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Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar

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Thinner body and narrower neck, offering ultimate control, playability and distinguished Yamaha nylon-string sound.

Like the NTX1200 and NTX900, Yamaha's NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar easily accommodates a wide range of musical and playing styles and offers the perfect place to start exploring your music and nylon string sound. The versatile, contemporary styled NTX line is designed with thinner bodies, narrower necks, 14th fret neck joints, and cutaway designs to provide greater comfort and playability for today's steel-string acoustic and electric players.

This Yamaha guitar is perfect for adding nylon-string tone to a wide range of musical styles from latin to jazz, Pop to Rock. Built on the classical platform, Yamaha's NTX700 acoustic-electric classical guitar features a cutaway, for comfort when playing in the higher register fret positions. This NTX starts with a solid spruce top, for warm, balanced tone. The neck, back, and sides feature nato, a soft hardwood for a balanced, crisp sound and full volume range.

The Yamaha NTX700 also features the A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha. Through precise controll of temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, the molecular properties of the wood can be manipulated into a more acoustically ideal condition, similar to the molecular characteristics of woods in instruments that have been played for years. In NX Series guitars, this treatment results in a sound close to that of a vintage guitar that has been played for years. It produces a sharper tone while simultaneously controlling dissonance in the high range. Instruments that have undergone this process have received high marks from a great number of musicians. Their evaluations are nearly identical to those for guitars that have been played for years, and their comments often include terms such as "well settled," "mature," "warm," "excellent resonance," and "clear."

Yamaha's ART (Acoustic Resonance Transducer) pickup system is purpose designed to offer the most natural, dynamic and expressive electro-acoustic sound on the market. Proprietary multi-layer contact sensors perfectly combine ultra-wide dynamic range with outstanding feedback rejection for the most accurate and natural performance sound. The Yamaha classical guitar uses a 2-way system with contact pickups mounted on the treble and bass sides of the guitar bridge. To reduce unwanted feedback caused by vibration the NX Series contact pickup uses an additional multilayer damper to ensure the tone is captured in its purest form. Complementing the warm, full mid-range of the nylon-string tone, the System 61 preamp allows individual volume control over the treble and bass side pickups, allowing you to get the perfect blend for your style. The System 61 preamp also features a 3-band EQ for sound shaping and an on-board tuner. Case sold separately.

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FEATURES
  • Body Classical Style and Standard Depth
  • Top Solid Spruce
  • Back Nato
  • Side Nato
  • Neck Nato
  • Body Depth 80-90mm
  • Nut Width 48mm
  • String Length 650mm (25 9/16")
  • Preamp System61 2way A.R.T.
  • Case sold separately

Dressed in a natural finish, the NTX700 will turn heads and ears with its construction, beauty and sound. And thanks to the pickup system, amplification is a cinch.

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YamahaNTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great fusion guitar

Very happy with my NTX700 - For a guitar in this price range it sounds and plays very well, and it looks vaguely exotic and sexy too, an aspect that can't be ignored for...Read complete review

Very happy with my NTX700 - For a guitar in this price range it sounds and plays very well, and it looks vaguely exotic and sexy too, an aspect that can't be ignored for a stage performer. I use it weekly for either solo cocktail jazz or with a pop/smooth jazz band, plugged directly into either a Fishman Soloamp or a Mackie board. It is currently strung with D'Addario EJ46 hard nylons.
The fingerboard is somewhat narrower than a standard classical, and is comfortable and consistent. Along with the 14 fret neck and cutaway the neck is perfect for fusion and jazz, though a bit narrow for classical music. The matte finished neck is very nice to play. The electronics are basic, requiring a little help from the board to get a detailed sound that is not too midrange heavy for my taste. The physical balance of the guitar is excellent. The top seems heavily braced and the finish is thick, giving it a rich though not lively sound. The guitar sounds clear and well defined played with fingernails, and using a plectrum gives it a particularly bold sound that is, again, great for trio jazz. The onboard tuner works well and is very convenient.
The quality of the woods, construction and finish are all topnotch for a guitar in this price range. No sloppy woodworking or glue joints. The nut, fretwork and saddle are all well dressed, intonation is excellent.
I am very pleased with the guitar - I used a Godin Multiac for years which had a beautiful amplified sound, but I didn't like the bridge/saddle structure or the lack of dynamic feel. This guitar cost me far less, is equally effective to the audience, and I enjoy playing it more.

