Fender CD-60SCE Acoustic-Electric Guitar: A Popular Classic

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I like how Fender characterizes the CD-60SCE. They says it’s “perfect for the couch, the beach, or the coffeehouse.” So basically, the Fender CD-60SCE acoustic-electric guitar is good to play anywhere.

I think you’ll find, as I describe the features and specifications below, that you’ll agree with this assessment.

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How to Decrypt a Fender Model Name

First, in case you’ve been wondering, here is what all those letters in the model name mean. (The 60 is the basic model number of the instrument.)

The leading “C” stands for Classic Design. That’s the overall shape of the body and neck. The “D” next to that refers to the Dreadnought body style within the classic framework.

Following the model number (60), the “S” means Solid Top – in this case, mahogany. The second “C” tells you it’s a (single) Cutaway up where the neck and body join. Finally, the “E” is for Electric, as opposed to an acoustic-only guitar.

With that knowledge, you’ll be able to decode many other Fender models (and maybe even some from other manufacturers) as well.

Classic Fender Guitar Features

Some of these features I’ve already hinted at above. For example, the solid top is made of mahogany, but that’s not all in this model. Here both the back and sides are also made of mahogany.

Fender says this gives a “warm, rich tone” to your playing. They also state that this guitar should respond well “to any acoustic playing style, from hard strumming to fast flatpicking or delicate fingerpicking.”

To get an idea of what it does sound like, check out this very entertaining, short video below by a British enthusiast (and salesman).

If you just listened to the video, you know that he mentioned most of the rest of these features. The CD-60SCE has scalloped, quartersawn “X” bracing inside, a “Classic Design” Fishman pickup / preamp, ad “easy-to-play” neck with rolled fingerboard edges.

Note again that the Fishman module includes a tuner, so you don’t need to carry an extra piece of gear with you to your next gig.

Fishman pickup / preamp

Other details include a Pearloid rosette, rosewood fingerboard, creme plastic nut, and Pearloid dot position inlays (3 millimeters each in diameter). The bridge is made of rosewood. The tuners are chrome die-cast material. Note: There is no gig bag included from Fender, but you may be able to purchase a package from a third party dealer that has more items included.

Fender tuners

CD-60SCE Specifications and Measurements

Finally, here are a few more numbers for those who are interested in such details.

  • Scale Length: 25.3 inches (643 millimeters)
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12 inches (305 millimeters)
  • Number of Frets: 20
  • Nut Width: 1.69 inches (43 millimeters)
  • Truss Rod: Dual-Action

Conclusions about the Fender CD-60SCE Guitar

I really like the mahogany color and gloss finish on this instrument. It makes it look a lot more expensive than it is. Obviously, looks aren’t everything though. In fact, looks aren’t anything, if the sound isn’t good too.

I think you can tell from the video above (go back and listen if you skipped it earlier) that this is a really nice-sounding guitar. And for the price you’ll pay, you (and your listeners) will really be impressed too.

Fender CD-60SCE

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If this Fender acoustic electric isn’t what you really, really want, then check out this Glen Burton guitar that might be.

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