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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Bryce Dessner talks about his 'double life' as a classical, rock musicianLos Angeles Times, May 22nd
He taught music theory and history in New York City after getting his degrees and played classical guitar recitals and contemporary classical music on the electric guitar. "Being a classical musician, you can go to school for it, you can go get a...Read more
St. Louis Classical Guitar Society announces 2015-16 seasonSTLtoday.com, May 15th
The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society has announced its 2015-16 season, with an international artistic lineup. The season begins on Sept. 26 with Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller in his St. Louis debut. Möller has given more than 500 ...Read more
Classical Guitar Concert at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church Sunday May 17thNorth Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen, May 14th
Portland Classic Guitar is proud to announce an exciting afternoon of international Classical Guitar at the Beach with Italian guitarist Roberto Fabbri, Chilean guitarist Alberto Cumplido, and Portland based guitarists William Jenks, and David Tutmark ...Read more
Encores & Curtain Calls: New classical guitar series beginsThe Recorder, May 13th
Of his new baby, he writes: “We are launching a new classical guitar series, which we are calling 'Guitar in the Sanctuary,' in partnership with a classical guitarist named Andrew Leonard. The series will feature the classical guitar in three to six...Read more
Guitar for Classical and Classic RockIowa Public Radio, May 6th
After Simpson, Kennedy's education continued in Nashville where he received his Masters of Music degree in classical guitar performance from Belmont University. He moved back to Iowa in 2011, and now teaches private lessons to people like high school ...Read more
Doors Wide Open for Grammy-Winning Classical Guitar Virtuoso Jason VieauxWRTI, May 4th
He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux...Read more
Classical guitarist remembered for skill as musician and teacherJournal Times, May 1st
Yoghourtjian, who died Sunday at the age of 91, was noted for his skill as a musician, especially for his expertise as a classical guitar player. Recognized across the country for his technical talent, Yoghourtjian played for audiences in Chicago and...Read more
Church of the Mediator hosts classical guitar concertMeridian Star, April 29th
Evans is a native of Chunky. He studied under the late Tom Carson and graduated with his Associates of Arts Degree in Music from East Central Community College. He went on to the University of Southern Mississippi and studied under Professor Giovanni ...Read more