The 8 Best Student Classical Guitars

Updated December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Because they come with a wide neck and large body, traditional classical guitars are not ideal for those just beginning to learn the instrument. These student models are smaller, lighter and come in at prices that won't hurt anyone too much if they don't stick with this style of music. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best student classical guitar on Amazon.

8. Alfred's Kid's Guitar Course

For a young beginner, Alfred's Kid's Guitar Course is a full starter pack, including the guitar, case, tuner, and workbooks with accompanying CDs. The instrument itself is a 3/4-sized Firebrand made from spruce, mahogany and linden.
  • additional course books available
  • software for macs or pcs
  • no way to attach a strap
Brand Alfred Music Publishing
Model 00-37377
Weight 4.1 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Cordoba C3M

One of the more popular models in their Iberia Series, the Cordoba C3M sports nickel plated tuning hardware, a light matte finish, and pearl dots along the neck, making it difficult to peg as a less expensive model to the untrained eye.
  • traditional spanish bracing
  • holds its tune well
  • no case included
Brand Cordoba Guitars
Model C3M
Weight 5.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Cordoba Requinto 580

The Cordoba Requinto 580 keeps the wide-necked spirit of the classical guitar alive and well, even when building a half-sized model. The body is smaller throughout, perhaps most notably in its depth, which feels a little too thin.
  • incredibly lightweight
  • low playing tension
  • fragile build quality
Brand Cordoba Guitars
Model Requinto 580
Weight 4.3 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

5. Cordoba C7

With an increased surface area in the soundboard, as well as a body design that resists the cutaway under the neck joint, the Cordoba C7 boasts one of the loudest tones out there, which is essential in a guitar that's free of any electronics.
  • savarez cristal corum strings
  • hand-inlaid wooden rosette
  • poorly installed saddle
Brand Cordoba Guitars
Model C7 CD/IN
Weight 10.2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

4. Yamaha NTX700

The Yamaha NTX700 is a slightly quieter option due, in large part, to its diminutive sound hole. That can be a blessing for a player with sensitive roommates or neighbors, but it requires a microphone or amplifier in most concert environments.
  • nato back sides and neck
  • 2-way pickup system
  • narrow string spacing
Brand Yamaha
Model NTX700
Weight 6.8 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Cordoba C10 Luthier

The detailed construction process of the Cordoba C10 Luthier creates a unified vibration among the neck, top, sides, and back, as though they were all a single piece of wood. A mother-of-pearl weave around the hole in the soundboard adds visual flare to the presentation.
  • internal fan bracing pattern
  • lush polyfoam case included
  • may be too much guitar for a novice
Brand Cordoba Guitars
Model C10 CD/IN
Weight 11 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Yamaha CGS102A

At 1/2 the scale of a full-sized classical guitar, the Yamaha CGS102A gives beginners a more comfortable way to learn the instrument before their size or hand strength catches up to the baseline required to manipulate traditional models.
  • sonokeling fingerboard
  • great for travel
  • roomy in the neck
Brand Yamaha
Model CGS102A
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. Cordoba GK Studio Negra

The Cordoba GK Studio Negra is a combination acoustic electric fueled by a Fishman Presys Blend pickup that uses both an internal microphone and an under-saddle piezoelectric crystal relay to reproduce a more pure tone from nylon strings.
  • solid european spruce top
  • indian rosewood back and sides
  • two-way truss rod
Brand Cordoba Guitars
Model GK Studio Negra
Weight 10.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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