Difference Between Yamaha Classical Guitars – C40 vs C70 vs C80

Yamaha offers 3 beginner classical guitar models - C40, C70 and C80. I have formulated a detailed comparison table between the three to help you choose the right model.

Rohan Bhatia

2021-05-31

Yamaha Classical Guitar

Customers face a lot of confusion when purchasing a beginner Yamaha classical guitar.

Yamaha offers 3 classical guitar models – Yamaha C40, Yamaha C70 and Yamaha C80.

All three models are very similar, hence the confusion.

I have broken down all information and created a detailed comparison table to make it easier for people to decide on a specific model.

Yamaha C40 vs Yamaha C70 vs Yamaha C80
Feature
Yamaha C40
Yamaha C70
Yamaha C80

Top

Spruce

Spruce

Spruce

Back & Sides

Meranti

Meranti

Nato

Neck

Nato

Nato

Nato

Body Finish

Gloss

Gloss

Gloss

Neck Finish

Matte

Matte

Matte

Finger Board

Rosewood

Rosewood

Rosewood

Bridge

Rosewood

Rosewood

Rosewood

Body Depth

94 – 100 mm

94 – 100 mm

94 – 100 mm

Nut Width

52 mm

52 mm

52 mm

String Length

650 mm

650 mm

650 mm

Tuning Machine

Chrome

Gold

Gold

As you can see, the only differences are seen in two areas:

  • The wood used for the back and sides.
  • The metal used for the tuning machines.

Which One Should You Choose?

If you're on a tight budget, go for Yamaha C40.

If you want a premium guitar and have the budget for it, go for Yamaha C80.

Yamaha C80 uses Nato wood for the back and sides which gives it a much better sound.

Although the C40 and C70 are very similar, certain players feel that the C70 sounds significantly better. I don't feel this way but the best way to figure this out is to go to a store and try both guitars yourself.

I wouldn't recommend Yamaha C70 to anyone because it's not really an upgrade from Yamaha C40 (only the tuning machine is different) but the price difference between the two is a bit too high.

I hope this comparison helps you to make an informed decision about which guitar to purchase.

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