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

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

Hot rod artist Vince Ray designed this acoustic in tribute to one of the great street rods. Pinstriping on the headstock, fretboard and rosette recalls the great custom-car era of the mid 20th century. Equipped with a Fishman preamp and pickup, the T-Bucket is ready to lay rubber on a bandstand near you!The single-cut Fender T-Bucket 300 CE dreadnought has a flashy laminated quilted maple top and laminated mahogany back and sides. Scalloped X braces, die-cast tuning machines, and a solid rosewood bridge with compensated saddle make it loud and smooth player.

FEATURES
  • Inlaid "f" and pinstriping motif by Vince Ray at 12th fret
  • Inlaid pinstriping motif on headstock and rosette
  • Dual action truss rod
  • Scalloped X-bracing
  • Side dot position inlays
  • Factory-mounted forward strap button with internal block reinforcement
  • Ivory body and neck binding
  • Urea nut and saddle
  • White with black dot bridge pins
SPECIFICATIONS

T-Bucket 300 CE Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Dreadnought Guitar

  • Instrument type: hot rod design
    Model name: T-Bucket 300 CE 3-color sunburst
    Series: hot rod design
    Body style: single-cutaway Fender style dreadnought
    Finish: gloss, (Polyurethane)
    Top: laminated quilted maple
    Bracing: scalloped X bracing
    Back and sides: laminated mahogany
    Neck: nato
    Fingerboard: rosewood
    No. of frets: 20
    Bridge: rosewood with compensated saddle
    Machine heads: chrome, (die-cast)
    Fishman electronics
    Scale length: 25.2"
    Width at nut: 1.69"
    Width at heel: 2.24"
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FenderT-Bucket 300 CE Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Dreadnought Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 42 reviews)

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88%

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar!

I have been performing on stages across Kentucky for over a year now and have played many guitars, but the Fender T-Bucket 300CE is my favorite. It has amazing tone, and playability is...Read complete review

I have been performing on stages across Kentucky for over a year now and have played many guitars, but the Fender T-Bucket 300CE is my favorite. It has amazing tone, and playability is excellent. Great guitar for anyone!!

As I mentioned in my "Cons" section, these guitars came with 2 different Pre-Amp options. The Fender named Pre-Amp setup doesn't produce any bass, it's mostly treble. Where as, the Fishman Pre-Amp models sound 1000x better. Fishman is the leading company in instrument amplification and they deserve it! So, if you find a 300CE with Fishman electronics, buy it!

I have added Grover Tuners, Brass Bridge Pins, Feedback Buster, and I run D'Addario EXP Medium strings. This guitar looks, and sounds amazing!

Also, people complain about the laminate top scratching easily... But I love it. It gives the guitar character that YOU want it to have. It gives me pride that I wore that guitar down, not the factory. MAKE IT YOUR OWN! GREAT GUITAR TO DO THIS WITH!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not too Shabby

if you are looking for an inexpensive acoustic electric that isn't hideously ugly ('cause I think these are kinda cool), plays really well, and sounds excellent (for the price), I highly...Read complete review

if you are looking for an inexpensive acoustic electric that isn't hideously ugly ('cause I think these are kinda cool), plays really well, and sounds excellent (for the price), I highly recommend the T-bucket. But I VERY HIGHLY recommend you go in person, sit down, and play through every one your your fender dealer has (hopefully they have several) and make sure you get the best one. You wanna find the ONE T-bucket that happened to get that guy at every stage in the factory. The good neck gluer, the good fret filer, the good bridge installer, the good top gluer, etc. that's how it is in the Global economy.
Anyway... there's my two cents... Good guitar... get the right one, and it's a REALLY good guitar for the money... Dig?
Look, this is a lower priced acoustic, so let's not go saying it's a Taylor clone or anything, Okay? But it does come with solid electronics and a comfortable, playable, bound neck (I like neck binding, it makes me feel like i've got all the room in the world..., illusory though it is).

I would downgrade to 3.5 for the laminate top, but I find the unplugged sound in mine to be nice and crisp, laminate or no. Not too shabby, Fender
Okay, I know this is a shabby rating, but hear me out... I spend about 90% of my time playing electric lead guitar. I'm a professional level musician. I need an acoustic, but it's like, not really my thing mostly, so I am having trouble dumping a lot on an acoustic. Well, I bought this one at my local music store, where they had three of them, all in different colors (mine is sunburst). I spent about 2 hours trying out acoustic-electrics in this price range before settling on this one. I could give two hoots about the color, really. I could care less. I played a couple deans, a pair of yamahas, a takamine, each of the ce300s, and a ce400, and within my budget, price was not an issue. Anyway, I started w/ the suburst, and it was bright and playable, and smooth... I was happily gettin' all jangly and funky and stuff in the store when I noticed the other two colors. So i tried 'em. While they were playable, the action on either one was not like the sunburst, and they were decidely duller - MUCH less jangly than the sunburst one I had. there was definitely something less in the build quality of the other two and, while not visible, it was audible. the other two weren't bad... they weren't. But my sunburst is phenomenal. It sounds up into the slightly higher price range of acoustic-electrics. Soo.. with such rangy, typically indonesian/chinese build quality, I have to give the guitar SERIES a 3. But mine is a solid 4.5. If you buy yours online, who knows? This thing, you HAVE to touch to buy. Trust me.
Solid value. This price for something I can plug in and play at a local gig, write songs and record with (home recording) is a solid buy. I would assume that even you got one that was not so perfect as mine, it would do all the above pretty well, since you're going to be amplifying, and the fishman will hide some of the imperfections... I really like this guitar. It is a solid value. MINE is a 5.5 in value...

