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Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar  

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Play your favorite tunes on an exciting Fender T-Bucket.

The California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar is even more supercharged now, with upgraded features including a remarkable new holographic rosette inlay, new quilt ash top option, new 12th-fret "F" logo inlay design, and Graph Tech Nubone nut and compensated bridge saddle for enhanced tone.

The other great T-Bucket 300CE features you already know are still here, too. These include flame and quilt maple tops in several finishes with quartersawn scalloped "X" bracing, mahogany back and sides, body binding and headstock pinstriping, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, strap-pin and end-pin jacks, and Fishman Isys III pickup/active preamp system with built-in chromatic tuner, on/off switch, three-band EQ and volume control.

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FEATURES
  • Series: Hot Rod Design Acoustics
  • Body Shape: Dreadnought
  • Body Top: Flame Maple (Transparent black, Sunburst), Quilt Maple (Transparent blue, Amber) or Quilt Ash (Transparent violet, Transparent dark brown)
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Bracing: Quartersawn Scalloped X
  • Body Binding: Multiple
  • Rosette: Holographic T-Bucket Pinstriped
  • Body Depth: 3.75 in. (Front) to 4.75 in. (Rear)
  • Neck: Mahogany, "C"-Shape
  • Neck Binding: White
  • Nut Width: 1.625 in. (41.3 mm)
  • Frets: 20
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood, 11.81 in. (300 mm) Radius
  • Position Inlays: Dot
  • Scale Length: 25.3 in. (64.3 cm)
  • Controls: Built-In Chromatic Tuner with On/Off Switch, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • String Nut: Graph Tech NuBone
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Graphtech Nubone Compensated Saddle
  • Strings: Fender Dura-Tone Coated 80/20 Bronze (.012-.052 Gauge)
  • Special Electronics: Fishman Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner

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FenderCalifornia Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stays in tune (8)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Fun to play (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12), Yes (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really Nice

This is a really nice guitar. It's amazing how Fender can keep prices reasonable on instruments of this quality.
The Amber with Quilted Maple is absolutely stunning. With the 'bone' border...Read complete review

This is a really nice guitar. It's amazing how Fender can keep prices reasonable on instruments of this quality.
The Amber with Quilted Maple is absolutely stunning. With the 'bone' border on the body and neck, and the in-lay on the headstock, around the sound hole, and on the 12th. fret---just gorgeous.
I switched out the black bridge pins for bone, to match the border (just a personal preference) and it is eye popping.
Mine came with the action WAY too high, and the Rosewood fretboard WAY too dry (this is why 4 stars and not 5). Musicians Friend do not "set-up" instruments, so this doesn't reflect on them...but you'd think Fender (regardless of over-sea's, south of the border, or California) would care how their instruments are set-up before leaving the plant.
And I am not sure how the Rosewood could be so dry even stored in a box for 5 or 6 months. I took the strings off and applied FOUR coats of Lemon Oil before it stopped absorbing---that is ridiculous! Rosewood is fantastic...but only if it's taken care of.

The Fender Dura-Tone Coated 80/20 Bronze strings are amazingly crisp, and absolutely belong on this guitar. I kept the original strings for the first time in my 33 years of buying/playing guitars. I also purchased another set for back-up...I intend to stay with these strings.

The Fishman electronics definitely live up to their reputation as one of the best in the business. Playing plugged in, keep the volume on the guitar toward the low side, and turn up the amp or you might get a little distorted---but other than that, it works and sounds great. Built in tuner is dead on too...I checked against external tuners, and there is no difference.

Great guitar. Both looks and sound. I would definitely recommend.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very pretty guitar

Got this guitar about a year and a half ago, finish was really beautiful, stock strings we bad as expected, with new strings guitar became alive.
Got it setup real nice but...Read complete review

Got this guitar about a year and a half ago, finish was really beautiful, stock strings we bad as expected, with new strings guitar became alive.
Got it setup real nice but guitar still had a bit of fret buzz, I don't know why but fret buzz got worse with time. I only did a few gigs with this guitar before selling it.

This guitar is good for beginners and to practice.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great little guitar

By longtime player

from N.H.

