Yamaha CG172SF Nylon String Flamenco Guitar

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Gearank Recommendation

The Yamaha CG172SF appeared on our recommended list for Classical Guitars from June 2021 until February 2022 when it had been out-ranked by other guitars.


The Yamaha CG172SF is a nylon-string guitar designed for Flamenco style playing.

As such it has a lower string action setup that’s essential for the rapid strumming and melodic runs used in Flamenco.

This lowered action also adds a bit of string buzz that gives the guitar the expected “growl” needed in Flamenco style playing.

For the price, this flamenco guitar comes with a solid spruce top, paired with cypress for the back and sides.

The neck is crafted from nato and topped by a rosewood fingerboard.

One downside of a Flamenco guitar’s low action is that it affects tone in a way that may not appeal to those who are used to clean and full sounding traditional classical guitars.

If you’re looking for a budget friendly flamenco guitar with solid spruce top, then definitely check out the Yamaha CG172SF.


  • Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
  • Body: Cypress
  • Finish: Gloss
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Neck: Nato
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 650mm (25.6″)
  • Nut Width: 2.0625″
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars.


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