Fender Catalina acoustic

Posted by dave on Fri, 12/21/01 - 09:37:49.

does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

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Could someone please help me out, mine is a bit of an anomally to what you guys are saying. For one mine is U.S. made, fairly sure it's from the 70's or early 80's. For two it doesn't have a Strat style head but rather an acoustic style with 3+3 plank tuners. Also it's not solid black but rather black with a white pin stripe around the body line on the front and back of the body and around the sound hole, and a brownish gold fade/burst (I guess you'de call it that.) Also it has a white rectangle marked fretboard and a design over where the pickguard would be with a music symbol inside of a white shape that resembles a pick guard. Also the thing that holds the strings at the body is metal and screws to the very bottom of the body. Could anyone help me out here as to what era mine is and why mine is so much different?

Fender Catalina acoustic aka: The Black Cat

I bought my Catalina new in late 1981, it cost me $400.00 CND. It is Black with white trim Strat style rose wood neck
I have played guitar since the 1960s both electric and a number of acoustic guitars .The Black Cat (Catalina) has always been by far the best and I've played Martins and Gibson's, Ovations, ,Yamaha's ,Takamines ,and some custom built Taylor guitars. I find this Catalina can hold it's own and most times has a better sound then most of these makes dollar for dollar the Catalina sound wise seems better . Mine was made in Japan it was one of the 1st wave, Fender had built in Japan, it was a member of the California collection series . Fast action neck same feel as a Fender Stratocaster electric
guitar. The Catalina is a spruce top and mahogany, sides and back and neck. My Catalina # 808312 came without a label sticker inside of the sound hole ,all the early ones were like that and no made in Japan marker on the guitar any where. Just Fender Catalina on the head stock. Mine new didn't have any electronics inside it ,the next model up had that. The guitar is a pleasure to play has a real sweet even sound ,projects well. I did have the frets done twice and had a bone nut and bridge saddle put in, which made the guitar even better sounding and well worth doing for any one not having done so. I also had a Classic T-4 Fishman put into it ,so I could use it with an amp. This works great also well worth adding on. Strings, I use Martins lights to Med. tried other brands still go back to Martin strings , hey they are cheap and sound great , you just have to change them more often. Like I said I have had other acoustic guitars some that cost me way more then the Black Cat. and I find I still keep coming back to the Catalina and it seems it is always the one I go to
and you would only have to take a look at the back of the neck to see the paint all worn off it ,to know it's a keeper.
My advice if you can get a Japan made Catalina go for it ,put some bone on it and you have just bought a friend for life.
Great Guitar 110%

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

I bought a new one in 1980 I am down to just 2 guitars, this and a 69 gibson dove that needs work. But the catalina, to my ears sounds the way i like it
projects pretty good, palayable,, durable etc. Whatever factory was making these in Japan was ok.

Fender Catalina Acoustic Guitar info

I bought mine new in 1988 for $250 from a local music store. I have had it appraised at a retail price around $100 to $250 depending on condition. The real key to this guitar is its action and sound for a non-solid top guitar. The look is also quite different (Fender neck and tuning keys all on the same side) and makes an easy transition from electric to acoustic or vice versa. I have played just about every acoustic on the market and still keep this one. I have not placed a pick-up in this guitar yet. The sound is quite simply amazing. I have put it up against Martins, Takamines, PRS's, and the like. It has a great sound that keeps getting better with age. For a guitar nearly 25 years old, I think I got a bargain with mine and I am not planning on parting with it anytime soon. It plays and sounds great.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

does anyone know what materials a fender catalina acoustic guitar are made from. example - back,sides & top ect... By the way I also enjoy my Catalina, I find it plays best with Martin Med. strings. I also added a Dean Markley pro mag Sound hole pickup that I installed propper 1/4" strap hardware input.. It;s ok but it realy needs some form of preamp.. very low gain. If I did it again I would use a FishMan rig. hope this helps someone enough to let me know the material spec. Regards David

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

YEAH, I have a black with black pickguard Fender Catalina acoustic with white pin stripes . serial 90112792.The action is great on this guitar! and the tresrod is exposed from the inside. the electric fender headstock.
I bought mine at a pawnshop as well for $100. no case. It was taken care of before it was in the pawn shop it looks like :/. Yeah I wanna know what year mine was made in please email

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

I bought mine back in 98 second hand for 150.00.Been playing for about 40 yrs.One of the best playing acoustics i have ever played.mine is black with creme white trim.serial#A5807283 model#85011.I use a dean markely attachable pick up not the cheap ones and sound great.

