Fender T-Bucket 300 Acoustic Electric Guitar Review
The Fender T-Bucket 300 acoustic electric guitar features a maple T-bucket pinstriped rosette maple top and an ivory neck binding and body. The laminated mahogany sides and back and the maple top provide a ton of resonance and a full-bodied sound, while the guitar’s mahogany neck is very playable. The Fishman Isys III system electronics amplify your performance, while the rosewood bridge and compensated saddle will keep the guitar in tune for a longer period of time and the strings nice and secure.
Fender is a manufacturer that every guitar player is familiar with. They produce a wide range of guitars, instruments, and accessories, some of which are priced affordably, while others run on the higher end of the price spectrum. Their newest acoustic electric is offered at a reasonable price and is equipped with quality components you probably wouldn’t expect to find on a model in this price range. Fender has definitely done it again by producing an affordable model that offers top of the line construction and sound quality that just makes this guitar a lot of fun to play.
T-Bucket Acoustic Electric Guitar Overview and Features
The guitar’s classic dreadnought shape is highly recognizable. The guitar’s broad shoulders and large size offer big sound with plenty of sustain. This model does a wonderful job of responding to the dynamics of the guitarist’s picking and strumming. All of these aspects result in a dynamic and natural tone that’s full and rich.
This model features laminated mahogany sides and back with a maple top. Maple works to color the strings, offering a rounded brightness and a ton of snap. Mahogany is a commonly used tonewood that’s found in both electric and acoustic guitars and it adds a lot of sustain and body. Bodies that feature an all mahogany design tend to sound pretty dark, so it’s great that the manufacturer added a little maple to the mix. Together, these tonewoods work to deliver plenty of body and bite.
Delivering some serious playability, the neck on this guitar feels comfortable, yet sturdy. The smooth rosewood fingerboard features twenty frets with close action, in addition to the Vince Ray pearloid pinstriping found on the headstock and twelfth fret.
The Isys III system and active onboard preamp offer a full-bodied sound. The treble, middle, bass, and volume controls and the onboard tuner work to keep the guitar sounding great and in tune.
Fender 300 Acoustic Electric Guitar Pros and Cons
Pros: This guitar has an even tone and remains in tune. The guitar doesn’t offer that louder full sound that most players expect from a dreadnought, but it still packs some power. When it comes to brightness, this model falls somewhere in the middle.
We were surprised to see that the guitar came equipped with a Graph Tech Nubone saddle and nut instead of cheap plastic components which are common with guitars in this price range. This is part of the reason why the sound is better than what you’d expect at this price.
This model also comes in a variety of color options including three color sunburst, moonlight burst, and trans cherry burst.
Most guitarists can agree that plugged in, this guitar sounds great. The controls work well and are easy to use, making this guitar a good choice for beginners, however, the sound quality also makes it a perfect option for players of all skill levels who are in search of a more affordable acoustic electric guitar. Overall, the guitar is fun to play and you won’t have to work hard to produce a good tone. Even though many players have a high preference for low action, this model is set up very well. You may want to slightly tweak it, but you really don’t have to do anything with this guitar.
1.625 is the width at the nut of the T-Bucket, which is narrower than normal, so ideally it would be a better fit for anyone with smaller hands or guitarists who are used to playing electric guitars and want an acoustic. The guitar is also a good choice for players who experience hand fatigue when playing guitars with wider necks.
We didn’t notice the width being any narrower than usual, so if you’re used to playing on a wider neck, you won’t have any issues playing this guitar.
The fretboard is made from rosewood and is nice to play on. Most models of acoustics feature rosewood fretboards, which definitely isn’t a drawback because it does a great job.
This guitar is best suited for players looking for a guitar with a solid sound. It offers a nice even tone, crisp sound and stays in tune.
Cons: Any guitarist searching for an acoustic electric guitar that offers a unique sound won’t find it with the 300 T-Bucket which is basically a middle of the road guitar that provides an average sound. Many guitarists recommend this model as a daily player but didn’t feel it offered the type of amp power that made it stage worthy.
If you’re looking for an acoustic electric guitar that has more to offer in terms of power and tone quality, guitarists recommend checking out the Epiphone Hummingbird Pro solid top acoustic electric guitar, which is offered at a comparable price.
Fender 300 Hybrid Guitar Conclusion and Rating
The Fender T-Bucket 300 acoustic electric guitar features a beautiful finish and decent sound. While it may not be the best choice to take on stage, it’s the perfect choice to learn and practice on. We felt it offered better than average sound for a guitar in this price range. It also comes equipped with some high-quality components and excellent construction so you know this is a guitar that was built to last. Guitarists who purchased this model gave it a rating of four out of five stars for quality, pricing, electronics, finish options, durability, and sound.