Fender unveils affordable new California Traditional acoustic range

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Fender has expanded its California Series of acoustic guitars with new California Traditional models, designed to “embody the relaxed feeling of Southern California.” 

The range includes nine models: the dreadnought-sized Redondo Classic, Special and Player, the single-cut Newporter Classic, Special and Player and the short-scale Malibu Classic, Special and Player.

The guitars feature solid spruce tops and solid mahogany backs and sides with natural rosettes, bindings and pickguards. 

There are also slim-taper mahogany necks and pau ferro fingerboards (walnut on the Player models), as well as Fender- and Fishman-designed preamp systems voiced specifically for each guitar.

New features include a six-in-line tilt-back headstock for increased sustain, as well as solid mahogany construction on the Special models.

Additionally, the Player guitars are offered in a variety of striking finishes, including Champagne, Ice Blue Satin, Aqua Splash, Olive Satin, Jetty Black and more.

The California Traditional Classic guitars are offered for $799.99, the all-mahogany Special models for $729.99 and the Player guitars for $429.99.

For more information, head to Fender.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.