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Yamaha CGX171CCA Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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This axe features a solid cedar top, rosewood back and sides, a nato neck with ebony fingerboard, gold hardware for a touch of showtime, and a B Band...Click To Read More About This Product

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This axe features a solid cedar top, rosewood back and sides, a nato neck with ebony fingerboard, gold hardware for a touch of showtime, and a B Band preamp with condenser mic and piezo pickup. Has a slimmer body depth and lower action for easy onstage use. Limited lifetime warranty.

  • Solid cedar top
  • Rosewood back and sides
  • Slimmer body depth
  • Nato neck with ebony fingerboard
  • Rosewood bridge
  • 19 frets
  • Lower action than is standard for classicals
  • Gold hardware
  • B Band preamp with condenser mic and piezo pickup
  • Limited lifetime warranty
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


True Classic

By Richard Cashman

from New York

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The Yamaha CGX171 runs for years it has been considered the finest selection in its price range. The CGX171 uses both a piezo pickup and a condenser microphone you can phase to create a variety of sounds. Yamaha includes a sound hole cover you can insert to reduce feedback when necessary. In the future, an onboard tuner would make a nice addition. Serious, accomplished guitarists have always considered the CGX171 to have the richest sound in its price range. Its natural, clean and ideal for studio recording. If you?re looking for a less sophisticated more hot wired sound you should select the less expensive Cordoba C5-CE or the Washburn C104s. Those guitars can also provide a real punch when using a lower end amplifier. However, if you?re a real purist stick with the Yamaha. The fit and finish are flawless. The top is solid cedar with rosewood back and sides. The action is ideal and the playability is suburb. I give this guitar high marks across the board not that its the best classical guitar in the market. Its just the best in its price range and thats all that matters.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I got lucky here!

By Oliver

from Portland ME

well, when I first decided to look for a guitar, I had a few, to say the least, definite expectations that I was looking for. It had to be cheap and it had to have a full body sound unpluged and pluged, since I was looking for a classical I new I had my work cut out for me. It took buying and returning three so called reputible classicals to find this one. Imediatly when I played it I knew it was the one for my heavy low end styel of playing classical riffs to match my crisp styel of singing. In my opinion this is the guitar for every acoustic singer song writer out there, because of it,s amazing vesatilaty!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Can't beat this!

By LoveItMan

from TX

The tone is beautiful, built-in amp & mic are great. Medium size. Excellent construction. Easy on fingers. Biggest bang for the buck. I was actually looking for Alvarez and found this one. I took it right after first test play (not that Alvarez is not good; I just don't care now). No doubt it's a keeper.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By Gordon-.Nv3K

from Cleveland, OH

Very impressed with the action. Tone quality is fantastic. This is a keeper for a long, long time!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By suspect band member

from Peoria, Arizona

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I couldn't believe how fantastic this guitar played and sounded plugged in or not. The sound is even all the way up the neck. It is a song writers tool. It helps you create a song because it doesn't have any wek spots. Buy it! You will be very happy you made this choice. No flaws at all!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Fantastic acoustic, a littele to be concerned elec

By Flemming

from Køge, Denmark

I have bought this guitar, because it is difficult to get the specs (a little narrower neck than an ordinary classic, a little lower action and a truss rod in the neck) in Denmark, where I live. In fact it is hard to come across a guitar like this little baby at all.And it is a fantastic little baby, even if made in China, and the ebony fingerboard looks more like rosewood to me.It has a very well balanced sound for a guitar in this price range. I owe a gorgeus handbuilt Hopff guitar from 1973 - it has been with me for the most of my playing life - and my new acoustic/electric do not trail too far behind it. However there are some things to be considered, when it comes to the electric sound, The preamp are not very powerfull. I have to use a preamp, when I plug it in my Fender Acoustasonic Junior, or else I don't get enough power. But it is a minor thing. It sounds better than anything I have tried before - and believe me, that's much. I am really picky with my sound, and this guitar is the best I ever tried in this price range.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By GuitarraGuru

from Thorndale, PA

What a guitar. The Yamaha CGX171CCA Acoustic electric is awesome. I own it for a little more than a year and I'm very pleased. The luthiers really took their time in building it. The finish is flawless, the Cedar wood on the top has a nice grain pattern and color. The Rosewood back and sides look gorgeous and I love it. Inside, the braces, purflings and joints look clean and tight with no sign of excess glue. The sound is incredibly loud for a cutaway model and balanced. However, when plugged that's when the magic comes, the combination of a piezo pickup and a soundhole microphone is a big selling point. Blending the signals is easy with the onboard preamp which outperforms many others that comes with guitars costing more. I've played acoustic electric guitars in the past with weak preamps, meaning that the controls had little or no effect on the sound of the guitar. But the Yamaha CGX171CCA preamp is exceptionaly musical and allow you to tweak the sound to suit your taste.When comparing the price-performance rate I can say that you'll get by far a high performance for the buck. I tried other classical guitars costing more and this one outperforms many of them. Go ahead and dare to try it, once you do you won't keep it out of our hands.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


OK, but not great!

By old in texas

from central Texas

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It's an OK guitar, not great. Overpriced, I think,for what you get. I'm a builder myself, know about construction and all. This one playseasily, sound good with the amp because it's got a nice pickup system. Without the amp, it loses its voice. Pretty thing, though. Typical Chinese made, and that's a little disappointing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)



By isidore

from Philippines

Clear sounds and sensitive purity of music... very light and effortless playing.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Thin sound, fun to play

By the dude abides

from San Francisco

This instrument is very well put together and is quite beautiful. I am glad I own it. I bought this guitar to leave out and around. There is a lot grade inflation in these reviews. The truth is the guitar sounds a little thin. Compared to a real Classical guitar this thing sounds no good. It's a fun hybrid instrument. I like the sound plugged in.


Sweet Guitar


from Sudbury ON

Fabulous guitar. Playability is the best I've ever encountered for a classical guitar. Tones are bright and crisp in the upper registers and bold and mellow in the lowers. Sustain is long and even. If you are looking for a classical guitar in this price range, do not hesitate to consider purchasing this one. It is a babe.


Outstanding sound and high quality finish

By Superpowter77

from fort laudardale

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Amazing sound, the best for the buck. I play basically classical, boleros, baladas and church music. Comes with a solid Cedar top with cutaway, and a B-Band preamp system with adjustable condensor microphone and piezo pickup. Perfect for recording sessions.



By kane-n4Ojr

from Toledo, OH

I love this guitar. I searched for 8 months trying to find a better classical. The sound is wonderful but the condenser mic is what makes this the guitar to own especially if you record because when you plug it in it sounds like a real acoustic. I love this guitar.

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