Yamaha CG172SF Nylon String Flamenco Guitar


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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"


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.

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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