Alvarez went deep into the Cadiz region of Spain to develop their Cadiz Series of classical and flamenco guitars. The Hybrid CC7HCEAR is the result of research on different construction styles and bracing systems, in a product that appeals specifically to crossover players.
If you are looking for true craftsmanship with modern features and playability, this Alvarez is for you. This is our pick for the best nylon string guitar with a thin neck.
This thin line nylon string acoustic features a three-piece neck made with a combination of mahogany with ebony in the middle, while the fingerboard features Indian laurel and rosewood with a 12th fret inlay. The top wood on this guitar is Solid A+ Sitka Spruce, while the back and sides are dark walnut.
Another feature of this series is that the tops are graduated while each brace is custom cut and sanded with 4 varying widths in total.
The bracing design features asymmetric architecture with a treble bar. This stiffens up the top end a little more to produce a round, bell-like treble on the first three strings.
To keep the bass side of the top light, Alvarez uses slightly thinner braces to produce a very open, clear, and strong bass response.
This Alvarez nylon string guitar features a 660mm (26.”) scale length that raises the tension just a little and helps deliver more energy into the soundbox, especially when compared with other series.
For amplifying your sound conveniently, this Alvarez hybrid cutaway classical includes an LR Baggs StagePro EQ system with an Element pickup. This is a great preamp system that will let you dial in your sound in no time.
The Academy 12e-Noffers Taylor quality but without the elevated price. This is one of Taylor’s most popular models and for good reason: it is a hybrid nylon-string guitar with a slim neck, making electric and steel-string players feel more confident.
Genuine Lutz spruce top
Layered Sapele back and sides
Mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard, 17 frets
1.875″ nut width
3-ring wood/fibre rosette
Taylor designed the Academy Series with the intent of making the acoustic guitar accessible to more players. It is fair to say they succeeded. This is a compact nylon string guitar as well as Taylor’s smallest full-scale shape.
The 12e-N features an adjustable truss rod and a lightly radiused fingerboard with a narrower neck (about 1/8” thinner across the nut than your typical 2” wide classical guitar). However, its voice remains classical with an open, responsive midrange.
The 12e-N is a good choice for players looking to get into flamenco, bossa-nova, bolero, and other Latin-derived styles. Additionally, this guitar will also be right at home for pop and folk styles that require nylon strings.
This guitar features a smaller-than-average Grand Concert body shape, making it more manageable and comfortable to play. This is especially helpful for folks with shorter arms or those who specialize in fingerstyle playing.
Taylor determined what the optimum wood thickness for this guitar would be by matching up the thickness for the spruce top with the rosewood back and sides. This produces maximum tone while keeping the weight of the instrument light.
Another unique feature of the 812ce-N is the use of animal protein glue instead of synthetic glue in its construction. This optimizes the transfer of vibrations and holds quite well, ensuring your investment (and great tone) can last you a lifetime.
As far as electronics, the Taylor ES-N system ensures great sound when plugged in. It uses patented Dynamic Sensors optimized for nylon strings.
Other features on this fantastic nylon string guitar include pale maple biding, tropical mahogany neck, 20” radius, smoked ebony fingerboard, 17 frets, Taylor Slot Head tuners, and 1.875” nut width. In short, a superior nylon string guitar for those that demand to have the best.
A shallow depth, comfortable 47mm nut width, and quality tonewood construction equips the easy-playing Takamine TSP148NC classical acoustic to deliver the goods in the hands of any player, modern electric to traditional acoustic.
The Takamine TSP148NC is a fantastic choice for players that want high quality at a fair price point. It sounds and feels as good as it looks and features a very comfortable and slender C-shaped mahogany neck.
If you come from playing mostly electric guitars, this Takamine will make you feel right at home.
Solid cedar-on-Sapele construction for a rich sound and dynamic response
Comfortable 47 mm nut width, and 25.5″ scale length
CT-3N preamp system with tuner and 3-band EQ
Built as a performance classical guitar but with a compact, streamlined body
Additionally, its rosewood fingerboard gives you a smooth and precise fretting surface while producing full, enveloping sustain. The volume and clarity of this Takamine are clear from the moment you first strum it unplugged.
