1 vs 1 Comparison

We take a look at two popular items, the Cordoba C3M and the Yamaha CGS103A. Our tests and reviews can help point you towards models and brands that suit your needs. This article is part of a series called 10 Best Classical Guitars of 2023

 Cordoba C3MLet's get started by taking a close look at the Cordoba C3M.

 Yamaha CGS103ANext up is the Yamaha CGS103A.


Cordoba C3M

Yamaha CGS103A


+ Affordable price
+ Stays in tune
+ It comes with a truss rod for adjusting the string relief
+ Solid cedar top

+ ¾ size
+ Exceptional tone for a budget model
+ Perfect practice instrument


It's an excellent, entry-level guitar that delivers bright, lively tone. For anyone who wants to create Latin music, then it's a solid choice, we think, but it is versatile too, so don't let the Spanish-vibe put you off if you're planning to play a different style of music. Overall, it's quite simply a typically, high-grade instrument from Cordoba.

It's a lovely instrument that far out-performs the reasonable price tag. The 3/4 size makes it suite to smaller guitarists or to youngsters who want to move from a kids model to a larger guitar that isn't as big as a full-sized model. Typically for Yamaha, the tone is great too, and it's built to last.

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