Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Guitar (Discontinued)
The Yamaha NTX Series have the scale length of a Classical Guitar but with a thinner body, nut width and action that more closely resemble a Flamenco Guitar.
Yamaha say they designed this series as a 'crossover' range that steel string acoustic and electric guitar players will find easier to adjust to than a standard classical guitar.
Yamaha have also employed their A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) technique to prepare the tonewoods in order to produce a result that Yamaha says makes them sound like aged or vintage instruments.
These features are also found in the higher priced NTX1200R.
- Top: Solid Spruce
- Body: Nato back & sides
- Finish: Available in Natural (pictured) & Black
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Neck: Nato
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Scale Length: 650 mm (25 9/16")
- Nut Width: 48 mm (1.889")
- Electronics: System61 2-way A.R.T. pickup/preamp system
In their January 2016 review, Acoustic Magazine concluded by saying, "There’s no doubt that players of acoustic and electric guitars would very quickly find themselves feeling at home with the NTX, blowing the doors wide open to a new timbral experience in the process. As a stage ready instrument it succeeds at virtually every level, the ART system proving its worth in giving an accurate account of the gently voiced forefather of the steel string acoustic"
Yamaha's goal of making this easier to transition to than a standard classical guitar appears to have worked with many customer reviews stating that they found this much easier for them to play than high action, wide nut classical guitars.
The electronics and the pickups in particular were also praised in many reviews.
There was no aspect of this guitar that came in for consistent negative commentary although a few people didn't like the feel of the smaller neck / nut width.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available such as the Kremona Verea Cutaway which you can see in our guide to The Best Classical & Nylon String Guitars.