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Not quite what I expected

The saddle was set too high and did not follow the radius of the fingerboard at all. I would have kept this rig except it was uncomfortable for my wrist and hand to play...Read complete review

The saddle was set too high and did not follow the radius of the fingerboard at all. I would have kept this rig except it was uncomfortable for my wrist and hand to play it. If a proper setup had been done then maybe all would have worked for me. The setup was too far off to be attractive to me.
I was trying to replace my heavily used Yamaha APX-6NA and found my old unit still more to my taste.
The NTX700 has potential if set up properly.
Everyone has to get their own good feel from a guitar - players are not all the same - guitars aren't either.

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(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great fusion guitar

By Geezerguitarguy

from Reading, PA

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Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

Very happy with my NTX700 - For a guitar in this price range it sounds and plays very well, and it looks vaguely exotic and sexy too, an aspect that can't be ignored for a stage performer. I use it weekly for either solo cocktail jazz or with a pop/smooth jazz band, plugged directly into either a Fishman Soloamp or a Mackie board. It is currently strung with D'Addario EJ46 hard nylons.
The fingerboard is somewhat narrower than a standard classical, and is comfortable and consistent. Along with the 14 fret neck and cutaway the neck is perfect for fusion and jazz, though a bit narrow for classical music. The matte finished neck is very nice to play. The electronics are basic, requiring a little help from the board to get a detailed sound that is not too midrange heavy for my taste. The physical balance of the guitar is excellent. The top seems heavily braced and the finish is thick, giving it a rich though not lively sound. The guitar sounds clear and well defined played with fingernails, and using a plectrum gives it a particularly bold sound that is, again, great for trio jazz. The onboard tuner works well and is very convenient.
The quality of the woods, construction and finish are all topnotch for a guitar in this price range. No sloppy woodworking or glue joints. The nut, fretwork and saddle are all well dressed, intonation is excellent.
I am very pleased with the guitar - I used a Godin Multiac for years which had a beautiful amplified sound, but I didn't like the bridge/saddle structure or the lack of dynamic feel. This guitar cost me far less, is equally effective to the audience, and I enjoy playing it more.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old Timer

By Mitch-szNye

from Mississppi but native New Yorker

Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

For a break, I started practicing some F Sors classical pieces. Decided I needed a nylon string classical for kicks (under a grand) and was going to pick up a cedar top. Went to a blow out sale at a local joint and picked up NTX700 instead (a spruce top) and it was love at first sight. Neck width is between a standard steel string and classical (closer to the former). Nice built in electronics with tuner. I am playing through a Roland Cube or Blues Junior at home (will try Logic Pro next on my Mac). Bottom line is that this is a very well made Chinese guitar (mine had some very minor imperfections, but the finish and detailing are nice overall) that is extremely fun to play! As they say, this is a very versatile instrument. Sounds pretty good unamped (remember this is a thin body spruce top), and nice and warm through my amps (especially my tube amp). It is very light but appears pretty rugged. I have a Martin HD-28, a cheap steel string China knock-around from Rondo, an American Strat, and a LP XR1 (1981) which will stay in their cases for awhile. I anticipate that the NTX700 will be my "stay out on the stand" guitar for some time-the instrument I pick up daily for an hour of relaxation. It is a great guitar for the intermediate or experienced player who fingerpicks or wants a different sound when playing ragtime or bluegrass or mellow jazz. Great action for some stretching and quick position changes. Two thumbs up, definitely.

