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The Yamaha NCX1200R guitar inherits many of the characteristics of classical guitars, such as fingerboard width, neck shape, body thickness, and 12th fret joint. Its cutaway bodies and lower string he... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Yamaha NCX1200R guitar inherits many of the characteristics of classical guitars, such as fingerboard width, neck shape, body thickness, and 12th fret joint. Its cutaway bodies and lower string height offer more flexible playability. The NCX line is designed to provide not only classical guitarists with an instrument that is a pleasure to play, but other guitarists playing a wide range of musical styles from flamenco to Latin to popular, and much more.

The Yamaha NCX1200R offers all the sophistication of a classical guitar along with outstanding, playability, and rich, high-quality tone in a truly professional acoustic guitar. It starts with a solid Sitka spruce top, for warm, balanced tone. The neck is African mahogany, while the back and sides are rosewood. Rosewood is a tropical hardwood that has long been the material of choice for acoustic guitar sides and backs. Harder and heavier than maple, it provides firm support for the guitar's resonating top and delivers rich, well-balanced overtones. Its warm quality is perfect for nylon string tone.

Classical, flamenco, Latin, or pop, whatever your style, these guitars play and sound great thanks to a traditional design ready to accommodate a wide range of playing styles. The neck shape is identical to that on a classical guitar. The NCX1200R's bracing design focuses on delivering the best of nylon-string tone, with warmth and excellent response. It produces a well-balanced tone over the instrument's entire range and enables this acoustic-electric guitars to accommodate a wide range of playing and musical styles

The NCX1200R classical guitar also features the A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha. Through precise control 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 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. Includes a foam case.

Features
  • Body: Classical Style and Standard Depth
  • Top: Solid Sitka Spruce
  • Back: Solid Rosewood
  • Side: Solid Rosewood
  • Neck: African Mahogany
  • Body Depth: 94-100mm
  • Nut Width: 52mm
  • String Length: 650mm (25-9/16")
  • Color: Natural
  • Preamp System: 61 2-way A.R.T.
  • Includes a foam case
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YamahaNCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (3)

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One Player's Review

To me, the allure of the NCX 1200R was its classical-guitar structural similarities and the contrasting woods/finishes of its top and sides. I found the style of the rosette to be uniquely...Read complete review

To me, the allure of the NCX 1200R was its classical-guitar structural similarities and the contrasting woods/finishes of its top and sides. I found the style of the rosette to be uniquely cool; plus, I am spoiled with the ease of reaching upper frets offered by cut-away styles such as this. After months of shopping and deliberation, I bought the NCX 1200R online without ever having played one -- its look and features were just too tough to pass up. I received the guitar and case (a standard accessory) only two or three days after ordering.
I was relieved after verifying with the use of the built-in tuner that the intonation was true. I was pleasantly surprised that the guitar has a truss rod (as my other Takimine electric/acoustic classical does not). The truss rod offers assurance against warping/bending of the neck after years of enduring the tension of the strings. The neck of the new guitar appeared perfectly straight when I sighted it right out of the box. I realize that a slight forward bend is preferred/recommended; I plan to experiment with incremental truss rod adjustments to increase playability. The machines have a solid, smooth feel when winding/tuning. The frets, however, feel rough; any bending of the string parallel to the fret results in a grinding sound. The action was not what I had hoped for. Whereas the product description claims an ease of playability because of its action, I found that I had to work a little harder at pressing the string to the fretboard to clearly sound a note. To get the action I wanted, I bought an unbleached bone blank from StewMac and painstakingly shaped a new, adjustable saddle. The action is better now; I tucked the original saddle into the storage compartment of the case.
Now, most importantly, the sound of the guitar. I use Albert Augustine high tension, blue label strings. The words that come to mind when describing the sound of the NCX 1200R are "true" , "well-shaped", "warm". It's hard to qualify the sound, but I get the sensation that this guitar is comparatively loud and resonant when playing unplugged. The bass notes stand out and reminded me of a piano. This may sound obvious, but I found that I really had to play with good form, clarity, and deliberation for the instrument to reward me with a very gratifying response/sound. This is probably true no matter what, but my point is that this new NCX 1200R was less forgiving of sloppy playing yet more rewarding of good playing.
I plugged the guitar into a recording device and found its on-board controls to be ideal: my preferred tone was reached when all dials were roughly mid-way of their range -- there was no problem with any one dial needing to provide more than it could at its maximum setting. The best electronic feature is the flexibility of volume between the treble and bass strings. To provide this feature was an excellent idea and one that worked well in recording with the NCX 1200R.
I plan on keeping my NCX 1200R. Since getting it, I have been eager to practice more, and to relax and enjoy playing more.

