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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David Pulkingham's Little Pearl: CD release happens Saturday at Strange Brew, 7pm
Austin Chronicle, August 28th

“I studied classical guitar for a while and really fell in love with the romantic repertoire written by South American and Spanish composers. I think that started when I played with a world music outfit called Ta Mere for about a decade and I was...Read more

A special performance featuring The Brasil Guitar Duo
RiverBender.com, August 26th

In describing the Brasil Guitar Duo, Classical Guitar Magazine exclaims: “The maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity displayed … is simply outstanding.” Winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Music Competition, the Duo is...Read more

Classical/Electric Guitarist Nadav Lev to Release New Album, NEW STRINGS ...
Broadway World, August 26th

It opens with Lev on solo guitar in Gilad Cohen's The Rushing Camel brilliantly fusing influences of classical music, ethnic music and progressive rock through a deeply intimate, virtuosic and original take on the very idiom of classical guitar...Read more

Pacem in Terris hosts a program of Brazilian music for classical guitar on Aug. 30
The Photo News, August 25th

Guitarist Matthew Rohde returns to Pacem in Terris in Warwick to perform Brazilian music on Sunday, Aug. 30. WARWICK — Matthew Rohde returns to Pacem in Terris on Sunday, Aug. 30, to perform Brazilian music for the classical guitar, including works by ...Read more

Classical Connections: Stars of the guitar
Pattaya Mail, August 20th

The classical guitar repertoire is enormous and although much of it consists of solo works, there are a good many concertos too. Rodrigo's two concertos have justifiably become the most familiar, along with those of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mauro Giuliani, ...Read more

Guitar Fest blends music and beach culture
Wiarton Echo, August 20th

Jeff McFadden sounds more like a painter or an eccentric composer than a classical guitar player as he led a group through a Summer Study music lesson at the Sauble Christian Fellowship Church. He stresses to the group that the music score suggests ...Read more

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RocketNews24, August 9th

Studio Ghibli is known the world over for their animated films, and with good reason! They may not quite be as wealth as Disney, but there's no doubt that they have created many masterpieces that will withstand the test of time. They've also created...Read more

Music review: Classical Guitar – Jonathan Prag
WOW24/7 (blog), August 8th

Edinburgh Festival Fringe music review: Classical Guitar – Jonathan Prag, reviewed by The Scotsman's David Kettle Even in these early days of the festival, a simple show can feel so refreshing. Classical guitarist Jonathan Prag is a Fringe stalwart, ...Read more