Re: Fender Catalina

Hello folks, I bought my Fender Cat id say about 1985. I paid around $650 Canadian for it. I still have it some 23 yrs later and if memory serves me correctly, they were made from 1982 - 1992, the early modles made in Japan, and the later one made in Korea. Mine is a black, 20 fret, strat look head, rosewood fret board,great guitar.. Hope this helps..Tom.

Fender Stratocaster

hi, who knows how much my Fender Stratocaster (Serial number E 202 959, maden in USA) is still worth if I'd like to sell it? Thank u

Vester Blitz E-Gitarre

hello,

i have a vester gitarr, details;
Vester =made in Germany 1971
Modelnr.=E748371 (Edition)
what for worth has gitarre?

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

I bought a fender catalina on ebay for $149.00,
just found out tonite they are worth around $400.00

Fender Catalina acoustic

Hi
I bought my Fender Catalina acoustic when they first came out Dec 1982 for 400.00 in case . It is one of then the new
California series, it came in Black with white inlays around the outer body edges and sound hole. The sound board or top & back are made from cedar. Now the very early ones like mine first run made came with what is known as the Viking saddle design for the bridge ,kind of has little horns turned up at each end of the design facing forward ,this is one way you can tell if you have a very early one the later ones never had this design and were more simple made.
Also many of the early ones only had the model number and production number one at the base of the neck block inside the body as seen through the sound hole and one on the back reinforcement brace directly below the sound hole. They were made in Japan but had no made in Japan on them anywhere and no maker sticker inside the sound hole. They were brought out at a time Fender in California was down sizing and looking to compete in newer markets,they went to Japan to build this line of acoustic guitars. These were built on a USA older design that had a bolt on neck ,these are very rare guitars to find and were made in the early 1970s. The Catalina design did not have this bolt on feature it had a one piece neck with truss bar which can be adjusted through the sound hole. The idea behind the neck was for those who played electric Fender guitars when they switched to this new Catalina acoustic design it would have the same feel and action as the electric guitar . These Catalina guitars came mainly in Black ,but could be purchased in a very dark almost Black color and a deep red as special order only and only in the 1983-4 production run. By the end of 1984 the guitars would start to be made elsewhere in places like Korea, these were good quality
guitars but made less fancier or for a better word made more simple in design ,like the bridge saddle changed from Viking style to just a tapered straight at the ends design and the white banding design around the body and neck became more simple. Japan stopped building production at the end of 1984. After this date they were all made in Korea and are stamped of the back of the head stock at it's base Made in Korea. The Catalina would further be made more simple as the years from 1984 to 1992 show .although they appear to look the same necks become smaller and head stock are cut different from one year to the next ,as noted by just taking a 1984 Catalina and one from 1992 differences can be seen by one for is looking for them . Catalina's never came with a cut out model they designed another model to the California series into the production and in 1995-6 the line was dropped . In 2011-12 Fender reissued the California line ,but without the Catalina model and these are all made in China ,but in 2014 certain models a numbered few could be ordered and were made in the USA .
My Catalina as all of them did came with a plastic bridge and nut and they do sound real nice ,but if you want to make any of these guitar sing do invest in replacing both the nut and bridge with bone, it really makes a big difference to them .Catalina Acoustic guitars never came with a pick-up or pre-amp installed ,I also had one installed on my Catalina. I have had other higher brand name acoustic guitars ,but find I prefer the Catalina to anyone of them

Hi Leo, I was trying to find

Hi Leo,

I was trying to find information so that I could date my Fender Catalina and I just found your great post with all this comprehensive info. Thank you for this!
Now, I have a doubt I'd like to discuss with you, and all of you guys out there, as my guitar seems to have conflicting features following your information.
I bought it sometime in the late 80s, I can't exactly remember. It's black, as most were, and the serial # is A6 6476882. It features the Viking saddle, which indicates it should have been MIJ, but it also features the "Made in Korea" stamp on the back of the head stock and the maker sticker inside the body. Could it be some hybrid model made in Korea but with remaining parts from an earlier MIJ model? I tried to find more info from the serial number, but without any luck.
Any help would be much appreciated, thank you!

