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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Deccan Herald, April 16th

Nandini started learning the classical guitar in 2007 at the Bangalore School of Music (BSM). Recalling her journey with music, she says, “I studied in St Francis Xavier School, which gave a lot of importance to music and that's where I developed my...Read more

Miloš: the new face of classical guitar
Limelight Magazine, April 14th

The Montenegrin musician who is conquering the world (and the charts) with an Aussie instrument. A London-based Montenegrin meets an Australian expat in Paris to talk about Spanish music. Don't say Limelight doesn't do cultural diversity. In the second ...Read more

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Ripley Today, April 4th

Classical guitar fans are in for a treat at St Mary's Church in Wirksworth on Saturday, April 5. In addition to the long established annual arts festival, Wirksworth is increasingly becoming a centre for classical music. Local classical guitarist...Read more

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After five decades of entertaining audiences around the globe, world-renowned classical guitarist George Sakellariou still loves making music. He will will share his immense talent in a rare Northern Nevada appearance on Saturday, April 26, through a ...Read more

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Decribed as a “quartet with a difference” by the Irish Times, the Dublin Guitar Quartet is a one-of-a-kind classical guitar ensemble that occupies a unique space in the wider chamber music world. Its concerts include a mix of new works and modern...Read more

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Mariusz Smolij, ASO music director, calls Dylla “the Yo-Yo Ma of classical guitar.” Dylla performs new works that include themes written by composers of the past, according to the ASO press release. For the the ASO solo guitar recital, he will perform...Read more

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Mark follows in the footsteps of Miguel Llobet, Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream, the three performer personalities of the 20th century who established the classical guitar as a serious instrument. The modern classical guitar has its origins in the 19th...Read more

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I thought the guitar would be a cool choice – I wanted to be a rock star and I never imagined I would fall in love with the classical guitar. I got a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music in 1998, when Montenegro was a country in big trouble...Read more