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 Independent, January 29th

Whether retrieving the long lost glories of Hans Jacob Mayer or championing more newly minted creations, it fell to Quine to reintroduce the sound of the classical guitar to modern audiences. In so doing, he made everyone aware that, far from being the...Read more

Mod Garage: Conquering Classical Guitar String-Changing Terror
Premier Guitar, January 29th

Hello, and welcome to the first Mod Garage column that doesn't deal with electric guitars. Many guitar players have at least one classical guitar in their arsenal, and a lot of us strummed our first chords on a nylon-stringed guitar. But changing...Read more

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Bedfordshire News, January 25th

WHEN my kids were two years old the most musical sounds they managed were ear-piercing shrieks and the crashing of saucepan lids on tiled floors. But then I wasn't a classical musician. By the time Valérie Hartzell was two she was not only bilingual...Read more

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Portage Daily Register, January 21st

Miles McConnell can listen to a piece of classical music and often find something new, even though he's heard the song hundreds of times. “There is so much deep to that music,” he said. And when he plays classical guitar, the sound is rich with a...Read more

Fort Smith Hosts Classical Guitar Concert
Times Record, January 21st

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Marshfield News-Herald, January 19th

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