Fender Catalina acoustic

I also bought mine in 1982 around Xmas time. Cost was about 400.00 with out a case . I know my Catalina is a early one as it has the Viking style saddle and mine also has no sticker in side the sound hole or Made in Japan anywhere on the guitar. My Catalina came in Black as most did but , I was told these guitars could be ordered in a very dark green and a deep candy red color .I would not sell or trade my Catalina for any other guitar . I read that replacing the nut and bridge with bone makes the guitar sound even better and give more volume then the plastic ones it came with . I have played guitar for over 40 years and have owned
other higher priced guitars but none have ever replaced the Catalina it is truly a prized guitar and if you have one you.
I think the Japan made ones were built from 1982-83 and after this made in Korea until about 1992. The later ones sounded good but were made less fancier then the early one like the one I have. Again just a great guitar and my go to
for over 30yrs

Fender Catalina acoustic

Hi
I bought my Fender Catalina acoustic when they first came out Dec 1982 for 400.00 in case . It is one of then the new
California series, it came in Black with white inlays around the outer body edges and sound hole. The sound board or top & back are made from cedar. Now the very early ones like mine first run made came with what is known as the Viking saddle design for the bridge ,kind of has little horns turned up at each end of the design facing forward ,this is one way you can tell if you have a very early one the later ones never had this design and were more simple made.
Also many of the early ones only had the model number and production number one at the base of the neck block inside the body as seen through the sound hole and one on the back reinforcement brace directly below the sound hole. They were made in Japan but had no made in Japan on them anywhere and no maker sticker inside the sound hole. They were brought out at a time Fender in California was down sizing and looking to compete in newer markets,they went to Japan to build this line of acoustic guitars. These were built on a USA older design that had a bolt on neck ,these are very rare guitars to fine and were made in the early 1970s. The Catalina design did have this bolt on feature it had a one piece neck with truss bar which can be adjusted through the sound hole. The idea behind the neck was for those who played electric Fender guitars when they switched to this new Catalina acoustic design it would have the same feel and action as the electric guitar . These Catalina guitars came mainly in Black ,but could be purchased in a very dark almost Black color and a deep red as special order only and only in the 1983-4 production run. By the end of 1984 the guitars would start to be made elsewhere in places like Korea, these were good quality
guitars but made less fancier or for a better word made more simple in design ,like the bridge saddle changed from Viking style to just a tapered straight at the ends design and the white banding design around the body and neck became more simple. Japan stopped building production at the end of 1984. After this date they were all made in Korea and are stamped of the back of the head stock at it's base Made in Korea. The Catalina would further be made more simple as the years from 1984 to 1992 show .although they appear to look the same necks become smaller and head stock are cut different from one year to the next ,as noted by just taking a 1984 Catalina and one from 1992 differences can be seen by one for is looking for them . Catalina's never came with a cut out model they designed another model to the California series into the production and in 1995-6 the line was dropped . In 2011-12 Fender reissued the California line ,but without the Catalina model and these are all made in China ,but in 2014 certain models a numbered few could be ordered and were made in the USA .
My Catalina as all of them did came with a plastic bridge and nut and they do sound real nice ,but if you want to make any of these guitar sing do invest in replacing both the nut and bridge with bone, it really makes a big difference to them .Catalina Acoustic guitars never came with a pick-up or pre-amp installed ,I also had one installed on my Catalina. I have had other higher brand name acoustic guitars ,but find I prefer the Catalina to anyone of them

Fender Catalina

Hey,

Get this:

1. Around 2000-2002, don't remember well, I got this as a gift... From a normal, every-day friend/person.

2. Until 2009 played it, every now & then, then deposited it in its leather(ish) like stylized bag.

3. Can't really remember if it started then, or since then, because when I got it out of its bag this year, I noticed a pretty big gap between the strings and the fretboard (approx. 5-7 mm/quarter of an inch). Then I noticed that the body presented a somewhat bulky area, somewhere behind the brigde (or where the strings come out). Maybe it's just me, or in time the wood really developed a bulky spot, because of the strings tension, which b.t.w. are in standard tuning...

