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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Vintage Guitars Info

Vintage Guitars Info

This great reference site features detailed sections on vintage guitar makers, including Gibson, Fender, Martin, Gr… [read review or visit site]

Vintage Guitar and Bass

Vintage Guitar and Bass

Want to see all the old brochures and ads for your favorite vintage axe? Check out this great site, which showcases… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Raimundo Mod 128 Spanish Classical Acoustic Guitar Hand Made In Spain C1990 2014 Darren Hippner Classical Flamenco Guitars Neo Koa Luthier Yamaha Classical Guitar G-220a 1970's Natural Gloss, With Guitar BagOvation Country Artist Nylon String Guitar, Model 1624 ClassicalTaylor 814ce-n - Natural Nylon String Cutaway Classical Acoustic Electric GuitarJose Ramirez 2cwe2005 Classical Acoustic/electric GuitarOvation 1113-4 Deep Bowl Vintage 1977 Acoustic Classical Nylon Guitar Usa RareVery Slightly Used Ovation Acoustic-electric Classical GuitarNew! Equester Acrylic Silent Nylon String Guitar, Handmade + Qp PickupCordoba C5-cet Acoustic Electric Classical Thinline GuitarManuel Rodriguez Model D Rio Classical Guitar1976 Alvarez Yairi Cy125 Classical GuitarTakamine Cp132sc Handmade Solid Cedar Classical A/e Guitar Torres Latin Jazz Hsc1980 Takamine Hirade Model 5 Vintage Classical GuitarAlessi Skeleton Classical Guitar Tuners W Mop Mother Of Pearl Buttons Martin 00-18c Nylon String Acoustic Guitar Vintage 1971Yamaha Cg101a Classical Acoustic Guitar 6 String With Gig BagCordoba Fusion 12 Rose Acoustic Electric Nylon String Guitar6 String Silent Nylon String Guitar, Hollow Body, With A Padded Bag-020x-u-es Vintage - Garcia Grade No: 3 Classical Guitar 1972 With Case!Oscar Schmidt Oc1 Classical Acoustic Student Guitar Sn 940201919swAfanti Music Made High-quality Classical Guitar (afcg908)1978 Giannini Awn 6 Right Handed 6 String Classical Guitar8 Sets Of Classical Guitar Tuners Tuning Gears Pegs Tuning Machines Luthier NrNylon Material Ukulele Guitar String Durable Stringed Instrument Player 4pcs A2Classical Guitar Tuner Peg Gold Surface,dargon Phoenix Pattern A Set, 101g-awVintage Epiphone Ec-15 Classical Guitar21" -23"oxford Classical Padded Acoustic Bass Guitar Gig Bag Carry Case BackpackPop Fine Guitar Piezo Contact Microphone Pickup For Classical Musical InstrumentBlack Classical Acoustic Guitar Sound Hole Cover Plug 38"/39"screeching Halt