Fender CC-60S Beginner Acoustic Guitar

Last updated date: September 24, 2019

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Overall Take

Although designed for beginners, the Fender CC-60S Beginner Acoustic Guitar has high-quality sound and is the top overall pick among acoustic guitars. It is a tad bit pricier than some other beginner guitars, but you may find it well worth it if you want to make impressive music. You'll also get plenty of extras for that price, including picks, extra strings, a strap and a carrying bag. In our analysis of 49 expert reviews, the Fender Fender CC-60S Beginner Acoustic Guitar placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
65 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Fender CC-60S was by far the favorite of our eight testers, with all of them placing it in their top three, and three testers picking it as their favorite. Its relatively compact size makes it comfortable for practically anyone to play, and it has a big, vivid, well-balanced sound that we think will inspire beginners to stick with it.
- New York Times Wirecutter
November 16, 2017 | Full review
To top it all off, this guitar holds pretty good value for the cash and it is quite valuable for so many reasons.
November 11, 2018 | Full review
Fender`s Classic Design series is one of the best choices for beginners, as well as for players who don`t want to bust a bank for a decent acoustic/acoustic-electric.
- Chorder
What experts didn't like
However, this guitar might not be in everyone’s price range, but, if you want to get possibly the best guitar like this one, you have to spend a bit more cash.
November 11, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

A great choice for the budding singer-songwriter, the all-new cc-60s shines when fingerpicked or strummed. It boasts upgraded features that players of all types are sure to love, including a solid spruce top, comfortable fingerboard with rolled edges and a new, easy-to-play neck shape.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Fender CC-60S Beginner Acoustic Guitar
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Glen Burton Acoustic Cutaway Guitar
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Yamaha Solid Top Folk Guitar
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Fender CD-60S Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Jameson Guitars Thinline Acoustic Guitar
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Jasmine Acoustic Guitar
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Epiphone Acoustic Guitar
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 6
9. Best Choice Products Beginner Acoustic Guitar
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Acoustic Guitars

If you’ve always wanted to learn to play guitar, you aren’t alone. In fact, research has found that learning to play the guitar can improve a person’s quality of life. For that reason, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of people are picking up the guitar for no other purpose than to have fun.

Whether you have aspirations of becoming a professional musician or you simply want to entertain at parties, an acoustic guitar will get you started. Buying a guitar is easier than ever, with models available for every experience level. But before you start shopping for one, you’ll likely want to know the most important features.

Sound is, of course, of top priority. It can help to first know how an acoustic guitar works so that you’ll find one that puts out the best audio. Although you make music by moving your fingers over the strings, they actually make very little noise themselves. The sound comes from the way the vibration of the string is transferred by the bridge and saddle to the body of the guitar. This setup describes why the size and build of the entire guitar play an important role in the music you get from it.

Beyond the way your guitar sounds, though, it’s important to consider the look and feel of it, says Lewis McGehee, a professional guitarist, songwriter and private guitar teacher.

“A guitar is very personal,” McGehee says. “It needs to feel good, look good and sound good to you, which are all very subjective things. Everyone’s hands and bodies are different, which can determine how you hold and play a guitar.”

McGehee also recommends keeping the intended use of your new guitar in mind while you shop.

“Is your primary goal to have it strictly for personal use around your home or do you want to play it at an open mic? At your church? In a band?” he says.

Some guitars are smaller and lighter than others, so keep that in mind as you shop. You’ll also have the choice between various body styles, including the popular dreadnought or concert guitar body type. The latter is often more popular with beginners, who eventually graduate to dreadnought as they evolve.

You’ll also want to consider the quality of the wood used to make your new guitar, says McGehee. Some brands use better, tighter grain woods, which generally sound better, he added.

“High-quality wood — and if it is solid wood or veneer — has a big impact on the sound of the guitar. Solid wood guitars age better, which means they will sound even better in 10 years than they do now. If the guitar is made of veneer, it also has glue involved which affects the resonance of the guitar itself,” he says.

Also on the topic of wood, be sure to factor in your local climate when purchasing and maintaining your guitar.

