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Fender Sonoran SCE Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Dreadnought Guitar   

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The Fender Sonoran SCE acoustic guitar represents a re-introduction of the California Series acoustics. These guitars were originally made from 1969 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Sonoran SCE acoustic guitar represents a re-introduction of the California Series acoustics. These guitars were originally made from 1969 to 1971 and have gained attention in recent years for their very electric-like V-neck playability and cool vibe thanks to a Strat-style headstock. The Sonoran SCE has those features plus an updated cutaway dreadnought body with solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, and Fender CE-301 Active On-Board Preamp. It also has a checkerboard soundhole rosette, the original rosewood bridge design, and chrome die-cast tuners.

  • Dreadnought body shape with cutaway
  • Solid spruce top
  • Laminated mahogany back and sides
  • Fender Stratocaster headstock shape
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 20 frets
  • White fretboard dot inlays
  • Checkerboard rosette
  • Soft V-shape neck profile
  • Multiple body bindings
  • Black pickguard
  • Rosewood bridge with compensated saddle
  • Chrome die-cast tuners
  • 25.3" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • .011 to .050 strings
  • Fender CE-301 Active On-Board Preamp with volume, bass, mid, and treble controls

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Very nice

By Jason-yaj9A

from Monroe, LA

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When I first saw the Fender Sonoran, I immediately noticed how beautiful it was. I grabbed it, and started to play it unplugged. The guitar has a thin neck with very nice playability and rich, deep tones. After being extremely satisfied; I decided to plug in it through a Genz Benz Shenandoah 100 1x12 Acoustic Combo. The tones were crystal clear; the guitar sounded as good as it did unplugged. I highly reccomend this guitar. I decided to buy it immediatly after I was done playing it.


Freakin' Sweet!

By MatTheKing

from Kitchener, Ontario

I've been playing for 2 and a half years now and until this past summer, I've been using a rinky dink Samick acoustic, which needless to say, wasn't that great. I went downtown to my personal heaven, the guitar store with the intent of finally purchasing a better acoustic. I found this lovely piece of work and I just couldn't let it go away. I bought it immediately and I haven't been disappointed since. It has helped my playing abilities and I love bringing it to shows because all the people that try it freekin love it! Plugged in or not it sounds amazing! The action is awesome! This guitar has so much potential and versatility, I urge anyone looking to purchase a new guitar to check this out! definately a keeper!


great for its price

By Caitlin Brooks

from Richland, MI

Oh my goodness! I have been looking online and in shops for a decent electric-acoustic guitar with Honduran mahogany back, sides, and neck and a wonderful tone! This is it! I am sure glad I didn't abruptly switch from a lousy beginner's guitar like my Washburn D12S to a very fancy guitar like a Gibson Advanced Jumbo; that's too sudden. It's good to take baby steps like this. Those of you who looked at the Fender Sonoran SCE should look more attentively, because I ordered mine from Elderly Instruments in Lansing, and it arrived in one piece, still having as glorious a tone and feel as I expected. Thank you, Elderly!


So cheap, So sweet!!!

By AbuJannah

from Ft. Lauderdale, FLA

My Fender Sonoran SCE Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Dreadnought Guitar is amazingly the most comfortable and sweet sounding acoustic I've played since that '36 green Gibson I played back in 1967, my 1st year as a guitar player. The resonance and tone of each string is even and beautiful. And when I hook it up to my DigiTech RP50 it sounds downright ethereal. This guitar really responds to different strings too. With flat wound I can be Wes Montgomery and with heavy gauge bronze I can do Doc Watson. This Fender compares very favorably to the Martin D15 mahogany electric. Wow Fender, for $$$bucks you guys did a miracle here.


I play Fender guitars exclusively

By Billy Kaye and Kanyon

from Yucca Valley,California

I have owned and played Fender products all my playing career,which spans several decades.This guitar is wonderful.I did however,shave the bridge down a bit to suit me.The price was hard to pass up,and I am delighted to own this guitar.


Great guitar, great deal

By SurfRock

from Ocean City, MD

This guitar is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!! It has a full rich sound and feels like one worth 3 times as much. It sounds great plugged in as well. The only problem I had was that it has no built in tuner, most guitars around this price come with a built in tuner, but it's no big deal. The Checkerboard rosette and the Strat-style headstock are very distinctive.



By DanTheMan-SoyG5

from Hamburg, NY

This guitar played great right out of the box. I put elixir 10's on it and it just purrs. The action is amazing on this guitar, and makes for awesome playability. It's not the loudest unplugged, but I've definitely played softer. I love this guitar.


Exactly what i was looking for

By dd

from Dallas

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I was looking for an acoustic/electric guitar mainly just to practice on, but also good enough to perform with if needed and this was exactly what i was looking for. I gave it an 8 for features because it doesn't have a built-in tuner like most do, but i didn't really need one anyway. It's not the greatest acoustic for the price because it lacks bottom-end unplugged, but i personally think it was worth every dime. It stays in tune very well and sounds beautiful. If your looking for a unique looking guitar that sounds nice for a low price, then this just might be the right one for you-it was for me atleast.



By Ryder-5kRn_

from Cazenovia, NY

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I got this guitar and shipped it back the day after because it wasn't the right guitar for me. The problem I had with it was the lack of bottom end. It has a nice sound, but there are better guitars out there for around the same price in my opinion. It's built well, it looks really nice, and it's easy to play... there just wasn't enough bottom end for my playing style.


Excellent value!

By Chawli

from Richmond, KY

Recently purchased this guitar with a friend/bandmate and it was a pleasant surprise! Action was almost perfect right out of the box and after rotating the saddle and putting some elixir 10's on her, she purred like a dream. We were playing with a Washburn D10CEQ and the Fender is by far superior in tone. Definitely worth the money to go acoustic/electric. As with most Fenders, she'll sound her best through one of Fender's amplifiers (Usually go through a Fender Deville '65). Highs are crisp and the lows have a nice resonance without the "thud" that most ac/elec experience. The only improvement I would make would be inclusion of some sort of a case, whether soft or hard shell. Great vintage appeal - there aren't a lot of pics available for different angles of the guitar, so you don't get to appreciate the vintage tuning machines unless you actually have one in hand. Would be a great addition to anyone's family!

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