4. Then I think of selling it... Maybe someone will have a go on it, for $130. Posted an ad...

5. But then I thought, maybe the strings have always been like this, and I was to young to know this much about a guitar. Moreover, even if it's not been like this, and this phenomenon started to develop only during the last years, I began to think about counteracting. For example, what if I lowered the bridge (cutting it)? Plus meddling with the steel bar that's inside the neck (can't remember what it's called, English is not my native language), to straighten the neck. Because it also got curved over the years.

6. The small repair turned out so well, that the strings are now closer to the fretboard, than on an e-guitar!!! And without having a single fretbuzz. So I decided to keep it :)

7. Today I searched the internet after this guitar model, and I found you guys, with your stories, out of which the prices stroked me most.
And now I'm really happy I kept it.
And it really sounds fantastic, by the way!

Fender Catalina

I bought mine about 1983 from Guitar Center in Santa Ana Calif for about $400 with out the case. The only thing I have had done to it is I changed the tuning keys to Grovers and had a bridge pickup installed. This black beauty is by far my most favorite acoustic guitar in my music room and the older the guitar gets the better it sounds. My suggestion is if you have one treasure it, if you can buy one do it you won't be sorry.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

I just got one for my 45th birthday. Funny, it came up for sale that very day. What a guitar, and what beautiful shape. Gotta keep it clean, 'cause black guitars look better in the shade. From my research, this guitar was only made in black with black pickguard. It was made from 1983 to 1987, and from beater to excellent, are now worth from around 150 - 700 dollars. I just picked mine up for 300 CAD, with a hard case, and it was in amazing condition (hardly played, until now). I put a set of extra light D'Addario strings (10/47)and it sounds nothing short of glorious. I play it every day, even if it is just strumming a few chords. I'm glad I didn't get it earlier in my life because I wouldn't have appreciated it the way I do now.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

Hi, i am 17. My mom bought my dad a fender catalina in 1983 as a wedding present. It is one of the most beatiful acoustic guitars I have ever seen. It is in great condition and had a solid melow tone.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

I have one that was the first acoustic I ever bought. Have had it since roughly 1989. Paid $200 for it at Ciderville located in Claxton, Tennessee. I have since purchased a Taylor 410CE and a Breedlove and still play the Fender 10x's more than the other 2. I wouldn't sell it or trade it for anything. Beautiful guitar, bright clean tone. I love it!! Would like to know more about it but then maybe not.. I have a feeling that when I pass on that my son will inherit a true treasure that is as beautiful as any women I have ever known and definitely truer!! lol If you have one. I would keep it for sure...

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

I got mine around 1985 at Chicago´s store it costed me $200. Beautiful!, the best, I still play my baby. The best curve i ever have.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

I got mine around 1985 at Chicago´s store it costed me $200. Beautiful!, the best, I still pay it. The best curve i ever have.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

I got mine around 1985 at Chicago´s store it costed me $200. Beautiful!, the best, I still pay it. The best curve i ever have.

I have one that was the first acoustic I ever bought. Have had it since roughly 1989. Paid $200 for it at Ciderville located in Claxton, Tennessee. I have since purchased a Taylor 410CE and a Breedlove and still play the Fender 10x's more than the other 2. I wouldn't sell it or trade it for anything. Beautiful guitar, bright clean tone. I love it!! Would like to know more about it but then maybe not.. I have a feeling that when I pass on that my son will inherit a true treasure that is as beautiful as any women I have ever known and definitely truer!! lol If you have one. I would keep it for sure...

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

Hi. I've had a Catalina since about '87. Fantastic sound and tonal quality. Wouldn't play anything else. I've found it difficult finding info on them though, even at Fender. Did they do any other colours? Mine's Black.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: Hi. I've had a Catalina since about '87. Fantastic sound and tonal quality. Wouldn't play anything else. I've found it difficult finding info on them though, even at Fender. Did they do any other colours? Mine's Black.

My wife purchased a Fender Catalina for me in the early 1980s, right after we got married. She told the guy at the guitar shop that I really liked nice things. He turned her on to a black body Fender Catalina. What a beautiful instrument. Not only has it retained it's beautiful finish, it made it through two sons. The guitar plays as beautiful today as the day I got it for my birthday. I prefer this guitar to any other I have ever played and still enjoy pulling it out and making beautiful noise. I am not a professional musician but have played since 1966. The only ones I have seen are black body with white edging. The thin Strat neck is great for fingering tunes and I have the dreaded "fat finger tips" and can still hit each string cleanly. Not to many for sale and most that are are in pretty bad shape. I can't put a price on mine as I will never part with it but assume they can easily get well over $750 for a really clean unit and around $250 for one that has seen better days.