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yamaha NTX700

By Abacus

from Broadway, VA

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Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

Yamaha NTX700 is a versatile guitar. It is a hybrid between a steel-strung acoustic guitar and a nylon-strung classical guitar. Its neck joins the body at the 14th fret, so it looks like and feels like (when you hold it) a steel-strung acoustic guitar. But it is nylon-strung and the fretboard is wide, so it sounds like and feels like (when you play it) a classical guitar.

Finish is impeccable. Everywhere you look, it is smooth. It has a relatively small and thin body size. So, you cannot expect a large volume and richness in sound when you just play it without an amp. But it is easy to carry around, and it does two things for you. You can play chords as if you were playing a steel-strung acoustic guitar, and you can also play melodies as if you were playing a classical guitar.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

DITTO ON THE OTHER REVIEWS

By Blues n stuff

from Southern California

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Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

Let me be the first to say here that a bone saddle makes a big difference. I got a blank and matched up with the original and lowered it about a 64th. Later I'll make a bone nut.
Also this is not for everyone but I use a MXR Dyna Comp with this guitar. It is totally transparent with the nylon strings. It evens out everything and balances the volumes if you use a pick even. I only use a bit of compresson but tell you what you wont be able to put this guitar down with it. It opens up a big world of styles with it.
This is a really nice playing guitar for the money bar none.
The neck is very comfortable. I could be a tad wider but if you are a thumb over the neck player you wont have any problems playing this guitar.
Finished perfectly. All frets are finished nicely on the ends no sharp protruding edges.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet tone and a comfortable neck

By kceltic

from Connecticut

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Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

I'm an acoustic folk/rock singer songwriter. I'm more of a strummer than a finger picker. I bought this because I wanted something more comfortable on my fret hand, as extended sessions with my steel string were taking their toll. This more than solves that problem. It is a much softer tone than a steel string, but I'm finding that I prefer it. I don't have to sing "over" the guitar, and my vocal tone and control has improved as a result. My previous nylon string guitars had a lot of issues with intonation and tuning, but this one is spot on. The electronics are good too. I don't really like the piezo "quack" from any acoustic electric, but this one is smoother than my steel string. It responds really well to my Fishman Aura dreadnought pedal. I know they have a dedicated Aura for nylon, but this one sounds great so no need to replace it. The string spacing is a perfect blend between a steel string and a nylon. There isn't much adjustment from my old playing style and now. It is light and thin, and can be held for extended periods without discomfort. This guitar excels in this price range, although I think any mid range guitar should at least come with a gig bag. It is definitely a good buy that you won't regret.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very useful crossover guitar

By Geezerguitarguy

from Reading, PA

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Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

I'm gigging weekly with the Yamaha NTX700, strung with D'Adario extra hard nylons, played through a Fishman Soloamp or straight into a Mackie board. I use it for unaccompanied acoustic jazz or sweetening a smooth jazz/pop band. The 14 fret neck is familiar and very comfortable - wide but narrower than a standard classical, allowing me to play it like an archtop both fingerstyle and picked. Though it is a natural for jazz and latin, I find the narrow string spacing not as well suited to classical. The top has a thick finish and feels heavily braced, making it reasonably resistant to feedback. The acoustic sound is thick, woody and sweet, but not very clear or "pingy" and it lacks some sustain, (though this may change as the guitar gets played in). Again, useful for crossover music but not ideal for classical. The build quality is excellent, and the guitar looks ?sexy?. The electronics are basic, perfectly adequate though not sophisticated, and the electric sound is big, warm and naturally mid-heavy. The onboard tuner tracks very well. Overall I'm more than satisfied with the product, especially considering the low price tag. The guitar is easy on my hands, and the sound works well for my live gigs, though I may be looking for something else to record with.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Give this one a chance

By windjammer

from chico, ca

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Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

Outside of a setup that felt like quicksand on the high end, it arrived in top shape; every bit as pretty as you could imagine. It needed some tlc and, since this is different than almost any other nylon string guitar, with its narrow extended neck, it took me a few days of work with it to start to understand its virtue.

