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Designed for today's flamenco guitarist.
The Yamaha CG171SF Flamenco Guitar has the lower action that contemporary nylon-string players prefer and superb craftsmanship throughout. Solid spruce top, cypress back and sides, nato neck, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, wood back and side inlays, transparent pickguard, and natural gloss finish. Limited lifetime warranty.
Reviewed by 31 customers
After reading tones of positive reviews about this guitar, I went to a local guitar dealer to try it out. Result: good guitar for the price, but definitely overrated but reviewers. Ill explain myself: this guitar is more classic than flamenco, because of it's long sustain. Everyone knows that flamenco guitars are mainly known for their short sustain; this yamaha guitar resonates almost as long as the takamine G128S (with rosewood b-s). So, to the conclusion now: the yamaha CG171SF isn't a flamenco guitar imo, but more a classical. With cypress back and sides, it won't have the richness of rosewood.I recommend this to beginners looking for a versatile guitar: it can play classical with its sustain, flamenco with it's punchy tone as well as latin music with it's cypress back and sides.
I got a Yamaha CG171SF really cheap because it had a dent next to the heel in the back, but I figured the laminated back was strong enough and would hold up forever. Plus I liked its sound. Next I replaced both the nut and saddle with GraphTech Tusq (tm) and boy. was I surprised! It got louder and now rings out with bell-like tones. The downside is that sustain is now so long (about 15 secs) it sounds more classical than flamenco. Also, it's quite heavy for a flamenco. My next step will be to replace the original tuners, which IMHO are particularly ugly. But I highly recommend this guitar for beginning flamenquistas. You will return to it again and again as you advance in your art. In fact, I'm thinking of getting a second one new, I like it that much.
I purchased this model a few years back and it has been so fun to play. It has become my primary kick-back guitar, although I also own a takamine. I went into a store and was tinkering with a couple of different classicals. I picked this one from the wall and immediately loved it. It was loud and punchy. I thought it was 2-3 times out of the prioce range I wanted to pay. When I found out it was the Yamaha model that I had seen online and found out their price, I said I'll take it. After reading some reviews here I decided to immediately have a set-up and changed the saddle to bone. Definitly have a set-up; that usually goes with any newly acquired guitar. On this model lower the action as much as possible, since it is a flamenco. The saddle does not need to be changed to bone, especially if you are a new player. I however, thought it made the tone more natural and I may also change the nut but, that's really not a priority. I have encountered a few people that own Yamaha acoustics and have gotten to play them. They have all been very good. I don't think you can go wrong with a beginner to intermediate guitar in this brand.
I've been playing classical guitar for 8 years and for the price and feel of this guitar, it doesn't get any better. I have played classical/flamenco guitars that cost $1500 (or more) and don't play as well as this one. Even if you can afford to pay 5 times what this guitar costs, go with this one.
I was never a fan of Yamaha, but after reading the rave reviews on their CG171SF Flamenco Guitar I decided to give it a go. It really is a notch up from other Yamaha's I've played, the sound is lovely (and I haven't even changed the strings that came with it yet), sound projects well, nice timbre. But the guitar looks nothing like what's pictured... it's a very light birch color all over. ALL over, front, sides and back. There's an ugly stripe down the back that matches the front hole, and even though the neck is a lovely rosewood, there's a rakish black/gray inlay at the head that doesn't seem to match anything else on the guitar and doesn't even look like real wood. All in all - if it weren't so bargain-basement looking, I'd love it. As is, I just like it and respect it a lot.
I was completely amazed by the sound and quality of this flamenco. I have strayed from my metal roots and began studying classical guitar. I have played many flamencos before that cost eight times the amount of this one. I don't think there is a better guitar for the price. After browsing for about an hour or so trying to find one I really like, not even paying attention to price tags, I came across this beautiful Yamaha CG171SF. After playing it for a few minutes I decided this was the one I wanted. I took it home and haven't put it down yet!
I reviewed this guitar last year, and I can honestly say that I have yet to find a better guitar. I always come back to this Yamaha. Go ahead and laugh, but until you try one, you will not know. Excellent job, Yamaha!
When I received my guitar there were no surprises because I had previously read the reviews and they were right-on! It?s a great looking guitar and the workmanship it excellent. The negative points, as other reviewers mentioned, are the plastic tuning keys and the high action. The only thing I can add is that I think the nut, bridge and bridge saddle are also plastic. I plan to replace the nut and the bridge saddle to improve the sound quality and lower the action. My objective in buying this instrument was to try flamenco guitar and if I liked it, to more up to a more expensive instrument in 6 months to a year. Therefore, I think this guitar fits my needs perfectly.
This guitar is well made and has a good tone. With a new saddle and new set of strings, this guitar becomes a very excellent value for the price. For an entry level flamenco guitar there are no comparable competitors.
I really like the way this plays and sounds. It might need some better strings though. The guitar does not look like the photo. The sides are the same color as the top on the one I received. I like it though.