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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John Kerry Plays Guitar For Chinese LeadersInternational Business Times, July 10th
John Kerry took some time away from his meeting with Chinese leaders to show his guitar chops. It's Kerry's first-known recording with a classical guitar; he played bass with the Electras, his prep school band, which pressed 500 copies of its record...Read more
Kerry Plays Classical Guitar in ChinaBoston.com, July 10th
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plucked and strummed the strings of a guitar in Beijing on Thursday (July 10). Kerry's classical guitar performance was met with applause from onlookers after a lunch at the Great Hall of the People as annual talks...Read more
Classical guitarist returns for free concertTimes Daily, July 9th
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Classical Guitar Lesson at Wilson Elementary Summer Latchkey ProgramKIII TV3, July 8th
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Thai wins prestigious classical guitar contestBangkok Post, June 27th
Ekachai Jearakul stamped his authority on a place as a most promising classical guitarist by winning the GFA International Competition in Los Angeles on Thursday. Ekachai Jearakul wins the GFA International Competition in Los Angeles on Thursday...Read more
Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival returns to Moravian CollegeAllentown Morning Call, June 25th
The Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar festival returns to Peter Hall on the Moravian College campus in Bethlehem June 28 for a day of recitals, workshops, master classes and concerts. This will be the second year the festival is under the direction of...Read more