Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Review

Fender CD 60 CE Acoustic Electric Guitar zoomed inBrand/Model: Fender CD-60CE

Number of Strings: 6

Hand Orientation: Right

Body Material: Mahogany/Spruce top

Neck Material: Nato

Fretboard Material: Rosewood

Price Range: Under $300

Our Rating: 9.2/10

Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Cutaway Guitar Review

The Fender CD60CE is the acoustic electric version of the acoustic CD60 that we reviewed here. While Squier is there to dabble in the affordable range, the CD60 Series enables you to get the best of both worlds – the Fender name and an affordable price!

Fender CD 60 CE GuitarTo get real with you, this guitar is a simple instrument for the beginner. While it’s a no-thrills git, it’s the perfect entry level guitar to get you looking like a pro in front of your buddies.

While it does have some nice Fender touches, such as the Scalloped X Bracing and Fishman Isys III System, it does have some cost cut-backs. This model has the natural finish with a laminated spruce top and nato back and sides – the same laminated pieces as the black and sunburst finishes. The mahogany model has laminated mahogany. The body has a standard dreadnought shape with a cutaway.

When it comes to tonal quality, the Fishman allows for great amplification. While it’s not the best that Fender has to offer, it does consist of an on-board active preamp and built-in tuner. The sound performance is right for its price range. Compared to the competition, it packs an impressive punch. Tonal quality is balanced, and it will help to make even the most untalented guitar player sound decent. That’s a bonus that’s invaluable!

Main Advantages:

  • Price
  • Fishman pickup system
  • Scalloped X bracing
  • Hard case included
  • Multiple finishes

Main Drawbacks:

  • Glued-in strap pegs

Buyer’s Feedback

It should come as no surprise that there are very few complaints about the Fender CD60 acoustic electric guitar. For under 300 bucks, you should expect to get a quality guitar that performs as exactly as marketed, even for a Fender. And, that’s exactly what you get!

Fender CD 60 CE strings on guitarHowever, there has been a decent complaint about the glued-in strap pegs that can come out and inevitably cause damage to the guitar. No kidding! However, keeping an eye on the components that make up your instrument will surely prevent a devastating disaster.

Very few complaints report defective guitars from the get go, but with proper inspection upon box opening and with a few extra bucks for a warranty, your purchase will remain protected.

So, what’s the positive? Buyers love that this guitar doesn’t break the bank. It also fits the skill level of many intermediate players and even pro players as a decent and knock-around guitar. For a beginner, it’s perfect! They love the strings, the aesthetic appeal, and the easy playability.

Alternatives to Consider

The Fender family is a reputable one, that’s why our alternatives to consider are Fender-related. If you decide this guitar is worth the buy, you definitely need to check out a complete package kit for the same price! As a beginner, you mightn’t have all the equipment you need, so check out the Fender CD-60SCE Dreadnought Acoustic-Electric Guitar for the complete kit.

The Fender T-Bucket 300CE acoustic electric is also under 300 dollars and features the same scalloped X bracing and Fishman pickup system. You don’t have to spend extra for this gorgeous guitar. In this same family is the Fender T-Bucket 300 Acoustic Electric Guitar that’s stunning and has a Graphtec NuBone nut. We love the finish options on this one too!

Last, but not the least, is the Fender Sonoran SCE (not a single complaint about this guitar!) and the Fender Tim Armstrong Hellcat acoustic electric guitars. They’ll push the price up a bit, but they’re a solid guitar for a solid player looking for affordability and smashing aesthetic appeal!

Fender CD-60CE Q&A

What kind of Strings does the Fender CD60 come with?

What is the Action Level of the Strings?

Are there any Extra Accessories that come with the Guitar?

Does the Hard Case Lock?

Can a Shoulder Strap be Attached to the Fender?

Does this Acoustic Electric Fender have a Compensated Saddle?

What does the CE Stand For?

Is this Guitar Good for a Child to Play?

Hardware/Electronics You’ll Need:

This purchase only includes the guitar and a hard case. You can check out the Fender CD-60SCE for the complete package that includes everything you’ll need to get started. If you prefer to buy your own equipment, you’ll need:

Check out our “Must-Have Accessories Guide” for anything else you might be missing out on!

Standout Features:

  • Aesthetic appeal
  • Easy to use
  • For all skill levels

Our Verdict

To strum it up, the Fender CD-60CE is a superb guitar for the price if you want to start learning or have a casual guitar on the side. For you pros, you might end up finding yourself attached when you’re not rocking it out with your Martin!