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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Bryce Dessner talks about his 'double life' as a classical, rock musician
Los Angeles Times, May 22nd

He taught music theory and history in New York City after getting his degrees and played classical guitar recitals and contemporary classical music on the electric guitar. "Being a classical musician, you can go to school for it, you can go get a...Read more

St. Louis Classical Guitar Society announces 2015-16 season, May 15th

The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society has announced its 2015-16 season, with an international artistic lineup. The season begins on Sept. 26 with Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Möller in his St. Louis debut. Möller has given more than 500 ...Read more

Classical Guitar Concert at St. Catherine's Episcopal Church Sunday May 17th
North Coast & Cannon Beach Citizen, May 14th

Portland Classic Guitar is proud to announce an exciting afternoon of international Classical Guitar at the Beach with Italian guitarist Roberto Fabbri, Chilean guitarist Alberto Cumplido, and Portland based guitarists William Jenks, and David Tutmark ...Read more

Encores & Curtain Calls: New classical guitar series begins
The Recorder, May 13th

Of his new baby, he writes: “We are launching a new classical guitar series, which we are calling 'Guitar in the Sanctuary,' in partnership with a classical guitarist named Andrew Leonard. The series will feature the classical guitar in three to six...Read more

Guitar for Classical and Classic Rock
Iowa Public Radio, May 6th

After Simpson, Kennedy's education continued in Nashville where he received his Masters of Music degree in classical guitar performance from Belmont University. He moved back to Iowa in 2011, and now teaches private lessons to people like high school ...Read more

Doors Wide Open for Grammy-Winning Classical Guitar Virtuoso Jason Vieaux
WRTI, May 4th

He won the 2015 GRAMMY for "Best Classical Instrumental Solo" for his album, Play, and he collaborates with musicians in a wide variety of styles. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on classical guitar virtuoso Jason Vieaux...Read more

Classical guitarist remembered for skill as musician and teacher
Journal Times, May 1st

Yoghourtjian, who died Sunday at the age of 91, was noted for his skill as a musician, especially for his expertise as a classical guitar player. Recognized across the country for his technical talent, Yoghourtjian played for audiences in Chicago and...Read more

Church of the Mediator hosts classical guitar concert
Meridian Star, April 29th

Evans is a native of Chunky. He studied under the late Tom Carson and graduated with his Associates of Arts Degree in Music from East Central Community College. He went on to the University of Southern Mississippi and studied under Professor Giovanni ...Read more