instrument should be set to your own liking. Action, truss rod, string choice should be addressed on any new instrument. I purchased this on a scratch and dent deal. Guitar arrived in original factory box (opened by previous buyer of course) but well packaged in another outer box with overly sufficient packing. It was advertised as having scratches, but I went over it with a "fine tooth comb" and could not find even a smudge on it. Looked as if it had either had not been played, or if it was, it was polished meticulously before re-boxing. Kudos to Musician's Friend, for all intents and purpose a new guitar at a significantly lower price. As a gigging and studio musician for over 27 years it's about the sound and play ability of a guitar that maters most, not the flash. This guitar delivers!

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                      4.0

                      Top notch for a Fender acoustic

                      By BdubSTLFender

                      from St. Louis, MO

                      Pros

                      • Fishman electronics
                      • Looks cool
                      • Sounds better than a lot of acoustic/electrics
                      • Strat neck feels great
                      • Synthetic bone nut and saddle

                      Cons

                      • Fender acoustics aren't the best
                      • Finish options
                      • Made in China

                      Best Uses

                      • All uses

                      Comments about Fender California Series Sonoran SCE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      Fender isn't exactly known for making superior acoustic guitars, but I am very happy with this one. With a set of Elixirs and a proper setup, it really projects and sounds massive unplugged, which can be hard to find in an acoustic/electric. I am very happy with the acoustic sound and I am used to regular acoustics, this is my first acoustic/electric. The Strat neck feels just like my Mexican Strat and is very comfortable. The thicker gauge strings make it feel a little different, but it's about the same profile. The Fishman electronics work great and the tuner is chromatic so I can tune into flats easily. The pickup works very well and the onboard three band EQ gets you the tone you want, from sparkling to warm with plenty of mid punch. There's only a few things I dislike and they're subjective. I wish the natural finish option had a tortoise-style pickguard like the other finishes have, or even just black. The gold color pick guard is horrendous in person, same on the Fender Kingman. I'm not wild about it being made in China either, but it is quality. It needed a setup as most guitars do, but the neck was pretty out of whack. I had it professionally done and they filed the nut also. All in all it's a great guitar for the price. Even though Fender isn't famous for their acoustics, this one is a home run as far as I am concerned. It's no Martin of course, but it's solid as a rock and sounds and feels like a guitar that costs twice as much.

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