Fender CD-140SCE

$3,931.88 $3,342.10

Fender CD-140SCE – Overwhelming Versatility In a Traditional Design
4.7 out of 5 stars
Fender CD-140SCE – Overwhelming Versatility In a Traditional Design
Body And Neck: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Hardware:4.7 out of 5 stars
Sound:  4.9 out of 5 stars
Value:   4.8 out of 5 stars

When we think about things that made Fender one of the all-time greats of the guitar realm, we distinctively single out two factors – one would be revolutionary designs, will to experiment and proactively work on changing the very essence of the instrument, and the other would be dedication to making the instruments as accessible to wider audiences as possible.

And one of the key ingredients to making the instruments accessible is mixing up top-notch craftsmanship with an affordable price tag, which is exactly what the CD-140SCE model does. We took this fella for a spin, these are the conclusions!

Body & Neck

From the moment you lay your hands upon this puppy you realize that you’re dealing with one sturdy beast. The guitar is all mahogany – meaning mahogany back, sides, top, and neck – plus a standard rosewood fingerboard with 20 frets and white dot fret inlays. The body also features a scalloped “X” bracing.

As for the neck, we’re looking at a slim and playable piece that feels strong in your hands. Whether you’re into some heavy chord strumming or fast-paced leads, it will do the job just fine. And the satin finish on the back gives a smooth feel your hands are bound to appreciate.

Back to that tonewood, the all-mahogany combo secures a dense, full and warm tone with a pinch of softness in the low-end segment. Perhaps most importantly for the instruments of this price range, the bass frequencies are more than present in the mix, resulting in a well-rounded punch.


Let’s focus on the electronics first, shall we? In the electro segment, this Fender is loaded with a Fishman Presys Pickup system featuring an onboard tuner and a preamp. Overall, this combination is adequate and does a fine job in transposing the unplugged sound of the guitar into a plugged-in environment. The preamp also features tone controls that come in very handy when plugged directly into a PA system.

Additional notable components include a set of die-cast tuners, a rosewood bridge with compensated Graphtech NuBone saddle and a pack of aged white bridge pins with black dots, a classy Fender headstock, a mother of pearl rosette, and a tortoise shell pick-guard.

As for the sound, massive and gritty are words that pop up first, and are followed up with smooth and mellow. If you like to jam raw blues, rock ‘n’ roll or heavier country, this is the guitar for you. If light jazz is your thing, there are some better options within this price range such as the Dean Exotica Cocobolo.