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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Classical guitar concert at Templewood
Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, October 30th

Classical guitar concert at Templewood. Guitarist Manus Noble. Thursday, October 30, 2014 11:00 AM. An innovative young guitarist stars in the latest Cromer Music Evening concert this weekend. Comments; Email; Print. To send a link to this page to a...Read more

Texas composer channels 'heaven' through classical guitar
Arizona Daily Star (blog), October 29th

Amelkina-Vera, an in-demand classical guitar composer, is making her first trip to Tucson. She has lived in Texas since 1997, when she moved to the States to go to school. In addition to performing and composing, she also teaches guitar part-time at...Read more

Vaughan show features classical guitar
The Dartmouth, October 26th

John Muratore, senior lecturer in classical guitar, described the classical guitar as a “very intimate” instrument in both its sound and in its overall presentation. The musician holds the guitar close to his body, using only his fingers to produce the...Read more

Bellizzi brings classical guitar to historic Powell House
The Union of Grass Valley, October 22nd

Bellizzi has composed over 40 works for the classical guitar. His compositions have been selected by the Guitar Foundation of America for publication. He is a frequent contributor to Soundboard Magazine. Bellizzi has many titles published by Mel Bay ...Read more

Free Classical Guitar concert Nov. 6 at the Kenilworth Library
The Star-Ledger, October 22nd

Come to an evening of classical guitar music with talented musician Robert Dopira, presented by the Friends of the Kenilworth Public Library. Dopira will lend his significant musical talents to the community on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m.. Dopira has...Read more

KAZUHITO YAMASHITA Classical Guitar Virtuoso
San 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

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