Fender’s stint in the affordable range is not something they are particularly known for. After all, that’s what Squier is for. However, they have chosen to do affordable, entry level acoustic guitars under their own brand. One such instrument is the Fender CD-60 NAT. It’s a no-frills acoustic guitar which offers a solid foundation to anyone looking for a good beginner guitar. It’s no wonder this particular model is among the most popular and best performing beginner acoustic guitars on the market.

What we have here is the standard dreadnought body. Fender kept things simple with this one, that’s for sure. The tonewood of choice comes in the form of laminated mahogany back and sides with a laminated spruce top. Having so much laminate on a guitar is not something to write home about, however there’s a good explanation. In order to deliver an acoustic guitar within the given price range, some tradeoffs had to be made.

The CD-60 NAT comes with scalloped X-bracing, which is a big plus. Overall the body is well made, well fit together, thus minimising the effects of its laminate nature with a lot of success. The neck is also a mahogany piece which features a nice rosewood fretboard and compensated saddle.

As you could expect, the hardware is right around the industry’s average in this price range. You get a rosewood bridge with a composite saddle. On the other end of the guitar, Fender installed a set of die cast tuning machines which get the job done so long as you don’t push the guitar outside its comfort zone. Tuning and intonation retention is there, allowing you to focus on other, more important things when you play this guitar.

For a laminated cutaway dreadnought, the CD-60 NAT brings a fairly surprising performance. You would expect the tone to be lacking in some ways, but that is simply not the case. Would you want to compare this Fender to a top tier Taylor? You definitely wouldn’t, but viewed through the prism of its immediate competition, the CD-60 packs a mean punch. Steady throughout the frequency range, this Fender delivers a balanced tone colour with enough warmth and projection to satisfy even the more unforgiving guitar players out there.


This item is available from our store in Exeter or by post (at an additional cost of £25).

Packed very carefully and sent via Parcelforce48 (short delays to be expected over the Christmas and New Year period) .

If you have any questions, please contact us before purchasing either by email or phone (both on our website).