Classical and Nylon Stringed Guitars

Nylon-stringed guitars have always been poor cousins to the steel-stringed instruments favored by contemporary musicians, but classical and Flamenco guitars produce some of the most beautiful sounds to emanate from an acoustic instrument.

Historically, Spain has been a center for classical guitar makers, as has Italy. In the United States, some of the biggest guitar makers began by making nylon-stringed instruments. Gibson started with nylon, as did Martin.

In particular, Martin has been enormously influential. In the 1950s, its OO-18G, with a spruce body, mahogany back, and rosewood fingerboard, set the standard, and collectors covet such gorgeous examples today.

But Martin’s most famous nylon-string guitar is arguably one of the worst looking instruments on the planet. It’s a Martin N-20, which was purchased in 1969 by Willie Nelson. Nelson plays with a pick, even though the N-20 was designed to be played by finger-style player, hence the lack of a pick guard. Nelson calls his beloved Martin Trigger, and he’s rode his axe hard, so much so that he’s carved a deep, ever-widening hole in the front of the guitar between the bridge and the sound hole.


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The Human Voice of the Classical Guitar
Havana Times, August 29th

Cristina-album HAVANA TIMES — Christina Sandsengen is a 27-year-old Norwegian guitarist, with an impressive resume in classical guitar, an instrument she was introduced to at the age of 15. She studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at the ...Read more

STL Classical Guitar Society donate guitars to Normandy HS
KSDK, August 27th

LOUIS - Members of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society (SLCGS) presented 16 new guitars to Normandy High School, Wednesday. The instruments will be used in Adam Yanick's classical guitar class, which is being offered for the first time this year...Read more

New owner for Classical Guitar mag
miPRO, August 26th

The mag was launched in 1982 by English musician and writer Maurice Summerfield, who also authored the standard biographical reference The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800, now in its fifth edition. Under the...Read more

Leading classical guitar quartet Los Romeros to perform in October
7thSpace Interactive (press release), August 24th

Los Romeros hold a pre-eminent position in the world of classical guitar quartet music, and members of the Romero family have enraptured audiences worldwide since the group's establishment half a century ago. As the New York Times wrote in 1958, the ...Read more

TEMECULA: Classical guitarist to strum at The Merc
Press-Enterprise, August 21st

“He told me it was cool to like punk music in addition to learning to play classical guitar,” Nigro said. The owner, a former punker himself, said that learning classical music was an important component to understanding music. On the album Nigro was...Read more

Classical guitar CD giveaway, launch party at SPAC
Albany Times Union (blog), August 11th

Classical guitarist Miloš Karadagli?, Gramophone's 2011 “Artist of the Year,” and Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will host a launch party and signing for Karadagli?'s recently released album, “Aranjuez,” following their 8 p...Read more

Colin Davin to perform classical guitar
Mountain Mail Newspaper, August 6th

For the third consecutive year, noted guitarist Colin Davin will be the final performer of the Salida Aspen Concerts series. Davin, who packed the house last year, will play solo guitar at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Salida High School, 26 Jones Ave...Read more

Santa Monica Library Presents Classical Guitar Concert
The Lookout News, August 4th

August 4, 2014 -- Guitarist Josh Moore will tap the standard classical guitar repertoire when he takes the stage this month at the Santa Monica Public Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium. A masters student, Moore will perform works ranging from ...Read more