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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austin360 (blog), March 2nd

While Austin girds itself for the onslaught of pop music and culture that is SXSW, it seems there's an onslaught of classical music concerts this weekend. Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Classical Guitar, Chorus Austin, Texas Choral Consort, Ensemble...Read more

Curtis Institute's Jason Vieaux: Q&A with Grammy-winning classical guitarist
Philly.com, March 1st

Below, he speaks of winning a Grammy, his road to a classical guitar career, and . . . Eddie Van Halen: Congratulations on the Grammy. What has that whole thing been like? We're still in shock. The first big shock was getting nominated, because there...Read more

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society: A Conversation With Gaëlle Solal
Cleveland Scene Weekly, February 27th

On their website, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society describes Gaëlle Solal as having “a big personality and energy beyond compare.” I'd like to second that, because within the first five minutes of our Skype conversation I quickly realized that...Read more

Classical guitar teacher is also a Grammy Award winner
The Roundup News, February 26th

Richard Moody, one of Schneider's classical guitar students, found out about his Grammy Award nominations when he was at a guitar store, and realized the CD he picked up read, “Grammy Nominated Artist, John Schneider.” Even though Moody chose to ...Read more

Classical guitar recital
Destin Log, February 24th

The internationally acclaimed Amadeus Guitar Duo, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff of Germany, will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 2 in the Tyler Recital Hall at the Mattie Kelly Fine & Performing Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College...Read more

Three to See: Hip-hop, punk and classical guitar
Sacramento Bee, February 18th

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Hip-hop. 7 p.m. Saturday. Ace of Spades. Related. The word leading up to 2015 for chart-topping hip-hop legend Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is that it would be a year of lasts: their last world tour, and their final album, “E. 1999...Read more

Classical guitar playing set to strike a chord
Dorset Echo, February 6th

A packed season of music for all tastes comes to the county town this season, from blues to indie and folk as well as a healthy dose of classical guitar from four fantastic players. John Mills' last two appearances at Dorchester Arts Centre in solo and...Read more

Pepe Romero, classical guitar legend, to perform in Portland
OregonLive.com, February 5th

Pepe Romero, one of the world's best-known classical guitarists, returns to Portland for a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. Portland Classic Guitar presents Romero at First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave., in downtown Portland. Tickets start...Read more