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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La Guitarra California will bring 17 world-renowned artists to PAC
Lompoc Record, September 3rd

The three-day celebration of classical guitar, presented by Cal Poly Arts, will also include two unique guitar auctions, a display of original guitar-related artwork that will be for sale and 40 luthiers exhibiting their handmade instruments at the...Read more

George Stritter immersed in classical, rock guitar
New Jersey Herald, September 3rd

Following high school, Stritter attended Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, where he studied classical guitar. After one year, Stritter was lured back into the rock and roll world, and left school. However, he never discarded his classical chops...Read more

Berta Rojas Proves The Classical Guitar Can 'Sing A Tango'
NPR, September 1st

Berta Rojas, a two-time Latin Grammy nominee, is widely considered one of the world's great classical guitarists. Critics have praised her flawless technique, dynamic sensibility and artistry. With her latest album, History of Tango, the Paraguayan...Read more

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society Elects New Leadership Team!
STLtoday.com, September 1st

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society is proud to introduce its new Board Leadership Team for the. 2015-16 season: Paul Kreter, President; Martha Kreipke, Vice-President; Phil Hayes, Treasurer; and Ann. Quigley, Secretary. Together they constitute the ...Read more

Pacem in Terris hosts a program of Brazilian music for classical guitar on Aug. 30
The Photo News, August 25th

Guitarist Matthew Rohde returns to Pacem in Terris in Warwick to perform Brazilian music on Sunday, Aug. 30. WARWICK — Matthew Rohde returns to Pacem in Terris on Sunday, Aug. 30, to perform Brazilian music for the classical guitar, including works by ...Read more

Classical Connections: Stars of the guitar
Pattaya Mail, August 20th

The classical guitar repertoire is enormous and although much of it consists of solo works, there are a good many concertos too. Rodrigo's two concertos have justifiably become the most familiar, along with those of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mauro Giuliani, ...Read more

?Monday Kickstart?This cello/classical guitar medley of Ghibli theme songs is ...
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Music review: Classical Guitar – Jonathan Prag
WOW24/7 (blog), August 8th

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