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender player.

By G Gringo

from Tempe, AZ

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

I am going to be nice here. This is a guitar that you can take from good to really, really good. This is a perfect campfire guitar/beater. It fits the bill for an open mic and you can do rough recordings with this. I replaced this one after losing the first guitar. It also sounds nice if you are playing to impresss a gal (wink, wink!)

PS - One last thing to mention, this is too small to busk with which is why I ended up getting the Epiphones. This is a home/campfire guitar. This does not project too well to play on a busy street.
I have the T Bucket 300 without the cutaway so it is smaller and does not have the electronics on it. I picked mine up at a local store in PHX and I did have to return it to get some attention. The retailer ended up upgrading both the nut and saddle to bone and I have the Hot Rod Jellyfish bridge pins on mine. Mine is the orange finish and being a Vince Ray fan I did go to Poster Pop (they have all sorts of cool Vince Ray stuff!) and got the "True Nekromance" sticker for the body. Otherwise the quality is the same as the electric model, laminate top, rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
Like most guitars in this price range these guitars can be a good jumping off point but may require upgrades (see above). The nice thing about the laminate guitars is that they are not as sensitive to weather and temperature changes as solid wood guitars. I play hollow body electrics so the laminate did not throw me off. I did own a GDO (early 2000s yellow model) that was the same size as the T Bucket before so I knew they are decent guitars.

You do want to play the guitar because some of these need love right out of the box while others are good to go. Again, these can be made better by upgrading parts.
Great value, these guitars tend to mellow with age. They look great and with a little work you can get them to sound really, really good. Compare this guitar against cheap guitars such as Dean and you should feel really good. Compared to an Epiphone, that would be a personal choice. I have two Epi's that sound different (AJ 200 upgraded and a EJ 200 upgraded as well and I would put both up against Gibsons) and they have their pros and cons and all three guitar actually complement each other really well while sounding and playing differently.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for the money

By Toretto16

from Michigan

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

Originally bought this guitar for church because I needed a guitar with a good pick up this was definitely the right choice it sounds great looks great and the electronics are pretty cool however I have found that the tuner does not work very well so you would need to look to othe methods of tuning. Other than that there are no problems
Love the volume, bass, and treble knobs however the on board tuner does not work very well
No problems with it at all
Worth every penny

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best guitar ever

By Justin Lakes

from Texas

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

I got this guitar for christmas from my girlfriend and its the best guitar on earth. The 3-tone sunburst is beautiful and i usually hate sunburst. The action is perfect and this guitar is good for every style of music, it even sounds better distorted then some of my electrics. The tuner is very accurate. The only thing to watch for is the finish because it smudges easily. Overall this guitar is unbeatable.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wonderful Guitar, Definitely buy this!!!

By Alex Ager

from USA

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

Excellent guitar, aesthetically appealing, sounds amazing for any type of music.
The finish feels great, neck is the right size for my hands, fretboard/frets are smooth, almost perfect!! I don't know what else would make this guitar any more awesome!!
Wonderful Quality! Has held its tuning ever since i bought this guitar 6 months ago. If I change the tuning say to Drop D for example, it can have some trouble holding but it's not a burden. This guitar has changed my views on Fender brand guitars. If you're looking for a Fender, get this one!!
The price for this guitar is a shocker!! I would've expected something different for this price but hey, this guitar is worth more than its priced!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Quality For The Price

By imageguy01

from Upstate NY

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

Overall, this guitar is a good buy for your money.
This is a beautiful guitar. I purchased it as a Christmas present for my daughter. Great tone; good action and the electronics (which include a built-in tuner) sound great. I would highly recommend this to anyone who plays guitar, whether novice or pro. Hats off to Fender!

