Best Classical Guitars for Beginners (2018)

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Classical guitars are great traditional instruments that require a lot of dedication and consistent practice to learn properly. It’s not like acoustic or electric guitars where you can just search up guitar songs and start playing. Classical guitars require a professional and experienced traditional tutor with a properly structured teaching method. Unlike the modern Western guitars, the classical has a specific way of handling. You may have seen that classical players position the guitar in a somewhat diagonal style to their body. This is one example of how the classical differs from the other types of guitars. Now without any further ado, let’s check out the best classical guitars for beginners.

Yamaha C40II Classical Guitar

Yamaha C40IIYamaha claims that they designed the C40II specifically for beginners. And they sure were successful in grabbing the starters’ attention. The C40II is spruce top with rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The back and sides are Meranti made, giving it an exceptional look and feel. It has a comfortable feel, which is exactly what beginners look for. The tone and play ability of the C40II are something guitarists would usually find in more expensive guitars.

  • Beginner-friendly
  • Affordable
  • Great feel and very comfortable
  • Quality tone and sound
  • Stays in tune
  • Strings may need replacement
  • Accessories in the bundle may be low-quality
  • Only one dot-inlay on the fingerboard (7th fret)

This guitar is a full size one, so it may be a bit unfit for young beginners. However, there is 7/8 size version of the C40II, which is ideal for kids and smaller builds. I couldn’t find much criticism that most buyers agreed on; most were just personal opinions. The ones I noted were the strings and bundle. Apparently, the strings that come already equipped may need to be exchanged for a new set of nylon strings. It’s not much of a surprise considering that even most high-end guitars require string-replacement before playing.

As for the accessories, they may not be of the good quality the guitar itself boasts. But they get the job done nonetheless. It costs around $140 on Amazon.

Get the Yamaha C40II from here.

Cordoba C3M Classical Guitar

Cordoba C3MThis is another great nylon-string classical guitar. The C3M is a solid cedar top with rosewood fingerboard and bridge. It has a mahogany back and sides with a natural matte finish. The guitar is equipped with two-way lightweight truss rod that permits adjusting the tension on the neck. The C3M is a full-size classical guitar.

  • Beginner-friendly
  • Super affordable
  • Great tone and feel
  • Action may need adjusting
  • Not what a professional may be looking for

Overall, the C3M is a good guitar for starters. Comparing it to other guitars in this price range, the Cordoba C3M definitely wins.

Get the Cordoba C3M from here.

Ibanez Classical Guitar

The Ibanez classical guitar is a spruce top with Agathis back and sides. It has a great tone and play-ability. You can’t go wrong with the price of this one. Believe it or not, this classical guitar has got no reviews below 5 stars on Amazon (as of writing this). Even a couple of professionals commended this guitar and said that it was a bargain for the price. You should definitely look it up if you are a beginner with a low budget.


  • Great for beginners
  • Price-friendly
  • Nice tone and sound
  • Comfortable feel
  • Action may need re-adjusting
  • Strings may need replacement
  • You may not receive the same finish as advertised

They buyers vehemently warned that it’s almost mandatory to change the strings upon receiving the guitar. As usual, be sure to have a spare set of nylon strings handy. The guitar will sound much better after replacing the strings. Also, the action  may (or may not) be either too low or too high, so you may need to adjust that. If you don’t have any experience in this arena, then get it professionally set up. Don’t tweak with your guitar of you don’t know what you are doing, especially if you are a beginner.

Get the Ibanez classical guitar from here.

Yamaha CGS104A Full-Size Classical Guitar 

Yamaha CGS104AYep, another Yamaha. Not for nothing, though. The CGS104A is another affordable and beginner-friendly classical guitar. A spruce top with rosewood fingerboard and bridge, Meranti back and sides, and Nato neck combined together to give a high-quality, low-price classical guitar with phenomenal tone and feel.

  • Beginner-friendly
  • Low cost
  • Available in different sizes
  • Nice tone and feel
  • Comes in a bundle with a variety of useful accessories
  • Some of the accessories listed in the bundle may be missing upon delivery
  • Professionals or intermediate players may not be satisfied with it

Again, this is a beginner guitar. I read that some buyers who were advanced players were disappointed with it being mediocre. You really can’t expect much from a guitar for such a price. And the manufacturers clearly state that it’s great ‘for beginners and young learners.’ Speaking of which, this guitar is available in 3 different sizes on Amazon: 1/2, 3/4, and 4/4 (full size). The CGS104A is a comfortable and perfect fir for young starters, or kids in general. Another good thing is that it comes with a hard case, which is uncommon to find in bundles.

Get the Yamaha CGS104A from here.

Cordoba C5-CE Classical Guitar

Cordoba C5-CELast but not least is yet another Cordoba classical guitar. This one, however, is slightly different than its precedents. On Amazon, it’s titled as an ‘acoustic electric classical guitar,’ which can be confusing for beginners. But yes, there is such thing as electric classical guitars. This one is slightly pricier than the ones mentioned above, which is understandable.

Anyhow, the C5-CE is a cutaway with solid Canadian cedar top, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, mahogany back and sides. This one and the C3M are both part of the Iberia series from Cordoba. The pickups are Fishman Isys+ and the finish is a natural gloss. It has a warm and pristine tone and sound.

  • Great feel and sound
  • High quality material
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Price is not too high
  • May experience some buzzing
  • High price

I know I mentioned the price as both a convenience and an inconvenience. Some people may find $399 as way too high for a beginner’s guitar, others probably won’t mind. It all depends on the budget. However, that won’t change the fact that this guitar is well-worth it. Even advanced players like it (as from what I had read on Amazon).

Get the Cordoba C5-CE from here.

How do I know which one is best for me?

Well, you will have to try playing on them yourself first. If that’s not possible, there is plenty of YouTube videos that review guitars. A simple search will do the job. See which one appeals to you the most. Also, make sure to choose the right size for your stature. It will make playing easier and more comfortable.


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