Malibu Vintage

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Malibu Vintage

Back in the early 1960s in Southern California, a fearless creative culture was abound, and Leo Fender was on a mission to design a fresh collection of acoustic instruments that captured the innovative spirit that permeated the artists around him. In collaboration with legendary luthier Roger Rossmeisl, Leo released several unique acoustic models that embodied the character that made Fender a symbol of the rock-and-roll revolution, including unmistakable headstock shapes, easy-to-play neck profiles and radical styling, changing the face of Fender Acoustics forever. Today's Fender California Vintage models draw directly from their mid-century origins with a retro visual vibe, adding 21st century performance and a rich, refined acoustic tone - a true modern alternative with classic Fender heritage.

Engineered with an innovative Performance-X™ bracing pattern, the approachable concert-sized body of the Fender California Vintage Malibu is lightly crafted with a solid Sitka spruce top and solid ovangkol back and sides to effortlessly produce a sweet, focused voice with exceptional nuance and balance. An ergonomic modern "V" profile was chosen for the the okoume neck along with a short 25" scale length for warm tonal response, and a tilt-back 6-in-line headstock with a maple headcap for a distinctive look born from Fender's electric guitar DNA. Other notable details include a bound ovangkol fingerboard with pearloid block inlays for a throwback look, vintage-style tuning machines for smooth, accurate tuning, and a bone nut and saddle for superior harmonic character. Designed for the performer, the onboard Fishman® Presys VT Plus preamp system features seamless soundhole-mounted controls that blend an undersaddle piezo and internal body transducer to allow faithful and reliable reproduction of the guitar's natural sound when plugged into an amplifier or recording device. A vintage-style hardshell case is included.

Bold, eye-catching and unique, California Series instruments make no compromises balancing standout style, superior sound and effortless playability for those who aspire to play something different.


  • Period-correct Malibu concert body shape
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top, solid ovangkol back and sides
  • Ergonomic modern "V" shape neck with tilt-back 6-in-line headstock
  • Fishman® Presys VT Plus electronics with undersaddle piezo and internal body transducer
  • 25" scale length
  • Vintage-style hardshell case
Historically-accurate Fender Malibu concert shape

Faithfully and thoroughly duplicated from genuine 1960s examples, the body shape of the California Vintage Malibu is true to the original guitar’s design.

Performance-X Bracing

Forward-shifted and scalloped, the innovative Fender Performance-X acoustic bracing pattern was designed and engineered to produce more movement of the top resulting in unsurpassed resonance and tonal nuance.

All-solid wood construction

With a body crafted from all-solid woods, this instrument provides superior resonance, volume and dynamic range. Ovangkol is a premium tonewood revered for its smooth midrange, balanced bass and treble, and attractive grain pattern.

Fishman® Sonitone Plus electronics

Specially voiced for Fender instruments, this preamp features controls for volume and a knob for bending the body-sensing transducer with the undersaddle pickup for added nuance and detail. The soundhole-mounted controls preserve the vintage aesthetics.

Modern “V” Neck Profile

The modern “V” profile combines a soft “V” contoured back shape with a slim depth for a neck that fits comfortably in the palm for chording while offering effortless feel along the entire length of the neck.

Period Correct 6-in-line Headstock with Maple Headcap

Crafted with an okoume neck for optimal acoustic resonance and balanced tonal character, the look of the original guitar’s maple neck is retained with a maple headcap, capturing quintessential vintage Fender aesthetics.

  • Body Back
    Solid Ovangkol
  • Body Sides
    Solid Ovangkol
  • Body Top
    Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body Finish
    Gloss Poly
  • Body Shape
    Malibu Concert
  • Body Binding
    Aged White
  • Bracing
    Performance "X"
  • Rosette
    2-Ring B/W/B
  • Neck Material
  • Neck Binding
    Aged White
  • Neck Finish
    Gloss Urethane
  • Neck Shape
    Modern "V"
  • Scale Length
    25" (635 mm)
  • Fingerboard Material
  • Fingerboard Radius
    16" (406.4 mm)
  • Number of Frets
  • Fret Size
  • Nut Material
  • Nut Width
    1.69" (43 mm)
  • Position Inlays
    Pearloid Block
  • Controls
    Volume, Blend (Body Pickup, Piezo)
  • Special Electronics
    Fender®/Fishman® Presys VT Plus Soundhole Pickup System
  • Bridge
    Vintage Viking
  • Bridge Pins
  • Hardware Finish
  • Tuning Machines
    Vintage-Style with Aged White Buttons
  • Pickguard
    1-Ply Gold
  • Strings
    Fender® 60L Phosphor Bronze (.012-.052 Gauges), PN 0730060403
  • Case/Gig Bag
    Vintage-Style Hardshell

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