Yamaha Student Series CGS103AII Classical Guitar, Natural
Another winning guitar from Yamaha, and small enough for younger fingers to wrap their hands around. Yamaha has a reputation for excellence when it comes to electric and acoustic guitars, and this one features some of that on a budget. As a mid-range guitar, this one is perfect for anyone who wants to learn and wants to do so on a reliable and robust guitar.
Body & Neck
The body is 3/4 the size of a full-size guitar, opening it up to younger and older children, those with a shorter reach, and anyone who wants a decent travel guitar. It is modeled after the full-size guitar in Yamaha’s range and has all of the same features as their classic guitars.
The body features a classic non-cutaway design and is crafted from laminate. Laminate does not have as rich a sound as solid wood, but it is hard to tell the difference unless you have a trained ear, and it helps to keep the cost down. The top is spruce, and the back and sides are crafted from meranti.
The neck of the guitar is made from nato, which is close in look and sound to mahogany but, again, it is a cheaper option. There is support inside of the guitar, which helps to brace the body. The braces keep the guitar light while providing a lot of strength.
The guitar has a 23” scale length, making the guitar roughly 3/4 the size of a regular guitar. The neck width is 1.9”, which is smaller than some but also helps to create an extremely compact guitar for the new player. There are no fancy inlays across the body and no electronics to worry about.
The strings are nylon, which is perfect for the beginner, and will stop sore fingers from forming, building up the callouses slowly, and the headstock features chrome-plated and Pearloid tuning pegs which are nothin fancy but get the job done.
What you see is what you get with this simple and straightforward guitar.
This is a mini version of the C40, so you know that you are getting quality sound. There is a lot of range here, and the broadness of the notes really allows you to play many styles of music. The notes are sweet and clear with some good depth on the bass notes. Add in some excellent treble, and you almost have it all.
The guitar is set up to be excellent for fingerpicking. The strings have an excellent tightness to them, and the sound is always full and resonant. Lots of warmth and brightness in your music.
This is a mid-range guitar which is firmly aimed at beginners. There is nothing fancy here, but that is not what you are looking for. You need a basic guitar which sounds fantastic, and this guitar is just that. Simple and straightforward, this guitar is affordable and ready for you to learn.