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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Hector Quine: One of the leading classical guitarists of his generation whose ...
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

Valérie Hartzell, an evening of classical guitar music at St Cuthbert's Hall ...
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

Miles McConnell brings his classical guitar sound to the PCA Saturday
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

Guitarist-writer S. Sean Six will perform his Evening of Classical Guitar concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, 101 N. Second St. The concert is part of the university's Season at the Blue Lion series and will impress everyone...Read more

New Visions to host classical guitar performance
Marshfield News-Herald, January 19th

Steven Ulliman will perform a classical guitar concert at noon Wednesday at New Visions Gallery located in the lobby of Marshfield Clinic. (Photo: Contributed photo). 3 CONNECT 7 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. MARSHFIELD — New Visions ...Read more

Michael Fogler and his classical guitar offer special lunch hour escape
Central Kentucky News, January 18th

This Wednesday's Lunch with the Arts features Michael Fogler who plans to use his classical guitar as an escape vehicle, taking participants on a musical journey from America to England, through Spain and the Latin Americas, complete with commentary ...Read more

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Mr Ryan's own compositions combine traditional classical techniques with a variety of musical influences and contemporary guitar styles, breathing new life into the classical guitar repertoire, as demonstrated in his innovative solo work Benga Beat...Read more