Fender Acoustic Guitars California KINGMAN BASS SCE NAT Review

Fender Acoustic Guitars California KINGMAN BASS SCE NAT Review

Fender California: A Kingman Bass

For most people who want to learn to play a musical instrument, the first thing that comes to mind is usually a piano or guitar. These two instruments are standouts in a huge gallery of musical instruments available to choose from.

However, there are many musical tools that I believe go heavily unnoticed by a large majority of people. The clarinet, the flute, and even the violin don’t seem to get as much love as the piano or guitar.

However, one that I believe should get even more attention is the electric bass. I find that usually people see the bass and think of it as a lesser version of a guitar. It has only four strings, and “is for people who can’t really play the guitar.” I completely disagree.

The bass is an extremely integral part to a full orchestra or band, having to be totally in sync with the drums, keeping rhythm, while sometimes having to play notes at an alarming speed. It is a skill set in its own and is incredibly important.

If you were to listen to any of your favorite songs without the bass line, you would definitely feel that it was missing something important. The bass adds an added punch and depth to every musical song. Now, investing in a musical instrument can be pricey and I want to help you find the best one.

There is nothing worse than spending a lot of money on an overpriced bass that fails you within a few months of buying it. One of the brands on the market today is the Fender California Kingman Acoustic Electric Bass (with Hard Shell Case). It is available to buy online and comes at an affordable price.

Features

The Fender California Kingman Acoustic Electric Bass (with Hard Shell Case) comes with a variety of features to meet your musical instrument needs. These features include:

  • Fender invented the electric bass guitar
  • Vintage-inspired three-ply gold pick guard
  • Bone nut/vintage-style rosewood Fender bridge
  • Compensated bone saddle
  • Classic Fender jazz bass headstock
  • Tuners
  • Neck profile
  • Strap buttons
  • Cutaway body with solid spruce top
  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Defined and resonant bass sound
  • Stylish body binding
  • Checkerboard rosette
  • Maple neck
  • 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with block positions inlays
  • Aged binding
  • Forward strap button equipped with internal block reinforcement
  • Chrome hardware
  • Fishman Presys pickup system
  • Onboard preamp, tuner, volume/tone controls
  • Low battery indictor
  • Measures 9” x 19” x 48”
  • Weighs 17.6 pounds
  • Comes with hard-shell carrying case

Pros

  • Comes with a hard-shell case, a fantastic bonus
  • High quality
  • Well-made
  • Strong
  • Multiple features
  • Electronics are top notch

Cons

  • Not loud or resonant when unplugged
  • Better as an electric bass than acoustic

Verdict

As I preciously stated, buying a new musical instrument is an investment. There are so many brands out there to choose from that vary in price from under $100 all the way up to tens of thousands of dollars.

It is no easy task, but I highly recommend before you ever make a purchase of any instrument, especially a bass guitar, first go in person to a local music store, and test it out for yourself. Musical instruments are all about personal preference and what someone else might love, you might hate; never buy one online without at least holding the brand in a store.

That being said, I highly recommend the Fender California Kingman Acoustic Electric Bass (with Hard Shell Case) for anyone who enjoys playing the bass, either for their first time, or as an avid user. It is a high-end bass with a variety of options. The ability to play it both acoustically and electrically is a great bonus for anyone new to the bass, and gives you the freedom to play at any time of day, without disturbing your neighbors.

However, it is much better as an electric, and I recommend having an amp. It looks great, is very light, easy to move and is equipped with everything a first-time player needs in a bass! Have a great time playing, and ROCK ON!

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