Fender Malibu Player Midnight Satin

Steel-String Guitar with Pickup

  • California Series
  • Solid sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Neck mahogany
  • Walnut fretboard
  • Fretboard radius: 400 mm
  • Scale: 610 mm
  • Nut width: 43 mm
  • 20 Frets
  • Fender/Fishman pickup system
  • Modern Viking bridge
  • Strings: Fender Dura-Tone .012 - .052 (Article Nr 254209)
  • Colour: Midnight Satin
  • Suitable case available under Article Nr 122211 (not included)

Further Information

Design Malibu
Top Spruce, Solid
Back And Sides Mahogany
Cutaway No
Fretboard Walnut
Nut width in mm 43,00 mm
Frets 20
Pickups Yes
Colour Black
Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
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Fantastic grab and go
gear_is_not_everything, 27.02.2021
I always wanted a small grab and go guitar and I think I found the most bang for the money one.
In the beginning the sound was weak and almost apologetic but as the wood is getting older the guitar really starts to shine with a fuller, less metallic sound.
The pickup is good enough and with a little post processing it can be used for recording.
The neck profile is on the thin side, very confortable for me.
The guitar needed some TLC when I got it (mostly addressing the frets which were horrible out of the factory - I had to rectify them in order to be able to do a simple bend...) but overall the build quality is OK and at the price/quality is fantastic.
Pros: Excellent sound for a small guitar, unbeatable bung for your buck, portability.
Cons: Not really, considering the price.
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Great Guitar, Great price. Great set-up.
derbau, 25.05.2020
What a great guitar. After searching a lot for small guitars that I could take on travel, I found by chance this fender series.
Ready to play just outside the box, after 3 days is already in tune, for long periods of time and with a lot of playing.
The sound is not that small, trebly, because of the size but no small.
Great for Delta Blues but you can also strum along without a problem. I like the sound a lot.
The pickup/tuner is excellent, although the sound of the guitar gets more rounder. Not a problem for me.
Very happy with it.
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Little Blues Box
psoulstar161, 06.08.2019
Ich wollte eine kleine "grab and go" Gitarre für die Couch, auf Reisen, für kleine Kneipengigs oder auch mal Outdoor oder Strassenmusik. Wichtig war mir, dass sie handlich ist und vor allem, dass ein guter PU an Bord ist.

Als Vergleichsinstrumente standen eine fantastische Art & Lutherie AMI Steel und eine Recording King ROH-05 Triple 000 bereit, deren Platz sie einnehmen sollte, da diese keinen PU besitzen und jeder Versuch diese vernünftig zu verstärken, kläglich gescheitert ist.

Direkt am Anfang muss die absolut perfekte Verarbeitung gelobt werden. Toller Hals, tolles Griffbrett, Saitenlage, Bespielbarkeit etc perfekt. Keine kratzenden Bunddrähte oder schnarrende Bünde. Selten eine so perfekt verarbeitete Gitarre, besonders in dieser Preisklasse, erlebt.

Optik ist super cool. Sehr angenehme Haptik. Klasse!

Nun zum Sound. Sie klingt boxy und etwas pappig. In etwa wie eine klanglich geschrumpfte Gibson J-45. Nicht all zu laut und wenig dynamisch im Fingerstyle unterstützend, wie man es von einer Parlor Size Gitarre erwarten würde. Auch in puncto Sustain eher im Mittelfeld. Kurzum an die Art % Lutherie kommt sie nicht heran. Selbst die Recording King klingt in den Höhen samtiger und trägt bei Fingerstyle deutlich mehr.

Ist die Fender jetzt ne schlechte Gitarre und kann qualitativ nicht mithalten? Tatsächlich finde ich, dass sie verdammt viel Spass macht! Insgesamt hat sie einen tollen sonoren Grundsound, der besonders Blues und Americana Sounds sehr authentisch klingen lässt. Die Trennschärfe der Saiten ist klasse. Sie möchte zwar lieber mit nem Plek hart geschrubbt, als mit zartem Fingerstyle gezupft werden. Aber das kenne ich genau so von meiner Gibson J-45. Fingerstyle ist auch ok, aber man muss halt etwas mehr arbeiten.

Der PU macht was er soll. Er klingt sehr natürlich und gibt der Gitarre auch in den Höhen den richtigen Schmelz.

Alles in allem finde ich die Gitarre super und sie macht genau das, was sie machen soll! Klare Empfehlung!

NACHTRAG: nach einer intensiven Einspielphase hat die Gitarre nochmal deutlich in Punkto Dynamik und Offenheit zugelegt. Gerade Fingerstyle Techniken sind nun schön tragend, wo sie anfangs etwas spröde und undynamisch klang.
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fender malibu player midnight satin
isamai, 05.01.2020
extrêmement ravi de cet achat. cadeau de noël pour notre fils.
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