For a basic classical acoustic, I don't think there is a better guitar. I would definitely buy this guitar again and I'm planning to leave it to one of my grandkids. It hardly qualifies as a treasure from a monetary point of view, but from a meaningful personal instrument, I think it will be a keeper! I think about buying a more expensive and higher quality name classical guitar, but I don't know that I will actually benefit that much more from it. I really like my Yamaha G231!
This guitar has stood the test of time. I got this guitar in 1979 as a gift and have used it for everything from folk songs to classical. I've always liked this guitar for its tone and playability, but recently (after 30 years) I've started using it in serious classical study. It stands up next to many of the much more expensive guitars I see other students playing.
The action is a little high, especially compared to my steel string acoustic, but it is still quite easy to play. I have big hands so I like the larger neck of this guitar. No flaws on this guitar. No buzzing or dead spots.
This guitar has a very warm and deep tone. It is especially nice on classical pieces and for songs that use arpegios and finger picking. I like the acoustic sound on this guitar better than most other steel string acoustics. I recently added a Kremona NG1 Passive Piezo Pickup to this guitar and I am thrilled with the result. There were no permanent modifications needed and I can plug into my acoustic amp for a amazing sound.
I've hauled this guitar around for over 30 years and it is in great shape. I've never gone out of my way to treat it well, but I've also never had any problems with it.
This is an excellent guitar for a begining or intermediate student. I thoroughly enjoy playing it, the warm rich tone is very nice. I would not hesitate to buy this guitar again, as I believe Yamaha really developed a winner with this guitar in its respective price range.
Model Year: 1988
Where Obtained: Individual
Made in Japan, natural finish. The top is cedar I believe, though not a solid top. The tuners are stock Yamaha, the fret board is rosewood. This is an acoustic classical, therefore it has no pick ups, electronics, etc.
The action is a bit high, but very playable. The neck is standard classical width & plays very nicely. This guitar plays as well as many others at twice the price.
The sound is very warm & rich, also very balanced. Though it is not loud in a volume sense, it is very mellow & warm. This guitar would be better suited for the studio than for the stage, I believe it would project very well in a studio setting. However, it may lack the "punch" needed for live performances in front of large groups of people.
I've owned this guitar for 14 years now, & I've put lots of miles on it. It is typical Yamaha quality: FIRST CLASS. This guitar has held up remarkably well, I couldn't imagine an instrument being more durable.
I love this guitar. It sounds great and is easy to play. The only guitars that compare to it, though there are alot of good sounding cheap classical guitars, would probably be in the $500-600 range in my opinion. I would buy this guitar new without hesitation. I also have an inexpensive Yamaha 12-string and I think it is a bargain too. Yamaha does something right.
I had a Hernandez #001 guitar years ago and it was the only guitar that sounded better and was even easier to play. I haven't ever played a classical that was over $800 though.
Where Obtained: want ads
I guess from reading the other reviews it has a solid spruce top; I wasn't sure becuase of the coloring when looking at it from the side. No matter though. It sounds excellent.
Very easy to play. Clear and easy action with no buzzing anywhere I can hear.
I play classical, some folk-style ala Fahey and Kottke, as well as a couple of open G tuning pieces on this guitar. It makes anything sound good.
The lady I bought it from used it for 5 years in her performing business, and she bought it used. Yet the finish and wood are not too marked up.
My favorite aspect is the incredible tone. I would definitely buy another. The only way it could be better would be if it were free.
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
G231 were made between 1978-80... spruce top... mahogany back and sides... nato neck. rosewood fretboard... retailed new for 155.00
Very easy to play and fret compared to my other guitars.
It has a very full and balanced sound. In my opinion, I have never played another guitar that compares, no matter the price. As a matter of fact, I was blown away by the fact that I could obtain such a sound at such a low price.
One only has to look at Willie Nelson's to know about the durability. Suspect his has been through the wringer and yet it still sounds fantastic.
I chose this guitar because it was very cheap for the sound it delivered. I would certainly buy this guitar again if I lost it or it was stolen. I don't think this guitar could be much better within its price range, which I believe would normally stand around $400.
Price: $75.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Macao (Asia)
Its features are those standard on a classical guitar. The bridge has a slight recess on the G string, making the string a little longer than the other strings, thus compensating the difficulty that is sometimes found in classical guitars in tuning this string along the neck.
It has medium action, but it's actually very comfortable to play, meaning that it doesn't require much finger strength. Other guitars with similar action feel usually harder.
The balance of its tone is remarkable, but I may very well be biased on this opinion. The sound is clear, hammer-ons and pull-offs are easily accomplished and heard, which I find rare on a nylon-stringed guitar.
If you find or own this guitar, please let me know what you think.
I have this guitar for 16 years now, and I didn't always treat it carefully, so this should say something about its durability. It travelled quite a lot, even in airplanes, but the defects it now has are only due to regular use and the casual accident.