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    Cool looks, brilliant electronics, and a smooth cutaway.

    The Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar features a folk-style narrow-shouldered body that rests easily on your knee for hours without stressing your right shoulder. The solid spruce top is large enough to generate serious volume with sweet and complex timbre. Crafted with mahogany back, sides, and neck with rosewood fingerboard and uniquely designed rosewood bridge. Fishman electronics with onboard tuner let you readily play with the band. Multiple top binding and a parquetry rosette add visual pizzazz.

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    FenderMalibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.4

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Little Axe

    I just got this guitar on Scratch N' Dent and I'm very surprised. There is only a small scracth in the finish on the back. I got the sunburst model and it is...Read complete review

    I just got this guitar on Scratch N' Dent and I'm very surprised. There is only a small scracth in the finish on the back. I got the sunburst model and it is stunning. The maple neck and cream binding really set it off nicely. The fishman preamp with the on-board tuner works great, although I don't get as much bass volume on my low E string...probably just needs some tweaking.As for playability, this guitar is very comfortable. The neck feels great and the set up was perfect out of the box. Don't be fooled by the people who say that it has a terrible acoustic tone because that is false. The Malibu sounds great on its own or plugged in. Of course, being such a small body, you aren't going to have the booming response like you would with a dreadnaught or jumbo, but the solid spruce top still sounds good if you listen to it. Try it out in a store first and you will see how nice and comfortable this guitar is to play.

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    Best Fender Acoustic, that is not saying much

    I hate to be the one to write this I am a Leo Fnder man since the 60's but this is not Leo Fender's guitar. It is the best fender acoustic made, but...Read complete review

    I hate to be the one to write this I am a Leo Fnder man since the 60's but this is not Leo Fender's guitar. It is the best fender acoustic made, but it is only and average guitar with a great headstock. I think the sound feels not of great quality, with a compressed tone range and limited volume and okay construction. I would recommend a Silver Creek t-160 as a superior guitar that is solid wood back and sides and for the price difference you could get a bone nut, a case, a Pickup, and a pro set-up. How about that!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    hobo friendly

    By 23railtrain

    from USofA

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          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I got this lil' gem several years ago and put it thru a whole bunch of shenanigans! Hitch-hiking in the rain/snow, throwing it on/off moving freight trains. mud, sand, beaches, bars/clubs, dumpsters, rooftops, hiking in the mountains, walking in the desert, hailstorms, Etc. I never had a carrying case for it... just strapped to my backpack for years. this guitar is indestructible and sounded great after all this abuse. I lived solely off the income of playing this thing EVERYDAY for MANY years. unfortunately it was stolen midway thru recording an album in DC. but whenever I see someone with a Malibu and talk shop I'm not surprised to find they usually feel the same "great little guitar, great big personality"

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Little Workhorse With Class

          By Wayne Minor

          from N.E. Texas

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I cannot see why the guys on here ding this thing for it's unplugged "tone". I have yet to play very many acoustic/electrics that will hold up alongside my high end Martin D28CW with it's Red Spruce Top, Rosewood back and sides, scalloped pre-war bracing etc. This is not what fender has tried to do with this guitar nor should they. What they did was create an neat looking and playing little guitar that will appeal to anyone with a flavor for short scale gibson necks and this guitar has alread proven itself on stage for me, paying for itself in only the first show. I also dont have to worry about it after set up at a club as I go elsewhere for dinner as I would if it were one of my pricey or vintage guitars. If you got a kid who dreams to perform on stage with an acoustic electric, get them started on this and they will likely be using it throuout their life.
          What's not to love. On-board tuner, fingerboard inlay that is easy to see in low light conditions often encountered on club stages. Yeah, it's an import guitar but I have no intention of taking my best acoustics onto the stage to get beat up.
          Considering this is a factory made low end guitar, the fit and finish are perfect. I have went over it with a fine tooth comb and the joints and binding are exquisite. One came into my shop for a simple repair to the piezio pickup (someone jacked with it while changing strings probably.) From the moment I picked up this dude, the Fender neck feel with the Gibson scale length had my attention. I wound up trading for it to be used as a tool in a semi-pro band which I play regularly in. Does it sound spectacular unplugged? Certainly not but neither does about any of the acoustic electrics out there in the price range. Like those, it was made to be plugged in. Don't judge it by playing it through any guitar amp even an acoustic amp. Plug it in to a high quality mid sized PA system, take a moment to eq everything properly and this thing gives up nothing to a Taylor or Takamine in that setting. Like my Martin DCE1XR, this guitar will pay for itself in short order for me.
          This value and features cannot be touched for the price when used as it should be; plugged into a great PA system.

