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Yamaha Classical Affortable Guitars

Updated on February 10, 2016

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The Guitar is a good entry level guitar with a good start for any beginner.
The Guitar is a good entry level guitar with a good start for any beginner. | Source

Best Classical Entry Level Yamaha Guitar

I bought my Yamaha CG150CA in 1993 and have played this guitar for 20 years. I have played both Classical and steel string for 49 years and taught beginners since 1980. I feel I have enough experience to pick out a guitar.

The CG150CA makes a great classical guitar if you can't afford an expensive handmade one. If you master the Yamaha and can afford it then I would consider a big dollar guitar. My opinion on this guitar would also be considered for the, CG192CA, and CG162CA.. These are good sounding guitars.

How do I pick a guitar out?

1.Sound

2.Stays in tune

3.How its built

4.Type of wood

5.Price

The sound is the most important feature. A child or adult will not practice more with a bad sounding guitar. I have seen a lot of students quit because their guitar belonged in the garbage. There is no incentive to do the necessary work if the guitar sounds terrible. The market is flooded with these guitars. A good sounding guitar promotes practice. A child needs to start out right in order to succeed. Too many kids start with junk. If you do not know what your buying ask someone who actually plays the guitar.

Make sure the guitar stays in tune. If your guitar doesn't stay in tune junk it. I have seen kids spend most of their time tuning junk guitars. These are usually the kids that give up after a few weeks. A guitar that is no name is usually junk, know what your buying. Ask someone you trust. Most brand names will import a cheaper guitar but it usually is decent enough to start the guitar.

How is this guitar built? The guitar looks to have standard transverse brace for the back. This is a factory made guitar from Twain, but well built with a very pleasing sound. I have some more expensive ones that do not compare with the sound from this guitar.

The guitar has a solid cedar top, which is in my opinion the best top for a classical or you could get it in spruce,.most of the top guitar makers from Spain would agree use spruce or cedar.. The solid cedar top improves with age. The neck on these guitars are mahogany and the fingerboard is rosewood, the back and sides are ovangkol. This combination seems to work.

The price is affordable compared to the handmade ones in the thousands. Check prices, but most run about $500.00. You might be able to find one of these guitars in good condition that is used.

Overall, I would recommend the 150CA,162CA and 192CA, quality good guitars.

Other Good Features of These Yamaha's

I have had my Yamaha for over twenty years and it is in excellent working order. Mine keeps getting better sounding each year so I decided to keep it. The bass is deep and beautiful. The trebles are very clean and awesome. I have not heard the sound any better at this price range. I paid around $350.00 for my guitar but that was in 1993.

The guitar has the gloss finish, this makes the guitar shine. These Yamaha Classical Guitars are very pretty.

My photo of the beautiful rosette around the sound hole.
My photo of the beautiful rosette around the sound hole. | Source
The 150CA has a Cedar top and very tight grains.
The 150CA has a Cedar top and very tight grains.
Yamaha Design
Yamaha Design | Source
4 stars for Yamaha Classical 150CA guitar

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The Yamaha Classical guitars are still being sold today and are a great choice for new students. The 40Ca can be order at your dealer. I am glad you can still buy this guitar. You can learn Classical music and not have to shell out a ton of money, if you are serious after a few years, you can find a handmade one from Spain.I have had several young boys start on the 40C and the guitars have held up very good. They made it till the kids decided they were ready to go on their musical journey. I have no complains out of these guitars.

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  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Vellur, thanks for the comment.

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    Nithya Venkat 

    2 years ago from Dubai

    Yamaha guitars sound good. I do not play guitar but have heard guitars made by Yamaha. Thank you for sharing this hub.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    Thanks for sharing! I've always believed in the quality of a Yamaha guitar. I had one which I would play in high school and college. Unfortunately, it broke and I never played the guitar since. (Sometimes, I wonder if I still know how.)

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    Shiela Gerona 

    3 years ago from Philippines

    I don't know how to play a guitar. I bought two guitars few years ago but not Yamaha. I would love to see my kids play classical guitars.

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Keeping the guitar tuned helps to develop your ear by hearing the correct sound. Some of the older Yamaha guitars were built with the correct wood and do sound and improve with age. Thanks for visiting.

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    Marlene Bertrand 

    3 years ago from USA

    Excellent advice. You mentioned something that I think is the most important thing - keep the guitar tuned up. If the guitar sounds like crap, there is no interest in playing it. If it sounds great, then the player wants to pick it up and play it more. I have a cheap little Yamaha guitar that I have owned for over two decades. I won't give it up for anything.

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