The T-Bucket™ 300CE dreadnought cutaway acoustic is even more supercharged now, with upgraded features including a remarkable new holographic rosette inlay, new quilt ash top option, new 12th-fret “F” logo inlay design, and Graphtech® Nubone™ nut and compensated bridge saddle for enhanced tone.
The other great T-Bucket™ 300CE features you already know are still here, too. These include flame and quilt maple tops in several finishes with quartersawn scalloped “X” bracing, mahogany back and sides, body binding and headstock pinstriping, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, strap-pin and end-pin jacks, and Fishman® Isys III pickup/active preamp system with built-in chromatic tuner, on/off switch, three-band EQ and volume control.
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This is the second one of these I have owned. The first had a manufacturing/structural defect that was not economically feasible to have repaired. I had returned it to a boutique guitar shop and Fender dealer where I had originally purchased it about a year earlier. Their Fender certified technician notified Fender about the concerns of my guitar, and within 3 weeks they had sent me a brand new replacement. That dealer service, and the connection to Fender and their technician certification program that prompted this review. The guitar sounds good and is very playable. I would recommend it to be among your selections to review in this price range. Most importantly to me, Fender stood behind their structural warranty, and I recommend the Fender company, as well as the guitar.
kushog owns this item
My brother had one of these guitars, and he never really used it that much, so I borrowed it and taught myself to play on this guitar. I loved so much that the guitar is practically mine now! To start with, it's a beautiful, well-made guitar. It sounds great. People always complementing on how good it looks. I can play comfortably for hours. All in all, it's a great guitar and I would highly recommend it.
whw0008 owns this item
I just purchased this guitar for me and my wife. We are both beginners that were looking for a good mid-range (for us) guitar that we could play with or without an amp. Unplugged this guitar has a excellent, well-rounded tone. Plugged in Watch Out!! This guitar was meant to be plugged in. Fender made the right decision choosing Fishman electronics. Overall fit/finish of the guitar is remarkable to say the least. At a price of $299.99 at Sam Ash, here in Cincinnati, Ohio, it could (can not) be beat. "0" complaints on this wonderfully wellmade, beautiful guitar. I think I have a place lined up for a 400CE in the near future. :)
Spike89 owns this item
This a beautiful looking and sounding instrument.
Chose this guitar over a Martin.. No lie. It clearly sounded better.
The built in tuner was an added bonus. I've played for years
and have never purchased the name, I purchase for quality. This a quality
HammT owns this item
I just bought this guitar for my teenage daughter. It has beautiful tone and she absolutely loves it.
Motherkat owns this item
I have owned my TBucket for almost two years. Mine has the beautiful violin-colored quilted top. I am the sole worship leader for a small congregation, and because it is only me and my guitar, I have to create the whole musical sound to fill the room. To do this, I have totally cut the treble and mid volume levels, and have maxed out the bass level on the guitar's preamp. When I play the guitar in this way, it comes through the amp with a full, rich, mellow sound which covers the musical spectrum from the deep bass up to the treble sound without sounding trebly on the high end. If your eyes were closed and you only heard the guitar without seeing it, you would think you were listening to a $10,000+ vintage acoustic guitar. The TBucket is a beautiful instrument, and it produces an amazing sound for the price. I like the feel and playability of this guitar. Some people say that you can only get a good sound from an acoustic guitar if it is made of solid woods which have been allowed to age, and you will not get good sounds from laminate guitars. My TBucket proves them wrong. I get excellent sound from my TBucket. I highly recommend a TBucket to anyone. From beginner to professional musician, this is the way to go.
Redeagle owns this item
I was classically trained for piano but did not have adequate practice space. So, at age 13 I demanded my parents continue my musical genius by acquiring a guitar for my musical advancement and investigations. Following a deep love of and interest in folk and ethnocultural traditions, artistry, and music and over the course of about seven years, I taught myself to expert level guitar instrumentation and technique.