Catalina in the pawn shop

I've got my eye on a Catalina in a pawn shop... they want $254.00 for this beautiful girl and want HER BAD!!! She looked and sounded great... My question is? $254.00 to much for HER?

fender catalina

I bought one about 6 years ago for a little over 100.00 and it has been a great guitar. Some of you may not know this but this is an electric acoustic. Just plug a 1/4 guitar cable into the strap holder. I also converted mine and put a pickup in it and volume and tone knobs and its now even better.

fender catalina

got one myself 20 years ago. agree with all the good comments. i love mine and pals of mine who play say its the best guitar they tried, sound and action. mines black. sounds like theres no other colour? someone made a great guitar there though!?!

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

The Catalina model, part of Fender's California series, is a dreadnought acoustic made in Japan approx. 1982-1985 and in Korea approx. 1985-1992. The Catalina was available only in black. (Occasionally, you may see one in natural finish after an owner decided to strip the finish). All Catalinas have spruce top, mahogany back/sides, rosewood fretboard/bridge, white binding and chrome tuners on a Strat-style headstock. I traded for one from its original owner in 1990 and consider it my luckiest deal of 30+ years of picking. Catalinas defy all laws of laminated guitar physics. Resonant, balanced tone that mics/records beautifully and gets bigger and better with age. Upgrade to bone nut and saddle, lower the action and try to find a better playing/sounding guitar at any price.

Fender replacement tuners for catalina

I need to replace mt tuners on fender catalina Korea. What tyle to replace with, fender part Number or suggestion. thanks

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

Hi,
I have had my Catalina since the late 80's This was the missing piece to my collection, I play a strat, a tele, a Gibson SG and wanted am acoustic that had the feel of a strat. The Catalina is exactly that. it's funny that it has the Strat headstock, because the moment I picked it up it felt like I was playing an acoustic stratocaster. it tends to get a bit drowned out if jamming with big box jumbo type acoustics but for the silky smooth lead runs, WOW! hard to find one of these Korean built beauties, they all seem to be black, and look like carbon copies of each other. if you have the chance to get one, SNAP IT UP. saw one on ebay for $219.00 US today, I might bid on it at that price.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

Hi all. I have a Black (seems that's the only color) Fender Catalina guitar that was my late fathers and I don't play so it just sits around the house collecting dust. I think it would be much better off in someone elses hands who can appreciate it. I am in northern NJ and would take $500 for it. Let me know. dcfoto1@gmail.com

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

Hello! I have had my Fender Catalina since 1988 and it still looks and sounds like new.... Not sure what it it's worth today but mine doesn't have a scratch on it. It too is black with the strat appearance.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: : does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

: I bought a fender catalina on ebay for $149.00,
: just found out tonite they are worth around $400.00

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: : : does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

: : I bought a fender catalina on ebay for $149.00,
: : just found out tonite they are worth around $400.00

The Catalinas were discontinued back in the late 80's/early 90's (I believe) and if you have one in excellent/good condition it's probably worth between 500-600, depending on how many were made (I'm still trying to find out how many were made myself)

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

They stopped making them in 1992

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic/solid black/

: : : does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.? bought a fender catalina

: :was in a shop when the fender salesman was there ;; said it had the "discontinued stle california keys ,, all on the same side or top.... bought mine ina pawn shop for 200..excellent guitar ,,, : : I thought that some one told me once that it was 1982 vintage ,, collectability ??or were it was made dont know yet

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic/solid black/

: : : does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

: :was in a shop when the fender salesman was there ;; said it had the "discontinued stle california keys ,, all on the same side or top.... bought mine ina pawn shop for 200..excellent guitar ,,, I bought a fender catalina on ebay for $149.00,
: : just found out tonite they are worth around $400.00

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: : does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

: I bought a fender catalina on ebay for $149.00,
: just found out tonite they are worth around $400.00

Hi, I'm from Italy and I got a Catalina I bought in 1987 for abt. $200.00 in Italy. Nice guitar, although it has no solid spruce table. Mahogany back and sides, rosewood keyboard, black painting. I don't know production dates: it was made in Korea.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: : : does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

: : I bought a fender catalina on ebay for $149.00,
: : just found out tonite they are worth around $400.00

: Hi, I'm from Italy and I got a Catalina I bought in 1987 for abt. $200.00 in Italy. Nice guitar, although it has no solid spruce table. Mahogany back and sides, rosewood keyboard, black painting. I don't know production dates: it was made in Korea.

