Best Ebony Fretboard Classical Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Ebony fretboard Classical style guitars. 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.

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 profile shape: C (4 votes)
  • 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. 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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Strengths & Weaknesses
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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    3. Takamine TH90

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

    What our users think

    • 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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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    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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      4. Yamaha NCX5

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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
      • 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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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      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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      5. Takamine TH5C

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

      What our users think

      • 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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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      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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        Takamine TH8SS
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        Playability 70
        Sound 84
        Build quality 87
        Value for money 70
        Overall Score 80

        What our users think

        • 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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        Strengths & Weaknesses
        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 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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          8. 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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          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

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          9. 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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          • 3 Prices - New from $4,299.99 >
          • 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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          10. 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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          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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