Stylish yet affordable, Fender California Series offers that west coast surfer vibe to their acoustic range. The Kingman is Fender’s short-scale bass offering in the California Series, providing that sweet, woody acoustic bass tone that’s perfect for songwriting or playing on the beach; and with built-in electronics, you can use it to play acoustic gigs and record.
Body and Neck
The Kingman has Fender’s Newporter Bass body shape. This body shape is really comfortable to play as it’s slightly smaller than your average mid-sized guitar; it’s thinner too so it won’t feel cumbersome to play. There’s also a cutaway which lets you reach the higher frets with ease. The Kingman has a short, 30” scale length which means the distance between the bridge and nut is shorter than on a regular bass guitar. This means that the strings feel looser and more comfortable to play, and you also get less high-end for a bass-ier sound.
The body itself is made from laminated mahogany with a solid Sitka spruce top for a resonant and balanced tone. The neck is made from mahogany and features a satin finish allowing your hand to run smoothly up and down the neck. The Kingman bass has a Jazz Bass neck shape, which is a slim design that’s comfortable in the hand and suits a range of playing styles. The neck is topped off with a walnut fingerboard that provides a smooth and natural-feeling playing surface.
To ensure you’re heard, the Kingman Bass comes with built-in Fishman pickup and preamp system. The preamp features an onboard tuner, as well as EQ and phase controls so you can get your amplified sound just right. With the built-in electronics in the Kingman you can take it straight out the box and jump right into performing live or recording.
- Body Back: Laminated Mahogany
- Body Sides: Laminated Mahogany
- Body Top: Solid Spruce
- Body Finish: Gloss Poly
- Body Shape: Concert Bass
- Body Binding: Aged White
- Bracing: Forward Shifted Scalloped X
- Rosette: 2-ring B/W/B
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Binding: Aged White
- Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
- Neck Shape: Jazz Bass
- Scale Length: 30.3" (770 mm)
- Fingerboard Material: Walnut
- Number of Frets: 20
- Nut Material: Graph Tech® NuBone
- Nut Width: 1.5" (38.1 mm)
- Position Inlays: Block
- Bridge: Modern Viking
- Bridge Pins: Cream Colored with Black Dots
- Hardware Finish: Nickel
- Tuning Machines: Open-Back Geared
- Pickguard: 3-Ply Gold
- Strings: Fender® Phosphor Bronze Bass (.045-.100 Gauges)
- Case/Gig Bag: Gig Bag