Pros:PRICE!!!!! Craftsmanship, amplified sound quality, and comfort of playability
Cons:How to convince wife that I have to buy another guitar!
The Bottom Line: By far most amazing acoustic available for the money try it and you'll buy it!
I went to Guitar Center today with one purpose and that was to try out the Yamaha NTX 700 acoustic electric nylon string guitar. I had spent nearly two months researching this instrument prior to playing it. I have always been a steel or bronze string player, but a trip to a local pawn shop sparked an interest in possibly venturing towards a classical style guitar. While waiting for the line to dwindle, I figured I would see what they had for acoustic guitars and to say the least the selection was rather narrow. Mostly no name 50 dollar junk, except for a yamaha with nylon strings. I normally wouldn't have given the guitar a second look having owned many fender and gibson acoustics but it was the prettiest guitar on the wall and rather finely crafted at first sight. I figured I'm the kind of guy that will try anything once, the worst that could happen is I wouldn't be impressed. Well much to the contrary I found myself spending the next 1/2 hour or so really falling for it. It was a straight acoustic so it wouldn't have suited my needs, so after concluding my business I went home and googled Yamaha classical guitars.
Recommend this product?
Surprised to find Yamaha made acoustic- electrics with nylon strings, a sort of classical crossover if you will, the NTX line really caught my eye, of course budget situations prevent my purchasing the higher grade models ( 900 & 1200 series) but much to my surprise the NTX 700 was really budget friendly at $500.00. After reading about a couple dozen reviews it was time to locate one to try it on before making a purchase. Luckily my local G-C had one in stock, so I went and spent an hour and 45 minutes playing the NTX 700 both acoustically and plugged in. Most of the reviews I had read were very accurate, in that pictures do the NTX 700 no justice, it is a superbly finished and just awe inspiringly beautiful instrument. It lacks volume unplugged as most of the reviews I had read stated, but plugged into a fender acoustic amp with some chorus and delay this is an instrument of monumental capacity. It rings through like an orchesta, very deep and rich with tones of a jumbo, it was amazing the fullness that a thinline could produce. I had used a friend of mines Alvarez full body acoustic-electric to do some recording about 3 weeks ago and it didn't have an 1/8th of the tonal quality that the NTX did and the transducer was really scratchy when making adjustments under volume. The A.R.T system of the yamaha has more adjustability with a master volume, bass, treble, and then a 3 band equalizer that controls high, mid, and lows. With an onboard tuner included that was very accurate and fool proof as a bonus.
I have to say that I have never played a more comfortable guitar in my life, the neck is very nuetral and extremely smooth and fast for an acoustic neck. Even after nearly 2 hours of playing I felt no cramping and no tenderness of the finger tips. I probably could have played another 2 hours and the only pain I would have felt would have been in my face, from all the smiling this instrument induced. There is easy access to the higher frets via the cutaway and the intonation was consistant from top to bottom. Clear sounding harmonics up and down the scales which is surprisingly uncommon with acoustic guitars and probably even more so considering the nylon strings. For the price this guitar is comparable to none, it is far superior to anything else in this price range and definitely worth your time to look into. After my experience today, I can honestly say this is one of those instruments that could be bought online, sight unseen or unplayed and unless it comes to you damaged, it will not disappoint.