Yamaha NTX500 vs Breedlove Discovery Nylon String Hybrid

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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    I picked up the Yamaha NTX500 on the MF SDOTD for $250 regularly $500. It got great reviews and I was looking for a nylon string acoustic with a thinner neck but wanting to spend a grand. It's just for tooling around. It's meh at best. Looks great, finishing is very good for a guitar in this price range. I'm not totally jazzed with it. The action is high and the neck seems oddly wide for the closer string spacing.

    I'm considering doing a return for the Breedlove Discovery which also had good reviews, but less of them. Does anyone have experience with either of these or similar models?
     
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    I don’t own either of them, but just now looking at the specs, I have to go with the Breedlove. I don’t care for laminate especially the top. The Yamaha is all laminate and the Breedlove is no laminate at all for only $50.00 more.
    So I’d personally go with the Breedlove. But I like Yamaha’s , just not in this case.
     
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    I've got a Breedlove steel string Discovery. It's long scale. Be sure that's OK for you before buying.
     
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    I have the Yamaha, and I love it!
    I’ve never “met” Breedlove that I liked.
    It may just be an appearance thing, I don't like the headstock or bridge.
    I just want to (over) state that sting can make a lot of difference.
    I like the high tension D’Addarrio Pro Arte coated strings.
     
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    Have you adjusted the action? This is too high for me out of the box.

    Strings makes sense but I don’t want to change them and then return it anyway. Lol

    Do you know if the NTX700 is much different aside from the woods?
     
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    Mine has action that is slightly lower than I prefer.
    I need to put a taller saddle on it.
     
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    Want to trade?
     
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    I bet you can get yours playing like you want with a little effort.
    My Yamaha is my second one, I sold my first when I had a dry spell.
     
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    I have a yamaha AEX500n

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    these are great if you want a nylon with a piezo pickup. I really like
    the neck, its the same as the aex500 with a ladder head stock instead.
    they are circa 2004, so you might have to search for a bit. I've seen prices from 200$ to 1,000$ (the high end prices are from japan)

    worth looking for...
     
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    Same model? NTX500? How did they compare?
     
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    Yup, same model.
    I bought my first one new, for $450, on sale.
    It played and sounded a little better.
    My “new” one’s previous owner lowered the saddle a little.
    As I mentioned earlier, I like my guitars to fight me a little.
     
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    schenkadere Friend of Leo's

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    I like my guitars to submit to me. Lol. It’s packed up and going back today. Oh well. Bummer.
     
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    It was prettier in person than the pictures and seemed well made, but it didn’t make me want to play it.
     
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    And she’s back. MF doesn’t pay for return shipping. Cheapest rates for longest delivery time were $92 ups and 78 fed ex. Not worth it for a $249 guitar. I’ll adjust the bridge saddle if it’s not a huge job.

    Guess we’re stuck with each other. Not sure how she feels about that. lol
     
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    That looks nice but not much without plugging in right? I’m not super interested in the electronics. I was just looking for an easy playing nylon string.
     
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    nylon string guitars by definiton are easy to play, less string tension with nylon/gut strings. Yamaha makes some pretty good classical guitars. Ovation made some, hard to find these days, but with the bowl back the projection was better giving more volume for unamplified or mic'd playing.

    i don't like the neck width on the ntx500, I prefer something narrower and not so flat.

    these days if you are going to buy an acoustic guitar steel or nylon, you might as well get a piezo pickup in case you want to record it.

    thats why I like the aex500n, its a thin hollow body, with enough accoustic resonance to give me some tone playing unplugged and when I find a riff I like i can record it just by plugging up the instrument cable and adjusting the eq. The neck is very nice and very playable for me. but of course you'll need to try some guitars until you find something that works with your hand and your style.
    everybodies hand/arm geometry is a little different...
     
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    They boast about the neck being thinner and radius'd(sp?) and a great transition from electric. I had an nylon string Ibanez from the late 80's that was exactly that, but not feeling it on this one. I'm stuck with it now. Didn't pay enough to justify return shipping cost or cost of shipping should I sell. I'll plunk on it. I got suckered into the SDOTD. Oh well. Lesson learned. At least it's pretty and not awful to play, lol.
     
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    nylon string guitars by definiton are easy to play, less string tension with nylon/gut strings. Yamaha makes some pretty good classical guitars. Ovation made some, hard to find these days, but with the bowl back the projection was better giving more volume for unamplified or mic'd playing.

    i don't like the neck width on the ntx500, I prefer something narrower and not so flat.

    these days if you are going to buy an acoustic guitar steel or nylon, you might as well get a piezo pickup in case you want to record it.

    thats why I like the aex500n, its a thin hollow body, with enough accoustic resonance to give me some tone playing unplugged and when I find a riff I like i can record it just by plugging up the instrument cable and adjusting the eq. The neck is very nice and very playable for me. but of course you'll need to try some guitars until you find something that works with your hand and your style.
    everybodies hand/arm geometry is a little different...
    it might grow on you... I've had a couple of guitars I wasn't crazy about after I bought them, and then when revisited them, I found them quite to my liking.

    kinda like my own subtle charm, it takes 4 or 5 years to notice...
     
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    I'm hoping. I can get a second saddle and shave 1mm off and see if I like it better. I'm an electric player. This is for plunking, so the electronics and tone woods are of little importance to me. That's why I jumped on the NTX500 over the 700 because the specs are identical except for the top and electronics.
     
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