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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UT receives $400000 Mellon Foundation grant for new classical music
austin360 (blog), September 12th

with a host of collaborators — Texas Performing Arts, Conspirare and Austin Classical Guitar — Muhly's sprawling piece for three guitar quartets and choir uses texts from Texas' original settlers to tell the story of their hope, fear and...Read more

Art Alert: Awtar Quartet opens season with classical guitar from Venezuela
Ahram Online, September 11th

Awtar Quartet will dedicate its upcoming evening to the renowned Venezuelan guitarist and composer Luis Ochoa who passed away on 28 July 2014. The concert will take place at the Bridges Cultural Centre in Zamalek. In addition to compositions by Ochoa, ...Read more

Yerby kicks off St. Michael's fall guitar conert series
Dothan Eagle (blog), September 9th

Staff Writer dothaneagle.com. Peggy Ussery. Posted on Sep 9, 2014. by Peggy Ussery. The classical guitar concert season at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Ozark will begin on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. with Jon Yerby, a nationally-known classical...Read more

STL Classical Guitar Society donates instruments to Normandy High
St. Louis American, September 8th

Several members of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society visited Normandy High School recently to present 16 new guitars to the school's music program. The instruments will be used by the students in Adam Yanick's classical guitar class. This is the...Read more

The affair with classical guitar
Deccan Herald, September 8th

A classical guitar concert featuring Icelandic artiste Ogmundur Thor Johannesson was held on Sunday at the auditorium of Bangalore School of Music. Titled 'The Journey of Classical Guitar', the concert began with timeless classical pieces from music ...Read more

WATCH: Paul McCartney Picks Classical Bach and 'Blackbird' with Carlos Bonell ...
Classicalite, September 4th

Paul, George and Ringo but McCartney now tells us the classical implication of the song "Blackbird." Thanks to Norman Lebrecht, we've been granted a video of Sir Paul with his new working partner Carlos Bonell who are collaborating on a classical...Read more

The Human Voice of the Classical Guitar
Havana Times, August 29th

Cristina-album HAVANA TIMES — Christina Sandsengen is a 27-year-old Norwegian guitarist, with an impressive resume in classical guitar, an instrument she was introduced to at the age of 15. She studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music and at the ...Read more

STL Classical Guitar Society donate guitars to Normandy HS
KSDK, August 27th

LOUIS - Members of the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society (SLCGS) presented 16 new guitars to Normandy High School, Wednesday. The instruments will be used in Adam Yanick's classical guitar class, which is being offered for the first time this year...Read more