Fender Sonoran SCE Review: Get Your West Coast Vibe Going

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Getting its name after a tiny town just a few miles east of San Fransico, the Fender Sonoran SCE is an excellent addition to Fender’s California series of acoustic and acoustic-electric guitars, the majority of which feature a Strat-like headstock. It makes you want to head out to the beach and grab a wave while listening to the beach boys singing “California girls.”

If you are looking for that Southern California vibe, then you will love the Fender Sonoran SCE.

It has many premium features including a “tight “dreadnought cutaway body shape, resonant solid spruce top with scalloped X bracing, mahogany back and sides.

It has a vintage C-shaped maple neck with the dual-action truss rod and matching painted Stratocaster headstock shape.

It also comes with the Fishman Isys III pickup system for that distinct Fender sound.

Check out the sound in the great little demonstration video of the Fender Sonoran SCE acoustic-electric guitar in the related video tab. If you are a Fender fan, then you will love this great little guitar with a Stratocaster neck and retro colors.

Bottom Line

Given the price of the Fender Sonoran SCE, you’re getting a quality-made and nicely finished acoustic electric guitar which with the choices in color with the matching headstock should set you apart from the crowd.

Regarding tone, this guitar is pretty good across a few different styles. Since it is a dreadnought, it might not be ideal for folk music – and the clearer tone is probably not warm enough for folk music.

However, it is pretty well rounded and should be able to handle blues, rock, bluegrass, country, and pop quite well.

I wouldn’t call it a beginners guitar, but it wouldn’t be a bad guitar for a beginner provided the action be lowered a little bit. Moreover, the price is right for a beginner.

So if you’re seeking a dreadnought style acoustic electric guitar for any of the music styles mentioned above and Sonoran SCE is the price you’re looking for, and you like the California sound, then this would be a perfect buy. It might just be your next “California Girl.”

Take a moment to listen to this excellent acoustic-electric guitar.


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Fender Sonoran SCE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar - Lake Placid Blue

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  • Its unique color combinations make it stand out from all the other acoustic electric guitars on the market.
  • The Fishman Isys III pickups and the Fender FTE-3 Active On-Board Preamp produces that bright and clean California sound.
  • The Fender Stratocaster headstock shape, Fender tight dreadnought body shape, and traditional Fender bridge make this guitar one of a kind in the world of acoustic-electric guitars.
  • The solid spruce top with quartersawn scalloped “X”-bracing, mahogany back and sides provide for excellent construction and durability along with fantastic volume and projection.
  • Its maple neck with “C”-shaped profile and matching headstock will provide you with years of fun and smooth play.
  • String nuts and bridge saddles fashioned from bone contribute to brighter, clearer acoustic tone.


Style Acoustic-Electric
Body Shape Dreadnought With Cutaway
Top Wood Solid Spruce
Body Wood Sides Laminated Mahogany And Laminated Mohagany Back
Bridge Rosewood Vintage-Style Fender® "Viking" Bridge with Compensated Saddle
Neck Maple
Scale Length 25.3 Inches
Pickguard Checkerboard Rosette
Electronics Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner
Number Of Frets 20
Number Of Strings 6
Finish Painted With Gloss Finish


  • Fun, unique California look and sound.
  • Great sound, clarity, and projection.
  • Quality construction for the money.
  • Great bang for your buck.


  • Some people may not like the unique colors.
  • Some people may not like the crossover feel with the Strat-like headstock.

We hope our Fender Sonoran SCE review has been helpful.

Duke Taber

Duke Taber has been a Senior Pastor of various churches since 1988. Prior to that, he was involved in the Christian rock scene opening for such notables as Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill, Rez Band, and once played briefly with Darrel Mansfield. Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world. He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center.