Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Review & Prices

Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Review
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  • From Martin's 2020 16-17 series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 26.5"'' scale
  • 18" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Select Hardwood neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT1 (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Low Profile Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gold Side Mount tuners
  • Weight around 4.05lbs (1.8kgs)
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  • From Martin's 2020 16-17 series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 26.5"'' scale
  • 18" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Select Hardwood neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT1 (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Low Profile Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gold Side Mount tuners
  • Weight around 4.05lbs (1.8kgs)
  • Compare Specs >

Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 82
Sound 88
Build quality 86
Value for money 75
Overall Score 85
Tone Evaluation
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Martin 000C12-16E Nylon
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Ivory Tusq Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock


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Price: is the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $3500, which means that the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon is around 37% cheaper than the competition. This takes into account all guitars of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in United States.

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Slightly heavy
Very lightweight

Tuning stability

Won't stay in tune
Sightly unstable
Not bad
Holds tune well
Won't get out of tune

Neck speed (thickness)

Slightly chunky
Herman Li fast

Neck access to high frets

Very Hard
Very Easy

Neck profile shape

Baseball / U

Fret edges

Very sharp
Slightly sharp

Pickups noise

Slightly Noisy

Pickups power

Slightly Hot

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Is The Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Easy to Play?

The Martin 000C12-16E Nylon meets 5 out of our 9 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Martin 000C12-16E Nylon
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Soft Strings
  • Locking tuners
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon's construction favors people with relatively big hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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How Lightweight is it?

We found that the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon weighs around 4.05lbs (1.8kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the guitars they sell.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon's 26.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Scale Length Comparison
Martin 000C12-16E Nylon's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This scale is close to the popular 25.50" length, but adding an additional inch allows you to tune your strings lower while keeping the action low without causing fret buzz. This is useful for lower tunings, 7-string, or even classical guitars.

You want to avoid such a long scale if you don't plan to play in low tunings since the longer scale also means the frets are more separated, making it harder to play fast, especially for small hands.

Neck Profile

Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Neck Profile
Martin 000C12-16E Nylon's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Martin 000C12-16E Nylon has a 18" fingerboard radius. Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Martin 000C12-16E Nylon's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

Even compared to Les Paul guitars, this is a fretboard with a very flat curve. This means that this neck was made for playing single notes. This doesn't mean you can't use it for playing chords, but it will be more comfortable to play chords without muting strings in a more curved fretboard. Bending and sliding without losing sustain will also be more likely in a flat fretboard like this one. It's also more comfortable for fingerstyle.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon has the same radius across the board.

Nut Width

Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Nut Width
Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Nut Width

The Martin 000C12-16E Nylon has a nut width of 47.6mm (1.875''). This size is found mostly on Baritone or 7+ strings guitars since they need the extra space on the fretboard. It gives your fingers the extra space you need to play without muting accidentally, but this also makes bar chords harder to perform, so bear in mind that Baritone guitars aren't for every playing style.

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It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Fret Size Comparison
Martin 000C12-16E Nylon's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Martin 000C12-16E Nylon's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 75
Solo Playability 90
Playability 82

Does the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Sound Good? Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood Used in the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon

Spruce wood pattern used for guitar building
Spruce Top
Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Back, Sides
Hardwood wood pattern used for guitar building
Hardwood Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

Spruce Top: This wood has a light color with tight grain patterns. It's very stiff but relatively light. It's known for producing a well-rounded tone with a broad dynamic range.

Mahogany Back and Sides: This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Hardwood Neck: This is just a generic hardwood that can come from many species. This type of wood is used to build guitars because it provides a rich, warm sound. The wood also has good structural properties, making it durable and long-lasting.

Ebony Fretboard: This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.


This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Fishman. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

Sound Score

Sustain 90
Versatility 90
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 88

How well is the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Built?

Where is the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Martin 000C12-16E Nylon is made in United States. Guitars made in the USA have the reputation of being the best instruments you can get. This statement isn't as accurate as a few years ago, but you should still expect top-quality from a guitar made in this country.

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Ebony: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Martin 000C12-16E Nylon has a Bone nut. This material is one of the highest quality you can get. It provides excellent sustain and tune stability if cut well. The only disadvantage is that it's an organic material, so it's not consistent. Two different bone nuts, even if made from the same bone, will probably sound slightly different. However, bear in mind that this is only relevant when playing open strings.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 79
Features 85
Quality Control 95
Build Quality 86

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Martin 000C12-16E Nylon Specs

Brand: Martin
Year: 2020
Strings: 6
Made in: United States
Series: 16-17
Colors: Natural
Left-Handed Version: Yes
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Solid Spruce
Bridge: Ebony
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Gold Side Mount
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Select Hardwood
Scale Size: 26.5"
Shape: Acoustic Low Profile
Frets: 20 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 18"
Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 47.6mm (1.875'')
Switch: Way
Volume Controls:
Tone Controls:
Bridge Pickup: Fishman Matrix VT Enhance NT1 (Preamp / Active)

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