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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Austin Classical GuitarCommunity Impact Newspaper, March 5th
Launched in 2008, Austin Classical Guitar's curriculum is used by more than 500 music instructors in the U.S. as well as Austraila and Nicaragua, Executive Director Matt Hinsley said. Instructors can access material online and watch videos about how a ...Read more
A Place That Plucks HeartstringsNew York Times, February 27th
The only indication of what's inside is a small black-and-white sign taped next to the buzzer depicting a Bohemian woman in flowing robes plucking at a classical guitar. The guitars are too quiet to be heard from the street. Upon entering the salon...Read more
Why the death of Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia has touched so manyeuronews, February 27th
was stubborn in his youth and passed the time closed in his bedroom, practising the guitar. He later revolutionised the technique of flamenco guitar, putting the instrument on his right leg, instead of the left like his predecessors and classical...Read more
Classical guitarist to play blend of music Feb. 21 in RichlandMid Columbia Tri City Herald, February 19th
Edmondson plays a blend of classical guitar music from the 17th century to today, and you can hear him play some of that music Feb. 21 at the Emerald of Siam in Richland. Music is from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no cover charge. "My repertoire is also very...Read more
Jason Vieaux: A Classical Virtuoso's Show-Stopping EncoresPremier Guitar, February 17th
He's a member of the advisory board for the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA), and he runs an online classical guitar school through ArtistWorks. Meanwhile, Vieaux crisscrosses North America several times per year, performing solo concerts and ...Read more
Six-string mission: Jay Steveskey performs and promotes classical guitar musicScranton Times-Tribune, February 17th
But for this talented guitarist, the primary focus rests with the classics - classical music, to be precise. For nearly a decade, Mr. Steveskey has devoted himself full-time to performing and teaching classical guitar, carving out a unique niche for...Read more
Classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic on his album 'Aranjuez'Financial Times, February 14th
late Spanish composer's daughter, Cecilia, now in her early seventies. That Milos, born 30 years ago in former Yugoslavia, is embraced in Spain, the 20th-century birthplace of modern classical guitar, is testament to his talent and seriousness of...Read more
Philippe Bertaud, the Fort Worth-Based Classical Guitar Legend, Has DiedDallas Observer (blog), February 13th
Philippe Bertaud is walking toward a tall oak tree at the side of a lake. There is something undeniably welcoming and thoughtful about his presence. Or maybe that's just the heavy French accent. He turns and says, "You know, sometimes I just need to...Read more