Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic Electric Classical Guitar

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Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic Electric Classical Guitar

Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic Electric Classical Guitar

  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Nato Back and Sides
  • Nato Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • A.R.T. 2-way pickup system
  • Nato Back and Sides, Nato Neck

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  1. 1
    Jeffery A. Lewis Says:

    122 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Future of Nylon Guitars, February 22, 2011
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    Jeffery A. Lewis (Milford, CT United States) –
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    This review is from: Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic Electric Classical Guitar (Electronics)

    In the Summer of 2009, Yamaha introduced their NX series of electric acoustic nylon string guitars. The NX series is divided between the NTX and NCX. NCX inherits many of the physical attributes of a traditional classical guitar with the exception of a cutaway and lower string height. The NTX has a more contemporary design to make steel string and electric guitarist feel more at home. There are four NTX models: NTX700, NTX700BL, NTX900FM, and NTX1200R. The difference between the 700, 900, and 1200 involves wood choices. The dimensions and electronics are identical for all NTX models. The 700 offers a solid spruce top with Nato back, sides, and neck.

    The NTX700 is what some people are calling a crossover classical guitar. Besides the electronic pickups, what makes a crossover classical guitar is the physical characteristics of the guitar. The NTX700 has a narrower and thinner neck. The nut width is 48mm compared to 52mm for a traditional classical guitar. Most steel strings have a nut width around 42mm, so 48mm is about in the middle of a classical and steel string. The neck is thinner measured from the fretboard to the back of the neck. The thinner neck can be provided thanks to the adjustable steel truss rod. The truss rod also allows for lower action since the neck can be slightly curved to accommodate the sweep of the string vibration.

    As a comparison, I measured string spacing at the nut and bridge on the NTX700 and then on my traditional classical guitar. I am measuring the distance between the 1st and 6th strings. The NTX700 has a 37mm nut string spacing and a 52mm bridge string spacing. My traditional classical has a 42.5mm nut string spacing and a 56mm bridge string spacing. I should let you know that I am a full breed classical guitarist, playing primarily classical and fingerstyle repertoire. Wider string spacing is generally beneficial to classical and fingerstyle repertoire due to the need to individually pluck strings with your fingers, and to have to let open strings resonate next to fretted strings. The latter can be a problem with narrow string spacing because the finger fretting a string can accidentally dampen the neighboring resonating open string. This can kill harmonies needed in solo arrangements. But I personally find a 52mm nut too wide for my hands. When I picked up the NTX700, I immediately noticed the narrower string spacing. To me, it feels perfect. Not too wide to be painfully uncomfortable, and not too narrow to limit solo arrangements.

    The NTX700 body joins at the 14th fret. This is common in steel string and electric guitars. It allows for easier access to the NTX700′s 22 frets. This ended up being one of the physical changes over a traditional classical that surprised me as being quite significant. A 14th fret body joint changes the distance between the bridge and sound hole. It is shorter on the NTX700. The distance from the bridge to the middle of the sound hole is 135mm on the NTX700. On my traditional classical, it is 180mm. How is that important? A classical guitarist can vary tone by playing at different distances from the bridge. When a string is plucked close to the bridge, it sounds thin. When plucked, close to the sound hole, it is rounder and darker. With the NTX700, I can vary tone with just a slight movement of my right hand. It took me a while to figure out why the NTX700 seemed more expressive than my traditional classical. I have concluded it is more expressive because of the 14th fret body joint. Because of the 14th fret body joint, you should adjust your neutral right hand position. With a traditional classical guitar, I would put my hand just behind the sound hole for the neutral position. This produces the desired tone for most musical applications. If you placed your hand just behind the sound hole on the NTX700, the tone is too bright. The tone is too bright because your hand is much closer to the bridge right behind the sound hole on the NTX700. I have adjusted my neutral right hand position to be directly over the sound hole.

    The NTX700 has curved frets, or has what is called a radius fretboard. Traditional classical guitars have a flat fretboard. I love the radius fretboard of the NTX700. I don’t see going back to a flat fretboard. Doing bars is a magnitude order easier on the NTX700. It is beyond me why classical guitars have not adopted a radius fretboard. Classical guitars are about the only type of guitar that still has a flat fretboard. Steel string and electrics have been built this way for decades.

    The NTX700 has pretty low action. I took my traditional classical into the shop and told them to get the action as low as possible without having fret buzz problems. The NTX700′s action is lower than my traditional classical, but a bit higher than my flamenco. With all these things, the narrower and thinner neck, low action, and radius fredboard, after playing the NTX700 for while, and then…

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    Jessie Hill Says:

    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Works for me!, September 1, 2013
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    This review is from: Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic Electric Classical Guitar (Electronics)
    I can’t get technical like the others that reviewed this guitar. If fact, had I not read any of the other posts I would not know that there was potentially anything wrong with this guitar. Anyway, if you’re like me, when you don’t know anything about a purchase that you are about to make you jump on the internet to see what others think, so for people like me that just want to make sure they are getting their money’s worth, I’d like to put in my two cents. I’ve had this guitar for about 10 months and have noticed no problem. I don’t play professionally, I just goof around with it. I’m giving it a 4 since I my not be savvy enough to know any different with regards to the technical aspects, but it sounds great and plays great. That’s my opinion.

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    Lucas Teixeira Costa Says:

    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good craftsmanship, the guitar sound is very impressive, October 23, 2014
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    This review is from: Yamaha NTX700 Acoustic Electric Classical Guitar (Electronics)
    Very good craftsmanship, the guitar sound is very impressive. At first I was reluctant about buying this guitar because it is kinda more on the thinline side, I really like to play unplugged and enjoy the sound of the wood. The solid spruce top gives the guitar a unique sound.

    Very beautiful, smooth to play, came in perfect state and factory sealed. Everything was like I expected, if not better.

    In addition, the sound of this guitar plugged in is amazing, the bass and treble control gives you the possibility to adjust the volume of the upper and lower strings, very clean sound, beautiful to hear. For those who like to play plugged all the time and in shows, it comes with a feedback reducer propper for its soundhole, a brand new battery is also included.

    Nothing to complain, very satisfied with this acquisition. I very much recommend this guitar.

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