Yamaha CG102 Nylon String Classical Guitar


91 out of 100. Incorporating 80+ ratings and reviews.

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Yamaha CG102

Gearank High Notes


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

Gearank Recommended

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 where it remains today.

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The Yamaha CG102 is another classical guitar meant for beginner students, featuring laminate spruce for the top, and Nato/Meranti (an affordable alternative to mahogany) for the back and sides.

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.

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

Hard to go wrong with this affordable classical guitar, given its high ratings, especially when considering that it tops other equally well-reputed classical guitars from Yamaha's stable of student-friendly instruments.


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