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Yamaha CG172SF - Natural Reviews

5.0 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from Prague, Czech Republic April 16, 2014Music Background:
    Amateur classical and flamenco guitarist

    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.

  • from marianna,fl July 8, 2013

    yahama CG172SFR

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

  • from Baton Rouge, LA May 22, 2013Music Background:
    Pro musician

    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.

  • from Baltimore, MD March 23, 2015

    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.

  • from Castro Valley, CA November 23, 2014

    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.

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