“Because you are purchasing a wooden instrument, keep in mind that the environment in which you keep it matters,” says McGehee. “Radical changes in temperature or humidity can affect the wood of the guitar and make it require servicing. Wood can be very temperamental.”

Lastly, there’s the matter of price. If you’re just starting out, you may prefer a budget beginner’s guitar. Prices can vary dramatically, so consider whether you plan to continue to play your new instrument for many years before making a top-dollar commitment.

DYWM Fun Fact

Although string instruments have been around for centuries, the acoustic guitar as we know it today was invented by a Spanish musician in the 19th century. He modified the version of the guitar that was already popular in Spain at the time, changing the proportions to be closer to what we see today. The biggest change, though, was the use of fan bracing in the body of the guitar, which gave it a richer, louder sound. Noting this improvement, guitar manufacturers across Europe began copying his design. The newer version of the guitar was brought to America by European immigrants, where it was gradually modified to the version we see now.

The Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide

  • Sound is probably the most important feature in a guitar, and you’ll get good music from even entry-level guitars. If you’re more advanced, head for the Yamaha Solid Top Folk Guitar, which has the best sound you’ll get in the lower price range. However, the Fender CC-60S Beginner Acoustic has ear-pleasing sound, especially if you’re still learning to play.
  • The Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic is built using laminated wood, which experienced guitarists know as problematic when it comes to sound. Although you’ll get good enough sound to learn to play, you’ll notice a slight difference between the results you get from it as opposed to guitars made from natural wood.
  • The Yamaha Solid Top Folk Guitar comes with a built-in tuner, which keeps your guitar sounding good session after session.
  • Size is an important consideration, especially if you’re buying the guitar for the little ones in your household. The Best Choice Products Beginner Acoustic weighs only 2.2 pounds and is only 38 inches long, compared to other guitars in its range that weigh in the 9- to 13-pound range and are 43 inches in length.
  • The build of the Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic is impressive, with details like a synthetic bone nut and bone saddle. These small things can make a difference in sound quality.
  • The amount you pay for your guitar will likely be linked to your level of commitment. Beginners simply interested in learning may veer toward the Best Choice Products Beginner Acoustic, which retails for less than $50. More advanced musicians will be fine with the $200-$300 price tag on the Yamaha Solid Top Folk Guitar.
  • When considering price, it’s also important to factor in whether it includes accessories. The Yamaha Solid Top Folk Guitar, for instance, is not only the highest priced, but also doesn’t come with any accessories. The least expensive guitar, the Best Choice Products Beginner Acoustic, includes a guitar pick, shoulder strap, pitch pipe, digital tuner, extra strings and a carrying case. Although they retail in the $100-$200 range, the Fender CC-60S Beginner Acoustic and Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic each come with extras. The Fender CC-60S Beginner Acoustic includes picks, extra strings and a strap, as well as a soft-sided gig bag. With the Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic, you get a nylon gig bag and a hex/Allen truss rod wrench for tuning.
  • The Yamaha Solid Top Folk Guitar gives options that you don’t have with other guitars. You can choose an all-acoustic or electric-acoustic combination, as well as picking from the ultra-popular dreadnought body type or the concert guitar, which is an easier-to-play version for beginners.
  • There are various ways that the build of a guitar makes it better-suited for the novice musician. One is the location of the strings. The Fender FA-100 Dreadnought Acoustic places its strings closer to the fretboard than other guitars, which means you won’t have to press as hard.
  • Size and string location are important to easy playing, but so is the makeup of the frets. Frets are those metal strips you see along the fretboard, which is the part that extends from the guitar’s body. The frets separate the fretboard into segments, with the first segment closest to the very top of the guitar, called the head. The Yamaha Solid Top Folk Guitar has smooth frets, making it a great experience for someone learning to play for the first time.
  • If you’re left-handed, it’s important to make sure you can play the guitar you purchase. Guitars are built for right-handed players, so you’ll need to reverse the guitar and change up the instructions as you learn to play. It’s important to note, though, that one of the best-known guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix, was left-handed.