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Fender California Series Malibu Special in Matte Black

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Sam Beattie

The Malibu Special from Fender is designed to evoke thoughts of sea, sunshine and songs by the campfire. Classy vintage-inspired looks with distinctly American flavours will transport you to the west coast with comfortable playability, resonant tone, a luxurious Pau Ferro fretboard, and a Fender Deluxe gig bag - all with a surprisingly affordable price tag! Radical!

Small, Yet Special 

A smaller body shape (with a shorter scale length) provides it with a feel described by Fender as "slinkier". This encourages creativity, as you'll be forced to discover a whole range of new styles, melodies and chords. It has been carefully crafted from a solid sitka spruce top and a solid mahogany back and sides. This leads to an extremely well-balanced sound, with brilliant articulation to boot. A lightweight mahogany neck boasts a slip taper C-shaped profile, making it incredibly comfortable and easy to use. You'll find the Malibu Classic suitable for both studio and stage scenarios.  

To round things off, the body is fully-painted in a sleek, matte black finish. It's an acoustic guitar that really does look just as good as it sounds. If you want to stand out from the crowd and aren't looking for a run-of-the-mill acoustic, then this is definitely the instrument for you.   

Additional Features

The high-quality build doesn't stop with the aforementioned woods, though. Bracing has been enhanced, benefitting resonance, while leading to a smaller mass. An improved bone nut and saddle compliments this, with a noticeable amount of sustain now present. 

Fender and Fishman even collaborated on a preamp system here that's been designed especially for the Malibu's unique body shape. When you plug into an amp, you'll find that the tone remains true to the guitars natural voice.


  • Series: California Series
  • Body Shape: Malibu
  • Body Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Solid Mahogany
  • Body Finish: Satin
  • Rosette: Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro, 15.75” (400 mm)
  • Frets: 20
  • Position Inlays: Maple Dots
  • Nut (Material/Width): Bone, 1.69” (43 mm)
  • Tuning Machines: Sealed Nickel
  • Scale Length: 24.1” (612 mm)
  • Bridge: Modern Viking
  • Pickguard: None
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel
  • Strings: Fender Dura-Tone Coated 80/20 Bronze (.012-.052 Gauge)
  • Gig Bag: FAS-620 Deluxe Gig Bag
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