Fender’s budget acoustic guitars are known for two things in general – laminate construction and decent performance. Fender T-Bucket 300CE spices things up a bit with a nice set of Fishman’s electronics, which definitely give it an edge in this price range. Due to its impressive performance, great design and overall build quality, we had to include this model among our favorite acoustic-electric guitars. If you’d like to more guitars that fit that description, check out our list.
Body And Neck
This rather inexpensive Fender features a classic dreadnought body with a cutaway. The tonewood Fender used for this occasion is a combination of quilted maple top along with mahogany back and sides. The neck is also a mahogany piece, featuring a standard rosewood fretboard on top. Like we’ve mentioned earlier, this is a laminate design, but one that was done correctly. Compared to some guitars in the same price range which feature a solid top, Fender T-Bucket 300CE sounds just as good if not better. In the end, it all comes down to the skill and knowledge of the designer team and the folks who are building the end product.
One thing for which Fender deserves all the praise is their attention to detail. Hardware is by far the most neglected aspect of affordable guitars, even though it’s among the most important ones. Fender solidified things by installing a decent quality rosewood bridge paired with Graphtech Nubone compensated saddle and nut. Add a set of pretty decent tuning machines to that mix and you have a winning combination.
Fishman’s Isys III system is not the most refined thing out there, but it is a true force multiplier on a guitar such as this one. You get a rather capable three-band EQ to work with, along with a built-in chromatic tuner and volume control. The level of accuracy with which this system renders 300CE’s acoustics is more than satisfactory. You canactually get a fairly good tone when this thing is plugged into an amp. In this price range, that’s a real value worth your time and money.
When you go shopping for an entry level acoustic guitar, you usually go in with low expectations. Fender T-Bucket 300CE is one of the few models in this price range which exceed these expectations by a lot. The tone this puppy offers is confusing at first. You get very tight response full of clarity, but the guitar is pretty playable right out of the box. It brings those trademark dreadnought mids, and packs a decent punch in trebles and lows. If we had to describe its performance in one word, it would be – wholesome.
Fender T-Bucket 300CE is a great guitar and one of the rare affordable acoustic electrics which are actually worth buying. With that said, there’s one trick that will boost the performance of this guitar even more. Take it to your local guitar shop for a proper setup, and it will sound like a completely different, better guitar. Guaranteed.