(6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not too Shabby

By tom hoy

from Sunny California

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

if you are looking for an inexpensive acoustic electric that isn't hideously ugly ('cause I think these are kinda cool), plays really well, and sounds excellent (for the price), I highly recommend the T-bucket. But I VERY HIGHLY recommend you go in person, sit down, and play through every one your your fender dealer has (hopefully they have several) and make sure you get the best one. You wanna find the ONE T-bucket that happened to get that guy at every stage in the factory. The good neck gluer, the good fret filer, the good bridge installer, the good top gluer, etc. that's how it is in the Global economy.
Anyway... there's my two cents... Good guitar... get the right one, and it's a REALLY good guitar for the money... Dig?
Look, this is a lower priced acoustic, so let's not go saying it's a Taylor clone or anything, Okay? But it does come with solid electronics and a comfortable, playable, bound neck (I like neck binding, it makes me feel like i've got all the room in the world..., illusory though it is).

I would downgrade to 3.5 for the laminate top, but I find the unplugged sound in mine to be nice and crisp, laminate or no. Not too shabby, Fender
Okay, I know this is a shabby rating, but hear me out... I spend about 90% of my time playing electric lead guitar. I'm a professional level musician. I need an acoustic, but it's like, not really my thing mostly, so I am having trouble dumping a lot on an acoustic. Well, I bought this one at my local music store, where they had three of them, all in different colors (mine is sunburst). I spent about 2 hours trying out acoustic-electrics in this price range before settling on this one. I could give two hoots about the color, really. I could care less. I played a couple deans, a pair of yamahas, a takamine, each of the ce300s, and a ce400, and within my budget, price was not an issue. Anyway, I started w/ the suburst, and it was bright and playable, and smooth... I was happily gettin' all jangly and funky and stuff in the store when I noticed the other two colors. So i tried 'em. While they were playable, the action on either one was not like the sunburst, and they were decidely duller - MUCH less jangly than the sunburst one I had. there was definitely something less in the build quality of the other two and, while not visible, it was audible. the other two weren't bad... they weren't. But my sunburst is phenomenal. It sounds up into the slightly higher price range of acoustic-electrics. Soo.. with such rangy, typically indonesian/chinese build quality, I have to give the guitar SERIES a 3. But mine is a solid 4.5. If you buy yours online, who knows? This thing, you HAVE to touch to buy. Trust me.
Solid value. This price for something I can plug in and play at a local gig, write songs and record with (home recording) is a solid buy. I would assume that even you got one that was not so perfect as mine, it would do all the above pretty well, since you're going to be amplifying, and the fishman will hide some of the imperfections... I really like this guitar. It is a solid value. MINE is a 5.5 in value...

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very Pleased!

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

Very good
I recieved my T-Bucket 1 day ago and so far Iam very pleased with it ! It has great tone and playability I am a very picky person when it comes to how a guitar plays si I was leery of how it would feel in my left hand ,as it was shattered and reconstucted 20 years ago, and I must say Fender has done a wonderful job on this guitar for the price! the tuner works great ! I would recomend this guitar to anyonethat loves comfort when they play!

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Faulty on-board tuner

By Zack-mpTB9

from Alabama

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

The on-board tuner on my T-Bucket went out! It flashed the green light steadily, which means that a new battery is required.... I replaced the battery with 5 differnet batterys and it still flashed green... So i sent it back... When i got the new one, SAME THING HAPPEND!

I have yet to contact Fender about this problem but will do so soon. I do not recommend this guitar to others if the tuner is so faulty...

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By YoungstownRhythm1

from Central City, KY

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • C Shaped Neck
  • Great tone
  • Plays Amazing

Cons

  • Action Needs Adjusting
  • Fender Electronics - No
  • Fishman Electronics- Yes

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Performers

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

I have been performing on stages across Kentucky for over a year now and have played many guitars, but the Fender T-Bucket 300CE is my favorite. It has amazing tone, and playability is excellent. Great guitar for anyone!!

As I mentioned in my "Cons" section, these guitars came with 2 different Pre-Amp options. The Fender named Pre-Amp setup doesn't produce any bass, it's mostly treble. Where as, the Fishman Pre-Amp models sound 1000x better. Fishman is the leading company in instrument amplification and they deserve it! So, if you find a 300CE with Fishman electronics, buy it!

I have added Grover Tuners, Brass Bridge Pins, Feedback Buster, and I run D'Addario EXP Medium strings. This guitar looks, and sounds amazing!

Also, people complain about the laminate top scratching easily... But I love it. It gives the guitar character that YOU want it to have. It gives me pride that I wore that guitar down, not the factory. MAKE IT YOUR OWN! GREAT GUITAR TO DO THIS WITH!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very good instrument

By Picker 1949

from Corinth, Miss.

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Pros

  • Good feeling neck
  • Good sound
  • Good workmanship
  • Ornate body

Cons

  • Needs minor adjustments

Best Uses

  • For extra volume

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

I mostly now prefer straight acoustic sound so I use a Mitchell MD300 acoustic. However, when extra volume is needed for large audiences, I use my Fender Amber T-Bucket. It sounds great even at high volume, meaning: It serves me very well. All mine needed was a few very minor adjustments & I'd stack it up with a very expensive guitar anytime.

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