Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar  

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The Fender Kingman SCE is decked out for even more sun-and-fun acoustic action, with upgraded appointments including a solid mahogany back, new pickguard shape, all-chrome tuners and vintage-style ros... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Kingman SCE is decked out for even more sun-and-fun acoustic action, with upgraded appointments including a solid mahogany back, new pickguard shape, all-chrome tuners and vintage-style rosewood Fender "Viking" bridge with compensated bone saddle. It's perfect for those who dig vintage styling and seek to ride the wave of Fender's classic Southern California history and vibe.

Other premium features include a "tight" dreadnought cutaway body shape, resonant solid spruce top with scalloped X bracing, mahogany sides, stylish checkerboard rosette, body and neck binding, vintage C-shaped maple neck with dual-action truss rod and Stratocaster headstock shape, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with bone nut and white pearloid block inlays, forward strap button with internal block reinforcement, gloss neck and body finish, and Fishman Presys pickup system with active onboard preamp and tuner.

Features
  • Classic Fender style and design
  • Quality construction with solid Spruce top
Specifications
  • Series: California
    Body Style: Dreadnought
    Scale Length: 25.3" (64.3 cm)
    Top: Solid Spruce Top
    Back and Sides: Solid Mahogany Back, Laminated Mahogany Sides
    Body Finish: Gloss
    Body Width: 3.75" (Front) to 4.75" (Rear)
    Bracing: Scalloped X Bracing
    Neck: Maple
    Neck Finish: Gloss
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Nut: 1.625" (41.3 mm), Bone
    Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Bone Saddle
    Hardware: Chrome
    Number of Frets: 20
    Strings: Fender Dura-Tone Coated 80/20 Bronze (.012-.052 Gauge)
    Electronics: Fishman Presys Pickup System with Active On-Board Pre-Amp
    and Tuner
    Unique Features: Fender Stratocaster Headstock Shape, Fender Tight
    Dreadnought Body Shape, Dual Action Truss Rod, "Viking" Fender
    Bridge, Factory Mounted Forward Strap Button with Internal Block
    Reinforcement, Bound Fingerboard, White Pearloid Block Inlays,
    Checkerboard Rosette, Soft "C" Shaped Neck, Multiple Body
    Bindings, Bone Nut and Saddle
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FenderKingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Country Yours

from Frankfort Ky

Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

Beautiful / Excellent after Nut and Saddel were
Lowered About 50 Percent,Beautifull Sound , Mello
With that said ( Come on Fender ) Put a little more thought in it. It is Expensive Enough with out having to have it Set Up If it was Yours
You would want it to Play Right, Right out of the
Box.

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  • No

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar..40 years, also a tech

By Picker

from Greenville, SC

Pros

  • Beautiful finish
  • Good Onboard Eq Fishman
  • Nice Fret Work
  • Nice tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • For Playinglol
    • Fun Or Stage
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    this is great fun to play & beautiful. strat style C shape neck,bound fretboard with small frets, real bone nut and saddle, small vintage tuners that stay in tune good, block inlays, all detailed very well, gorgeous sunburst & finish, nice Fishman. Most every guitar I've ever bought I have had to tweak the set up, this was no exception, so no big deal..both the nut and saddle needed lowering. It was really high. As a tech I know how many guitars get passed on due to high action when they probably were a killer guitar. With that said if they spent a little time setting up this would be all 5 star reviews. I must say that this sounds better than my 414ce Taylor and as good and better than most my Takamine's. I think you should definitely consider this guitar!! Oh and what a miracle I called fender and they now have super good customer relations. Love me some MF as most all my purchases have come sight unseen and rarely ever have had an issue...peace

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    • No

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar

    By Dakota La Course

    from Illinois

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    i recently got mine and so far it is a great guitar it has a great and beautiful sound. The only problem is that the fishman tuner does not give the right note on the strings such as on the first and sixth string, it labeled as f not e, and the second string as c not b when in standard tuning and i compare to other tuners to make sure. Other than that, its a great guitar.

    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Kingman

    By Bruce

    from Morehead, KY

    Pros

    • Beautiful Sunburst
    • Nice electronics
    • Well built

    Cons

    • A little expensive
    • Laminate

    Best Uses

    • Backup guitar
    • Recording
    • Songwriting

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    It's a pretty solid piece. Well built and the color of the sunburst is probably the best i've seen. Action is a bit high.

    My girlfriend and I have a matching set, she plays the Malibu SCE and I play the Kingman SCE (cheesy, right? lol)

    Overall, it's a nice guitar but if you are budget minded, you can certainly make your money go a lot farther. With this one, you are buying the flash and nice electronics. If those things don't matter, you should probably move on.

    It is a lot of money for a laminate back/side guitar when other companies like Recording King and Blueridge are putting out all-solids in the same price range. (And btw, an all-solid Martin Custom D is just a couple hundred more and worth the difference in the long run)

    That said, if you want something for show and flash that plays fairly well through an amp, the Kingman is a good piece.

    *It is difficult to find a good case for this guitar. It is close to dread size, but just a hair smaller so it tends to slip and slide in most cases. Be ready to add a little extra padding.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice BUT....

    By Billfo

    from Lampe, Mo

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    Very nice guitar for the money- but right from the factory- it has a terrible set up with huge bronze strings. After adjusting the truss rod adding lighter strings, and shaving down the bridge nut by 50% the guitar now plays like butter. I can not believe how bad it was out of the box & how nice it is after some minor work. Probably my BEST playing & sounding elec/acoustic EVER and I have had a few !!!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great guitar after set-up

    By RICHARD WESSEL

    from Blue Springs, Mo.

