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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Film fest, quilts and classical guitar at the Dietrich Theater
The Abington Journal, September 29th

Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will be back at the Dietrich to take us on a musical journey through Spain with some of classical guitar's most beloved masterpieces. He will perform the music of Spain's great virtuoso guitarists and master composers...Read more

Chester County Press, September 24th

Classical guitarist Brad Rau will give a special performance on Oct. 3 to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Brad is a well-known musician and music teacher in the region, who has performed solo or as part of ensembles all over Pennsylvania...Read more

Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock to host free classical guitar concert “Spanish ...
The Weekender, September 24th

TUNKHANNOCK — The Dietrich Theater's tradition of presenting free classical guitar concerts with master guitarist Jay Steveskey continues this fall with the Spanish Guitar Masterpieces Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.4. This special concert...Read more

Classical guitar trio at York Library, September 22nd

The Program Committee of the York Public Library recently announced the Fireside Classical Music Series will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, with a classical guitar concert featuring Divergent Strings. This trio of classical guitarists will be...Read more

Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble to Perform in Library Oct. 18
City of Georgetown Texas, September 20th

The Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Pearson, will perform in the library on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 pm. The program will consist of arrangements of earlier period works by Bach, Palestrina and Saint-Saëns as well as works by ...Read more

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Go Blue Ridge, September 11th

Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor John Sutherland. In 1980 classical guitarist Jose Tomas, Andres Segovia's teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long master class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher...Read more

Learning classical guitar helps kids in trouble change their tune
PBS NewsHour (blog), September 8th

GWEN IFILL: Five years ago, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, partnered with a juvenile justice center to help students behind bars finish their high school education with a different kind of hands-on approach: learning classical guitar. Our Student...Read more

Manuel Barrueco, Flamenco part of Cleveland Classical Guitar Society's ...
Hudson Hub-Times, September 7th

The Cleveland Classical Guitar Society recently announced its 2015-16 International Series, a 6-concert series headlined by international sensation Manuel Barrueco in his first solo performance in Cleveland in more than a decade. The season begins with ...Read more