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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Jose Ramirez Classical Guitar WorkshopTime Out Hong Kong, October 6th
At this event dedicated to the art of making classic guitars since 1882, members of the family's fourth and fifth generations are showing us just how it's done. You'll be introduced to the latest models and shown just how to set up a guitar. The first...Read more
Film fest, quilts and classical guitar at the Dietrich TheaterThe Abington Journal, September 29th
Classical guitarist Jay Steveskey will be back at the Dietrich to take us on a musical journey through Spain with some of classical guitar's most beloved masterpieces. He will perform the music of Spain's great virtuoso guitarists and master composers...Read more
CLASSICAL GUITAR CONCERT BENEFITS KIDNEY FOUNDATIONChester County Press, September 24th
Classical guitarist Brad Rau will give a special performance on Oct. 3 to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Brad is a well-known musician and music teacher in the region, who has performed solo or as part of ensembles all over Pennsylvania...Read more
Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock to host free classical guitar concert “Spanish ...The Weekender, September 24th
TUNKHANNOCK — The Dietrich Theater's tradition of presenting free classical guitar concerts with master guitarist Jay Steveskey continues this fall with the Spanish Guitar Masterpieces Concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.4. This special concert...Read more
Classical guitar trio at York LibrarySeacoastonline.com, September 22nd
The Program Committee of the York Public Library recently announced the Fireside Classical Music Series will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, with a classical guitar concert featuring Divergent Strings. This trio of classical guitarists will be...Read more
Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble to Perform in Library Oct. 18City of Georgetown Texas, September 20th
The Austin Classical Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Pearson, will perform in the library on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 pm. The program will consist of arrangements of earlier period works by Bach, Palestrina and Saint-Saëns as well as works by ...Read more
Written by MeganGo Blue Ridge, September 11th
Peter Fletcher began guitar study at the age of seven under classical guitar instructor John Sutherland. In 1980 classical guitarist Jose Tomas, Andres Segovia's teaching assistant in Spain, held a week long master class in Atlanta, GA. Peter Fletcher...Read more
Learning classical guitar helps kids in trouble change their tunePBS NewsHour (blog), September 8th
GWEN IFILL: Five years ago, a nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, partnered with a juvenile justice center to help students behind bars finish their high school education with a different kind of hands-on approach: learning classical guitar. Our Student...Read more