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Pros

  • Nice Action E-z Player

Cons

  • Scratches

Best Uses

  • Whateverwherever

Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Buy this guitar,AND a set of strings,you"ll be a happy camper.Sound is really good unplugged and that's impressive coming from a guy thats always had solid wood guitars!!!! NOW...in all fairness,I run this through a DigiTech RP255 on the dred acoustic setting to my settings and that IS the POP!!!!Sooooooo..there it is sounds awesome!!!!!!Oh yeah these scratch REALLY EASY.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar, Awesome Price!

By The Great One

from Victorville, Ca

Pros

  • Built in tuner
  • feel
  • Fishman Pickup
  • Look
  • price
  • Sound

Cons

  • No Case

Best Uses

  • Country
  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Worship

Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I saw this guitar and was immediately drawn to it. After playing it I fell in love with it. Awesome guitar for the musician that's on a budget. Highly recommended .

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Really Nice

By White Dog

from Iowa

About Me Experienced

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Dry Rosewood
  • Poor "out of box" setup

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is a really nice guitar. It's amazing how Fender can keep prices reasonable on instruments of this quality.
The Amber with Quilted Maple is absolutely stunning. With the 'bone' border on the body and neck, and the in-lay on the headstock, around the sound hole, and on the 12th. fret---just gorgeous.
I switched out the black bridge pins for bone, to match the border (just a personal preference) and it is eye popping.
Mine came with the action WAY too high, and the Rosewood fretboard WAY too dry (this is why 4 stars and not 5). Musicians Friend do not "set-up" instruments, so this doesn't reflect on them...but you'd think Fender (regardless of over-sea's, south of the border, or California) would care how their instruments are set-up before leaving the plant.
And I am not sure how the Rosewood could be so dry even stored in a box for 5 or 6 months. I took the strings off and applied FOUR coats of Lemon Oil before it stopped absorbing---that is ridiculous! Rosewood is fantastic...but only if it's taken care of.

The Fender Dura-Tone Coated 80/20 Bronze strings are amazingly crisp, and absolutely belong on this guitar. I kept the original strings for the first time in my 33 years of buying/playing guitars. I also purchased another set for back-up...I intend to stay with these strings.

The Fishman electronics definitely live up to their reputation as one of the best in the business. Playing plugged in, keep the volume on the guitar toward the low side, and turn up the amp or you might get a little distorted---but other than that, it works and sounds great. Built in tuner is dead on too...I checked against external tuners, and there is no difference.

Great guitar. Both looks and sound. I would definitely recommend.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Lefty4

from columbia, tn

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Pros

  • beautiful guitar
  • Built in tuner
  • Great sound
  • Great value for the price

Cons

  • Gig Bag Not Included

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I have played guitar in bands for forty years.
    Why pay a lot when you can get a lot for less.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Buy This!!!!

    By shulerassassin1

    from Beattyville, KY

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    Pros

    • BEAUTIFUL
    • Sounds Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is a must buy! I just purchased one recently and I love it! Sounds and looks just as good as a guitar that is three times as much! I also love the built in tuner! Stop debating and just BUY IT!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Definitely one of my favorite guitars

        By Andrew

        from North Hollywood, CA

        Pros

        • Body
        • Pick Ups
        • Playability

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Skeptical at first because I've always loved Taylor acoustics but I'll have to admit that you could probably get away with telling someone this guitar was worth 700 cause it sounds and looks the part. I love the Hot Rod inspired paint jobs. I have the Transparent Blue

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Had to return 2 of them so far!

            Pros

            • BEAUTIFUL

            Cons

            • Broken electronics
            • Patches On The Fretboard

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              I have returned 2 of them so far, hoping the 3rd one will be working good!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              very impressed

              By Irish Mike

              from St. Louis, Mo

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              Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Guitar arrived well packaged. Out of the box it was set up nicely. Absolutely beautiful trans violet, nice low action, tuner is accurate, sounds like a much more expensive guitar. MF price matched another company that charges tax, so I got it cheaper than the other guys. Really happy with the guitar and MF service.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bucket O bang for buck

              By Johnbass

              from foothills, sc

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              Pros

              • Beautiful Flame Burst
              • Easy Thin Neck
              • Eq And Tuner Are Great
              • Very Nice Finish Build

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Go To Guitar For Anything
                • Live Or Studio

                Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I bought a T bucket bass and was blown away, so bought this. Unlike the bass this one needed action lowered a lot and some set up. BUT I really believe the value even if you had to pay for a set up is well worth it. The build quality is unreal for the price! The neck is thin and very easy to play. The Fishman piezo really sounds great.. the eq on this and the bass simply sound amazing. If you can get over the laminated stigma you might be surprised. I was mainly playing Takamine % Taylor until now. Love this! also love Musicians fried, and have for many years. Great to deal with.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Eats Batteries

                By trackerdan

                from Lincoln, Ca.

