Best Rosewood Fretboard Classical Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Rosewood fretboard Classical style guitars. 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. 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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2. 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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    3. Yamaha CG-TA

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    Playability 73
    Sound 81
    Build quality 65
    Value for money 78
    Overall Score 73

    What our users think

    • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
    • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 votes)
    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (1 vote)
    • Pickups power: Clean (1 vote)
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    • From Yamaha's 2016 TransAcoustic Guitars series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • Flat Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Ovangkol back
    • Ovangkol sides
    • Nato neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM70 TransAcoustic (Preamp/Active)
    • Rosewood bridge
    • Acoustic C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gold tuners
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    • 6 Prices - New from $619.99 >
    • From Yamaha's 2016 TransAcoustic Guitars series
    • Made in China
    • 6 strings
    • 25.6"'' scale
    • Flat Fretboard Radius
    • Solid Spruce top
    • Ovangkol back
    • Ovangkol sides
    • Nato neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM70 TransAcoustic (Preamp/Active)
    • Rosewood bridge
    • Acoustic C Set neck
    • 20 Medium frets
    • Gold tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Yamaha CG-TA
    • Expensive Wood
    • Electronics
    • Solid Top Wood
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • Made in China
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Top Brand Pickups
    • Low-Quality Material Saddle
    • Laminated Side Wood
    • Laminated Back Wood
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    4. Takamine P3FCN

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

    What our users think

    • 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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    • 2 Prices - New from $1,799 >
    • 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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    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

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    5. Takamine TC132SC

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    Playability 70
    Sound 83
    Build quality 84
    Value for money 74
    Overall Score 79

    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
    • Rosewood sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood 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
    • Rosewood sides
    • Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: CTP-3 CoolTube (Preamp/Active)
    • Fixed bridge
    • Acoustic Asymmetrical C Set neck
    • 19 Medium frets
    • Takamine tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    Takamine TC132SC
    • 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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      6. Alvarez CY75

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      Playability 70
      Sound 79
      Build quality 79
      Value for money 71
      Overall Score 76

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: V (1 vote)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Balanced (1 vote)
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      • 2 Prices - New from $1,649 >
      • From Alvarez's 2015 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: (/)
      • Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge
      • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
      • 19 Medium frets
      • Gotoh Gold tuners
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      Show all Specs
      • 2 Prices - New from $1,649 >
      • From Alvarez's 2015 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: (/)
      • Rosewood Direct Coupled bridge
      • Acoustic Alvarez Set neck
      • 19 Medium frets
      • Gotoh Gold tuners
      • See all specs and compare >
      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Alvarez CY75
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Bone Saddle
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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      7. Yamaha CGS102AII

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      Playability 82
      Sound 76
      Build quality 55
      Value for money 86
      Overall Score 71

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 votes)
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      • 4 Prices - New from $139.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2017 SCHOOL series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 21.063"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood back
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood sides
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome (RM-1252X) tuners
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      • 4 Prices - New from $139.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2017 SCHOOL series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 21.063"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood back
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood sides
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome (RM-1252X) tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Yamaha CGS102AII
      • Expensive Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • 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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      8. Yamaha CGS103AII

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      Playability 82
      Sound 76
      Build quality 55
      Value for money 86
      Overall Score 71

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 votes)
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      • 5 Prices - New from $149.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2017 SCHOOL series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 22.75"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood back
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood sides
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome (RM-1252X) tuners
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      • 5 Prices - New from $149.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2017 SCHOOL series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 22.75"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood back
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood sides
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome (RM-1252X) tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Yamaha CGS103AII
      • Expensive Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • 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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      9. Yamaha CGX102

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      Playability 73
      Sound 79
      Build quality 60
      Value for money 81
      Overall Score 71

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 votes)
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      • 3 Prices - New from $319.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2013 CG & CGX Classical Guitars series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Nato back
      • Nato sides
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM68 + ART 1-Way Pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome tuners
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      • 3 Prices - New from $319.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2013 CG & CGX Classical Guitars series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Spruce top
      • Nato back
      • Nato sides
      • Locally-Sourced Tonewood neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: SYSTEM68 + ART 1-Way Pickup (Preamp/Active)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Yamaha CGX102
      • Expensive Wood
      • Electronics
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • 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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      10. Yamaha CG122MCH

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      Playability 73
      Sound 79
      Build quality 60
      Value for money 81
      Overall Score 71

      What our users think

      • Neck profile shape: C (15 votes)
      • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (14 votes)
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      • 3 Prices - New from $249.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2013 CG & CGX Classical Guitars series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid western red cedar top
      • Nato back
      • Nato sides
      • Nato neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome tuners
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      • 3 Prices - New from $249.99 >
      • From Yamaha's 2013 CG & CGX Classical Guitars series
      • Made in China
      • 6 strings
      • 25.6"'' scale
      • Flat Fretboard Radius
      • Solid western red cedar top
      • Nato back
      • Nato sides
      • Nato neck
      • Rosewood fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: (/)
      • Rosewood bridge
      • Acoustic C Set neck
      • 20 Medium frets
      • Chrome tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      Yamaha CG122MCH
      • Expensive Wood
      • Solid Top Wood
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Locking Tuners
      • Made in China
      • No High-Quality Nut
      • No Top Brand Pickups
      • No Electronics
      • Low-Quality Material Saddle
      • Laminated Side Wood
      • Laminated Back Wood
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
      • No Strap Lock

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