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Brand/Model: Fender T-Bucket 300CE
Number of Strings: 6
Hand Orientation: Right
Body Material: Maple top
Neck Material: Mahogany
Fretboard Material: Rosewood
Price Range: Under $300
Our Rating: 9/10
Fender T-Bucket 300CE Cutaway Guitar Review
Trust Fender to provide variety when you’re strumming the acoustic electric market. To add to the established collection is the new Fender T-Bucket 300CE that’s sexy in all respects.
If you’ve fallen for the aesthetic appeal alone, then you’d be surprised to find that it’s a laminated-wood constructed guitar. Don’t get skeptical just yet, because it still features the best laminate there is. It has a mahogany back and sides, a gorgeous quilted maple top, and a mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard. The combinations of these tonewoods together can competitively vie with a solid top guitar in this price range.
While decent hardware is often neglected when it comes to cheap guitars, Fender has an eye for detail. They give the rosewood bridge a nice touch with the Graphtech Nubone compensated saddle and nut. Pair this with the solid tuning machines and you’ve got detail where you need great tone the most!
The Fender guitar comes with a 3 band EQ thanks to the Fishman’s Isys III system. While it’s not the best pickup system that Fender offers, it’s going to say a lot for this guitar – loud and clear. Expect a volume control and a built-in chromatic tuner – nice!
When it comes to sound and a dreadnought body, you’ve got nothing but full and wholesome wrapped in an earful of trebles, basses, and some dense mids. Is it playable out of the box? It wouldn’t be a Fender if it wasn’t!
- Quality laminate
- Fishman’s Isys III system
- Graphtech Nubone nut
- Compensated saddle
- Blemish control issues
When it comes to sound, tones, and pickups, there’s not a single complaint about the T-Bucket. There’s definitely more to rave about in the Fender bucket than there is to rant.
However, very few buyers received a guitar with blemishes in the laminate. With the minor reports on this issue, it seems it may have been a factory second that missed control inspections. But, the majority of buyers are very happy with their stunning instrument.
To add to the happy bucket, players and buyers of the Fender are beyond impressed with the smooth playability the guitar offers. No set-up is required out the box lending a hand to the beginner player who needs all the help they can get!
Alternatives to Consider
If you’re still trying to convince yourself to get on the laminate band wagon, but you’re having a difficult time, then pay attention. The Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat Acoustic-Electric Guitar has a solid mahogany top with laminate back and sides. With this construction upgrade, you’ll pay a tad more. It’s reinforced with scalloped X bracing, and it looks fierce with hellcat inlays positioned along the frets – meow! We also found it the cats-meow when it came to review time, so keep your lids peeled for the entire analysis.
If you’re braving the brand waters, the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Guitar is also under 300 dollars, you can see the full list of great guitars less than $300 here. Keeping the laminate for the back and sides, this guitar features a solid spruce top that allows it to have the smooth sunburst finish. Epiphone kicked things up a notch with their new Shadow system. It has a Shadow performer preamap and Shadow Nano Flex pickup system. If this sounds too awesome to pass up, hum on over to the full review we did on the sweet thang.
Fender T-Bucket 300CE Q&A
Hardware/Electronics You’ll Need:
This is a guitar-only purchase. From the get-go, it’s going to cost more than $300 to acquire everything else you’ll need to get amplified and extra necessities under way. Consider our “Must-Have Necessities Guide” to help you get strumming louder than a drop in a bucket.
- Excellent playability
- Ready out of the box
To strum it up, the Fender T-Bucket 300CE Acoustic Electric Guitar is a catch for a beginner. It’ll hold up to an intermediate player too. For the price, it’s one of these rare buys that’s actually worth adding to your cart!