Fender CD-60S Review: Best Cheap Acoustic Guitar

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  November 8, 2022

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A great guitar for beginners and an excellent value-for-money.

I had the great pleasure of playing it for a few months and was pleasantly surprised.

Fender CD-60S review

Here’s what I discovered while playing it.

Best cheap acoustic guitar for beginners

Fender CD-60S

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  • Mahogany body sounds amazing
  • Great value-for-money
Falls short
  • Dreadnought body might be big for some

One of the best guitars for beginners, with a low, really low price tag for what you get.

  • Kind: Dreadnought
  • Top: solid mahogany
  • Back and sides: Laminated mahogany
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Scale length: 25.3 “
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Frets: 20
  • Tuners: Die-Cast Chrome
  • Electronics: n / a
  • Left-handed: yes
  • Finish: glossy

The entry-level Classic Design Series is a great reminder of how much guitar you can get for your money at the more affordable end of the market.

You get with the 60S a solid wood mahogany top, though the back and the sides of the guitar are laminated mahogany. The fretboard feels comfortable and this is probably due to the specially bound fretboard edges.

Best cheap acoustic guitar for beginners: Fender CD-60S

The CD-60S’s action is also great out of the box. The mahogany mid-character can be heard clearly here and it brings some power with a clarity commonly associated with spruce tops.

The result is something that is genuinely inspiring to play with strumming but especially suitable for chord work.

It isn’t that great for single notes because they tend to die out rather quickly.

  • Excellent price/quality ratio
  • Great intonation
  • Excellent for beginners
  • The looks can be a bit daunting and I find such a Dreadnought body way too big, but that’s me

Why should new players settle for just good when they can be comfortable and inspired by this Fender?

Because it’s a bit larger it can project well, so it’s especially good for chords in bands or choirs.

I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Neaera and a content marketer, dad, and love trying out new equipment with guitar at the heart of my passion, and together with my team, I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2020 to help loyal readers with recording and guitar tips.

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