This is our review of the very popular Fender CD 60SCE Electro/Acoustic Guitar.
I’m a guitarist of twenty-five years, I’ve played hundreds of guitars. Good and Bad! I’ve done all the hard work to assist you in finding an excellent guitar to start your journey.
I’m taking an in-depth look at the big seller: The Fender CD 60SCE Acoustic Guitar. An excellent and affordable acoustic made by a huge, trustworthy leader in the industry.
I’ve taken into consideration the cost and player requirements when starting out. What makes this acoustic guitar so popular? What makes the CD 60SCE better than its competition?
Although you may think Fender is better known for their classic range of electric guitars. The Fender CD 60S series also goes quietly about its business as a huge seller for Fender. The Fender CD60 is basically the same as the CD60SCE, only the SCE can be amplified with a built-in pre-amp. I chose the electric/acoustic over the standard acoustic as it has a built-in tuner, a preamp for the possibility of playing through an amp or P.A. As the difference in price wasn’t a lot I personally felt the CD60SCE was a better all-round guitar with these extra features.
A perfect entry guitar for those wanting to learn quickly, plus with a price tag that’s affordable.
The CD 60 Acoustic series gives you, the player, a comfortable route forward into learning without the hassle of cheap and nasty alternatives.
The lightweight dreadnought style sits comfortably in your lap. The ‘Vintage Style Frets’ is great for a beginner, as they’re wide and spacious. With a soft touch mahogany fretboard, this really does give the player a strong element of comfort.
No other manufacturer can compete with the build quality and spec at this price. In fact, you would end up paying a lot more for a guitar made as well as the Fender CD 60S series. It’s also an electro-acoustic which is another huge bonus at this price.
There is a reason why this series of acoustic guitar is so popular.
First Impressions: The Action
When I got to play a CD 60SCE, my initial feeling was: the action has been set up properly to play!
The action is the distance between the fretboard and the string, which determines how easy or difficult it is to put pressure on the strings and make a sound.
Although my comments may sound ridiculous at first, not all guitars come ready to play. In fact, hardly any suit me at all.
Some guitars take a lot of tweaking and tightening up in various places in order for you to start playing. Even a visit to the local guitar tech for set up is in order. Not so The Fender CD 60SCE. It comes ready to strum. I was quietly surprised by this. Well done Fender!
At this point, it’s fair to say The Action is a very, very important factor.
It’s irrelevant if you’ve just paid $3500 for a lovely new acoustic. If it’s not been set up properly, you won’t be able to play it. If the setup doesn’t suit your playing style or finger strength, then you’ll be trying twice as hard to make a guitar sound like you want it to.
My first thoughts were: It was soft on the fingertips, the ‘C’ shape neck and low action make it comfortable, and built with ease of use in mind.
Now, comfort is a major factor you should take into consideration. If you’re just starting out, the last thing you need is a guitar that’s hard to play as the set up is a mess.
If the action is too high, your fingers and wrist will take a lot of punishment pressing down harder than if the guitar was set up properly. In the early stages of learning, you require your instrument to be ready every time you pick it up.
Some lower-end acoustics around this price doesn’t always give you the build quality, like a Fender. Hence why they’re probably the most famous guitar manufacturer in history.
As the build specifications are taken from the real Fender classic acoustics, you’re getting the professionalism and workmanship of the more expensive Fender models.
In my opinion, my first thought was that I really liked the setup and all-round comfort value of the CD 60SCE.
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As the CD60SE is a dreadnought style acoustic, it gives you a nice midrange scoop. This is why this particular model is very popular with vocalists. The vocals also sit in the midrange.
The fat, bold low end is ideal for powerful bar chords and riffs. It’s not overpowering and ‘boomy’ like its cousin the Jumbo style acoustic. When using a pick you can really get some snappy clarity.
Dreadnoughts are generally quite a big boxy shape, which, in my opinion, is more comfortable than a jumbo or baritone acoustic. They give the player a larger resonant sound, compared to a classical or parlor guitar. A superb choice if you love strumming big open chords.
The large dreadnought shape sits back into your body giving you somewhere to lean whilst playing. After all, comfort is key when playing any instrument.
Value For Money?
There is no acoustic guitar that compares within this price range, and the amount of quality on show. Although I wouldn’t be expecting a top of the range beautiful, crisp sounding acoustic to record an album with or perform at your local football stadium. You’re simply guaranteed a well made excellent guitar to begin your musical journey with.
The Fender CD60SCE is a perfect entry guitar or a great option for an experienced player with a lower budget.
The CD60SCE comes in a plain Natural color and black (also full mahogany but costs a lot more). Nothing strikingly beautiful here but still good enough to show off in front of your friends and family.
The Dreadnought is also the most versatile of shapes when it comes to the different styles of playing. It suits the flatpicker, strummer, chord master or the lead guitarist. It’s the all-round workhorse.
Our Top Tip: If you are considering this guitar for a child, we have a very helpful article to assist you in purchasing the correct size guitar for your child. There’s more to it than you may think.
Check out our guide here: https://authorityguitar.com/best-kids-guitar-find-the-right-guitar/
Complete Build Specifications
|Top Material:||Spruce Wood|
|Back & Sides:||Mahogany Wood|
|Body Binding Multiple:||(Laminate)|
|Bracing||Quartersawn Scalloped “X”|
|Fretboard Edges:||Easy to Play ‘Fender’ Rolled Fret Edges|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12 Inches (305mm)|
|Scale Length:||25.3 Inches (643mm)|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Nut Width:||1.69 Inches (43mm)|
|Number Of Frets:||20|
Hardware and Electronics
|Bridge Pins:||White with Black Dot|
|Tuning Machines:||Chrome Die-Cast|
|Pickguard:||1 Ply Black|
|Special Electronics:||Fishman® CD Preamp|
Anatomy Of An Acoustic Guitar
Note: This Guitar is not the Fender CD-60S
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