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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Tall Juan's Classical Guitar Driven Garage PopThe Deli Magazine National (blog), April 29th
“Currently I'm using a Fender Blues JR. which works great with my nylon-stringed classical guitar. I just add some spring reverb and a bit of saturation from the amp and that's it! I ended up using this little Fender Blues Jr. amp because my friend...Read more
Have classical guitar, will travelUSC News, April 29th
The award-winning guitarist and doctoral candidate in the Classical Guitar program at the USC Thornton School of Music is always on the go, whether he's teaching undergraduate students, performing at the White House or running a concert series on ...Read more
Classical guitar prodigy to perform in WansteadEast London and West Essex Guardian Series, April 22nd
She added: “I've been very lucky with performance opportunities, but I love playing at all kinds of venues and hopefully bringing the classical guitar to much wider audiences. “It's great to see so many young players at the moment and I'd encourage...Read more
Assads' Classical Guitar Concert at Mandel a Family AffairThe Chicago Maroon, April 21st
Assads' Classical Guitar Concert at Mandel a Family Affair. "Clarice Assad's idiosyncratic vocal interpretations bore unmistakable resemblance to Nascimento's own singing style, marked by heavy reliance on the upper register and evocative, improvised ...Read more
Bandar Lampung Promotes Classical Guitar to Attract TouristsTempo.co, April 17th
CO, Bandar Lampung - Bandar Lampung City government has made Lampung classical guitar as a means to attract tourists to visit the city, which is the provincial capital of Lampung province. "We hope that Lampung classical music through Lampung ...Read more
Rising star Alexandra Whittingham to show Wanstead why classical guitar is on ...Ilford Recorder 24, April 16th
Alexandra explained the genre is really starting to take off: “At the moment there are a lot more people taking up classical guitar.” She puts the increasing popularity down to iconic Spanish guitarist Andres Segovia. This can be shown by Sky Arts...Read more
St. Louis Classical Guitar Society season includes new, old favoritesSTLtoday.com, April 9th
The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society's 2016-17 season will feature a mix of returning-favorite and new-to-town artists. Two popular groups are scheduled to return next year: Duo Noire and Los Romeros. As is its custom, the presenter will offer four...Read more