Yamaha NCX5 and NTX5 review

Yamaha refreshes the guitars that redefined the modern acoustic-electric nylon-string when they debuted in 2009, and once again they set the standard

Yamaha NCX5 and NTX5
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

These new NXes throw down another gauntlet: if you’re in the market for an electro nylon-string, this is the place to start your search.


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    Great contemporary design, superb build.

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    Easy-to-use, efficient preamp/pickup system.

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    NTX5's ‘crossover’ style has more general appeal.

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    NTX5 is hard to fault on any level.


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    NCX5 is a little thick sounding – some might need more snap.

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    NTX3 has similar specs and is considerably less expensive.

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You sometimes hear an adage about old Gibson Les Pauls: “no two sound the same”. This can also be applied to the steel-string acoustic, and perhaps more so to the nylon-string classical guitar

It’s one thing making a great-sounding acoustic guitar, but a whole different world when it comes to amplifying it to an audience. Creating a good sound in both environments, then, is challenging. But that’s exactly the design brief of Yamaha’s decade-old NX guitars. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.