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A solid spruce top 12-string designed for the stage!

The Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar from Fender features Fishman Aero electronics with a built-in tuner, a solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard with snowflake fingerboard inlays, and chrome die-cast tuners. The gig-ready Fishman Aero electronics include a tuner with an LED Display and on/off switch, volume, bass, mid, treble, phase switch, and a low battery indicator light.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Body Style: Fender Style Dreadnought, Acoustic-Electric 12-String
  • Finish: Gloss, (Polyurethane)
  • Top: Solid Spruce
  • Bracing: Scalloped X Bracing
  • Back and Sides: Laminated Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • No. of Frets: 20
  • Scale Length: 25.3" (643 mm)
  • Body Depth: 3.94" (100 mm) to 4.92" (125 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.89" (48 mm)
  • Width at Heel: 2.44" (62 mm)
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
  • Machine Heads: Chrome, (Die-Cast)
  • Electronics: Fishman Aero Active Onboard Preamp which Features:
  • Fishman Sonicore Pickup, Integrated Electronic Tuner with LED Display and On/Off Switch, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Phase Switch, Low Battery Indicator Light
  • Unique Features:
  • Snowflake Position Inlays,
  • Inlaid Pearl Headstock Logo,
  • Black Pickguard,
  • Wood Mosaic On The Back Center,
  • Compensated TUSQ Nut and Saddle,
  • Black Bridge Pins,
  • Black End Pin
  • Strings: Fender 60-12L Phosphor Bronze, p/n 0730060123,
  • Gauges, .010 to .048
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FenderClassic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome for the price

This is an excellent guitar for the price. Sounds great, stays in tune. The pickup sounds great. However, a few minor changes could make this guitar amazing. The paint job is...Read complete review

This is an excellent guitar for the price. Sounds great, stays in tune. The pickup sounds great. However, a few minor changes could make this guitar amazing. The paint job is mediocre. The painted lines on the guitar aren't really defined upon close inspection. you can see the spray blur. In other areas, you can see where it was taped in the painting process. I would still recommend this guitar for the price. It is "Made in accordance to specifications of Fender" in China, which leads me to believe they are produced by another party. If you want a low cost 12-string with a great tone, this is the best you can get. If minor flaws annoy you and you have more to spend, buy another guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not bad

i just got mine. everythings fine as expected except it doesnt have the snowflake inlays like advertised, which really would have made it nice!

i just got mine. everythings fine as expected except it doesnt have the snowflake inlays like advertised, which really would have made it nice!

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good overall dred 12-string

By too many guitars-mHG8y

from Northern Plains.

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      One thing to note is that today's quality of lower and mid-range guitars is far, far above what was available 50 years ago when I bought my first 12-string. This instrument plays quite nicely with a neck that is roughly equivalent to a six-string thickness instead of a baseball bat.

      It sounds good electric and acoustic. For fingerpicking one might suggest the string spacing at the bridge is a shade too narrow, but that's an individual preference. Spacing at the nut is fine. Even with the 10s, it frets quite easily for a 12; some prefer heavier strings for strumming, I'll soon replace with 9s as I use on most of my fingerpicking guitars. I dropped the pitch to D-d otherwise standard tuning and often capo at the second fret for "standard" pitch.

      I think the tuner may be a combination of over and underkill for a 12. A first-time 12-string player will find tuning any 12 is a different undertaking regardless. The AE pickup and preamp seem to amplify the low end a bit more, but much of that is varied easily by the amp and amp/guitar tone settings. Viewed from inside, there don't appear to be the typical loose wires - a definite plus and a show of quality design.

      The machine heads work fine. Usually I tell people to dump the strings on any new guitar and put on their own. In the case of a first-time 12-string player, I'd suggest waiting until they've played a more-or-less in-tune factory string set - dropped from E-standard to D-standard for several reasons. Restringing any 12 can be difficult for a relative beginner.

      Back to this specific guitar, it's a dreadnaught size, so it's big. It sounds big, too. Some may project more volume or more bass, but this seems to be nicely balanced with the 10s string size.

      At the street price level, I'm quite happy with the apparent overall workmanship. One must be a little concerned about any 12-string holding up under the string tension, but this seems to be well-built enough for the string gauge supplied, especially if it's down-tuned a bit.

      Overall it's an attractive, easy-playing guitar for its size and design. It has a price tag that seems appropriate. It definitely deserves a hard case, too.

      As for the general impression, it's currently my second 12; it's far better overall in playability and appearance. Frankly I was surprised that a Fender acoustic would be as apparently well-made and playable at this price point.

