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The Best Classical Guitars: Our Fave Nylon String Beauties

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Cons
Best of the Best
Taylor
Academy 12e-N
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Superb crisp and rich tone sound. Superior attention to detail in the construction. Great addition to an impressive legacy.
Pros
High quality materials throughout for added durability and sound quality. Snappy and flawless electronics to complete a perfect instrument.
Cons
Still on a intermediate / advance level meaning professional players may want to splurge elsewhere
Best Bang for the Buck
Cordoba
C7 CD
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The sweet spot where you get the best tone possible before you get severely diminished returns while paying for extra decorations.
Pros
Bone nut & saddle. Ships with Savarez strings. Cedar top with rosewood sides. Buttery smooth tone that oozes warmness. Perfectly weighted & balanced.
Cons
Must be stored in proper temperature & humidity levels or the saddle glue risks coming undone. That's the only complaint you'll find from irresponsible owners.
Best Budget Pick
Yamaha
C40II
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A real beginner's guitar: inexpensive, easily playable and with a high quality tone. Long-time players will still find value in it .
Pros
Full-sie, compact body guitar which delivers a clean and bright sound. Great attention to detail good quality - a real bargain.
Cons
Built for newbies and beginners thus veteran players may find it on the low quality side.

Nothing soothes the soul like the warm tone of the best classical guitar commanded by its masterful player. Access to an instrument of this caliber has been rare and expensive, but now there are plenty of budget and middle-tier options that perform just as well. Here, we look at them all and offer a bit of advice for the newer player in terms of what to expect...

TL;DR (on Amazon) - Best Budget Pick: Yamaha C40II - Best Bang for the Buck: Cordoba C7 CD