Great beginner classical/flamenco guitar
The Yamaha CG172SF is designed to emphasize tone and playbility with its lower action and superb craftsmanship, all at an affordable price. Order yours from Sam Ash direct today.
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Great beginner classical/flamenco guitar
Sounds great and light action. Lightweight and easy to string up. Best guitar I've used for school.
Such a great guitar! Everything about this Flamenco guitar is beautiful and is well worth the money. Has a wonderful tone and the craftsmanship is definately Top Notch!
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT SOUNDING AND PLAYING INSTRUMENT. THE EUROPEAN SPRUCE TOP PROJECTS A FULL, BALANCED TONE. I'M NOT CERTAIN IF THE CYPRESS BACK AND SIDES ARE A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE SOUND, BUT THEY LOOK LOVELY. YAMAHA IS AN AWESOME COMPANY!
Overall a great guitar for a good price. I was concerned buying a yellow guitar but it really presents better in person than in pictures. My only complaint is the back of the neck has a few rough spots where the factory could have done a better job finishing but I don't really notice it while playing. I guess that is the reality of Chinese products. I expect it to be a great instrument for many years and would recommend this to others. The tone is bright and volume is loud.
I'd been eyeing them for several years, thinking that the specs of a flamenco style guitar would be fun to play around with. What I've realized is that the sound isn't so different from the thinner body nylons I've been playing. In fact, it's a little fuller and I like the larger neck size. Sustain is greater than I expected, but there's not a muddy note I've found. The action was good out of the box, but I've lowered it a little at the body to even it out. The projection makes it perfect for the living room and get togethers. Very happy with my new toy.
My transition to classical guitar from a long break of electric and steel string acoustic. This guitar feels and sounds great. I hope the first impressions will remain throughout its lifetime. Thank you Sam Ash for many years of amazing service.
Since I bought this guitar from a Sam Ash store, it's only fair that I review it here as well. I am giving five stars for the guitar that I purchased. Other 172sf's would only only get three or four stars because of differences in their build quality. No two guitars ever play the same, even though they are identical models. This holds very true for luthier built guitars or the Yamaha CG172sf, which is mass produced in a factory in China. While each 172sf that I played, sounded fine and was put together well, this one had several characteristics that simply made it better than its conterparts. The solid Engelmann top has a much tighter, straighter grain pattern with zero run out. The top also shows a consistent silking throughout. The neck is perhaps a hair thinner than the average 172sf, making this guitar, for me, that much easier to play. The fretwork is exemplary, though none of the other 172sf's I tried fell short in this department. I simply cannot find a better sounding or playing instrument at this price! The inexpensive gold tunners are mounted perfectly. There are no creaks to be heard from the headstock when tunning up. The nut is as close to perfectly intonated as any builder could get. The only thing I replaced was the saddle which I made custom to set my own preference for the action. I play both flamenco and classical and this guitar is now perfect for both with my custom saddle. This is now the guitar I currently compare all other nylon string guitars to. It is that good! My guitar has those sonic qualities that one has trouble describing. I don't know what combination of factors truly are at work but the above mentioned traits I think are a good indication of why this particular 172sf sounds and plays so well. I would recomed playing several of these guitars before purchasing the one you will keep. For me, this is the perfect guitar. The top continues to age nicely, and there is a nice balanced sustaian somewhere between a flamenco guitar and a concert classical. The top responds well to being driven hard and percusive to being gently set in motion. I have been playing this guitar almost everyday for over two years, and it has held up superbly and only continued to improve with use. I can't say that for any of the other more expensive guitars I have owned in the past including my prize Ramirez.
classical guitar aficionado
Just received the 172sf a few days ago and am very happy with it. I have played a gibson ES330 for years, and was worried about the much wider neck and longer scale length on the flamenco, but I find it very playable. The nylon string tension is much lower than a steel strung, and this really helps. It is well constructed, and the action is very good for a classical guitar. It is very light, 2-3 lbs.
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