1965 Fender King

Here is a vintage 1965 Fender King flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 05256, is in very nice 100% all original condition! Considered the predecessor to the Kingman, the King was Fender’s first venture into the acoustic guitar market. Produced in very limited numbers between ’63-’66, the Fender King is actually quite rare, and has recently become recognized as a high-quality and unique alternative to the usual Martin and Gibson acoustics. Fender enthusiasts, acoustic players, vintage instrument collectors, and studio owners alike should all be interested in owning one, as the combination of their specific sound, electric-esque playability, and massive mojo make the Fender King a must have.

This ’65 Fender King features: a two-piece close grain Spruce top with the original lacquer natural finish, checkerboard binding, mahogany back and sides, a bolt-on Maple neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, individually adjustable bridge saddles, the original gold pick guard with the original gold mounting screws, double line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines, and a non-original hard shell case.

First and foremost, this guitar sounds particularly good. Very balanced, and quite present, this is a great acoustic for both heavy strummers and single-note soloists. The action on Fender acoustics is the best of any available. This bolt-on adjustable neck has 2 factory shims, which brings the strings comfortably close to the frets. With fresh Pyramid .011-.050 bronze strings, the guitar plays more like a Strat than your typical D-size acoustic.

The guitar is in very nice cosmetic condition. The majority of the wear is confined to the top, with the back and sides remaining in very excellent shape. The neck displays minimal fret wear and light playing wear on the back of the neck. The original pickguard exhibits expected oxidation from the reverse-painted gold guard finish, with the corresponding gold dots from the felt protective pads on the underside.

This guitar will include a nice new hard shell case.