Explore your individual creativity with the bold looks and inspiring sound of the Newporter Player. Featuring a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and 6-in-line headstock, the mid-sized Newporter body shape provides a balanced voice that’s both articulate and powerful. Learn more about Fender electric basses. The mahogany neck features a comfortable, slim-taper "C"-shaped profile, inspired by Fender’s electric legacy. There are three body shapes in this series. The Newporter Classic’s no-compromise attitude extends to its build quality, featuring quartersawn scalloped X bracing for superior resonance, an upgraded bone nut and saddle, and a tilt-back headstock for enhanced sustain. Fender's California Series Newporter Player in Champagne (Image credit: Fender). Fender ship this model in a deluxe padded Fender gig bag, which increases the overall sense of value (which was already pretty damn high!). The Newporter Classic doesn’t disappoint in its output. The first and smallest in stature is the Malibu. Reviewed: Fender California Series Acoustics. Sound. The Newporter Classic's no-compromise attitude extends to its top-notch build quality, featuring optimized bracing for reduced mass and superior resonance and an upgraded bone nut and saddle for exceptional sustain. Sleek maple binding, matching maple rosette, and a 6-in-line headstock punch up the Newporter’s quintessential Fender vibe. PERFORMANCE With its small, non-cutaway body shape and solid top with scalloped bracing, the Malibu Player delivers very sweet tone with well-balanced frequency response ideal for fingerstyle playing. Unplugged, it’s a beautiful sounding guitar, with the mix of solid spruce and mahogany offering nice balance to the tone. Fender first released a Malibu design in the heady days of the early ‘60s and they fast became the guitar of choice for surfers and beatniks alike, with their blonde-on-blonde veneer and slung-over-a-shoulder portability. Fender literally wrote the book on electric basses, laying the foundation for musical innovation and evolution.