Fender California Series King Vintage review – This guitar is sure to cut through the noise of a busy open-mic night, and there’s an abundance of character in the tone

Fender’s regal dreadnought is a love letter to the company’s past, and might just be the big-voiced acoustic you need in your life

Fender California Series King Vintage
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

While excellent playability and drop-dead-gorgeous looks are no mean feat, at this price, the sheer value for money on offer is this King’s crowning achievement.


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    Big voice.

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    Classic looks.

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    Great value electro.


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    Lacks just a little low-end acoustically.

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Fender’s legendary electric guitars tend to take center stage when discussing the emerging guitar sounds of the early ’60s. 

So much so, that while the Californian guitar maker’s iconic models such as the Telecaster, Stratocaster, and Jazzmaster enjoy their time in the sun, the company’s acoustics are sometimes relegated to the shadows, forgotten to time. Well, not anymore. Fender has decided to shed some light on its early acoustic creations by introducing the California Vintage Series. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.