- Single-cutaway concert body style
- Fishman low-profile pickup/preamp
- Solid spruce top with scalloped "X"-bracing
- Mahogany back and sides
- Easy-to-play neck with rolled fingerboard edges
The Fender CC-60SCE is an affordable electric acoustic guitar suitable for beginners and intermediate players. In this article, I will be reviewing the Fender CC-60SCE to find out if this electric acoustic guitar lives up to the hype around it.
I shall also compare Fender CC-60SCE head-to-head to two of its most viable alternatives: FenderCD-60SCE and Yamaha APX600. Without further delay, let’s present the Fender CC-60SCE at a glance.
Read on to learn some precious insights about its tone, playability, and construction.
Let’s get onto it!
Combining an inbuilt tuner with great tone and superb responsiveness, Fender’s CC-60SCE has a price tag of just over $300. Its smaller concert-sized body is suitable for seated playing, while the single-cutaway design makes the upper frets easily accessible.
The guitar’s solid spruce top adds extra loudness to its crisp and clear tone. The mahogany back and sides are a rarity on such an affordable instrument. The neck’s shape further facilitates playing in any position.
- Design: Concert Cutaway
- Top: Spruce
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Finish: Gloss
- Binding: Yes
- Bracing Pattern: Quartersawn Scalloped “X”
- Soundhole: CD Series Pearloid
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Neck Binding: Single-ply Black
- Neck Finish: Gloss Urethane
- Neck Design: Easy-to-Play with rolled fretboard edges
- Scale Length: 25.3″
- Inlay: 3mm Pearloid dots
- Truss Rod: Dual-Action
- Number of Frets: 20
- Fretboard Material: Walnut
- Fretboard Radius: 12″
- Fret Size: Vintage
Nut & Bridge
- Nut Material: Crème Plastic
- Nut Width 1.69″
- Bridge Material: Walnut
- Bridge Pins: White with Black Dots
- Strings: 6 strings Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L .012-.052
- Tuning Machines: Chrome Die-Cast
- Electronics: Fishman® CD Preamp
How it sounds
This is a classical concert guitar whose sound scores 9/10. The crisp and precise articulation achieved with Fender’s scalloped X bracing strikes the ear with bright highs and full lows.
I wish trebles were more balanced, but they sound a bit pingy, especially in the upper range. On the plus side, this concert guitar delivers plenty of bass power.
The electronic pickup does a great job of maintaining tone consistency. On the whole, Fender CC-60SCE performs reasonably well in plugged-in gigs with a band.
The guys over at PMTVUK made a nice video demonstrating the capability of the CC-60SCE, which you can find below:
Fender CC-60SCE’s body size makes it suitable for fingerpicking, strumming, and lead work. As far as acoustics is concerned, this guitar lends itself well to almost any style.
The piezo pickup and the Fishman preamp with onboard equalizer allow players to switch from an unplugged set to an amplified one easily. Fender’s ‘easy-to-play neck facilitates faster playing styles and traditional acoustic solos.
The fingerboard’s 12” radius and the rolled edges further increase playability, while the cutaway allows beginners to reach the upper frets without even thinking about it.
Fender CC-60SCE’s top is made from solid spruce and the back and sides – from mahogany. The quarter-sawn scalloped bracing reinforces the guitar’s body from the inside. The gloss finish and the bound edges give this acoustic guitar a modern look.
The neck is also made from solid mahogany, and the fretboard is made from East Indian rosewood. The dual-action truss rod adds extra stability to the neck and facilitates two-way adjustment. Judging by the materials used, the build quality of Fender CC-60SCE is pretty solid.
What Others Are Saying
Over 70% of all Amazon reviewers give Fender CC-60SCE five stars. To sum up all of the positive feedback, let’s just say that this is a fantastic electric acoustic guitar for all levels.
Some buyers complain they’ve received a used instrument, but you can’t blame Fender about this. Another user gives this instrument only three stars because it turned out to be smaller than expected.
Pros and Cons
- Build to last a lifetime
- Dual-action truss rod for extra stability and easy adjustment
- Made from high-quality tonewood
- Plastic nut and saddles
- Basic pickup and preamp
Fender CC-60SCE vs. CD-60SCE
Here are some key points of comparison between the CC-60SCE and the CD-60SCE.
The CD-60 SCE sells for about $600, making it almost twice as expensive as the SCE model.
CD stands for Classic Design, meaning that CD-60 SCE is a full-sized dreadnought, whilst the concert-sized CC-60 SCE is a bit smaller.
CD-60SCE has a solid spruce top version and a mahogany top version. The latter has a warmer and richer tone compared to CC-60 SCE’s crisp and bright sounding.
After taking a closer look at the technical specs of CD-60SCE and CC-60SCE, I could only conclude that the higher retail price of the former model is mainly due to the higher quality of the tonewood used in its manufacturing.
Fender CC-60SCE vs. Yamaha APX600
Here’s how Fender CC-60SCE performs against one of Yamaha’s most popular acoustic guitar models.
My research shows that both guitars sell for about $300, although some fellow reviewers suggest some of CC-60SCE’s modifications could be pricier.
Fender’s concert-sized model is a bit larger than Yamaha APX600. The thin-line design of the latter fits closer to the player’s body.
I think that Yamaha’s System 65A preamp provides a more natural-sounding tone than Fender CC-60SCE’s low-profile pickup and preamp by Fishman.
Fingerboard & Scale
Yamaha APX600 has a shorter scale (25″) but a wider fingerboard (15.75″) than Fender CC60-SCE. On the other hand, CC60-SCE’s nut is wider than APX600’s – 1.69″ vs. 1.687″.
CC-60SCE is a 20-fret electric acoustic guitar, whereas APX600 features 22 frets. Those two frets make a big difference when one has to cover songs like The Who’s The Real Me.
Both Fender CC-60SCE and Yamaha APX600 are beginner-friendly acoustic-electric guitars that provide excellent value for the money. So, this head-to-head bout is a tie.
Fender has managed to pack an impressive variety of features into this affordable electric acoustic guitar. It is an excellent choice for budding talents who will appreciate its playability and versatility.
The electronic pickup system does a decent job, although the tone is a bit muted compared to unplugged playing. Use the die-cast tuners to adjust tone and intonation when playing through an amp.
Alex is a man of many talents. He’s been playing music since he was young, and has been the main content writer at Tone Start for the past few years. Alex loves to play around with different styles of music and enjoys listening to anything from country to classical.