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          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Acoustic Tone I??ve Heard

          By ILovePointyGuitars

          from Houston TX

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I can only say, WOW. I saw this little acoustic on the wall at my local music store. I thought," ""Why not?""", I grabbed it and played a few songs. The neck vibrated perfectly and it gave the guitar an almost alive feeling. The body resonated with an awesome tone, and I found myself playing Stairway to Heaven again and again. The finish (natural) was flawless, the frets level, and the action was slightly high, just as I like it. The shape might be odd, but the tone makes up for its looks. I may have never heard (or played) a Martin or Taylor, but this is just great.

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          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          I hate to say it, but....

          By Eric-A5VDc

          from New York

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          Having played this guitar, I have to say I`m not impressed. The first thing that hits you when you pick up this guitar is "Wow, this is really small" and then "Whoa, it has no depth of sound to it". You can find much better Fender acoustics out there, or go and buy a cheap Alvarez and an acoustic pickup. that setup will serve you better than this.

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          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Best Fender Acoustic, that is not saying much

          By Stratman-MDvwT

          from West Palm Beach, Fl.

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I hate to be the one to write this I am a Leo Fnder man since the 60's but this is not Leo Fender's guitar. It is the best fender acoustic made, but it is only and average guitar with a great headstock. I think the sound feels not of great quality, with a compressed tone range and limited volume and okay construction. I would recommend a Silver Creek t-160 as a superior guitar that is solid wood back and sides and for the price difference you could get a bone nut, a case, a Pickup, and a pro set-up. How about that!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great instrument!

          By Corn-RqU4Z

          from Mountain City Tennessee

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I recently played one of these at a local music store and I must say, I was impressed. It has a very bright tone and great action. Don't listen to people who say Fender can't make a decent acoustic until you've tried this guitar.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar!

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          First off, I have to say that this is probably my favorite acoustic-electric guitar that I own, and it's worth every cent. It plays beautifully and sounds amazing. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys that beautiful sound that comes from heaven.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Little Axe

          By Joe-rX5hf

          from Yakima, WA

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I just got this guitar on Scratch N' Dent and I'm very surprised. There is only a small scracth in the finish on the back. I got the sunburst model and it is stunning. The maple neck and cream binding really set it off nicely. The fishman preamp with the on-board tuner works great, although I don't get as much bass volume on my low E string...probably just needs some tweaking.As for playability, this guitar is very comfortable. The neck feels great and the set up was perfect out of the box. Don't be fooled by the people who say that it has a terrible acoustic tone because that is false. The Malibu sounds great on its own or plugged in. Of course, being such a small body, you aren't going to have the booming response like you would with a dreadnaught or jumbo, but the solid spruce top still sounds good if you listen to it. Try it out in a store first and you will see how nice and comfortable this guitar is to play.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          pretty guitar.

          By chris-DX1FE

          from Nashville, Tn

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I played this guitar a few times, one of my friends just bought one. Now, i don't own one, so i cannot really offer an in depth review, but from my experience it handled wonderfully, i really like the electronics, and the look, and the "feel" was descent. Could be lighter.

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Buy it!

          By Coca cola Cowboy

          from North Carolina

          Comments about Fender Malibu SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          I have owned numerous guitars. As far as money verses quality, this is one of the best deals I?ve seen! As with just about any guitar you will need to have it set up. The action is a little high, but in my humble opinion, this little beauty is worth at least two or three times the money. For a folk sized guitar, you will be amazed at the sweet sound. I put some Martin extra light strings on, and it even got better! Buy it or not, it?s your money, but I love it.

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