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this is one of the nicest classical guitars that I've had the pleasure to play. being a big flamenco fan, I was eyeing a lot of the spanish made brands, but every time...Read complete review

this is one of the nicest classical guitars that I've had the pleasure to play. being a big flamenco fan, I was eyeing a lot of the spanish made brands, but every time I picked up a yamaha it just seemed like it was much better craftsmanship. this guitar was no exception. it's all solid wood, which is rare for this price point, and the attention to detail in the woodwork is really impressive (particularly around the soundhole). it plays great, intonation is perfect, has fret position markers along the side, which is something a lot of classical's lack, and it's got this great sustain/overtone that I haven't really heard in other classicals. also come which a really nice case. really happy with the purchase.

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5.0

HIGHLY RECCOMMEND

By MAVIE

from ALOHA, OREGON

Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

Love the move up and down the neck, not as bulky as Takamine. Produces beautiful sound while plug into the Trace Acoustic TA300. It's the sound to die for. I'm currently ordering the up-graded NCX2000, and I truly hope it would sound better, which is not easy, for the price tag. In the nutshell, you just can't find better guitar at the same price range as the Yamaha NCX 1200R.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Nylon String For Gigging

By Mountainmango

from Miami, Fla.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

I researched for months a new nylon string guitar to replace my Cordoba, which I had several issues with, and I decided on the Yamaha NCX 1200R for the following reasons: Wide nut, full size body, good pickup system. The Yamaha meets all those criteria splendidly. I've taken the guitar on a couple of gigs already and have totally pleased with what I've heard. I was a little biased towards Yamaha because last year I also purchased a Yamaha SLG 130NW (silent guitar), and I was, and am, totally pleased with that instrument. Very well thought out and designed instrument which I've also used on gigs. I figured that I would be again pleased for the same reasons and I was.

My only criticisms of this guitar is that the action is a little too low for my taste, although I'm starting to get used to it. Replacing the factory strings with high tension strings didn't make much of a difference in the flabbiness, contradicting the comment of a previous reviewer. Nevertheless, I'm getting used to it and I might end loving it the way it is.

The other complaint is about having only two dots on the top side of the neck, on the fifth and seventh frets, excluding the ninth and twelfth frets. I really miss that 12th fret double dot.

This guitar is not fantastically sounding acoustically, but good enough to practice at home with. It really shines plugged in and on the gig. For that reason I gave it five stars--it's very well thought out and practical and it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OUTSTANDING GUITAR

By JOSE LUIS

from QUITO-ECUADOR

Site Member

Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

I've had the chance to play some spruce top guitars, and this is one of the best.... Even though the cutaway can be noticed a little when playing unplugged, the guitar sound is very well balanced along the 6 strings. The ART is outstanding. I have another spruce guitar with a FISHMAN blend mic (great mic by the way...) but this sounds better for me. The lower string height turns the guitar very comfortable to play, I would only recommend to test this guitar with MID-HIGH tension strings (it comes with mid tension strings which turns the guitar a little too soft if you are used to play classical guitars). Finally, the guitar is very well finished. The only thing I would point out is that the tuner could be a little more precise. Excellent guitar.... Highly recommended!!!!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

One Player's Review

By Mike

from Wauconda, IL

Pros

  • Electronics
  • Features
  • Finishappearance
  • Finish Appearance
  • Machines
  • Truss Rod

Cons

  • Action
  • Fret Roughness

Best Uses

    Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

    To me, the allure of the NCX 1200R was its classical-guitar structural similarities and the contrasting woods/finishes of its top and sides. I found the style of the rosette to be uniquely cool; plus, I am spoiled with the ease of reaching upper frets offered by cut-away styles such as this. After months of shopping and deliberation, I bought the NCX 1200R online without ever having played one -- its look and features were just too tough to pass up. I received the guitar and case (a standard accessory) only two or three days after ordering.
    I was relieved after verifying with the use of the built-in tuner that the intonation was true. I was pleasantly surprised that the guitar has a truss rod (as my other Takimine electric/acoustic classical does not). The truss rod offers assurance against warping/bending of the neck after years of enduring the tension of the strings. The neck of the new guitar appeared perfectly straight when I sighted it right out of the box. I realize that a slight forward bend is preferred/recommended; I plan to experiment with incremental truss rod adjustments to increase playability. The machines have a solid, smooth feel when winding/tuning. The frets, however, feel rough; any bending of the string parallel to the fret results in a grinding sound. The action was not what I had hoped for. Whereas the product description claims an ease of playability because of its action, I found that I had to work a little harder at pressing the string to the fretboard to clearly sound a note. To get the action I wanted, I bought an unbleached bone blank from StewMac and painstakingly shaped a new, adjustable saddle. The action is better now; I tucked the original saddle into the storage compartment of the case.
    Now, most importantly, the sound of the guitar. I use Albert Augustine high tension, blue label strings. The words that come to mind when describing the sound of the NCX 1200R are "true" , "well-shaped", "warm". It's hard to qualify the sound, but I get the sensation that this guitar is comparatively loud and resonant when playing unplugged. The bass notes stand out and reminded me of a piano. This may sound obvious, but I found that I really had to play with good form, clarity, and deliberation for the instrument to reward me with a very gratifying response/sound. This is probably true no matter what, but my point is that this new NCX 1200R was less forgiving of sloppy playing yet more rewarding of good playing.
    I plugged the guitar into a recording device and found its on-board controls to be ideal: my preferred tone was reached when all dials were roughly mid-way of their range -- there was no problem with any one dial needing to provide more than it could at its maximum setting. The best electronic feature is the flexibility of volume between the treble and bass strings. To provide this feature was an excellent idea and one that worked well in recording with the NCX 1200R.
    I plan on keeping my NCX 1200R. Since getting it, I have been eager to practice more, and to relax and enjoy playing more.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Realized the classical neck not for me.

