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 hero Simon Davies plays hometown gig
Luton Today, May 23rd

Acclaimed classical guitarist Simon Davies performs at the Little Theatre in his home town of Dunstable at 7.30pm on May 30. The programme includes music from the courts of Baroque Italy and flamenco-fuelled Spanish pieces. Simon studied at the Royal ...Read more

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society announces 2015-16 season
STLtoday.com, May 15th

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society has announced its 2015-16 season, with an international artistic lineup. The season begins on Sept. 26 with Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller in his St. Louis debut. Möller has given more than 500 ...Read more

Classical Guitar Concert at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church Sunday May 17th
North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen, May 14th

Portland Classic Guitar is proud to announce an exciting afternoon of international Classical Guitar at the Beach with Italian guitarist Roberto Fabbri, Chilean guitarist Alberto Cumplido, and Portland based guitarists William Jenks, and David Tutmark ...Read more

Encores & Curtain Calls: New classical guitar series begins
The Recorder, May 13th

Of his new baby, he writes: “We are launching a new classical guitar series, which we are calling 'Guitar in the Sanctuary,' in partnership with a classical guitarist named Andrew Leonard. The series will feature the classical guitar in three to six...Read more

Night of classical guitar to benefit Langley Hospice Society
Langley Times, May 11th

The Langley Hospice Society presents Matthew Silverman and a Night of Classical Guitar on Saturday, May 23. The benefit concert will take place at Frosting Cupcakery & Bake Shop, 20411 Fraser Hwy. The community is invited to come and enjoy a night full ...Read more

Guitar for Classical and Classic Rock
Iowa Public Radio, May 6th

After Simpson, Kennedy's education continued in Nashville where he received his Masters of Music degree in classical guitar performance from Belmont University. He moved back to Iowa in 2011, and now teaches private lessons to people like high school ...Read more

Doors Wide Open for Grammy-Winning Classical Guitar Virtuoso Jason Vieaux
WRTI, May 4th

He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux...Read more

Church of the Mediator hosts classical guitar concert
Meridian Star, April 29th

Evans is a native of Chunky. He studied under the late Tom Carson and graduated with his Associates of Arts Degree in Music from East Central Community College. He went on to the University of Southern Mississippi and studied under Professor Giovanni ...Read more