This thin line nylon string guitar also features a fantastic onboard preamp system with CT-3N electronics. Created explicitly for the Thinline Series, this preamp system offers a 3-band EQ for tone shaping and a notch filter for feedback control.
There is also an onboard tuner, battery indicator, and master volume control. The CT-3N’s great preamplification matches well with Takamine’s proprietary Palathetic pickup, producing a fantastic sound when plugged in.
Simply said, the Takamine TSP148NC is a solid choice for anybody that comes from playing mostly electric, and wants a comfortable and professional-grade instrument but without spending a fortune.
The NTX1's slim nato wood body features a solid Sitka spruce top with an advanced undersaddle pickup system to supply a satisfying plugged-in tone anywhere you play out — from the coffee shop to the club.
The Yamaha NTX1 is an affordable option for players looking to play a nylon string guitar that is truly comfortable.
The Yamaha NTX1 lineup was created in part to ease the awkward transition between electric and nylon string instruments by blending mature plugged-in classical tones with precision comfort and playability. To address this, it features a modern neck profile to ensure comfort and playability.
Advanced NX bracing enhances low-end projection
Slim nato wood back and sides
Modern-profile nato wood neck
Flat 23-5/8″ radiused fingerboard
Slimmed-down 1-7/8″ nut spacing
Undersaddle pickup system with 3-band EQ and tuner
The Yamaha NTX1 features premium solid tonewoods, including Sitka spruce for the top, and nato wood (a mahogany alternative). It features a refined NX bracing system, which helps enhance the low-end resonance of the instrument.
Cordoba has risen to the forefront of great-sounding and comfortable nylon string guitars. The Fusion 12 Maplefeatures fantastic playability and sound, all of that for less than a grand.
This instrument is the embodiment of what a cross-over guitar is, and both electric and steel players will have a smoother transition to a nylon string with the Fusion 12 Maple.
Great nylon-string acoustic guitar for steel-string players
Thin and narrow steel-string-style neck for added comfort
Maple body with a spruce top for rich lows and gleaming highs
Excellent projection and dynamics thanks to the classic fan bracing construction
Comes with Fishman Presys Blend electronics built-in
The Cordoba Fusion 12 Maple features 12 frets up to the neck joint, with a total of 19 frets and a cutaway design for easy access. If you are a crossover guitarist, then the Maple 12 should be one of your top choices.
It comes with a thin-profile mahogany neck and 1.875″ nut width. This neck profile is thinner than most nylon-string guitars, making it more comfortable for steel-string acoustic players and electric players.
Cort Guitars is a South Korean guitar manufacturing company and also one of the largest guitar makers in the world. A newer player in the game, it has made serious strides, earning some legendary endorsees like Frank Gambale, Bumblefoot, and bass extraordinaire Jeff Berlin.
The Cort CEC1 is a solid choice for players that want a great-sounding nylon string guitar that also features a comfortable and slimmer neck.
Besides the featured slim body with cutaway, the CEC1 comes with a 45mm nut width and electronics for steel-string players who love the nylon-string sound.
The top of this guitar is made of spruce, to provide an ideal balance between strength and flexibility. Spruce is overwhelmingly popular as the wood of choice for tops of acoustic guitars, and the CEC1 is another example of why.
The back and sides are mahogany, producing a bright yet natural sound with a strong and warm midrange (mahogany wood has also been a standard for back and sides on premium acoustics for years).
This Cort nylon string includes a 3-band EQ for tonal flexibility and a built-in LED tuner for convenience. This EQ system delivers a rich midrange with clear transparent highs, with a simple yet effective plug-and-play approach.
The CEC1 also features a slightly narrower nut width that appeals to both classical and traditional steel-string acoustic players. Its width of 45 mm (1 ¾”) will make players used to smaller necks feel right at home.
Another fantastic feature of this guitar is that it comes with a set of Savarez Cristal Corum 500CJ high-tension nylon guitar strings, which sound much better and last longer than the most popular brands in the market.