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Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar

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The deeply resounding Fender Kingman SCE acoustic-electric bass has been upgraded for discerning acoustic bassists. New features include a vintage-inspired three-ply gold pickguard, bone nut and vinta... Click To Read More About This Product

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The deeply resounding Fender Kingman SCE acoustic-electric bass has been upgraded for discerning acoustic bassists. New features include a vintage-inspired three-ply gold pickguard, bone nut and vintage-style rosewood Fender œViking bridge with compensated bone saddle-all in addition to the classic Fender Jazz Bass headstock, tuners, neck profile and strap buttons that make it such a distinctive instrument.
Other premium features include a cutaway body with solid spruce top, scalloped X bracing and mahogany back and sides for defined and resonant bass sound, stylish body binding and checkerboard rosette, maple neck, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with block position inlays and aged binding, forward strap button with internal block reinforcement, chrome hardware, gloss neck and body finish and Fishman Presys pickup system with active onboard preamp and tuner for loud and clear amplified sound.


Dreadnought body style
Solid spruce top
Laminated mahogany back and sides
Gloss finish on neck and body
Scalloped X bracing
Maple neck
20-Fret rosewood fingerboard
Block position inlays
Rosewood bridge with compensated bone saddle
Fishman Presys pickup system with active on-board pre-amp and tuner
Fender Jazz Bass headstock and neck profile
Vintage-inspired gold pickguard
"Viking" Fender Bridge with solid rosewood bridge plate
Factory mounted forward strap button with internal block reinforcement
Scale Length: 34" (86.36 cm)
Body Width: 3.75" (Front) to 4.75" (Rear)
Nut: 2.125" (54 mm)
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FenderKingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar

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(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Love This Axe...but there are some drawbacks

By Hoss Peterson

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

I had been looking for an acoustic bass for some time, and they all just kind of looked (and sounded) the same. Then I stumbled upon the Fender Kingman, and fell in love. The Fender headstock and Jazz Bass neck were absolutely killer, and it jumped out at me hanging on the wall. I picked it up and played it and absolutely adored the neck. Since my regular axe is a Jazz Bass anyway, it was like an old friend in my hands straight off the wall. I liked the acoustic sound, and then plugged it in and ADORED the amplified sound. I purchased it (actually ordered it online the next day from the store, since the new model with the upgraded nut and bridge had just come out) and waited for my new baby to arrive. Three days later, it did, and I took it home. Now for the "real" review... The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the box and put a strap on it was how INCREDIBLY NECK HEAVY this thing is! Holy buckets is this neck heavy! It absolutely nose dives to the floor if you aren't hanging on to it. I am currently having my tech re-position the upper strap button to the bottom of the neck to help counteract the weight issue. The next thing that caught my ear was the fact that, when plugged in, the E string was ten times louder than any other string. I fiddled with every setting on the on-board EQ and my amp, and couldn't fix this. After reading several on-line reviews and suggestions, I decided to remove the original bronze acoustic string on the E and replace it with a nickel-wound electric E string. That has helped IMMENSELY. I will probably change out the A as well, but will leave the bronze acoustic strings on the D and G, because I like the brightness of the higher strings in my playing. Oh...and the acoustic volume is fairly low when playing finger-style. Use a pick and it's a little better...but I almost always play it through my amp, so that's not much of a deal-breaker for me anyway. OVERALL: I still love this bass. Love the look, love the neck, love the sound. It does have it's drawbacks (as noted), but nothing that would make me want to sell it or give it away. If someone stole this axe I would replace it with another Kingman...I guess that is the true test. If you can handle the heavy neck, the somewhat subdued acoustic volume and the insanely loud amplified E string, then this is your axe. For the money I paid ($450) I seriously doubt I could find a better deal. A couple of minor tweaks, and this baby will have a home in my arsenal for years to come!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Kingman is King of acoustic basses!

By Ryne Jones

from Dallas, Ga

Comments about Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

This bass has a really great attack to it! Really smooth, in's the smoothest i've ever felt on a bass so far. Really easy for those hard technical bass riffs, really simple for those groovy funk riffs. This bass is definitely worth the money and is one of the highlights in my collection!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great acoustic bass

By Cal Anton

from Torrance, CA

Comments about Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

After my 4 string bass was stolen I wanted another one in acoustic. I tried every acoustic bass in the store and this model was the nicest playing of them all. Every day that I play it I love it even more. You can go all John Entwistle on this instrument or jazz it all over. The action and the sound are incredible.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Acoustic Bass

By tony holcomb

from Georgetown, SC

Comments about Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

I love this bass. Bought it at the Charleston store and got a deal. Service people were good to work with. By itself it sounds good but when plugged into an amp has some deep low frequency responses that will rattle your chest. Doesn't loose mids or highs either when scale runs. the neck makes it feel like an old friend since I have a Jazz and a Precision.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Wonderful stage ready acoustic bass

By Scott

from Providence, RI

Comments about Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

Its hard not to give the Kingman a five star, because it is pretty and looks fierce with the fender electric headstock. The body is delicately proportioned, making it a fairly comfortable lap guitar in comparison to some other bulky models at the lower end of the market. It is my preferred instrument with the Slow Boat Home. I've found the bass to have an appropriate sound for blues, country-jug, rag, folk, and funky soul. Its probably not suited to a metal band... unless they are doing in an unplugged thing; in which case, yeah look into it. The bass has a great transfer to amplified sound. If I can be critical of the Kingman it would be to say this; Its slightly top heavy, which can make standing with the instrument awkward in certain positions. The input jack serves as the back strap connector in a touch of elegance; However, the jack has been slightly temperamental. When played acoustically there can be some vibration sounds coming from the pickup housing box, on top of the guitar. This is something more noticeable to the player, rather than the crowd. That said it is fun to play acoustically because it has some tone character on its own. Chillin on a park bench playing some bass grooves (Unplugged). Plugging the instrument in really is what this acoustic bass is made for with the Fishman electronics pickup. Sounds great. Clear. No fret-buzzing along the neck. The Fishman sound is great. Amplifying this bass and getting the tone in the room is simple with the tuner and the three parameter EQ. I think this bass has a lot going for it. A fretless version would be interesting??? I think the image and tone of the bass is more suited to bassist who play upright. You can't help but play some straight honky tonk blues with the Kingman. There probably are more than a few acoustic basses that can equal or out due the Kingman in some way, shape, or form. I think it will hold up against anything in the market under $1,000 retail... Basically, I think this fender is a really good value.



By albert

from Bushnell, Fl.

Site Member

Comments about Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

I own several bass guitars ( Gibson Thunderbird, G&L L2000, MIA Fender P-Bass, MIJ Fender Sting P-Bass, Epiphone Pro Thunderbird along with a Tradition Bass) and my Fender Kingman acoustic comes in second only to my G&L. I can use it to play comfortably with any style of music and it sounds terrific. You can't go wrong purchasing this fantastic instrument. Go ahead, MAKE YOUR DAY!!!


This Baby is Sweet :)

By ray hewitt

from Lebanon, Or.

Comments about Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

Love this bass, and yes everyone's right "It's Top Heavy" , but who cares this thing Rocks!! And it's also a beauty :). I got a Great deal on mine used for 259$ couldn't pass that up. I wouldn't give it up for all the tea in china, Lol. With bronze strings or flats it's great. If something happened to it I'd buy another one for sure. If there's a good deal out there BUY IT.

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