      If this guitar "fits" a given player physically and for playing needs, it's a good value on a nice-sounding and, for a 12, easily played instrument with good quality AE ability.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible sound

      By Klink

      from arvada, colorado

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Quality
      • Rich Sound
      • Sound Plugged
      • Sound Unplugged
      • Stays In Tune
      • Value

      Cons

      • Cant Brag You Paid 4k For

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I've been playing for 37 years. This 12-string is absolutely incredible sounding and smooth to play. I play it publicly, plugged in on a weekly basis for a church band. It just sounds like a carnival compared to my six string or any of my other collectable 12 strings. Beautiful, solid, stays in tune. There is simply not a better value out there for the price. I am not ashamed to say that I would probably choose to jam out with this guitar with friends over my '66 Vintage Guild F212 (which sits in its case for months without being played!). Probably only a professional could tell the difference in sound between them. Electronics sound fantastic, and the on board tuner is essential for my gigs cause it mutes the line sound so i can tune in privacy. You will not be disappointed. I couldn't come up with any cons, except that you cant say you paid 3-4K for this great sounding guitar. -Kevin

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great guitar

      By Little Stevie

      from Ohio

      Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      EXCELLENT.
      I purchased this guitar 2 weeks ago. I played it at my church and never played a 12 string before and I got the most compliments of my playing than any other guitar I have, and I have 6 guitars.
      Even though it is not made in america, it still has great quality and not a scratch on it. Adjustments are excellent and the sound is outstanding.
      I do not have alot of money to spare but this guitar is a steal for the quality and sound. So if you do not want to spend alot of money but have a great looking and playing guitar, this is the one.,

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Well worth it

      By Netanel Kluger

      from New york

      Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am very happy with this guitar,the sound is great, it's nice and loud when unplugged. I have not yet tried it plugged in but I'm sure the fishman electronics are at the very least decent
      Built in tuner is super convenient, neck is smooth and easily traversed
      As always with fender the quality is always better than the price. This guitar sounds better than most twelve strings double its price.a great buy if u want a twelve string but don't wanna spend too much and u also don't want a piece of crap.
      Fender cannot be beat when it comes to quality guitars for the penny pinching dude. You won't find anything nearly as good anywhere near this guitars price.

      (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Save you money

      By Randy K

      from Arizona

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      Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      1
      You can't even tune it. When you tune the first two strings ( E ) to E , it pulls the other 8 strings up so high off finger board you can draw blood trying to press down on a simple chord anywhere near the nut or anywhere else up the neck. I actually had to keep the E strings lowered considerably off tune just to be able to play some chords with the remaining 8 strings. I have been playing for many years so my caluses are well defined and this thing tore them up terribly. The guitar is advertised with snowflake inlays for markers. It came with simple dots instead and even they were so badly made you could barely seem them. This guitar is made in China and I don't know if that had a lot to do with the lack of quality but I would say you would be better off with a slightly more expensive 12 string if you want accurate intonation.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bang for Buck

      By David Frank

      from The Sticks

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      Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      A great guitar for the money. I've even used it live with just me and the guitar and got a few nice compliments from other guitar players in the crowd. They nearly crapped themselves when I told them how much I paid.
      It's a twelve-string acoustic - what kind of features do you want? The Fishman preamp is nice. The snowflake inlays are nice.
      Yes I gave it a 7 but I'm judging it against everything on the market - even the high end stuff. The housing for the output jack broke or should I say got pushed into the guitar. Now I will have to superglue the jack to the body otherwise it just hangs out. Aside from that, it really does play nice - and that's what I bought it for.
      Honestly there is probably no better bang for the buck out there. It's a steal.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar at a great price

      By ragman1908

      from Louisville, KY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        I've been looking for another 12 string acoustic guitar, but I hate the thick necks I've found on most. Just received this guitar, and I can tell the neck is thinner- perfect!. I especially like the built-in tuner. Takes just a moment and ready to go.

        I guess a "snowflake" looks different to different people. To me, it looks litlle little circles!

        I've played many more expensive guitars, and some cheaper. I think I'll be happey with this one

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Awesome for the price

        By sal

        from dallas, tx

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Mediocre Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is an excellent guitar for the price. Sounds great, stays in tune. The pickup sounds great. However, a few minor changes could make this guitar amazing. The paint job is mediocre. The painted lines on the guitar aren't really defined upon close inspection. you can see the spray blur. In other areas, you can see where it was taped in the painting process. I would still recommend this guitar for the price. It is "Made in accordance to specifications of Fender" in China, which leads me to believe they are produced by another party. If you want a low cost 12-string with a great tone, this is the best you can get. If minor flaws annoy you and you have more to spend, buy another guitar.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        not bad

        By Lotus 19

        from NJ

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        Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        i just got mine. everythings fine as expected except it doesnt have the snowflake inlays like advertised, which really would have made it nice!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good...but not great

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Fender Classic Design Series CD-160SCE Cutaway Dreadnought 12-String Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Decent build quality, action set WAY too high (easily adjusted by sanding down saddle), dip in the neck right at the body joint that I was initially concerned about but it doesn't seem to cause any problems. Decent tuners, better than usual for this price range. Sounds a whole bunch better plugged in than not; very shrill and treble-y without an amp to help it. Maybe some Silk and Steel strings may help that, I don't know. Still, for this price range it isn't bad, just don't expect it to sound like a Taylor or a Martin.

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