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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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet fulfills local dreams with delightful program for ...cleveland.com (blog), March 23rd
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Sunrise Rocks - Preview of Upcoming Classical Guitar PerformanceWTXL ABC 27, March 20th
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Cleveland Classical Guitar Society Presents the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on ...Cleveland Scene Weekly, March 18th
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Curtis Institute's Jason Vieaux: Q&A with Grammy-winning classical guitaristPhilly.com, March 1st
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