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Yamaha CG101A Classical Guitar

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The CG101A classical guitar provides quality materials and craftsmanship at a very nice price. This instrument delivers excellent tonal balance with improved woods, finishes, and a thinner neck for ex... Click To Read More About This Product

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The CG101A classical guitar provides quality materials and craftsmanship at a very nice price. This instrument delivers excellent tonal balance with improved woods, finishes, and a thinner neck for extended comfort and playability.


  • Top: Spruce
  • Back & Sides: Nato
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Frets: 19
  • Hardware: Chrome
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(165 of 186 customers found this review helpful)


Really great guitar and very affordable

By guitarbuyer

from United States (haha)

great guitar. the only thing that might help or be a setback depending on your needs is that the neck is very wide. for me its great but if you have smaller fingers or fingers that dont stretch you might want to think twice. besides the neck its a really great guitar. good quality...but thats yamaha. it doesnt have a cutout but for $200 you cant expect that. so if you're looking for an affordable classical-acoustic guitar with a clean pretty sound. you should definetly consider this guitar.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


Great value.

By Philip

from La Mesa, CA

After researching classical guitars on this site, I went into guitar center expecting to spend quite a bit more and leaning towards a Cordoba. But after making my guitarist friend play every nylon string in the store, this one had the nicest tone by far (despite the laminate top). It was also the only guitar in this price range that didn't have dead spots or buzz. I've been playing it for about 6 months now and would definitely recommend.

(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Guitar!

By Priya

from PA

I'm a beginner, and I just bought this guitar a few weeks ago...I love it. I've played other guitars (friends, family, school), but this one is the easiest and most comfortable for me. I have longer fingers which helps. It is a wide guitar, so watchout small hand people. It's also very easy to play than other guitars I've played. The nylon strings are wonderful because you don't have to press hard at all, and you still get a wonderful sound.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing guitar

By royk

from rockville,maryland

one of the best classical guitars i have ever played on,a great starter guitar and really good for learning the strings are really comftorable to play with and if your looking for a classical guitar for a cheap price u should look into geting this one

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)


really nice guitar

By Benny Capasso

from los angeles

This guitar for the price range in which it is sold, ,as you might expect from Yamaha is just great . After many years as a pro. I've decided to study classical guitar but I am not ready to make a huge investment. This instrument has a full warm clear sound that projects well. This student level guitar has enabled me to play and hear music in a very satisfactory manner and I highly recommend owning one if anyone has similar needs.

(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


Decent Guitar.


from Pembroke Pines, FL

I bought this guitar about 3 years ago, actually at a local Sam Ash store, when I was taking classical guitar lessons. It's an all around great guitar. I fell in love with it when I first picked it up. Great sound quality, and very nice finish. On mine the neck is starting to kind of torque, but that's probably because I haven't used a humidifier in my case. Anyways, it's a great guitar for classical. I definitely prefer dreadnoughts. Only get this guitar if you're intending playing classical, because it will drive you crazy to try to play any thing else. It's a pretty quiet guitar too, which makes it hard to play along with things, partly due to the nylon strings. I like the dreadnought's steel strings, Large body, and thin long neck. Also, it's a pain to change the strings on this guitar. When I got it though, it already had really good strings. I guess this review kinda goes for all classicals. But again, it's a good guitar, it's served me really well for a few years. It's well worth the money.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Beautiful Instrument

By Adil Ali

from Philadelphia Pa

I've been playing classical for a lil over 10 years now and I haven't come across a guitar this subtle and perfect in more than just one way... I had been looking for a low priced classical to travel with and after a lotta research, picked the perfect one... looked at some cordobas, lucernos, ibanez, and by far the yamaha stood sounds great, its got a great original finish, a lighter body than most other classical guitars, a thick neck which makes it easy to play for someone with bigger hands and fingers... needless to say its an absolute pleasure strumming this toy and for this price its a steal... 5 stars all the way

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


competition winner!

By Brandon

from Altoona,WI

I bought this guitar 4 years ago and it has done way more than expected. I bought this guitar to use in a event called solo and ensemble at my high school. Once a year i would play a classical solo for a judge and he would rate me on my playing. From freshman year to senior year, i went to state all four years and won gold. The tone and playability of this guitar is amazing! If you want a guitar that will go all the way, this is for you.


Excellent Guitar

By Marty Stobbs

from Alpine, CA

I've played every other classical guitar hanging on the wall and this one out performs them all including the more expensive Cordoba and Rodriguez models. Excellent tone range, action is close making it very easy to play. The construction very good as well.

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