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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KAZUHITO YAMASHITA Classical Guitar VirtuosoSan Francisco Classical Voice, October 16th
Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts celebrates our 34th season of guitar concerts by presenting 21 superlative performers from 12 different countries. We offer you a diverse season filled with the highest level of artistry. We are kicking off the...Read more
GUITAR HERO: A master of classical guitar, Croatia's Ana Vidovic will kick off ...Portage Daily Register, October 15th
When she's at home and looking to relax, Ana Vidovic plugs in her electric guitar and gets a glimpse of the other side of music. For a classical guitarist, this is a step into rock, the blues, whatever she wants to explore at that moment. “I love the...Read more
Local classical guitarists shine at International guitar symposiumCourier Islander, October 15th
La Isla, a local classical guitar ensemble, has recently returned from Germany after attending the 23rd International Guitar Symposium in Iserlohn. This is one of the largest guitar festivals in Europe and La Isla was honoured with an invitation to...Read more
Classical guitar students get their own study abroad trip with 'Red Socks'The Maneater, October 14th
In 2007, professor Anthony Glise began the classical guitar program in the MU School of Music. Seven years later, he's taking the program to Chartres, France, in the school's first faculty-led international program for classical guitarists. Glise isn't...Read more
International classical guitar duo at NWFSCDestin Log, October 7th
Seating at the event is on a first-come basis with the doors opening at 7 p.m.. Möller has captivated audiences throughout the world with his charismatic and soulful performances on classical guitar. In 2010 he was awarded first prize in the GFA...Read more
Classical guitar concert features award-winning musicianMethow Valley News, October 2nd
International award-winning classical guitarist Edel Muñoz will share his artistry and music with the Methow Valley in several ways — he will perform for school students and speak to them about Cuban culture and music, give a public concert, and lead...Read more
Classical guitar duo opens Camerata Musica season Sept. 27Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, September 25th
Joo Luiz and Douglas Lora were 2006 winners of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and have been hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for their "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity." They will play classical pieces from...Read more
Collins rocks classical guitarCrowley Star, September 20th
“[Band director] Mr. Williams says rock music get the girls, but reading music pays the bills. If you can read music, you have more opportunity than those who can just pick up a guitar and strum,” he said of the intricacies of classical guitar. “Give...Read more