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.