Is the Eko NXT Parlour the first neo-classical parlour hybrid?
For a budget parlour guitar, it certainly seems that way.
The Eko NXT is, at a glance, a striking acoustic, very clearly taking influence from both classical guitars and old-school parlour models alike.
Whilst the guitar looks the part, does the tone and the build hold up to how it seems at first glance? Let’s have a look…
The Low-Down: Eko NXT (Nat)
The body of the NXT is built from a solid basswood, giving the tone quite a hollow sound that many blues guitarists will favour. It’s not as well-rounded as the more expensive resonators, but at such a low price it’s easy to see why Eko have gone for this specific material.
The rosewood body is paired with an agathis top and sides, which elevate the ‘earthier’ basswood and give the tone the crisp induction that it needs.
Spec (just the need-to-know bits)
- Body: Basswood
- Back: Agathis
- Fret: Rosewood
- Neck: Mahogany
- Length: 101.6
- Average Price: Under $200 / £200
- Weight: Under 100g
Sound & Playability (Video Demos)
- Very low price
- Classic/Parlour guitar blend
- Unique body and neck shape
- It’s not a classic resonator, more of a standard parlour guitar with a classic body style
- Ideal for beginners who want an acoustic that looks a little different!
We’re at the middle of the road with this guitar in terms of where we rate it. On the one hand, the beautiful build, unique style and use of materials is certainly a sight to behold for the price, however the sound just isn’t quote there in relation to other low-cost models.
It’s still a great guitar for beginners who do not want to invest a large amount into a blues guitar, so if you’re looking for a parlour on a budget then don’t miss up the chance to get your hands on one.