Yamaha C40 Full Size Nylon-String Classical Guitar

by Guitar Reviewer

  • Designed for Beginners, with an Eye and Ear Toward Quality and Affordability
  • Spruce Top, Nato Neck
  • Indonesian Mahogany Back and Sides
  • Javanese Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Melamine Gloss Finish

Amazon.com Product Description
Beginners and young learners alike will appreciate the quality found in this Yamaha C series classical guitar. This quality instrument delivers outstanding cost performance with exceptional playability and tone. The C40 is a full-size nylon-string guitar…. More >>

Price: $139.00
Rating: 4.0 (28 reviews)

Yamaha C40 Full Size Nylon-String Classical Guitar

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Anonymous February 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm

you should but this if you are just starting out but if your experined guitartist then liik for a more advandced guitar
Rating: 4 / 5

Wudenspoon February 2, 2010 at 8:20 pm

It is a very nice looking guitar. Very impressive on first looks. It sounded pretty good and the nylon guitar strings were very good on the fingers. The only problem was that three of the strings were nylon and three were metallic. That means you have spare some time to change all of them to the ones you like.

Thanks.
Rating: 4 / 5

Vasya February 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm

It seems to me everyone got exceptional instrument except me. I don’t understand what’s so great about this guitar. Action is just horrible. I mean, look at 12 fret its 10 millimeters. I don’t know much about classical but it is not what I would call great playability. Of course, you can play on this guitar, I do. But it’s hard. I suppose, one shouldn’t expect much from $100 dollars instrument. But I repeat, it’s not great. Now about bass strings. They sound bassy, as I suppose, they must. But the thing is their bassines overpower trebles. Trebles sound unproportionally weak. And yes, yes. I did changed strings on a good ones (D-Adario normal tension something) upon getting this guitar from Amazon I should say though that guitar starts to sound much better now than it was when I just got it. But action on this instrument still kills my fingers. I do finger pushups in order to develop muscle on my phalanges, in order, to play on this guitar somehow. Of course, I could ask professional to fix bridge nut, but why would I do it for such cheap guitar. My verdict-unless you want to develop your fingers, in order, to pull out nail with your bare hands, go for it. I will send it back, and buy myself inexpensive Spanish brand.
Rating: 1 / 5

Alex Vox February 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

If you read this it means you in the same point where I had been some time ago and I hope my advise will help you as much as the same advise had helped to me.

Essentially it is pointless to discuss some hypothetic “classical guitar” on the web. In the same way as all we, people, have the same hands, legs and heads but have different nature and voices, the guitars, even of the same model of the same manufacturer may differ wildly.

The Classical guitar has to be made of wood. And wood, even of the same age and tree has much of personality and much of “specifics in sound.

If you consider this guitar you are shopping in the lowest end for cheap instrument. Well do not do it! Because I doubt you will learn it ever.

First of all buy the real Spanish guitar. I mean Spanish made in Span not the “Spanish” made in China or anywhere else. Spanish guitars, even the cheapest made toward sound, not toward look. Do not buy guitar with laminated top, it will sound as a toilet sitting and you never will be able to get decent sound out of it. The quality of sound is very important while playing classical guitar and you produce the sound with your hands. It is crucially important to learn to produce right sound by positioning fingers and nails properly: you will never learn it with cheap, not authentic guitar, because it will sound the same whatever you will try! It is like a car that make only left turn. Then you will try to play the real guitar not the bogus one , you will find youself incapable to make it sound as other players do.

Do not try to choose guitar yourself because you can’t produce any reasonable judgment until you will learn how to make it sound properly, you must take someone who actually knows how to play classical guitar. You have to get a decent instrument because you MUST fall in love with the sound of one, otherwise it is pointless: you play guitar because it fascinates you esthetically. I doubt that toilet sitting sound out of shipping box that pretends to produce music will fascinate you!

Once again, Spanish guitar improves with an age but not one with the laminated top. If you in budget, do not trash you money with cheap Chinese garbage but save more instead and by the real thing.

Here we are, these are my recommendations for those who really seek to learn to play classical/Spanish guitar:

1. Do not buy guitar online, buy it in the local Guitar Center for example! Listen to the actual instrument. If you like the sound take it!

2. Do not buy guitar with laminated top, they are guitar only by appearance.

3. Buy Spanish guitar from Spanish manufacturer, they start as low as $250, roughly.
Rating: 1 / 5

Anonymous February 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm

I bought this guitar for my son and I love it just as much as he does. It play’s great and sounds great too.
Rating: 5 / 5

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