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Fender Kingman Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar

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From deep within the cavernous and labyrinthine Research and Development Department down at Fender headquarters, they come up with this totally new take on the acoustic bass guitar”designed for the di... Click To Read More About This Product

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From deep within the cavernous and labyrinthine Research and Development Department down at Fender headquarters, they come up with this totally new take on the acoustic bass guitar”designed for the discerning bassist, yet friendly to guitarists, too. From its Jazz Bass guitar headstock, neck shape, strap button, and machine heads, it feels like home to the electric bassist, but it embodies all the deep and rich tones acoustic players look for. With a solid spruce top, traditional bridge, gold pickguard, and lusciously bound fingerboard with eye-catching block position inlays, this bass is destined to make groundbreaking music!

The Onboard Fishman Aero Active Preamp transfers the natural acoustic bass tone of the Kingman and features the Fishman Sonicore pickup; integrated electronic tuner with LED display; and On/Off switch, volume, bass, mid, treble, phase switch, and low battery indicator light. Operates on a standard 9-volt battery.


Model Name: Kingman Bass SCE
Model Number: 096-8200-(021)
Series: California Series
Body Style: Single Cutaway Bass Dreadnought Body
Finish: Gloss, (Polyurethane)
Top: Solid Spruce
Bracing: Special Acoustic Bass "X" Bracing Design
Back and Sides: Laminated Mahogany
Neck: Maple, Jazz Bass C-Shape with Fender Jazz Bass Headstock
Fingerboard: Rosewood with Aged Binding
Fingerboard Inlays: Block Position
No. of Frets: 20
Body Binding: Multi-ply
Rosette: Checkerboard
Pickguard: Vintage Inspired Gold
Bridge: Traditional Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
Machine Heads: Standard Open Gear Tuners
Electronics: Fishman Aero Active On-Board Preamp
Scale Length 34" (863.6 mm)
Body Depth: 3-3/16" (Front) to 3-7/8" (Rear)
Width at Nut: 1.5" (38 mm)
Width at Heel: 2-1/8" (54mm)
Other: Factory Mounted Forward Strap Button with Internal Block Reinforcement
Strings: D'Addario EXP PBB170 .045 - .100
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(40 of 41 customers found this review helpful)


Nice Bass!

By Wally Hartzell

from Vancouver, Wa.

Very nice bass, solid, well made with a beautifully bound fretboard. A tiny bit neck heavy, but loud enough to play with an acoustic guitar unplugged.Definitely worth the money. Buy this bass today, you won't be disappointed.

(37 of 48 customers found this review helpful)


Worth every penny!!!

By Duct Tape Bassman

from Lac Charles, LA

I got this bass for Christmas this year (2009) brand new. At first glance it doesn't look like it would be descent (unless you know that it's a reissue of an awesome '60s guitar.) I've been playing for a while and realized I needed an acoustic for more realxed occasions. I looked around for a while and I found an Ibanezwith a built in tuner and thought that was pretty convinent, also it was black and I like black or dark looking guitars because my main style is metal. So I waited a while and looked at reviews online and saw that it was too quiet, it didn't resonate good enough to be loud enough over guitars. I looked around some more and found this bad boy, again (I had seen it earlier but didn't think it was worth it, but after I had looked at it for the 3rd time I loved it!) I have always been a fan of Fender and knew this instrument was built well and went ahead and got it. I wasn't suprised at the versatility of it and loved how different you can make it sound! This is worth every penny!!!

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Great plugged in, too.

