Why is it innovative?
It’s fair to say that the announcement of Yamaha’s NX series nylon-string electric acoustics at Frankfurt Musikmesse 2009 confounded more than a few people. Those expecting a traditional approach (the company has been making nylon-string ‘classical’ instruments since 1952) were greeted with a narrower nut, smaller fingerboard radius (perfect for modern electric types) and a fantastic purpose designed pickup/preamp system. It’s no wonder Rodrigo y Gabriela like ‘em so much…
“The Japanese giant might have redefined the nylon-string electric genre here. We’re not saying these are the ‘best’ out there but, to date, we’ve not heard a plugged-in electro nylon that, price-for-price, sounds better across such a broad stylistic range. Go try one.”
"The NX guitars are new and Yamaha are trying to do something new with them. As a classical guitarist - they get my vote." (From Mick via email, thanks)