Yamaha CG172SF - Natural

Nylon-string Flamenco Acoustic Guitar with Solid European Spruce Top, Cypress Back and Sides, Nato Neck, and Rosewood Fingerboard
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Flamenco Flavor

Getting into flamenco? The Yamaha CG172SF Nylon-string Flamenco Acoustic Guitar is for you. With its lower action, superior craftsmanship, and affordable price, the CG172SF is the ideal instrument if you're thinking about branching out musically. The CG172SF features a solid European spruce top, cypress back and sides, and a nato neck with a rosewood fingerboard. Drawing upon the vast experience of Yamaha's master luthiers, CG series nylon-string guitars deliver exceptional sound, performance, and playability. Get your flamenco on with the Yamaha CG172SF.

Yamaha CG172SF Nylon-string Flamenco Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
  • Solid European spruce top for great sound
  • Full-width nut for true classical spacing
Solid European spruce top for great sound

Sweetwater knows that the choice of top wood can make or break the sound of a nylon-string guitar. For the CG172SF, Yamaha chose a solid European spruce top. Chosen as much for its look as its tone, solid European spruce has a rich sound with excellent projection. And because it's a solid-wood top, the tone of your Yamaha CG172SF will age gracefully with enhanced harmonics and greater tonal balance as the years go by.

Full-width nut for true classical spacing

The Yamaha CG172SF offers a 2.0625" nut width that allows you to play using true classical and flamenco techniques. Unlike many guitars in this price range, the CG172SF gives you full spacing for executing proper rest strokes and free strokes. This larger width also makes complex fingerings easier on the fretboard.

Yamaha CG172SF Nylon-string Flamenco Acoustic Guitar Features:
  • Solid European spruce top
  • Cypress back and sides
  • Nato neck; rosewood fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
Get your flamenco on with the Yamaha CG172SF!

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Tech Specs

String Type Nylon
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Classical
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid Engelmann Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Cypress
Binding Yes
Neck Wood Nato
Neck Shape Flamenco
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Number of Frets 18
Scale Length 25.6"
Tuning Machines Classical Style
Bridge Material Rosewood
Nut Width 2.0625"
Body Depth 3.7"-3.94"
Strings Savarez D'angelico Light Tension
Manufacturer Part Number CG172SF

Customer Reviews

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Extraordinary value & fine-sounding instrument

My CG172SF arrived yesterday from Sweetwater, and it certainly did not disappoint. I spend time on two continents, and I wanted an inexpensive but playable and nice-sounding flamenco guitar to practice on, when, as too often happens, I must spend time away from my expensive luther-built guitar. These CG172SF models by Yamaha, which Yamaha manufactures in China, should be flying off the shelves, as they are an incredible value, better than I'd expected. That this model can be found in stock anywhere means, basically, that few people have found out about it yet. As advertised, the CG172SF has a solid spruce top, but the blurbs make no mention of the fan bracing and overall build quality. Even the back of this guitar is remarkably responsive, when tapped. The sound and playability of my new CG172SF is astonishing, and it has pleasing looks. The tuners function well, the frets are perfectly installed and dressed, the gloss finish is light and nicely done, and the rosette is real wood mosaic. Overall, the CG172SF is impeccable. Yamaha has done an outstanding job with the CG172SF, well beyond what its price would suggest. I could have purchased one for a few bucks less via eBay, but I opted (wisely, I think) for the final-stage quality control availed from Sweetwater. If you are starting out in flamenco or want to experiment with a Latin sound, or, like I did, want a back-up instrument that you can be proud of, this is a terrific choice.
Music background: Amateur classical and flamenco guitarist

yahama CG172SFR

Unbelieva!ble value ! I am highly impressed with it's tone and playabity .

Flamenco Dream

This classical guitar has amazing resonance, projection, and sustain. Plus, it is a beauty to look at. This guitar would be a bargain at twice the price. It came out beautifully in a recording session.
Music background: Pro musician

Very happy

This is a great starter flamenco guitar. Light string tension combined with low action (for a nylon string guitar) makes it easy to learn flamenco techniques. Sounds very authentic and changes tone very well when going from picking at the neck to picking at the bridge with a lot of shades in between. Construction is impeccable. It may lack the tone depth of a professional flamenco guitar, but manages to sound rich and deep enough to enjoy on its own and playability is outstanding.

Great Instrument!

This guitar is truly excellent. Although this is my first flamenco guitar, I have been playing guitar for a few years, so I know what a good guitar sounds like. When I took this guitar out of the box I was blown away by the playability and the sound. Now, this guitar is not perfect, hence the half-star deduction: Even though the finish looks great,, some areas on the guitar feel rough and not smoothed over, but it is nothing that interferes with looks or playability. Second, the tuners are not the most stable; they don't go out of tune while I'm playing, but I constantly have to retune before I play. However, these are both things to be expected of guitars in this price range. Overall, this guitar is an amazing instrument, easily worth 2 or even 3 times the price.
See also: Classic Guitars, Yamaha, Yamaha Classical/Nylon String Guitars