Using this wisdom and these skills, I then formed a small folk and traditional country music duo with a close friend. We enjoyed some success playing folk music "coffee house" like venues in such establishments as high fashion/gourmet restaurants, major hotel "listening salons" in such places as Sheratons, "A Class" Holiday Inns, Ramada "Business & Conference Circle" Hotels, a Hyatt Regency or two, and invited performances at "boutique" resorts at several USA National Park locations such as Arcadia National Park, the Cape Cod Seashore, the Key West, Florida, Tropical Oceanic Weather and Sea Life Preserve, and other places, too.
The folk duo eventually expanded to five pieces playing a provocative assortment of traditional, cover, and a few original selections. All these ensembles featured me as lead guitar and occasional lead singer for the traditions of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, the Weavers and Peter, Paul, & Mary, and James Taylor as well as the more rock 'n roll focused music of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and, of course, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Richie Havens & Buffy Ste. Marie.
With these performance ensembles my guitar artistry used musicality derived from such notable figures as Paul Stookey, James Taylor, Steven Stills & Neil Young, Lindsay Buckingham, George Harrison & Paul McCartney, Cliff Richards, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh as well as the traditionalists of Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe & the Country Playboys, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, the Carter Family with Mother Maybelline Carter, Glenn Campbell & Roy Clark, Les Paul [who I personally met & conversed long with in a tiny club on New York's Lower East Side], as well as a long, long list of others who should also be named here but are not; and please pardon me for that.
Also, I am an extremely well educated and trained and multiply published and cited mathematician, electronics expert, and computer scientist having held expert and administrative position both nationally and internationally at the United Nations and with such professional organizations and societies as the American Mathematical Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Graph Theory Notes of New York, and both the New York Academy of Sciences [30+ years since first joining] and a long time peer and currently nominated full member of the New York Academy of Medicine focusing on nuclear medicine, emergencies and disasters, epidemiology, and psychosocial rehab research, education, and treatment.
With all this wisdom, training, and experience, I think I can realistically say I know my way around a guitar -- any guitar or similar stringed instrument whether acoustic or electric. And I readily think and say that this Fender BLUE TBucket 300 CE guitar is a great guitar and instrument especially for the price. The tone may not be quite that found with instruments costing thousands of dollars, but for the price and for community and part time professional work and playing, it is just about perfect. I own several guitars and other stringed instruments. And I must say for the musical needs it serves, I don't think I could find a better guitar. The neck is not quite as playable as a performance electric model as well as it shouldn't be. High grade electrics are designed and created for the acrobatic dexterity and pyrotechnic stylings of on stage extreme, performance rock 'n roll and jazz fusion. For traditional rock, folk, country, and easy listening jazz, you couldn't do better for the price than the Fender TBucket 300 CE!!
FrancesYork Report owns this item
A very great guitar! My first acoustic and my second Fender. The first is a telecaster. Very good neck with a right action. Good instrument to play rock, folk and also jazz. I'm very satisfied and I'm looking for a brand new acoustasonic 15.
Pino54 owns this item
I've had my T-Bucket for several years now and still love it. The sunburst looks great, the inlay work is fantastic and it sounds better than a guitar in this price range should. Other than experimenting with strings the only other thing I've changed is to add Dunlap Strap-locks. I almost dropped it one night during a gig. I'm sort of lusting for the T-Bucket Bass now.
klbrackin owns this item
|Model Name:||T-Bucket™ 300CE, Rosewood Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst, Flame Maple|
|Series:||Hot Rod Design Acoustics|
|Body Material:||Laminated Flame Maple Top with Laminated Mahogany Back and Sides|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Bracing:||Quartersawn Scalloped "X"|
|Body Back:||Laminated Mahogany|
|Body Sides:||Laminated Mahogany|
|Body Top:||Flame Maple, Quilt Maple, or Quilt Ash|
|Body Depth:||3.75" (Front) to 4.75" (Rear)|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.3" (643 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||11.81" (300 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||20|
|String Nut:||Graph Tech® NuBone™|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Controls:||Built-In Chromatic Tuner with On/Off Switch, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble|
|Special Electronics:||Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner|
|Bridge:||Rosewood with Compensated Graph Tech® Nubone™ Saddle|
|Strings:||Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L (.012-.052 Gauge)|
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