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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Lindsey Saunders brings diverse catalog to Muse Music Café
Daily Herald, November 28th

The songs conjure Laura Marling or Led Zeppelin's folk-centered work, with a heavy dose of classical guitar elements — a contrast to her usual singer-songwriter pop. By Saunders' own admission, she's never listened to classical guitar or classical...Read more

Miloš Karadagli?, 'the guitar player of the people'
The Arts Desk, November 24th

Compared to grand divas, virtuoso pianists or stupendous fiddlers, legends of the classical guitar have been few in number. Once you've ticked off Segovia, Julian Bream and John Williams you're pretty much done with the household names. This isn't to ...Read more

Elena Fomenko wins prestigious Andres Segovia 30th International Classical ...
Olive Press, November 24th

A RUSSIAN woman scooped up first prize at the Andres Segovia 30th International Classical Guitar Competition, the world's most prestigious contest of the sort. Elena Fomenko (1991) was awarded €10,000 and a superior guitar model by respected luthier ...Read more

Classical Guitar Series On Tap NWU
Patch.com, November 7th

Co-presented by the University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society, this season's array of globally-renowned guest artists includes the Russian Guitar Quartet, Croatian virtuosa Ana Vidovic, Russia's Anton ...Read more

Nanae Fujiwara, Classical Guitar, at the David Adler Music and Arts Center ...
Chicago Tribune, November 6th

I want to encourage those who have never seen a live classical guitar performance to come to the concert. Classical guitar has often times been described as 'a miniature orchestra.' …You would be surprised to hear the music that can be played on just...Read more

Classical Spanish Guitarist Celino Romero Performs Live
WDET, November 4th

So what's the difference between a standard and classical guitar? “The big difference in playing is the fingers, the right hand technique. That's what separates the styles, and the instrument is quite popular, any guitarist can pick up a classical...Read more

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