2018 Fender Acoustic Electric (CD-60CE)
I have used this Fender acoustic in quite a few YouTube videos along with several members area lesson videos from the “Acoustic Guitar” course. It has a nice quick feel due to it’s smaller size neck. And, for a cheaper entry level acoustic guitar it does everything that you’d want it to – with ease.
Although the CD-60 model is listed as a Fender “beginner’s series,” guitar, in my opinion it actually works pretty decent when it comes to an acoustic guitar for some in-studio jamming, (NOTE: I do not use it when I’m doing professional recording, nor for any live playing situations).
The main reason why I won’t use it is because (since it is a rather low-budget laminate build), it lacks the projection found from a higher end instrument.
NOTE: This guitar was listed retail at a price point (new) for around $300.00 USD. To me, this is a very fair price for what you get!
Keep in mind that this “budget” line price point obviously means the guitar’s overall tonal sound quality definitely leans towards being rather limited.
When not plugged in, the guitar produces a lot of bright high-end (i.e., probably due to the laminated wood). With all that laminate glue there’s not enough of the deeper range tone that you would expect (and hope for) from a true Mahogany Dreadnought. (NOTE: Laminated wood doesn’t mature, leaving the guitar to continue to sound the same over time).
Overall, the CD-60 is not very rich in its acoustics and it produces a sound range that comes across as having rather limited projection and character. Something you’d expect from a guitar of this build style and price point.
In conclusion, I must say that when you consider that the CD-60 does have an entry level “Fishman” acoustic pre-amp built into it, the depth of sound is enhanced quite a lot with respect to this guitar producing a lot more depth after it is run through an amplifier.