    By tsport88

    from Spring, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Crafmanship
    • Excellent Value
    • Superb Case

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

        For me, when you pick up a guitar and think this just isn't for me, well, I'm returning it. The only thing I noticed is the G string,open and first fret or two seemed to have a resonance I didn't like. Maybe it's a nylon string thing, but the classical neck just didn't suit me. Very well made guitar as far as I could tell. My criticism may not be valid for a classical player.

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        • No

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The search is over...

        By wendell au

        from Honolulu, HI

        Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

        All the other GC reviewers nailed it: best gigging and playing guitar under $1000. Sound quality is equally impressive with ARE technology. Sounds as mature as my 1975 Alvarez. Wonder how much better the NCX-2000R sounds @ $2000 more! Yamaha missed just one thing--normal tension strings are flappy on the B and E so I changed to high tension after the second gig. Game over, the search has ended--very happy with this guitar (I need no other).

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        All the right stuff

        By EVAN GEUSIC

        from Granby, Connecticut

        Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

        I'm a die hard American buyer and at first, I was hesitant to purchase a Chinese manufactured instrument, but Yamaha proved me to be wrong. This guitar is impeccable. The Yamaha quality control didn't allow anything but perfection on this beautiful solid wood instrument. It is very resonant, and the fit and finish is superb. My primary reason for purchasing this guitar was for use in amplified situations, and I wanted a full 2 inch nut width just like a standard classical guitar. I seriously contemplated a Taylor because I like their sound and feel, but the nut width wasn't there on the Taylor, so I opted for the Yamaha. These instruments are used by Rodrigo and Gabriela, and they offer an updated twist on a standard classical guitar. It's a joy to play, and I recommend it. The wood is beautiful. I only gave it a 4 because I prefer a hardshell case, although the Yamaha gig bag is very well made, lightweight and appears durable enough. Don't let that stop you from purchasing the guitar. I'm very impressed with the sound, appearance and overall quality of the guitar.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar

        By MusicTeacher-lh1gX

        from NC USA

        Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

        I just bought the NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar.
        I Love the look; love the feel of the fret board. Very pleased with the built in tuner. It sounds amazing unplugged and amplified alike. I've been playing a Di Giorgio for over 30 years and thought it was great, but this plays even nicer. I was pleasantly surprised that the NCX1200R shipped in its case, not in a cardboard box like other guitars I've bought online - my first impression of the real quality of the instrument. So glad I purchased this guitar. It's my gift to myself for Thanksgiving, Christmas, my next birthday and Valentines, but worth every penny.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        flawless

        By Tony Trupp

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

        this is one of the nicest classical guitars that I've had the pleasure to play. being a big flamenco fan, I was eyeing a lot of the spanish made brands, but every time I picked up a yamaha it just seemed like it was much better craftsmanship. this guitar was no exception. it's all solid wood, which is rare for this price point, and the attention to detail in the woodwork is really impressive (particularly around the soundhole). it plays great, intonation is perfect, has fret position markers along the side, which is something a lot of classical's lack, and it's got this great sustain/overtone that I haven't really heard in other classicals. also come which a really nice case. really happy with the purchase.

        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing!!!

        By Paul Cullen

        from DE

        Comments about Yamaha NCX1200R Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar:

        Wow...I can't believe the difference from my Ibanez Nylon string. It's alive, responsive and has a rich tone. You can actually play with dynamics!! I can't wait to go to my gigs every night and pick it up when I wake up in the morning. There was no problem moving up the the 52mm nut width from the 48. It feels more natural. I play live with the Fishman Soloamp, which I highly suggest!! I've had non musicians comment on how good I sound with the Yamaha. I have recorded on my Apple with Logic Pro. It sounds really good just plugged straight in and can't wait to experiment with micing it!! Other than my Macbook Pro, it's the best investment I've made in my music career.

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