Best Dreadnought Guitars With NuBone Nut in 2024

Here are the top Dreadnought style guitars with NuBone nut. It's a synthetic nut from the same creators of Ivory TUSQ. It's a hard and self-lubricating material that helps a lot with tuning stability. It produces a brighter tone similar to TUSQ, but it's not as hard.

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. Epiphone Masterbilt Frontier

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Playability 77
Sound 88
Build quality 75
Value for money 85
Overall Score 80

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  • Neck profile shape: C (1 vote)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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  • From Epiphone's 2020 Masterbilt series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Maple back
  • Solid Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
  • Indian Laurel bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gold, Keystone Buttons tuners
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  • From Epiphone's 2020 Masterbilt series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Maple back
  • Solid Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
  • Indian Laurel bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Gold, Keystone Buttons tuners
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Epiphone Masterbilt Frontier
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Washburn D10SCE

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Playability 73
Sound 85
Build quality 77
Value for money 88
Overall Score 78
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  • From Washburn's 2020 Heritage series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II301T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Diecast tuners
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  • From Washburn's 2020 Heritage series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II301T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Diecast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Washburn D10SCE
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • NuBone 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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3. Taylor Academy 20e

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Playability 77
Sound 85
Build quality 72
Value for money 83
Overall Score 78

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  • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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  • From Taylor's 2022 Academy series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 24.9"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Walnut top
  • Layered Walnut back
  • Layered Walnut sides
  • Hard Rock Maple neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: ES-B Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Die-Cast Chrome tuners
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  • From Taylor's 2022 Academy series
  • Made in Mexico
  • 6 strings
  • 24.9"'' scale
  • 15" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Walnut top
  • Layered Walnut back
  • Layered Walnut sides
  • Hard Rock Maple neck
  • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: ES-B Electronics (Preamp/Active)
  • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
  • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Die-Cast Chrome tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Taylor Academy 20e
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Electronics
  • NuBone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Mexico
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Fender CD-140SCE 12-String

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Playability 77
Sound 83
Build quality 74
Value for money 88
Overall Score 78

What our users think

  • Neck profile shape: C (4 votes)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Slightly chunky (3 votes)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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  • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 12 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Laminated Ovangkol back
  • Laminated Ovangkol sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Walnut fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD-1 Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
  • Walnut bridge
  • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
  • 20 Vintage frets
  • Chrome Die-Cast tuners
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  • From Fender's 2017 Classic Design series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 12 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Laminated Ovangkol back
  • Laminated Ovangkol sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Walnut fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman CD-1 Preamp (Preamp/Passive)
  • Walnut bridge
  • Acoustic Fender 'Easy-to-Play' shape with rolled fretboard edges Set neck
  • 20 Vintage frets
  • Chrome Die-Cast tuners
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Fender CD-140SCE 12-String
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • NuBone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in Indonesia
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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5. Epiphone Dove Studio

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Playability 77
Sound 85
Build quality 74
Value for money 89
Overall Score 79

What our users think

  • Neck access to high frets: Normal (1 vote)
  • Fret edges: Slightly sharp (1 vote)
  • Tuning stability: Holds tune well (1 vote)
  • Neck profile shape: D (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (1 vote)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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  • From Epiphone's 2012 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Select Maple back
  • Select Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
  • Indian Laurel bridge
  • Acoustic SlimTaper D Set neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 14:1 tuners
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  • From Epiphone's 2012 Epiphone Inspired by Gibson series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Spruce top
  • Select Maple back
  • Select Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
  • Indian Laurel bridge
  • Acoustic SlimTaper D Set neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Grover Rotomatic 14:1 tuners
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Epiphone Dove Studio
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Plastic Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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6. Epiphone Masterbilt Texan

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Playability 73
Sound 88
Build quality 75
Value for money 84
Overall Score 79

