Yamaha NTX1200R Natural Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar


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Yamaha NTX1200R Natural

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.


  • 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


The quality of materials and construction frequency come up for praise in customer reviews, in fact many people said it was better than the crossover guitars from Taylor and Godin. The unplugged tone is often described as full and rich, despite the thin body design. The Yamaha A.R.T. pickup and preamp system is considered by many experienced guitarists to be the best available on nylon string guitars in this price range.


One experienced guitar teacher wasn't happy with the string spacing saying they are too close together, but he also praised the unplugged and plugged in tone.


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 put this on your list.

There are however, more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars.