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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Classical Guitar at Arts Center
Westport Now, April 27th

Croatian virtuosa classical guitarist Ana Vidovic performed today before an enthusiastic audience at the Westport Arts Center. A child prodigy, she started playing guitar at the age of 5. She has given more than 1,000 public performances since first...Read more

Classical guitar quartet coming to Mainstay
The Star Democrat, April 23rd

ROCK HALL — Quartet Vector 218, the Peabody classical guitar quartet under the direction of Julian Gray that includes a doctoral candidate, a master's student and two recipients of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Endowed Scholarship, will bring a program of ...Read more

Classical guitar workshop underway
Nagaland Post, April 23rd

He informed that the workshop will include classes like ensemble, lessons, masters and non-guitarists guides to teaching music besides a compressed course from “Classical Guitar Pedagogy” which he has compiled and teaches as a 16 class course at ...Read more

Classical guitar concert series continues
Daily Democrat, April 21st

Russian-born and Israeli-raised,Yuri Liberzon ranks among today's foremost classical guitarists. His playing has been described as “Transcendent technical prowess at the service of gracious musicality.” A frequent soloist with symphony and chamber ...Read more

UA professor plays classical guitar pieces in recital
The Buchtelite, April 21st

This classical guitar performance was free and open to the public. “I felt like I was in Spain. You could tell it took a lot of talent to perform as well as [Marron] did,” said Clarke Lewis, a student in Marron's Bach to Rock class. Marron played...Read more

LIBRARY NEWS: Classical guitar concert at Syracuse
Goshen News, April 20th

LIBRARY NEWS: Classical guitar concert at Syracuse. Syracuse. Public Library. 115 E. Main St., 457-3022. www.syracuse.lib.in.us. Scott Workman performance. Scott Workman will perform a classical guitar concert at 6:30 p.m. April 20. Workman is...Read more

Classical guitar featured at Butte Symphony concert tonight
Montana Standard, April 17th

Classical guitarist Luis Millán will put away the conductor's baton for the first half of the 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Butte Symphony concert in the Mother Lode Theatre and join the orchestra for the Guitar Concerto in E minor, Opus 140 by...Read more

Cleveland Classical Guitar Society International Series Presents Vladimir ...
Cleveland Scene Weekly, April 9th

On Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 pm at Plymouth Church in Shaker Heights, the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society will present the final concert of this season's International Series with a performance by Vladimir Gorbach. “I'm really looking forward to...Read more