A $200 Yamaha was the Best of the Bunch.

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Re: A $200 Yamaha was the Best of the Bunch.

Post by Joe de V » Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:07 pm

I purchased a Used yamaha in my early years as a CG student and I trade it after 6 months primarily because it was much heavier - over 5lbs. than any other CG within the same price range at that time. This one yamaha was a vintage 1980's production. I have never purchased another Yamaha CG since that time. I suspect that the newer models since then have been modified to produce a lighter-weight product.

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Re: A $200 Yamaha was the Best of the Bunch.

Post by HNLim » Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:25 pm

vattila wrote:I don't know much of the new yamaha classical guitars but the ones were made in Japan in the the 60's, 70's were compatible with the best luthier made guitars (apparently they were made by the luthiers of yamaha, they had some talented masters who yamaha made some signed model. Kato was one of them. And these guitars were made of Brazilian rosewood and jezo spruce which were the best available woods could build classical guitars from. Segovia had a Yamaha guitar (either the no 5 or 7) but he used it very often. So if Yamaha was good for Segovia who am i to be picky :)
The model that Segovia uses was a Yamaha GC71 custom.
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Re: A $200 Yamaha was the Best of the Bunch.

Post by Francisco » Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:53 pm

In November 2014 I bought a Yamaha CG122S for my daughter, who was starting guitar lessons then. I bought it new for $260. I’ve tried a lot of entry level guitars, many of them almost twice as expensive as this one, and none of them match the sound I hear from this particular CG122S. I suppose sometimes luck plays a big role. The sound of this guitar developed and became so pleasant that I got one for myself as well about 6 months later, same exact model. And yet, the one I bought for myself never sounded like the other one. It was just okay, but not great, big difference, so I ended up selling it a few months ago. But my daughter’s CG122S I consider a true jewel considering the price. That one will stay forever. Aside from the great sound and playability, it feels like a robust, solid guitar. And I love the matte finish throughout.
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Re: A $200 Yamaha was the Best of the Bunch.

Post by Beowulf » Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:42 pm

HNLim wrote:
vattila wrote:I don't know much of the new yamaha classical guitars but the ones were made in Japan in the the 60's, 70's were compatible with the best luthier made guitars (apparently they were made by the luthiers of yamaha, they had some talented masters who yamaha made some signed model. Kato was one of them. And these guitars were made of Brazilian rosewood and jezo spruce which were the best available woods could build classical guitars from. Segovia had a Yamaha guitar (either the no 5 or 7) but he used it very often. So if Yamaha was good for Segovia who am i to be picky :)
The model that Segovia uses was a Yamaha GC71 custom.
Actually, Segovia chose a GC70C although he gave advice on the development of the GC71.
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Re: A $200 Yamaha was the Best of the Bunch.

Post by Sharkbait » Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:51 am

Yamaha CG-series guitars sound quite a bit nicer than you would expect for the price. Definitely well worth starting on one as a student, as there's plenty of headroom to grow into.

I have a CG-122MS too, and I think the matt finish lets the guitar's voice come through a little better/clearer than the gloss finish. I like it a lot, although I am now afflicted with GAS. :roll: :lol:

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