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  • Neck access to high frets: Normal (1 vote)
  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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  • 4 Prices - New from $799 >
  • From Epiphone's 2020 Original series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
  • Advanced Jumbo Reverse Belly bridge
  • Acoustic SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • 3 on a side with Ivory buttons tuners
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  • From Epiphone's 2020 Original series
  • Made in China
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Sonicore (Preamp/Active)
  • Advanced Jumbo Reverse Belly bridge
  • Acoustic SlimTaper 60s C Set neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • 3 on a side with Ivory buttons tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Epiphone Masterbilt Texan
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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7. Washburn D10SCE-12 String

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Playability 77
Sound 85
Build quality 70
Value for money 87
Overall Score 77
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  • From Washburn's 2017 Heritage series
  • Made in China
  • 12 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II 301T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Diecast tuners
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  • From Washburn's 2017 Heritage series
  • Made in China
  • 12 strings
  • 25.3"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Sitka Spruce top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Satin Mahogany with 2 way Truss Rod neck
  • Ovangkol fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Presys II 301T w/tuner (Preamp/Active)
  • Ovangkol bridge
  • Acoustic Washburn Heritage Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Chrome Diecast tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Washburn D10SCE-12 String
  • Expensive Wood
  • NuBone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Electronics
  • NuBone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • Made in China
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    8. Epiphone PRO-1

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    Playability 88
    Sound 83
    Build quality 60
    Value for money 92
    Overall Score 77
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    • From Epiphone's 2014 Original Acoustic series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 24.72"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Select Spruce top
    • Select Mahogany back
    • Select Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Granadillo fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: (/)
    • Granadillo bridge
    • Acoustic EZ-Profile ā€œCā€ Shape Set neck
    • 20 Jumbo frets
    • 18:1 ratio Epiphone Deluxe tuners
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    • 4 Prices - New from $119.99 >
    • From Epiphone's 2014 Original Acoustic series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 24.72"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Select Spruce top
    • Select Mahogany back
    • Select Mahogany sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Granadillo fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: (/)
    • Granadillo bridge
    • Acoustic EZ-Profile ā€œCā€ Shape Set neck
    • 20 Jumbo frets
    • 18:1 ratio Epiphone Deluxe tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Epiphone PRO-1
    • Expensive Wood
    • NuBone Nut
    • NuBone 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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    9. Taylor Academy 10e

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    Playability 77
    Sound 85
    Build quality 72
    Value for money 83
    Overall Score 78

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
    • Pickups power: Clean (2 votes)
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    • From Taylor's 2017 Academy series
    • Made in Mexico
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Layered Sapele back
    • Layered Sapele sides
    • Maple neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: ES-B Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Chrome (100/200) tuners
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    • 4 Prices - New from $799 >
    • From Taylor's 2017 Academy series
    • Made in Mexico
    • 6 strings
    • 24.9"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Layered Sapele back
    • Layered Sapele sides
    • Maple neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: ES-B Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Chrome (100/200) tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Taylor Academy 10e
    • Expensive Wood
    • NuBone Nut
    • Electronics
    • Synthetic Bone Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Mexico
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    10. Taylor 210ce Plus

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    Playability 73
    Sound 85
    Build quality 74
    Value for money 77
    Overall Score 77

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: D (8 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (8 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (7 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (6 votes)
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    • From Taylor's 2020 200 series
    • Made in Mexico
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Layered Rosewood back
    • Layered Rosewood sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Taylor Nickel tuners
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    • 4 Prices - New from $1,000 >
    • From Taylor's 2020 200 series
    • Made in Mexico
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 15" Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Sitka Spruce top
    • Layered Rosewood back
    • Layered Rosewood sides
    • Tropical Mahogany neck
    • West African Crelicam Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Expression System 2 Electronics (Preamp/Active)
    • West African Crelicam Ebony bridge
    • Acoustic Taylor Standard Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Taylor Nickel tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Taylor 210ce Plus
    • Expensive Wood
    • NuBone Nut
    • Electronics
    • Synthetic Bone Saddle
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in Mexico
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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