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                  Best Classical Shape Guitars in 2023

                  Here you'll find the best Classical shape guitars.

                  We've found exactly 44 guitars like this in production this year. You can see them all by clicking on 'Load More' at the end of this list. You can use our filters to the left to see only the exact types of guitar you want. You can also click on "Compare" to get a deep spec comparison between two guitars of your choice. This list is updated daily automatically as we add new guitars to our database. We'll show you first the best ones according to our automated scoring system, which takes into account dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money and more.

                  1. Martin 000C12-16E Nylon

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                  Martin 000C12-16E Nylon
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 88
                  Build quality 88
                  Value for money 76
                  Overall Score 86
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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

                  2. Yamaha NCX5

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                  Yamaha NCX5
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 80
                  Build quality 87
                  Value for money 78
                  Overall Score 83
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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

                  3. Yamaha NTX5

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                  Yamaha NTX5
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 80
                  Build quality 87
                  Value for money 78
                  Overall Score 83
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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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                  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

                  4. Takamine P3FCN

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                  Takamine P3FCN
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 86
                  Build quality 80
                  Value for money 100
                  Overall Score 83
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                  • From Takamine's 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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                  Strengths & Weaknesses
                  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

                  5. Yamaha GC42C

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                  Yamaha GC42C
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 74
                  Build quality 90
                  Value for money 67
                  Overall Score 82
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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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                  Strengths & Weaknesses
                  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

                  6. Yamaha GC42S

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                  Yamaha GC42S
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 74
                  Build quality 90
                  Value for money 67
                  Overall Score 82
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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

                  7. Yamaha GC82C

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                  Yamaha GC82C
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 74
                  Build quality 90
                  Value for money 67
                  Overall Score 82
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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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                  Strengths & Weaknesses
                  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

                  8. Yamaha GC82S

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                  Yamaha GC82S
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 74
                  Build quality 90
                  Value for money 67
                  Overall Score 82
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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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                  Strengths & Weaknesses
                  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

                  9. Yamaha GC32C

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                  Yamaha GC32C
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 74
                  Build quality 87
                  Value for money 76
                  Overall Score 81
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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 Rosewood back
                  • Solid 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 GC32C
                  • 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

                  10. Yamaha GC32S

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                  Yamaha GC32S
                  Playability 82
                  Sound 74
                  Build quality 87
                  Value for money 76
                  Overall Score 81
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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 Rosewood back
                  • Solid 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 GC32S
                  • 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