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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Valérie Hartzell, an evening of classical guitar music at St Cuthbert's Hall ...
Bedfordshire News, January 25th

WHEN my kids were two years old the most musical sounds they managed were ear-piercing shrieks and the crashing of saucepan lids on tiled floors. But then I wasn't a classical musician. By the time Valérie Hartzell was two she was not only bilingual...Read more

Miles McConnell brings his classical guitar sound to the PCA Saturday
Portage Daily Register, January 21st

Miles McConnell can listen to a piece of classical music and often find something new, even though he's heard the song hundreds of times. “There is so much deep to that music,” he said. And when he plays classical guitar, the sound is rich with a...Read more

Fort Smith Hosts Classical Guitar Concert
Times Record, January 21st

Guitarist-writer S. Sean Six will perform his Evening of Classical Guitar concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown, 101 N. Second St. The concert is part of the university's Season at the Blue Lion series and will impress everyone...Read more

New Visions to host classical guitar performance
Marshfield News-Herald, January 19th

Steven Ulliman will perform a classical guitar concert at noon Wednesday at New Visions Gallery located in the lobby of Marshfield Clinic. (Photo: Contributed photo). 3 CONNECT 7 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. MARSHFIELD — New Visions ...Read more

Michael Fogler and his classical guitar offer special lunch hour escape
Central Kentucky News, January 18th

This Wednesday's Lunch with the Arts features Michael Fogler who plans to use his classical guitar as an escape vehicle, taking participants on a musical journey from America to England, through Spain and the Latin Americas, complete with commentary ...Read more

A treat for lovers of classical guitar
Isle of Man Today, January 17th

Mr Ryan's own compositions combine traditional classical techniques with a variety of musical influences and contemporary guitar styles, breathing new life into the classical guitar repertoire, as demonstrated in his innovative solo work Benga Beat...Read more

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society
STLtoday.com, January 3rd

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society will present one of the acknowledged masters of the Spanish repertoire, Ángel Romero. A former member of the family quartet Los Romeros, he'll perform a program of solo classics. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Sheldon...Read more

Classical guitar concert set for Jan. 8 in Alexandria
Alexandria Town Talk, December 28th

A classical guitar concert is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 8 on The Hearn Stage at the Kress Theatre, 1102 Third St. in downtown Alexandria. Abendmusik Alexandria's "Romantic Sounds of Classical Guitar" will be presented by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana...Read more