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    I ordered the guitar and got it the next day. Out of the box it was nice but the action was pretty high. I took it up to guitar center and they did a set-up that day. After the action was lowered I really couldn't be happier with the guitar. It sounds great and plays well. I think it's an awesome guitar for the money, even the Fender strings it came with are real nice.

    (21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Outstanding Sound & Playability

    By Teleman-yZzmY

    from Northwest Missouri

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    I'm so glad I bought this guitar. It's well built, sounds fantastic, has low action, and is anything I could have asked for in a guitar that won't shred my wallet. It rivals my Guild that I've been playing for five years, and will soon take its place . . . .
    The Fisman pickups are superb, earthy and/or sparkling as you like. I play through a Fishman LoudBox Mini, and I'm astounded by the tones I can get from this guitar. Solid Spruce top, solid Maghogany back, and laminated Mahogany sides make this guitar fill my house with beautiful acoustic sound with no help from the amp. The C shaped electric neck is an absolutely killer addition, too!
    Well built, solid spruce top and back and slick neck make this a no brainer for electric players and anyone else wanting a great, easy to play, and terrific sounding acoustic/electric.
    I hope I have stated why I consider a great value to anyone considering the Kingman SCE. . . .

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    FENDER KINGMAN...a cool acoustic guitar!

    By Robert Zawalnicki

    from San Diego, California

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    If this guitar was made of solid wood, it would have probably made a 10, but there is a compromise when you go to a laminated sound. However, it's good enough to gig with and I would have no problem taking it onstage. The electronics are good, but not great. I get a useable sound by adjusting the tone and volume without any pedals. Yes...this guitar is worthy, but I recommend playing it first if you can. The neck is wider than I'm use to and I find myself having to adjust to the difference. Sometimes I find a finger is deadening a string because I'm not use to the neck. It has a balanced tone and is fun to play!
    This guitar is worthy if you want a cheap, inexpensive guitar to gig with. First, the sound unplugged is good, but not great. I have a Great Divide acoustic that is half the cost, but beats the tone of the Fender. It's not bad though and can be used unplugged too. Second, the sound plugged in which is really the design of this guitar. It took me a while, but I was able to get a solid, useable sound by adjusting the tone and volume controls. It sounds like a lot of electric/acoustics on hit songs. Third, the appearance is good, but I was slightly disappointed because of the color. I would have preferred a cherry sunburst, but the tabacco sunburst is good too. The Fender headstock is KILLER and one of the best features of this guitar. However, I keep running into the part where the headstock starts and the neck ends. I've gotten use to this, so it's not as big as a problem as when I first got it. Another killer feature is the inlays on the fretboard.
    Remember, this is a laminated side and back guitar. However, Fender did it right by using a single piece of wood on the back, where my Great Divide is two pieces. It seems like it's well made and I have no complaints at this time.
    This is the BEST feature for this guitar. It is as good if not better than other brands costing twice as much.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    GREAT SOUNDING GUITAR!

    By Whatevadude2011

    from SOCAL

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    I LOVE THIS FENDER KINGMAN GUITAR! After checking out the reviews here ,I decided that since most were very favorable , I would grab one. I bought the natural finish with gold pick guard , but the sunburst looked killer too. Once the guitar arrived I was itching to try it out. Out of the box the action was a slightly higher than I would like but fretted easily enough as is. A little patience and the provided truss rod wrench got it down to a nice , no buzz comfortably low action that felt really nice. Once the action was adjusted I just could not put this beauty down! Alternate tunings , barre chords , octaves , double stops , arppeggios and fast single note runs all sounded true,crisp and lively with a sweet woody tone. The onboard tuner really helped getting the guitar in tune off and on the stage. It also came in handy when using alternated tunings also. I had zero problems using a capo in any position as intonation was spot on all over the neck. I played mainly thru the house pa system and got a really nice tone each and everytime. My other guitar is a Taylor 214ce , which I love , but there are times when I need a lower cost guitar to take to some venues where security is an issue. The FENDER Kingman is just great for the job. Now I find myself playing this guitar much more than my Taylor at gigs. The tone , playability and build quality are more than enough to play professionaly. I bought the Fender gig bag with this as well but later found an after market hard shell case to protect my investment at gigs. I will buy another Fender Kingman as soon as my budget permits so I can keep my Taylor safe at home. When I gig, I will be proud to be seen on any stage with my sweet sounding and cool Fender Kingman acoustic!

    (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nothing royal about this insturment.

    By whocares789

    from Kingsport

    Comments about Fender Kingman SCE Acoustic Electric Guitar:

    I have had my Fender Kingman for about a year and a half now. At the time, I really needed something that was acoustic and cheap, and I basically bought this guitar on impulse. I really did not know what I was getting myself into, to be honest.Here are the problems with the guitar:The action is way too high. I have had it adjusted to Taylor specs, and still the guitar will not allow for such an adjustment to work properly. The strings buzz like crazy, and I have changed them several times. Referring to the action problem, Barre chords and jazz chords are impossible to form with a crisp sound. When picking appregio, or kind of single note progressions, the tone of the guitar is dead. The guitar has NO tone, it really sounds just like a guitar, and nothing is special about it. Some Postitives:The guitar sounds excellent when playing your standard major and minor chords. The Kingman also performs well with a capo, at almost any position. The tone becomes almost tolerable when a capo is involved or the guitar is tuned down a little bit.If you're an accomplished musician, do not buy this guitar. If you're a beginner, or are buying for a, "starter," guitar, this guitar is a good choice. I realize that Martin and Gibson are expensive, but save up and buy from the big boys, because they make quality insturments, this guitar is anything but. I love Fender electric guitars and would not buy anything else, but acoustically, just stay away. Just Stay Away..

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