Best Nylon String Guitar Roundup

This Nylon String Guitar Roundup aims to give you a peak at the best in this category, preferred by guitar players of different skill levels and styles.


The Nylon String Guitar is prominently used in classical, Latin-American and flamenco music, it is however not limited to these three styles. Modern nylon guitars have gone beyond its usual cliche and are being utilized in other styles of music including Jazz, Avant-Garde, Country, Experimental, World music and of course good old Popular music. The unique mellow tones of nylon strings add a different tonal palette to songs, making it a necessary guitar for many modern players.

The best guitar is the one that fits your tonal preference. As an example, if you are looking for warm tones, you should try guitars with Cedar tops. On the other hand, you should look for spruce top if you need clear and brighter tones. If you prefer sustain and note clarity, then modern classical guitars are for you, but if you prefer a percussive and responsive instrument then you should try flamenco nylon string guitars. There are a multitude of other parts and materials that provide subtle tonal distinctions, so if you have a good idea of how you want your sound to be, chances are there is a nylon 6 string that is set up to produce just that.

Yamaha C40

Just like many guitar players, the C40 was my first nylon string guitar. It is an affordable, full sized, Spruce top classical guitar that is great for budget conscious students. Its sound, build quality and durability is more than what you will pay for. As proof, my C40 is still up and running, surviving more than a decade of abuse. Retail Price: $139.99 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11

The Manuel Rodriguez Caballero 11 is another affordable classical Spanish guitar. This one sports solid Canadian cedar tops with laminated bubinga back and sides. This is a great in between guitar for practicing traditional classical music and modern pop or jazz solo arrangements. The Caballero 11 is quite popular for beginners and intermediate players. Retail Price: $299.99 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Cordoba C7-CE

The C7-CE is a formidable nylon-string guitar that showcases topnotch craftsmanship, tonewoods, and sounds - well beyond its tag price. It sports high-end specs at mid-level pricing, featuring a solid Canadian cedar top and Indian rosewood back and sides. It also comes with Fishman Presys Blend Pickup System, making it a true workhorse for gigging musicians that require a reliable and budget friendly instrument. Retail Price: $649.99 | Visit Cordoba for more information.

Taylor NS34-CE

The Taylor NS34-CE is an Acoustic-Electric with a solid Sitka spruce top that makes it bright and dynamic. This is complemented by the solid sapele back and sides which provides open midrange tone. As expected from Taylor, quality of material and electronics is top notch, making this nylon string guitar an easy favorite. Retail Price: $1519.00 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Godin Multiac Grand Concert Duet Ambiance

The Multiac Grand Concert Duet Ambiance nylon-string acoustic-electric guitar is a favorite among working musicians. Its key feature is its flexible undersaddle transducer with 4 switchable virtual mics. This nylon string guitar has a cedar top, giving it a darker tone which works great for many working pop music enthusiasts. Retail Price: $1579.00 | Get the latest price & reviews at

Pavan TP-30-64

The TP-30-64 model from Pavan is what classical players call a "hybrid" guitar because it has shorter string scale, making it easier for steel string players to transition into nylon string guitars. It is available in both Cedar and Spruce top. Attention to detail and sound quality is top notch and is well received by nylon string aficionados. Manufacturer: Pavan Guitars Retail Price: $1495.00.

Kenny Hill Signature Flamenco Guitar

The Kenny Hill Signature Flamenco guitar is leagues above other classical guitars in terms of material used, workmanship and attention to detail, however it comes at a very hefty price. Kenny Hill used the best tonewoods, and employed a "double top" European spruce soundboard, making the guitar light and responsive. It is arguably one of the best nylon string guitars money can buy. Manufacturer: Kenny Hill Retail Price: $7000.00.

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Other mid-range options?

Have to say that is quite a big price gap between $250 and $1500. Big enough to fit $300 to $500 guitars like Takamine EG522C, Ibanez EWs, or the Ibanez AEGs (with the Fishman Sonicore Pickup). These acoustic-electric nylons seem -- to me at least -- to be exactly the kind of nylon an experienced player might want to branch out with -- especially considering the on-board pickups and pre-amps make recording a snap.

I would urge anyone considering a nylon to jack into a good quality acoustic amp with guitars in this price range and see what you think.

Mid priced nylon string guitars

Great point, I did not include mid priced nylon string guitars on this list because they tend to be skipped by nylon string players. Compared to acoustic steel string enthusiasts who spend much on mid priced acoustics, nylon string players tend to jump into guitars within the $900 up range.

There are indeed some noteworthy mid priced nylon string guitars from brands like Yamaha, Takamine, Ibanez, Ovation and Cordoba that are worth checking out. They are ideal for musicians that are working within the given budget range and cannot afford to wait or save for more expensive models. I will consider putting up some mid range nylon string guitars on this list in the future.

Kent Guitar

I bought a second hand Kent Iberia Classical Guitar about 35years ago and wish to obtain some historical information about it, all info found so far relates to the semi accoustic and solid body electric . Was it manufactured by the same company? if so when did they cease production etc. Also,any ideas on valuation please, it really is in good condition and plays and sounds beautiful !! Cheers and Thanks

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