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rusty50 04-04-2010 08:54 AM

Flamenco Anyone?
Well, you know how the story begins, "I wasn't looking for another guitar".....
Actually I was kind of looking for a smaller accoustic to play at the computer while watching how to vids on playing guitar. My computer chair has arms on it and the standard sized guitars I have are too big for sitting there. I do have an armless office chair that I bought second hand for practicing in the "music room" but..... I had looked at travel guitars, baby Taylors and Martins but..... I thought the baby Talor had a great sound but since I got my Seagull S6 with the wider neck it's what I prefer. So on Friday I was browsing at the store where I bought the S6, tried another baby Taylor and Matin and a few others then I decided to strole to the back of the store and look at the electrics. And on the bench where they prepare guitars to put on display or send off with it's new owner was a Yamaha CG171SF Flamenco guitar. I played it and instantly fell in love. I learned that flamenco guitars have lower action which I like. And I'm not surprised that it being a Yamaha that it has a great tone. The body isn't quite as small as what I was looking for but it will work. It's a beautifull looking guitar too.

GuitarVlog 04-07-2010 10:46 AM

I have a CG171SF. Great all-purpose instrument. Body is as deep as a classical but with lower action. Build quality and finishing is excellent. I upgraded mine with a bone saddle.

I've been studying flamenco (the real stuff) in conjunction with my classical studies. The CG171SF is, IMHO, a best-buy in the $350 range. It drops to about $305 on sale days.

The Cordoba F7 is a step-up in tone for $500 ($425 on sale days) but the one I've played and examined did not impress me with its workmanship. You can read my review details here.

At the $475 to $500 price-tier, I'd rather spend my money on a used all-solid flamenco guitar built by a reputable luthier from Paracho, Mexico.

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