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                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Eats Batteries

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                This is a great guitar. Just remember to take the 9V battery out of its compartment and stow it in the case between gigs. Then your good to go.

                (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Guitar

                By Chaotic J

                from Anchorage Ak

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                This guitar sounds good though the action is a bit high. Playability is tiresome and wears on the fingers.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                My Second Review

                Pros

                • Beautiful For Sure

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    My second guitar showed up with flaws and blemishes too!
                    So I am returning now my second Fender hoping the 3rd one that will show up next week will be right!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    The Guitar is Beautiful! But.........

                    Pros

                    • The Guitar Is Beautiful

                    Cons

                    • The Electronics Are Broke

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      The guitar is very beautiful, that is for sure, it plays nice too.

                      But my electronics completely broke on the second day. I had to return the guitar and get another one!

                      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Just Didn't Like It

                      By Gibson Girl

                      from Royal Oak, MI

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                      Pros

                      • Good neck feel
                      • Nice electronics
                      • Very pretty

                      Cons

                      • Just Too Bright
                      • No bottom end
                      • Very large

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I recieved this guitar and it was not at all what I expected. It didn't sound at all as good as the demo video led me to think it would. I played it and promptly put it back in the box and returned it. The sound just wasn't good for my ear, lacking a lot on low resonance in spite of having such a large body. That largness made it uncomfortable to play for me as well even though I'm not a small person. It's visually a very pretty instrument and, with some time spent on set up, would probably play well but it just didn't resonate with me.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Absolutely a great lil ax

                        By Tommy blackwolf jr.

                        from Hanove p.a

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • Big banbang the buck
                        • Good Feel
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Stays In Tune

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming
                          • Practicing
                          • Recording
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          Use for all my venues and records great awesome playability i own much more expensive pieces and this is right there with them would absolutely recomend

                           
                          5.0

                          Just one word: beautiful.

                          By mknopf

                          from Cape Canaveral, FL

                          About Me Novice

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            Just one word: beautiful. Great construction, stays in tune, and just gorgeous look and feel (I got the transparent blue one).

                             
                            4.0

                            Great guitar

                            By clyde

                            from crossville Tn 38555

                            About Me Novice

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • brand new batteries only last a week

                            Best Uses

                            • just enjoy playing
                            • Practicing
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                            only complaint is it eats batteries

                             
                            5.0

                            What I did to make this a near perfect axe.......

                            By 'Youngie'

                            from Rhode Island

                            About Me Experienced

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Good Base for a project guitar

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Practicing
                              • Recording
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                              This is the deal...........1st.-Swap the tuners out! I used the ones that are a good name & the screws line perfectly up.2nd-Add any style pick gaurd,trust me, it won't take long to scratch right through that pretty veneer! 3rd-Get the thing professionally set up with good strings..................And Alas......Great Axe!!

                               
                              4.0

                              Great buy!

                              By Gma

                              from Illinois

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Good Feel
                              • Stays In Tune

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                  Great buy!

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Awesome Guitar

                                  By Kyle

                                  from Colorado

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Jamming
                                    • Practicing
                                    • Recording
                                    • School Bands
                                    • Small Venues

                                    Comments about Fender California Series T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                                    I bought this guitar on an impulse at guitar center 3 years ago, and I love it. I beat the hell out of this thing, for example I had it in a soft case worn as a backpack, and I was skating to where I was going to jam and I crashed and landed on my back. The guitar suffered some scratches and a small chunk of headstock lost, and it still kicks Butt! Still stays in tune, and sounds great. Put some Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze strings on it and it is beautiful

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