Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar

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 Yamaha C40 Classical Guitar is a full-size nylon-string guitar.

Product Features
Designed for Beginners, with an Eye and Ear Toward Quality and Affordability it's features are:
  • Spruce Top
  • Nato Neck
  • Indonesian Mahogany Back and Sides.
  • Javanese Rosewood Fingerboard.
  • Melamine Gloss Finish.

Generally I advise that beginner classical guitar players stay away from guitar packages as these are generally of pretty poor quality in terms of playability, the quality of the sound and the durability.

The vast majority of made of plywood. Go to ten tips for buying a classical guitar for further discussion of the problems with plywood guitars.

There is one marked exception that is outstanding in quality and retailed at a pretty good price. This is the Yamaha C40 Classical Acoustic Guitar Package. The package includes:
  • the spruce top guitar - which is one of the beginner guitars that I recommend
  • gig bag
  • guitar method book and DVD
  • plus a digital tuner
  • This is definitely good value and all this for only $10 more than the price of the guitar alone.

YouTube Review of the Yamaha C40


By Sailoil, August 16, 2004
For the price it is hard to beat this guitar as a starter instrument for someone learning from scratch. You will be able to learn the rudiments of classical, spanish and folk music, and this will give a student a route into electric guitar should they want to go the rock route later on.

By A Customer, This is a great entry level guitar, October 5, 2000
I have been playing the guitar for a couple of years now. This was my first guitar, and was great to learn on. It may not sound like a $5000 Martin, but this is a ton of value for the dollar. The price is about as low as you can get for any guitar, period. And this guitar is not merely a learners guitar. I've played it for a couple of gigs, and it performs great. The real advantage of this guitar is the ease of picking. The strings are set much farther apart than on a standard guitar; the neck is much wider. Thus, you can pick much easier than on a standard folk guitar. Because of this, however, and the nylon strings, it leaves something to be desired on the strum, but will perform good enough for most occasions. Overall, get this guitar if you are a beginner, don't want to invest a lot of money, or just want to experiment with the style of guitar, but not if you want a classical guitar to play professionally.

By Wilhelmina Gaudy "coolartsybabe" (Beaverton, OR USA) - Unbelievable quality at an unbelievable price, March 24, 2006
When I was 15 years old I bought this same or similar Yamaha Classical Guitar model. It was one I bought used from a friend's guitar teacher. I loved that guitar. Never did I have a single complaint about it. And I had it with me everywhere I went until I was almost 40 years old.

My son was an avid electric guitar player who wanted to give acoustic a try. Since I didn't have time to play my guitar during that time of my life I LENT my guitar to him. When I eventually had more free time and wanted to get back into my music I asked my son to please return my guitar, the one I let him BORROW. It was at that time he informed me that he SOLD it to a buddy when he needed money buy a Fender bass. Kids...

So...I bought this one and am very happy to have a Yamaha Classical Guitar back in my possession. The only differences I can see between my old one and this one are the colors and design around the sound hole and the absence of Yamaha on the headstock. To be sure this was the brand of classical guitar I wanted, I tried several different brands and models available on Amazon.com at local guitar stores.

Every other brand of classical guitar, regardless of the price, did not hold up to the sound of the Yamaha guitars. I'm not saying the other brands did not sound good. What I'm saying is the Yamahas sounded great. Should I ever decide to upgrade to a better classical guitar, I will stay with Yamaha.

I could not find a lower price for this model than the Amazon.com price...anywhere. Having the Free Shipping option was a major plus.

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