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Yamaha C40 Full Size Nylon-String Classical Guitar

4.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
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Price: $139.99 & FREE Shipping. Details
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  • 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
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Product Description

Product Description

The Yamaha C40 is an affordable, classical guitar from a respected company in the music industry. Yamaha craftsmen have assembled spruce, mahogany and rosewood to form an instrument with excellent tone and playability that will inspire and encourage a player to pick this guitar up again and again! Yamaha classical guitar craftsmen learned the fine art of guitar making directly from the masters. Under the tutelage of Manuel Hernandez and Eduardo Ferrer, Yamaha guitar craftsmen acquired skills that have been handed down from master to apprentice for generations. These acquired skills are put to use every day in the making of Yamaha classical guitars. Through extensive analysis, research and experimentation, Yamaha has succeeded in blending the best and most critical aspects of traditional Spanish guitar making techniques with modern guitar manufacturing processes. These processes include a comprehensive quality check system that ensures each instrument is of the highest standards possible. As a result, Yamaha brings to you an instrument that delivers outstanding quality and performance, at a price that is hard to beat. The Yamaha C40 classical guitar is an excellent choice for the beginning guitarist.


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.

Product Information

Item Weight 4.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 24 x 7 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Item model number C40R
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4.4 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #4,452 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#5 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Classical & Nylon-String Guitars
Date first available at Amazon.com July 21, 2000

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When you approach the purchase of a musical instrument you can face a real minefield of decisions. You can pay a lot of money for a real quality instrument, but if you can't play it - then the money is wasted. You must buy the instrument that suits the kind of music you want to play.

This is especially true with Guitars. Broadly you can have classical, spanish, folk, acoustic, steel and electric guitars (but there are lots of in-between categories)

This is a classical guitar. So what does that mean, and what should you be looking for?

First off, it has the strings set widely apart, since a classical guitar is designed to be plucked, not strummed. Wide spacing between the strings allows you to get your fingers into the strings to pluck them.

Secondly : The fretboard is flat, and this means you need to reach further with your fingers to cover all the strings. If you have a small hand, or are buying a guitar for a child, this could present difficulties. Folk (acoustic) guitars have slightly curved fretboards.

Thirdly, this is a guitar designed to take soft strings of nylon or gut. Metal strings could damage a classical guitar, cutting into the wood and overstraining the neck. The soft strings give the guitar a full, but soft and gentle tone. It is not designed for playing heavy metal. It is a guitar for a small room, not for a stadium.

Probably the most important elements you want in your guitar are that it be easy to tune and has a good action. Yamaha have a great reputation for quality and consistency, which is why you can think of buying one of their guitars without playing it. You can pretty much guarantee that the tuning keys will operate properly and will not wiggle around, spoiling your tuning.
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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.
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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.

There is only one reason I needed to call the Yamaha Customer Support Line. I needed to ask where the serial number is located. I couldn't find it to save my life.
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I was amazed that I got such a great guitar for only $100. It is MUCH better than those similarly priced guitars at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc.

First of all, it has a great sound and stays in tune really well. Also, the fretboard has a really nice feel to it; I find it much easier to play than most guitars. The finish is nice too; it looks like it costs 5 times what it does.

Most people view it as a beginner's guitar, and so did I when I bought it. However, I don't really feel the need to replace it anytime soon, as I like it better than several more expensive guitars that I have played.

Highly recommended for beginners and intermediates looking for a great guitar for a great price.
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