Yamaha CGS102A Half-Size Classical Guitar - Natural, reviews, comments

Yamaha CGS102A Half-Size Classical Guitar - Natural

Yamaha CGS Classical Guitars are great instruments for students learning the ins and outs of classical guitar technique. The guitars feature a spruce top, Mercanti back and sides, a nato neck and a rosewood bridge and fingerboard. Yamaha is famous for producing great-sounding budget classical guitars, and the CGS instruments will reward the learner with years of musical pleasure.


Comments / reviews:
At the advice of a salesperson at the guitar shop I had originally purchased a 3/4 size with metal strings for my 7 year old who was starting lessons. At the first lesson the instructor asked me to return it and buy this one for 2 reasons. First, nylon strings are easier for a child/beginner as the metal is a bit "sharp" on the fingers. And second, it's better for to go with a guitar that is too small than too large (it's hard to develop good form when you can't hold it correctly). No question these were good calls, he's doing very well with this guitar and I enjoy playing it as well. Overall the sounds and build quality are excellent.

I got this for my boy who had been taking lesson for 2 yrs (1/2 size) and needed a bigger size. He's been using this for 3 years now, and it still sounds wonderful and still a good size for him. (He is 11 now). Maybe will need a step up in size soon. But this one had served us great for all these yrs.

Why I Bought It:

I wanted a guitar to play around for small gigs. I bought it specifically for a friend of mine's small party.
I didn't have an acoustic or classical style guitar, so I wanted something cheap but also something that would
push sound. The gig called for some jazz/bossa-nova feel that is soft but a bit pungent. This guitar worked perfectly
for that occasion. Alot of people buy this for a beginner guitar for their kid or for practice only. I'd say it's great for
small performance too. I bet it would hold up in a regular concert too, especially since it has a spruce top and a slick
rosewood fret-board.

What I Like About It:

- Soft and Warm tone, but pushes the sound out with the Spruce Top.
- The Neck is extremely soft and smooth, but not glossy.
- The body looks gorgeous and the bridge looks tight and fit.

What I Don't Like About It:

- The tune knobs. The color and plastic is not for me. But they work just fine.
- It does have a "cheap" essence to it.
- Not gig bag or picks; but did come with strings already on it.

Last Remarks & Tips :

Get a gig bag for this guitar. It's essential. You won't wanna just lug this thing around getting banged up,
it's actually built well. Also, put some new guitar strings on it before you play a show or actually want to sound
good. The guitar strings on it are not bad, but there are markings on them from the frets; being packaged up tightly.

I bought this on Prime Day for my 6 yr old, and he loves to play with it. I am 6'2", 195lbs and I started playing with it too, to encourage his play and enjoyed it so much, I bought a guitar for my own (not Yamaha). For a newbie, the nylon strings are so much easier on your fingertips than steel.

The guitar (nylon?) is very forgiving sound-wise and easy to play. Seems like my errors are magnified on my Seagull S6, and it could be a nylon vs. steel string thingie. I'm not sure, I've only been playing 4 weeks or so.

Anyways, for the price, I'm very happy about the purchase, it's a great starter guitar for very young children. And if he grows disinterested, I'm not out a lot of money.

I think if my son was 10 or 11, I wouldn't get this one but I'd get a concert-sized guitar (smaller than dreadnought). Just something to think about for you parents out there looking at this product.

I purchased the Yamaha Student 3/4 Size Guitar for 9 year son who started lessons a few weeks ago. I was impressed with the packaging and the instrument itself appears to be sturdy and well-made. My son is actually excited to take lessons this year as opposed to his woodwind class last year. I am a piano gal myself, but hope to pick up the guitar along with my son. It's a great starter size and isn't intimidating.

I purchased the Yamaha CG3-SC Soft Lightweight 3/4 Size Classical Soft Guitar Case so it can be protected when not in use and he can transport it easily to and from lessons. Both were priced well and quality items. Thumbs up for Yamaha.

My son plays this guitar, and he makes it sound beautiful. Very nice for the price. I bought this based on other reviews of people that seem to clearly know more about guitars than I do (which is next to nothing) and they did not steer me wrong. Great guitar, reasonable price. Needed some tuning of course but sounds great after that!

Bought this (1/2 size) originally as a travel guitar, but find that I am playing it almost exclusively now. It probably doesn't have the volume to project for a performance, but for personal play, there isn't a big difference in the sound from a full sized.

The feel, is much better. I never really cared for full sized guitars, from the way it made my body torque, to the tension in my left hand. This is just *so* much more comfortable to play. I'm done with full-sized guitars - if I ever want to get another guitar, I'd go for a higher quality 1/2 or 3/4 size, but this is good enough.

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I don’t play guitar as often as I’d like anymore so was looking for something easy to grab on the fly. My fingers aren’t calloused enough for playing my acoustic for any long length of time and my electric is too high maintenance to set up. This guitar is perfect. I am a 5’7’ female with long fingers yet this fretboard feels like a full size to me. The sound is good enough. Great value for the price!

This is very good looking guitar with finishing equal to a fine instrucment. The intonation is perfect and that was a pleasant surprize. It has a forthright tone, more like a larger guitar. My only reservation is that the size is not clear. I thought it was a half size. It is actually slightly larger and would not fit in my case. I recommend this for mature classical players as an excellent travel guitar.

It's perfect for my child who is 10 years old. This is her second guitar. We first bought the 1/4 size and now the 3/4 size. She loves the nylon strings because it doesn't hurt her fingers. It is easy to tune with a snark too.

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