Best Classical Guitars With Rosewood Back in 2024

Here are the top Classical style guitars with Rosewood back. Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

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. Alvarez CYM75CE

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Playability 70
Sound 84
Build quality 90
Value for money 71
Overall Score 81

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  • From Alvarez's 2021 Yairi series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.591"'' scale
  • Flat Fretboard Radius
  • Solid AAA Western Red Cedar top
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
  • Mahogany one piece. Spanish Heel neck joint neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC Element System (Preamp/Active)
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Gold with Pearloid Buttons tuners
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  • From Alvarez's 2021 Yairi series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.591"'' scale
  • Flat Fretboard Radius
  • Solid AAA Western Red Cedar top
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood back
  • Solid East Indian Rosewood sides
  • Mahogany one piece. Spanish Heel neck joint neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs VTC Element System (Preamp/Active)
  • Rosewood bridge
  • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Gold with Pearloid Buttons tuners
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Alvarez CYM75CE
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Ivory Tusq 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 TC135SC

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    Playability 70
    Sound 88
    Build quality 85
    Value for money 71
    Overall Score 81

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    • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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    • From Takamine's 2011 Hirade & Classical series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • Flat Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid Rosewood back
    • Rosewood sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 24 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    • From Takamine's 2011 Hirade & Classical series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • Flat Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid Rosewood back
    • Rosewood sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 24 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    Takamine TC135SC
    • 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 GC42C

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

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    • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 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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    4. Takamine TH90

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    Playability 70
    Sound 84
    Build quality 87
    Value for money 70
    Overall Score 80

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    • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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    • From Takamine's 2018 Hirade & Classical series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • Flat Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid Rosewood back
    • Solid Rosewood sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 19 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    • From Takamine's 2018 Hirade & Classical series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • Flat Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Solid Rosewood back
    • Solid Rosewood sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 19 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
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    Takamine TH90
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Electronics
    • Bone 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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      5. Takamine TH5C

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      Playability 70
      Sound 84
      Build quality 85
      Value for money 75
      Overall Score 80

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      • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
      • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
      • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
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      • From Takamine's 2016 Hirade & Classical series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Cedar top
      • Solid Rosewood back
      • Solid Rosewood sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 19 Medium frets
      • Takamine tuners
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      • From Takamine's 2016 Hirade & Classical series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid Cedar top
      • Solid Rosewood back
      • Solid Rosewood sides
      • Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
      • Fixed bridge
      • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
      • 19 Medium frets
      • Takamine tuners
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      Takamine TH5C
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Electronics
      • Bone 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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        6. Takamine TH8SS

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        Playability 70
        Sound 84
        Build quality 87
        Value for money 70
        Overall Score 80

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        • Neck profile shape: Asymmetrical (3 votes)
        • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (2 votes)
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        • From Takamine's 2013 Hirade & Classical series
        • Made in Japan
        • 6 strings
        • 25.6"'' scale
        • Flat Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Spruce top
        • Solid Rosewood back
        • Solid Rosewood sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: CTP3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
        • Fixed bridge
        • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
        • 19 Medium frets
        • Takamine tuners
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        • From Takamine's 2013 Hirade & Classical series
        • Made in Japan
        • 6 strings
        • 25.6"'' scale
        • Flat Fretboard Radius
        • Solid Spruce top
        • Solid Rosewood back
        • Solid Rosewood sides
        • Mahogany neck
        • Ebony fretboard
        • Bridge pickup: CTP3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
        • Fixed bridge
        • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
        • 19 Medium frets
        • Takamine tuners
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        Takamine TH8SS
        • Made in Japan
        • Expensive Wood
        • Bone Nut
        • Top Brand Pickups
        • Electronics
        • Bone 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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          7. 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 (15 votes)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 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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          8. 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 (15 votes)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 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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          • 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

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          9. 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 (15 votes)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 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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          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

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          10. Alvarez CY75CE

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          Playability 70
          Sound 81
          Build quality 87
          Value for money 69
          Overall Score 79

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          • Neck profile shape: V (1 vote)
          • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (1 vote)
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          • From Alvarez's 2021 Yairi series
          • Made in Japan
          • 6 strings
          • 25.591"'' scale
          • Flat Fretboard Radius
          • Solid AA Western Red Cedar top
          • East Indian Rosewood back
          • East Indian Rosewood sides
          • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish, Extended neck joint neck
          • Rosewood fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up (Preamp/Active)
          • Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge
          • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
          • 19 Medium frets
          • Gotoh Gold tuners
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          • From Alvarez's 2021 Yairi series
          • Made in Japan
          • 6 strings
          • 25.591"'' scale
          • Flat Fretboard Radius
          • Solid AA Western Red Cedar top
          • East Indian Rosewood back
          • East Indian Rosewood sides
          • One piece mahogany, 50/50 Semi gloss finish, Extended neck joint neck
          • Rosewood fretboard
          • Bridge pickup: LR Baggs StagePro EQ and Element Pick Up (Preamp/Active)
          • Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge
          • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
          • 19 Medium frets
          • Gotoh Gold tuners
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          Strengths & Weaknesses
          Alvarez CY75CE
          • Made in Japan
          • Expensive Wood
          • Bone Nut
          • Top Brand Pickups
          • Electronics
          • Bone Saddle
          • Solid Top Wood
          • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
          • No Locking Tuners
          • Laminated Side Wood
          • Laminated Back Wood
          • No Compound Radius Fretboard
          • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
          • No Strap Lock

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