Fender have announced this week their new 2016 versions of the popular T-Bucket range of acoustic guitars and they have also added a new acoustic bass model to the lineup.
The Fender T-Bucket Range includes three models the T-Bucket 300-CE, T-Bucket 400-CE and the T-Bucket 300-CE Bass. Each guitar is designed to pack in as many useful features for players on a budget as possible, they are all laminate bodied instruments and use scalloped x-bracing for their construction.
Both the T-Bucket 300-CE and 400-CE are dreadnought sized acoustics and have a cutaway for better upper fret access, they have three piece mahogany ‘C’ shaped necks, with rosewood fretboards and all guitars feature a rosewood vintage-style Fender Viking bridge.
The T-Bucket 300-CE comes in Moonlight Burst, Trans Cherry Burst and 3 Colour Sunburst finishes. The guitars all have laminated flame maple top and laminated mahogany back and sides, this keeps costs down and allows Fender to bring you a good quality, nice looking instrument but on a budget. The model includes a Fishman Isys III System with active onboard preamp and a tuner, with GraphTech NuBone nut and compensated saddles, for tuning stability and tone.
The T-Bucket 400-CE comes in a Natural finish and also features laminated flame maple top, but this time has laminated lace wood back and sides. The 400-CE has ‘upgraded’ open back tuners, whereas the 300-CE has sealed units. The same Fishman preamp /tuner and GraphTech NuBone compensated saddle and nut are used on the 400-CE.
T-Bucket 300-CE Bass
Last up is the T-Bucket 300-CE Bass which is a 22 fret instrument. No cutaway on this model though as it is a Grand Concert shape. The T-Bucket 300-CE Bass has the same construction as the 300-CE acoustic using laminate mahogany for the back and sides and laminate maple for the main soundboard. The neck on the 300-CE Bass is oiled though rather than the gloss finish used on the guitars. Again its uses the Fishman Isys III System preamp and GraphTech NuBone saddle and nut.
Three new acoustics for players on a budget, they all have some nice hardware and good looks. I’m happy that Fender can cater for all budgets, as we all have to start somewhere and these guitars are aimed squarely at those on a budget, yet manage to fit in a decent nut and bridge (GraphTech stuff is pretty good ) and a Fishman preamp system. Street prices will probably be lower, so you may be able to pick up a bargain.
T-Bucket 300-CE Moonlight Burst, Trans Cherry Burst and 3 Colour Sunburst RRP GBP £245
T-Bucket 400-CE Natural RRP GBP £315
T-Bucket 300-CE Bass Trans Cherry Burst GBP £330
Full specifications for the Fender 2016 T-Bucket range can be found here