With a solid cedar top and rosewood back and sides, this exquisite acoustic-electric guitar sounds punchy, smooth and nothing short of extraordinary. The Fender California Kingman has scalloped "X" br... Click To Read More About This Product
With a solid cedar top and rosewood back and sides, this exquisite acoustic-electric guitar sounds punchy, smooth and nothing short of extraordinary. The Fender California Kingman has scalloped "X" bracing, all-solid rosewood bridge plate, gold hardware, and a Fishman Aero pickup system with built-in tuner.
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Pros: looks cool looking and Nice Case. Cons: Not warm sounding, Inside wires rattle, Tuner box rattles, I do NOT recommend to buy, Tone sounds bad, I returned guitar, Not very good for price. Very poor quality workmanship. It also had defect white spots in the clear coat finish, which looked very spotty. This guitar has a solid cedar top (used mostly for classical guitars), which is a softer wood then spruce. So beware, cedar can dig easily. Spruce is better and harder wood. It also has laminated (plywood) rosewood back and sides. All-in-All, it should have a nice "warm" tone. Nope, when played (light strings) it gives a tiny metal sound. I also noticed a lot of rattling sounds, and the action (string height) had a lot of buzzing. I have worked on guitars for 20 years, and I know how to set one up. So, I attempted to adjusted the neck to no avail ... buzz, buzz, buzz. I even tried 3 different brand of strings and different gages, and the tone was not any better ... still buzzed and rattled. So, don't let the cool looks of this guitar fool you. Put your money into something better. Also, I do not recommend any acoustic guitar with an on-board eclectic panel box. Why would you want a square hole cut into side of your guitar?
I am extremely satisfied with my new Kingman 10. I enjoy playing almost every night and on a really good day I get to play twice. The California vibe is cool too.
I read the other review from the person saying this was a lousy guitar. Sounds like he just got a lemon. I bought a Fender Kingman last year and I am amazed at the quality and the tone. I too experienced the buzz that the other reviewer referred to when I first got the guitar, but I quickly realized that the buzzing was due to me and sloppy finger placement. This guitar is NOT forgiving in any way, but once you respect that and clean up your finger placement (which does make you a better guitarist), this baby sings! When I first got the guitar I thought it did not push out enough sound, but after a short time that changed dramatically. I don't know why, but it did. I had planned to buy a Martin because of the sound, but went with this guitar because I really liked the look and it produced the tones I was looking for. After getting used to this guitar I went back and played the Martin I had been considering and could not get the great tones I am now able to produce on this Fender Kingman. I really enjoy this guitar.
This guitar may look cool, but don't let the appearance fool you. It has a solid cedar wood top (soft wood that dings easily), and veneered (plywood) rosewood back and sides. The tuner box rattles, the wires inside rattle, and for a cedar/rosewood guitar, it should have a rich warm tone. However, it has a cheap matallic sound (no tone at all), and the strings buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz. I tried adjusting the action, but that did not seem to help much. It is just a cheap sounding guitar. You know, like a toy kids guitar. By the way, I know on-board tuners seem to be real cool, but why why would you want a square "hole" cut into your guitar anyway? I do NOT recommend this guitar, and suggest you buy something better. Also look over the finish - many factory blemishes too. Yes, I bought this guitar, but the next day I returned it.