This is a really, really sweet sounding instrument with a tone that is as pure as you could ask from a thin-body. No, it doesn't have a booming dreadnought voice, but it has an effective pick-up system, and for unplugged it's ideal for jazz, folk, folk-rock, alternative, latin, etc. The only problem is that I play none of these. However, though I'm not tempted to move in these musical directions, I find this box ideal for song writing, voice acompanyment in practically any genre.

I personally lean to country, inde, and progressive rock (not sure what this really means any more), and stupid songs I make up on-the-spot for the kids.

Summing this up:
1. Great pickup and equalizer
2. Terrific, if not loud, tone and clarity
3. Great looks, fit, finish
4. Solid spruce top
5. Obviously good QA with the exception of the floating trampoline of strings when it arrived.
6. Great nylon for those who play electric and steel string and want to play a nylon without going through neck-shock.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

everything as stated

By Gabe

from Caldwell, Texas

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Pros

  • Excellent appearance
  • Quality construction

Cons

  • Fingerguard Would Be Nice

Best Uses

  • Solo Singer-songwriter

Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

My friend has this guitar....tried it....and liked it from the start...waited for the right deal online from MF. It's everything I expected and then some! The only thing I would add is a finger-pick guard. The construction and appearance....flawless! I have a 20 yr. old Takamine classical with the same fretboard width....this guitar had a better pickup...and about the same acoustically.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

god guitar 4 flamenco and latin jazz

By rubenrivera49

from East Chicago Ind

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Pros

  • Awesome Art System
  • Good Feel
  • Good Low Action

Cons

  • If Dropped
  • The Tuner Nobs Delecate

Best Uses

  • Gigsrehearsals

Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

this is an awesome sounding ax for a nylon. this is one of the models rodrigo uses of rodrigo and gabriela. the tell the review on you tube and they are right it is the best sounding to me next to the gypsy king studio. I love nylons as well as jazz guitars the rock the nylon world of music 2 me.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great playability, looks and sound

By Coopertulip

from NY

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Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

Great guitar , playability is just limitless for a classical guitar, neck is perfect, its not the oridinary nylon strings guitar neck but you would feel it freindly for sure. and the looks of the guitar is just beautiful. ah the pick ups are really cool too, i didnt try it but once but it was loud, clear and pure sound.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Deal!

Pros

  • fun
  • Great feel
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Set Up Limitations

Best Uses

  • Practice
  • Solo Live Out

Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

I really liked the slim body and the fit between the classical neck and acoustic neck made it easy to transition from classical style to the acoustic stuff I know. The unplugged sound was more than I expected. It came with a sound hole plug for live playing, which I have not done with this guy yet, but I don't think it will be a issue. I would liked to be able to get the action faster, but I got it to better than most classical's. Overall I'm very happy with it and will most likely buy its brother (full body classical) to add to my collection.

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not quite what I expected

By Seasoned Guitar Stylist

from Michigan

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Pros

  • Good electronics
  • Good size for me
  • Onboard tuner is good
  • Very nice looking

Cons

  • Neck felt awkward
  • Setup not good

Best Uses

    Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    The saddle was set too high and did not follow the radius of the fingerboard at all. I would have kept this rig except it was uncomfortable for my wrist and hand to play it. If a proper setup had been done then maybe all would have worked for me. The setup was too far off to be attractive to me.
    I was trying to replace my heavily used Yamaha APX-6NA and found my old unit still more to my taste.
    The NTX700 has potential if set up properly.
    Everyone has to get their own good feel from a guitar - players are not all the same - guitars aren't either.

     
    4.0

    very nice sounding guitar

    By Sundogg

    from Louisiana North Shore.

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    Pros

    • Finish
    • Light
    • Tone

    Cons

    • Set-up

    Best Uses

    • Practice
    • Small gigs
    • Teaching

    Comments about Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    Guitar has a very nice tone, balanced and rich. Set-up was needed but that's to be expected. Fit and finish were excellent. Better strings will be added soon.

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