Best 20 Fret Classical Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best 20 fret Classical style guitars.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Martin 000C12-16E Nylon

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Playability 73
Sound 86
Build quality 86
Value for money 72
Overall Score 82

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  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (3 votes)
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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
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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
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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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2. Takamine P3FCN

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Playability 73
Sound 85
Build quality 84
Value for money 76
Overall Score 81

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  • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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  • From Takamine's 2013 Pro Series 3 series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Sapele back
  • Sapele sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine Gold tuners
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  • From Takamine's 2013 Pro Series 3 series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Cedar top
  • Solid Sapele back
  • Sapele sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: CT4B II (Preamp/Active)
  • Fixed bridge
  • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Takamine Gold tuners
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Takamine P3FCN
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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3. Yamaha NCX5

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Playability 73
Sound 86
Build quality 82
Value for money 75
Overall Score 80

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  • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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  • From Yamaha's 2020 NX series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • Flat Fretboard Radius
  • Solid European Spruce top
  • Solid Walnut back
  • Solid Walnut sides
  • African Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Atmosfeel (Undersaddle Pickup + Contact Sensor + Mic) (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony + Walnut bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gold w/ Black Shaft (35G1800-BB) tuners
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  • From Yamaha's 2020 NX series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.6"'' scale
  • Flat Fretboard Radius
  • Solid European Spruce top
  • Solid Walnut back
  • Solid Walnut sides
  • African Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Atmosfeel (Undersaddle Pickup + Contact Sensor + Mic) (Preamp/Active)
  • Ebony + Walnut bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gold w/ Black Shaft (35G1800-BB) tuners
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Yamaha NCX5
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Cort Jade Classic

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Playability 82
Sound 79
Build quality 64
Value for money 85
Overall Score 75
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  • From Cort's 2020 Jade series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Merbau fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Cort CE304T (Preamp/Active)
  • Merbau bridge
  • Acoustic Cort Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Vintage Machineheads tuners
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  • From Cort's 2020 Jade series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 15.748" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Merbau fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Cort CE304T (Preamp/Active)
  • Merbau bridge
  • Acoustic Cort Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Vintage Machineheads tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Cort Jade Classic
  • Expensive Wood
  • Electronics
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • No High-Quality Nut
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • Low-Quality Material Saddle
  • Laminated Top Wood
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    5. Alvarez RS26N

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    Playability 85
    Sound 79
    Build quality 60
    Value for money 85
    Overall Score 75
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    • From Alvarez's 2021 Regent series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 23.465"'' scale
    • 14.96" Fretboard Radius
    • Spruce top
    • African Mahogany back
    • African Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Techwood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: (/)
    • Techwood bridge
    • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Chrome Die Cast tuners
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    • From Alvarez's 2021 Regent series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 23.465"'' scale
    • 14.96" Fretboard Radius
    • Spruce top
    • African Mahogany back
    • African Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Techwood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: (/)
    • Techwood bridge
    • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Chrome Die Cast tuners
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    Alvarez RS26N
    • Expensive Wood
    • Synthetic Bone Nut
    • Synthetic Bone Saddle
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in China
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • No Electronics
    • Laminated Top Wood
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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      6. Yamaha NTX5

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      Playability 73
      Sound 86
      Build quality 82
      Value for money 75
      Overall Score 80

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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      • From Yamaha's 2020 NX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • 23.622" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid European Spruce top
      • Solid Walnut back
      • Solid Walnut sides
      • African Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Atmosfeel (Undersaddle Pickup + Contact Sensor + Mic) (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony + Walnut bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold w/ Black Shaft (35G1800-BB) tuners
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      • From Yamaha's 2020 NX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • 23.622" Fretboard Radius
      • Solid European Spruce top
      • Solid Walnut back
      • Solid Walnut sides
      • African Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: Atmosfeel (Undersaddle Pickup + Contact Sensor + Mic) (Preamp/Active)
      • Ebony + Walnut bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold w/ Black Shaft (35G1800-BB) tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Yamaha NTX5
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Electronics
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Side Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      7. Yamaha GC42C

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      Playability 73
      Sound 84
      Build quality 82
      Value for money 65
      Overall Score 80

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Western Redcedar top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • African Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Indian Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (YTM-81) tuners
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      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Western Redcedar top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • African Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Indian Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (YTM-81) tuners
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      Yamaha GC42C
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Side Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      8. Yamaha GC42S

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      Playability 73
      Sound 84
      Build quality 82
      Value for money 65
      Overall Score 80

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid European Spruce or Solid Hokkaido Spruce top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • African Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Indian Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (YTM-81) tuners
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      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid European Spruce or Solid Hokkaido Spruce top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • African Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Indian Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (YTM-81) tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Yamaha GC42S
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Side Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      9. Yamaha GC82C

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      Playability 73
      Sound 84
      Build quality 82
      Value for money 65
      Overall Score 80

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid American Redcedar top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • Cedro neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Madagascar Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (35G510QC-M) tuners
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      • 3 Prices - New from $9,999.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid American Redcedar top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • Cedro neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Madagascar Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (35G510QC-M) tuners
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      Yamaha GC82C
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Side Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      10. Yamaha GC82S

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      Playability 73
      Sound 84
      Build quality 82
      Value for money 65
      Overall Score 80

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (14 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (15 votes)
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      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid European Spruce top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • Cedro neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Madagascar Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (35G510QC-M) tuners
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      • From Yamaha's 2014 GC / GCX series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid European Spruce top
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood back
      • Solid Madagascar Rosewood sides
      • Cedro neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Madagascar Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Gold (35G510QC-M) tuners
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      Yamaha GC82S
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Solid Side Wood
      • Solid Back Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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