I have a Catalina that I bought new in 1981 here in Sweden for about $200. I've had several guitars before that. It's a fantastic guitar to play and it's the last one that i've bought....I don't want to change it for anything....It's the best I've ever had....

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

Hello, They only started making the catalina in 1983, and stopped in 1992, so u caoudlnt have gotten it in '81

Years The Catalina was made in Japan

Hi
Your dates are wrong ,as I bought mine new here in Canada and still have the paperwork showing the date of purchase as June 1981, $399.98, here in Canada new. These guitars came in a line called the California series. These all had place names from California ,U.S.A and came in some wild colours
in some of the other guitars from that series, The Catalina common colour was Black, also known as the Black Cat , but some special editions were made
and were a dark green almost Black ,these model's are hard to find and get $$$ if in good shape . I have seen another colour reported to have come from the factory in a Blood dark Red these two guitar colours were only sold in Japan on the Catalina and where never exported outside of that country. Only colour the rest of the world could buy it in was the Black. Also the early models like mine came without labels inside the sound hole and no made in Japan
marks anywhere on the guitar. It had only the Fender Catalina badge on the Headstock . I would never part with the one I have and I play it everyday ,I have played guitar from the 60's and have owned many acoustics but this one is always special and the go too. I have seen newer models of the Catalina made outside of Japan don't know what they sound like ,but did jam with a guy who had a Black cutaway can't remember the series name, but was same name as the city that is in California that has the tar pits and the guitar had factory electronics was Black and like I said was a cut away made in Korea, That one sounded real good he bought it in 1991 new . and paid 425.00 .I don't know what year the Catalina was stopped being made but most likely around this time or shortly after 1991. Have seen one on the computer for sale and that Catalina looked cheaply made and it was said to be a 1990 .and that is all I know about that one.
The Japan model Catalina never came with electronics and never as a cutaway model . I just remember seeing mine hanging up on a wall in line with all the other members from the Cal. series and mine was the 3rd from the best model, as I said some of the other ones had some wild colours painted on them.
and all had the Strat Fender headstock . Those early Cats where built well and sounded great and even sound better the older they get. I replaced the Nut
and saddle with bone and that just makes the sound even better. I don't know what country you are from ,but the Catalina was here in Vancouver BC in 1981. and I bought one and the 1st song I played on it was a Neil Young song ,Tell Me Why, if that isn't something to wonder about ?? But I can tell you this
after all these years (2013 now) it was the best guitar above all ,for me . All the best and if you find a early one buy it.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

: : : : does anyone know anything about a fender catalina acoustic guitar such as when it was made, how much they're worth, etc.?

: : : I bought a fender catalina on ebay for $149.00,
: : : just found out tonite they are worth around $400.00

: : Hi, I'm from Italy and I got a Catalina I bought in 1987 for abt. $200.00 in Italy. Nice guitar, although it has no solid spruce table. Mahogany back and sides, rosewood keyboard, black painting. I don't know production dates: it was made in Korea.

:
: I have a Catalina that I bought new in 1981 here in Sweden for about $200. I've had several guitars before that. It's a fantastic guitar to play and it's the last one that i've bought....I don't want to change it for anything....It's the best I've ever had....

Right on Dude. My name is tom lagan and i am kevin lagans son. He gave me his old catalina as my 13th birthday present and i love it. I wouldent trade it for anything. If anyone could send me pics of their cats. I would be v. Grateful. Peace!

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

I brought mine new in about 1983. Its black and made in Japan. Played on "The Chairs" single - Honey i need a girl of a different stripe" in 1988. Good sound, high action though. Would sell only as alst resort!!
Kevin - Maldon, Essex England.

Re: Fender Catalina acoustic

test this link

http://www.fender.it/mrgearit/faq/acousticdating.html

ill-fatedly it is in Italian.

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