By Tim

from Decatur, GA

Finally got a chance to plug it in on stage last night. 4x10 and 1x18 cabs. Wow! Solid, authoritative bass with unmistakable acoustic sound quality. Feedback was easily managed with on board controls. Good funk through an envelope follower, nice shimmer with a chorus pedal. Quality comparable (if not superior to) my American J-Bass. A keeper, for sure.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Take anywhere

By Andy Uphoff

from Costa Mesa, california

This bass is great for practice because it can be taken anywhere to just pick up and play. How many rimes have you had only a few minutes and wanted to grab your axe, but don't have the time to hook up and turn on the amp? Or, what if your inspiration comes at five in the morning. The answer is an acoustic that plays and sound like your electric and this one does. The action on the frets are just a little harder than a good electric, but I use it to keep my "chops" up. Good sound acoustically and ok electricly. Once you get use to the heaviness of the neck it plays easy. It feels a lot like my j-bass for the left hand. I have tried other types of acoustics and especially for the price I think you will like the Kingman Acoustic

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Wires and Buzz

By Michael S

from West Seneca, N.Y.

Other than the internal wires laying on the inside of the body causing most of the buzzing/rattling problem, there is the problem with the battery holder that adds buzz as well. Fixing is not a problem though. Next, on the hinge of the battery box try using some rubber washers to give it a tighter fit. Now, playability ... after lowering the action and changing the strings To Tomastik Bronze Wound Nylon Acoustic Strings, this puppy plays awesome. AND! One can achieve that great "Paul McCartney" sound amplified or not! I find myself playing this bass more often than my others (and my drumset). Word to anyone thinking of purchasing ... get the bass case that is made for it. I did and it fits perfectly!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very Nice For The Price

By John Holmes

from Minneola, Florida

I bought this bass a few weeks ago and am very happy with it, both in acoustic mode and plugged in. It is not very loud in acoustic mode, which makes it perfect for me to use for practice when I don't want to make a bunch of noise. Many reviews you will find online say that there is not a hardshell case that fits this instrument. This is not correct - the Guardian Vintage Hardshell Acoustic Bass case fits this instrument, although just barely. I wrap my leather strap so that it pads the lower/rear bout and pushes the instrument a little bit sideways in the case. This keeps the tuners from pressing into the side of the head compartment of the case. The case is long enough by about 1MM, but it works. The Guardian vintage series of cases is very nice and well made. Recommend this bass to anyone looking for good quality on a budget.


You Just Can't Beat It!

By Logan Guidry

from Lake Charles, Louisiana

The Fender Kingman Bass Guitar. Wow! If you know anything about Fender, (as every bass player should) then you know that it was the first in the bass guitar market. So, as you can assume, they know how to please a bass player; and they sure did with this one! This instrument is something that every bass player should have! It's perfect for playing anywhere! With its Jazz Bass neck, it feels like you're playing an electric! With its (very) large body, you can feel everything you're playing! This intrument can be played with any style of music: country, folk, metal, rock, jazz, funk, and anything in-between! It's got the volume as well; whether you're playing with a pick, fingerstyle, or even slap! It's perfect for playing acoustic sets with other guitars instead of having to bring an amp out wherever you're playing. It grinds my gears to see bass players with electrics at "Unplugged" sessions. About the features: The built-in tuner is such a blessing! As well as the preamp. It sounds great plugged in, although I rarely do so because it sounds so great unplugged. The Jazz neck, as I said earlier, is amazing! It's slim and very comfortable. But, being that it's a maple neck on a hollow mahogany and spruce body, it's very neck-heavy. But that's no big deal with a good strap. My strap is tied to the headstock like the old classical guitars and that balances it even further. The mahogany back and sides give you the soft, warm bass tones and the one-piece spruce top gives you the clean highs and bright treble tones to balance it out. From single notes to harmonics to chords, they all come out clean and loud enough to be heard when playing with other instruments. Lack of volume was the main problem with some of the other acoustic basses that I've read reviews about. Also, there isn't a legitimate case for this bass. I have a gig bag for mine and that's good for going from place to place. But if you're flying it somewhere, you'll have to ship it or have a case made. But don't let that deter you from getting this wonderful instrument! I've had my bass for a little over two years and there is absolutely nothing negative about it. It's been beaten up, modded, and played on heavily and it still amazes me just as it did the day I got it! You're getting Fender quality and that's all anyone should ever need!

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