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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Ayman JarJour: Classical Guitar, July 12th

Ayman Jarjour has performed in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Africa and the Far East. His solo performances with orchestra include Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Concierto Andaluz and the world premiere of Olympus (concerto for...Read more

Maestro of Classical Guitar at The Dock
Leitrim Observer, July 12th

A maestro of the Classical Guitar Pat Coldrick, will take the stage in The Dock on Friday, July 18 as part the 10th Anniversary 2014 Carrick Water Music Festival and will be ably supported by the very talented Gavin Sweeney. Pat Coldrick live is a...Read more

John Kerry Plays Guitar For Chinese Leaders
International Business Times, July 10th

John Kerry took some time away from his meeting with Chinese leaders to show his guitar chops. It's Kerry's first-known recording with a classical guitar; he played bass with the Electras, his prep school band, which pressed 500 copies of its record...Read more

Kerry Plays Classical Guitar in China, July 10th

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plucked and strummed the strings of a guitar in Beijing on Thursday (July 10). Kerry's classical guitar performance was met with applause from onlookers after a lunch at the Great Hall of the People as annual talks...Read more

Classical guitarist returns for free concert
Times Daily, July 9th

Bianchi also plays the electric guitar and, from 2005-2007, took a hiatus from solo classical guitar concerts to tour nationally with country acts Young Guns and Chace Roberts. On his return home, Jeff resumed his solo performances and has expanded his ...Read more

Classical Guitar Lesson at Wilson Elementary Summer Latchkey Program
KIII TV3, July 8th

It was all part of the summer latchkey program. 20 students got a lesson on classical guitar from Paul Fuentes, a music teacher at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Tuesday's lesson was all about learning basic rhythm and strumming techniques...Read more

Thai wins prestigious classical guitar contest
Bangkok Post, June 27th

Ekachai Jearakul stamped his authority on a place as a most promising classical guitarist by winning the GFA International Competition in Los Angeles on Thursday. Ekachai Jearakul wins the GFA International Competition in Los Angeles on Thursday...Read more

Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival returns to Moravian College
Allentown Morning Call, June 25th

The Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar festival returns to Peter Hall on the Moravian College campus in Bethlehem June 28 for a day of recitals, workshops, master classes and concerts. This will be the second year the festival is under the direction of...Read more