The Fender Malibu CE folk-style cutaway acoustic guitar offers great Fender acoustic tone and unbeatable value, and has now been upgraded with new features including a three-ply gold pickguard and a v... Read More
The Fender Malibu CE folk-style cutaway acoustic guitar offers great Fender acoustic tone and unbeatable value, and has now been upgraded with new features including a three-ply gold pickguard and a vintage-inspired rosewood Fender “Viking” bridge with compensated saddle.
Other great features include a spruce top with scalloped X bracing, mahogany back and sides, vintage C-shaped maple neck with dual-action truss rod and Stratocaster headstock shape, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, body binding and elegant checkerboard rosette, vintage-style tuners with plastic buttons, chrome hardware, forward strap button with internal block reinforcement, gloss neck and body finish, and Fishman Isys III pickup system with active onboard preamp and tuner.
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This is a 2 part review: Part 1: I was looking for a new guitar for my Granddaughter, who has been playing guitar now for about 3 years. She is getting pretty good but it was time to replace her old, starter guitar, which I promised her that I would, and did so with the Fender Malibu CE. I used to play the guitar in a band, waaaayyyy back in the 1960's, so am somewhat familiar with the guitar brands and what looks and and feels good, so of course I was immediately attracted to the Fender Malibu CE with the Stratocaster head and neck. Out of the box this guitar looks great, feels and plays well. For a young woman, the size fits her perfectly and she just loves the feel of the neck and that way her fingers glide over the strings. There are and were many guitars to choose from out there, but for the money, I believe this guitar to be a wonderful, well built musical instrument, and the one to help her continue to get better and keep her interested in music with the guitar. It was great to hear my Granddaughter and my Daughter both tell me that it sounds so much better then her first guitar, and that she is very happy with the gift. This is a gift that she will enjoy for many, many years. Part 2: At the time that I ordered this guitar from The Guitar Center, it was a great experience. A young woman named Leyla took my order, was pleasant and precise, very knowledgeable and made the purchase very easy. Also, her follow up skills were the best. Over the next couple of days, although I had the tracking number, UPS was not entering the information into the computer, so I had to recall The Guitar Center for assistance in keeping me appraised of my order shipment. The Customer Service gentleman I spoke with was a man named Randy. Randy was the absolute best sales man, customer service person I have ever had the opportunity to speak with on the phone. He knew that I needed to have the guitar by a certain day, and he was truly concerned for my satisfaction as a customer. He tracked my order for me, and went out of the way to ensure that I received my purchase in time for my Granddaughter's birthday party. I cannot express to anyone, just what a customer service critic I can be, so a good report card from me, means that they are good. Kudos to The Guitar Center in San Bernardino, Calif., if Leyla and Randy are indicative of the entire company and kinds of people you employ throughout your company, then you have nailed it. Just when I could have said that customer service and knowledgeable, caring employees are dead in this country, your people came through with straight A+'s. Outstanding experience for me, and I thank you very much.
first im gonna start with playability: seriously this is the most comfortable acoustic i have ever played, bar none the most. neck fits my hand perfect, the body is absolutly the perfect size. this is literally the reason i bought it in this area im giving it 11 stars. sound im gonna split into two areas, first is without an amp just strait acoustic. it sounds like a tin can, i mean seriously it just sounds terrible. it sounds dead, it produces very little volume, sounds very similar to a little acoustic you would get your nephew so he'll get a real job instead of trying to become a musician. still decent to take to the beach or play alone but as soon as you try to put it next to anything else you will really hear it second is through an amp. total 180, hearing it strait acoustic your jaw will drop. seriously, this thing sounds great better than any martin or gibson you will find, absolute perfection as soon as you get it loud enough to drown out the acoustic sound (which isnt hard) for sound im giving it 1/5 stars depending on whether its through an amp or not reliability: its great man, like pretty much every other fender it's built like a tank great build quality, holds tune like none other. i dont think i've had to tune it since an hour after i got it. which was a few weeks ago 5 stars on this looks: seriously its a gorgeous guitar the pictures dont do it justice at all, it has grain in all the right places and theres just something inspiring about that headstock. maybe its just me but when i see that headstock it takes me back to being a little kid picking up my first strat. 5 stars on this as well final overview: truly a great guitar, i would gig with this all day long, the only thing holding it back from a 5 star rating is the bare acoustic sound, though i think the electric sound added onto the playability and the looks greatly outweighs it. im very glad i bought it. 4 stars