Yamaha NTX1200R Natural Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar (Discontinued)


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Yamaha NTX1200R Natural

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This was on our recommended list before it was discontinued by Yamaha.

A good alternative is the Cordoba GK Studio Negra which is another highly rated crossover / flamenco style nylon string guitar which is a bit cheaper.

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This guitar is similar to the NTX700 in that it has a thin body and small nut width designed to be more playable for guitarists who are crossing over from a steel string instrument.

What sets it apart from it's cheaper sibling is that the NTX1200R comes with solid rosewood back and sides giving it richer tones slightly more similar to a traditional classical guitar.

Its unplugged tone is often full and rich, despite the thin body design, however you can't expect a huge boomy sound when unplugged.

The SYSTEM61 + ART 2-Way Pickup system was designed by Yamaha specifically for nylon strings and you can find it on their NCX and NTX ranges. It sounds good on stage and with a little tweaking of the 3-band EQ you can even get it sounding fairly lively when recording directly into your audio interface.

If you want to make a smooth transition from steel string guitars to nylon, and you have the experience to appreciate the difference in high quality materials and construction, then this is a good guitar to put on your list if you can still find one available to buy second hand.


  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Body: Solid Rosewood
  • Finish: Natural
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Neck: African Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Scale Length: 650mm (25.6")
  • Nut Width: 48mm (1 7/8")
  • Electronics: System61 2-way A.R.T. pickup/preamp system
You can see our current recommended list in our guide to Classical & Nylon String Guitars.