California Special models represent the evolution and refinement of modern Fender acoustics, mixing iconic Fender electric playability with all-solid wood construction and best-in-class electronics. A crossroads of past, present, and future, these instruments truly resonate differently.
Crafted with an X-braced solid okoume top and solid okoume back and sides, the compact parlor-sized body of the Malibu Special produces a voice that's impressively articulate, punchy, and delicate, while offering superior comfort for hours of creativity. The neck is designed with an easy-to-play slim "C"-shaped profile, a short 24" scale length, and a tilt-back 6-in-line headstock for a distinctive look born from Fender's electric guitar DNA. Other notable details include vintage-style tuning machines for smooth, accurate tuning, a maple rosette and body binding for an upscale look, and a bone nut and saddle for rich harmonic character. Designed for the performer, the Fishman® Flex Body preamp system blends an undersaddle piezo and internal body transducer to allow faithful and reliable reproduction of the guitar's natural sound when plugged into an amplifier, PA system or recording device.
Bold, eye-catching and unique, California Series instruments make no compromises balancing effortless playability, superior sound, and standout style for those who aspire to play something different.