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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The Guitar Style Of Randy RhoadsantiMUSIC.com (blog), December 8th
Randy had a deep love of classical guitar and it's clear that he would have moved further and further into that world, but he had such a strong rock/metal voice too, equal parts Eddie Van Halen and Mick Ronson in inspiration but 100% himself in execution...Read more
LAMBERTVILLE: Author talks in library program on SaturdayPacket Online, December 7th
6 from 7:30-8:30 p.m., the library's “Friday in the Gallery” performance series will open with “Holiday Music and More with the Classical Guitar.” Enjoy the sounds of the classical guitar as Thomas Amoriello performs arrangements of carols from many...Read more
Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Annual Concert & Holiday PartyExaminer.com, December 7th
Once again it's the time that all guitar lovers in Philadelphia get to sit back and listen to some of the finest classical guitarists in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society presents their annual concert and holiday party. After the...Read more
Richard Savino has a classical approachHouston Chronicle, December 6th
In college, I said, "I should play classical guitar sometime." The teacher I went to heard me play the electric guitar, and he said, "Try a semester worth of lessons." He saw that I could play the guitar well, but I needed a serious guitar pedigree. I...Read more
Forgotten Heroes: Paul KossoffPremier Guitar, December 6th
Kossoff took to music early, commencing classical guitar lessons at age 10. “My dad said that if Paul wanted to play guitar, which he did of course, he had to learn to do it properly,” recalled Paul's brother Simon in an interview with Gibson. “He went...Read more
Classical guitar concertThe New Indian Express, November 21st
Clef and Canto Music School in association with YMCA, Trivandrum is organising a classical guitar concert led by guitarists Saji and Joji on November 24. Saji hailing from Kozhikode has almost 20 years of experience with the classical guitar. Joji who...Read more
A Unique Classical Guitar Collection – Opus 3Audiophile Audition, November 18th
A Unique Classical Guitar Collection – (TrackList follows) – Opus 3 Multichannel 4.0 CD 22062, 1:14:38 (Distr. by Naxos) ****: Jan-Eric Persson originally recorded these guitarist in 1978 and this is one of many Opus 3 multichannel SACD releases which ...Read more
MCC event features classical guitar, poetryJournal Inquirer, November 18th
MANCHESTER — The Mishi-maya-gat Spoken Word & Music Series presents classical guitar music and two poets on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7-9 p.m., in Manchester Community College's downtown performance space. The event at MCC on Main Arts and ...Read more