Yamaha CG102 Nylon String Classical Guitar


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Yamaha CG102

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The CG102 first appeared on our recommended list for Classical Guitars Under $200 in August 2020 where it remained until a price increase had it moved to our recommended list for Classical Guitars Under $500.

Then in September 2022 it came off the list when it was out-ranked in its new price category by the Kremona Soloist S65C.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now guitars with higher ratings in our guide to The Best Nylon String Guitars.


The Yamaha CG102 is another classical guitar meant for beginner students.

It follows full-size classical guitar specifications, with a 2.05" nut width and 25.56" scale length, built to meet the strict quality demands of Yamaha while using alternative materials to make this instrument more accessible.

It uses laminate spruce for the top, albeit with a lighter finish while the back and sides are made from more accessible nato wood (an affordable alternative to mahogany), both of which are common in this price range,

This is an instrument that is designed for students and represents a step up from Yamaha's famous C40.

Other features that set it apart from other beginner guitars include its rosette graphic, prominent black bindings, improved hardware and a lighter finish.


  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Nato/Meranti
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood Bridge
  • Neck: Nato Neck
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25.56"
  • Nut Width: 2.05"


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