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Yamaha CG151S Classical Guitar - Review

Yamaha CG151S | Specifications, pricing and rating information on this entry level classical guitar

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Model: Yamaha CG151S Classical Guitar

No. Strings: 6
650mm scale
52mm nut
Body Style: Classical Body
Top: Solid Cedar
Back: Ovankol
Sides: Ovankol
Neck: Nato
No. of frets: 18/12 open
Fingerboard: Ebony
Binding: Ovankol
Rosette: Classical Mosaic Design
Tuners: Gold Plated Tuners
Finish: Natural High Gloss

Yamaha CG151S List Price: $519.99
Warranty: See Vendor

Jose Ramirez S1 Yamaha CG151S Classical Guitar

Yamaha is known world over as one of the finest makers of classical guitars and the market master of affordable student instruments with amazingly consistent quality and superior tone.

The ovangkol back and sides have very similar appearance and tonal qualities to rosewood. Solid cedar top delivers incredibly balanced and subtle tone.

the Yamaha CG151S Ebony fingerboard on the thin nato neck is a delight to the digits. Gold hardware and ovangkol head cap add a touch of visual elegance.

Yamaha CG151S List Price: $519.99

Yamaha CG151S Classical Guitar Features:
    Solid Cedar top
    Indian Rosewood back and sides
    Ovankol Back and Sides
    Ebony fretboard
    Fan bracing
    Glossy lacquer finish
    Ovankol Headpiece
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  • Front
Jose Ramirez S1 Back
Jose Ramirez S1 Top Plate
Jose Ramirez S1 Sonnd Hole

This is the detail of the Spanish Joint that Ibanez refers to in their documentation.

The true spanish joint has the guitar sides fit into a slot of the neck. The neck in divided into a heel portion and a foot portion.

The foot is glued directly to the back plate of the guitar. As the diagram does show, everything is constructed per the Spanish Neck specifications


Features: 5.5

The Yamaha CG151S is not your fathers Yamaha guitar that was produced back in the late 70's and early 80's. I can't tell you how many of these I sold, but I know just about every one of my beginning classical guitar students bought one, so that is a bunch of them.

These original Yamaha Guitars took about 1 to 2 hours of bench time to get them in any kind of a playable condition, and that was after sorting through the stock to find one with a straight neck. When the strings were low enough to play a bar chord, off we went to lesson land.

These new versions of this old Yamaha design are constructed much better than the originals, plus they sound a whole lot better. I often referred to the originals as glorified canoe paddles.

Sound Production: 6.5

I'm impressed that Yamaha has gravitated to a solid wood top, following other like-priced mass guitar makers. This alone makes the sound much better than what they used to be.

The guitar can't touch a solid wood instrument like a Jose Ramirez or a high end Rodriguez, nor is it expected to for this low street price of around $300.00.

Action: 7.0

The action of the Yamaha CG151S as shipped was quite good. The first thing I did was remove the strings and shaved the saddle and nut to a better height. When you are a new student to the guitar, you definitely want the action as low as you can go for your particular playing style and music taste. They definitely are delivered in much better playing condition than the original versions.

What is important is that the neck was straight and the frets were in good condition, with no high or low frets.

Interested in how to do this yourself? visit our sections on Guitar Nut Adjustment, Guitar Saddle Adjustment and Adjusting your Guitar Action for a lot of detailed information on this and many other do-it-yourself repair jobs in our Minor Guitar Repair and Major Guitar Repair sections of the web site.

Durability: 8.0

All classical guitars are quite fragile and should not be abused, but this guitar is made in a shop that is free of humidity and that will help guard against cracks due to poor humidity control. With this as well as any quality guitar, insure that guitar humidity control is kept as constant as possible with humidifiers in the winter and de-humidifiers in the summer. 

Just about all classical guitars in this price range are built quite sturdy. Not exactly bullet-proof, but certainly they are able to withstand some of the rigors of their environment, with the exception of dry room conditions. That will ruin any guitar with the exception of the graphite models.

Customer Service: 10.0

Yamaha is a quality company and stands behind any defects in their instruments. They also have a large network of distributors and they stand behind their products. If no abuse is involved, your guitar will be repaired without any question. Also all vendors listed herewith will give you an additional warranty on these fine instruments.

Overall Score: 7.4

Looking for a beginner classical to start out on? I would not hesitate one bit to offer the Yamaha CG151S guitar to the aspiring beginning guitar student. It will give you ample time to hone your skills and constantly keep your eye out for one of the solid wood beauties that make your heart race when they are strummed.

Are you an advance beginning student or intermediate student? I would advise that you look elsewhere for a better quality instrument that will showcase your skills to a better degree. Consider the Intermediate class Rodriguez or Ramirez lines, or even some of the higher quality Yamaha, Ibanez or Takamine lines.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this is not your fathers Yamaha and thank goodness for that. Try the Yamaha CG151S out and it will put a smile on your face and keep you happy during the first part of your musical journey.