Product Comparison: Yamaha CGS103A vs Yamaha CS40


General Specifications
Brand
Yamaha
Yamaha
Model
CGS103A
CS40
Origin
Indonesia
Indonesia
About the Product
The Yamaha CGS103A is a perfect guitar for young beginners! The shape and feel of the 3/4-sized CGS103A makes it appropriate for elementary school-aged kids up to about 6th grade. With a scale length of nearly 23" and a body depth of approximately 4", this guitar serves as a great transitional instrument for players who are nearly ready to step up to a full-sized instrument. The Yamaha CGS103A has a wonderful spruce-influenced tone, with an easily manageable size for any player. Start down the road to musicality with the CGS103A!
The CS40 is a perfect choice for musicians looking for a smaller 7/8 body size with quality features. The C Series of guitars provides quality materials and craftsmanship in a variety of price points. These instruments deliver excellent tonal balance with their improved woods, finishes, and thinner necks for extended comfort and playability.
Key Specs
Guitar Type
Acoustic
Acoustic
Hand Orientation
Right-handed
Right-handed
Number Of Strings
6
6
Guitar Size
3/4
3/4
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Yamaha CGS103A 3/4 Size Classical Guitar
  • A perfect size for me, a petite 5'3" female. It has a good sound and is good quality.
  • My daughter got this for her 7th birthday and I'd say 3/4 size is still a bit to big for her, but I think the kids grow UP and not DOWN, so it'll fir her fine in the future.
  • The sound is surprisingly amazing: clear, loud.
  • I bought this for my youngest son's 9th birthday and he totally loved it and its just the right size for him. It sounds great and looks really nice.
  • Good but the nylon stings make a very different sound and with a capo it doesn't sound correct.
  • The strings wear very easily so i recommend getting another pair of strings so that you have them just in case.
Yamaha CS40 3/4-Scale Classical Guitar
  • The guitar is exactly the size I need, has good tone and feels solid.
  • I read the reviews about this guitar and I am not disappointed. It's just the right size and weight. For a small guitar the tone is comparable to my full size folk guitar. I am enjoying playing again.
  • Clean sound, light weight, beautiful.
  • Guitar arrived earlier today and I couldn't be happier. It is in perfect condition, not a scratch! Once the strings were stretched and tuned, it plays and sounds like the MUCH more expensive classicals I've owned in the past
  • The quality of build and sound is far below what we expected and when compared to a $200 guitar at our local shop, it’s noticeable. Would recommend that you do not purchase.
  • For the price cant complain. There is a slight buzz at about the 12th fret on a couple of strings. I will ahve to do a little work on it to get it to play right. But it is for a beginner, so I expected a guitar that might not be perfect.
Size & Weight
Total Length
33.25 in.
36.25 in.
Lower Bout
12.5 in.
13.38 in.
Nut Width
1.9 in.
1.9 in.
Body Length
15.31 in.
17.7 in.
Upper Bout
9 in.
10 in.
Body Depth
3.4 in.
3.43 in.
Weight
4.4 lbs.
5.2 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Yamaha CGS103A 3/4 Size Classical Guitar
  • It's very compact and we can easy travel with this guitar.
  • I bought this guitar for my daughter and so far it is proving to be the perfect guitar for her. The 3/4 size is just right for her hands and body size (9 years old) but will also grow with her for the next few years at least.
  • The size of the guitar is a little bigger than I had expected for 3/4 size, but its good.
  • This is a great little guitar for the money - great sound and just the right size for my son.
  • The sound is incredible and the size... I just love it. Specially for traveling.
Yamaha CS40 3/4-Scale Classical Guitar
  • My daughter is a very tall 9 year old and it's a perfect size.
  • Sound is nice and clear. size is perfect for an 8 yr old who can tune it. Nylon strings just right.
  • Perfect size for kid. Great sound. Very happy with it.
  • Very well tuned as well and the size is perfect for me as an 8-year old. The shape is looking like a proper guitar of a-bit of good sounds.
  • Well built, Good size, Easy to play, sound not great.
Materials
Fingerboard
Rosewood
Rosewood
Bridge
Rosewood
Rosewood
Neck
Nato
Nato
Side/Rib
Meranti
Meranti
Top
Spruce
Spruce
What customers say about "Materials"
Yamaha CGS103A 3/4 Size Classical Guitar
  • The built is what you'd expect from a standard classical guitar: no chips in lacker, straight neck, no dead frets, holds tune very well for $129 guitar (I tune it about once every four weeks).
  • don't really know anything about guitar. But, my husband plays and he thinks that it is well made and the sound is good.
  • Very surprised by the quality of this guitar materials. Its very good.
  • I am a bit concerned that if the guitar gets wet this strip of wood has no protection and will absorb the water and possibly warp. I'll have to keep an eye on it.
Yamaha CS40 3/4-Scale Classical Guitar
  • Nice small body classical guitar. I like the fact that this guitar is all solid wood.
  • The wood on the rear is really very good looking - looks more expensive than it was!
  • Nice guitar, seems to have a soul already. Nice wood, nice sound. And for all of this, the price is right!
  • The guitar is nice, slightly more orange in color than the picture but thats fine because wood is like that sometimes.
Features
String Scale
22.8 in.
22.8 in.
Number Of Frets
19
19
Strap Included
Yes
No
Pickguard
No
No
Tuners
Open Chrome
Open Chrome
Extras
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Big acoustic tone from a smaller-sized acoustic guitar, Real spruce top provides great acoustic tone
Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Big acoustic tone from a smaller-sized acoustic guitar, Real spruce top provides great acoustic tone
What customers say about "Features"
Yamaha CGS103A 3/4 Size Classical Guitar
  • The sound is very nice and impressed her guitar instructor.
  • My son plays it non-stop. It looks and sounds great for a youth guitar. You can hear the difference in the strings compared to my guitar with steel strings but it still sounds great.
  • It has a good sound and is good quality. Yeah, the strings need tuning before you play, even from day to day, but it gets better and honestly it's not that hard to do.
  • Intonation is right on. Very good.
Yamaha CS40 3/4-Scale Classical Guitar
  • GREAT quality sound for such a low price.
  • Didn't take more than an hour of playing to keep in tune right out of the box.
  • The tuner is nice and small yet really helps you tune each string to the appropriate note.
  • I LOVE THE TUNER. Super useful. Honestly, if the bundle was just the guitar and a tuner, you'd be getting your money's worth.
  • The polishing cloth and extra strings are also super useful.
  • The bag is what you would expect...thin, with no protective padding.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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