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 of the 20th Century Concert in Hingham
Patch.com, November 18th

Two professional musicians are coming to Hingham to give a free performance featuring classical guitar of the early 20th century this week. Robert Margo, an accomplished musician on classical guitar, classical mandolin and renaissance luke and Mark...Read more

Classical Guitar Series On Tap NWU
Patch.com, November 7th

Co-presented by the University's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music and the Chicago Classical Guitar Society, this season's array of globally-renowned guest artists includes the Russian Guitar Quartet, Croatian virtuosa Ana Vidovic, Russia's Anton ...Read more

Texas composer channels 'heaven' through classical guitar
Arizona Daily Star (blog), October 29th

Amelkina-Vera, an in-demand classical guitar composer, is making her first trip to Tucson. She has lived in Texas since 1997, when she moved to the States to go to school. In addition to performing and composing, she also teaches guitar part-time at...Read more

Vaughan show features classical guitar
The Dartmouth, October 26th

John Muratore, senior lecturer in classical guitar, described the classical guitar as a “very intimate” instrument in both its sound and in its overall presentation. The musician holds the guitar close to his body, using only his fingers to produce the...Read more

KAZUHITO YAMASHITA Classical Guitar Virtuoso
San Francisco Classical Voice, October 16th

Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts celebrates our 34th season of guitar concerts by presenting 21 superlative performers from 12 different countries. We offer you a diverse season filled with the highest level of artistry. We are kicking off the...Read more

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Portage Daily Register, October 15th

When she's at home and looking to relax, Ana Vidovic plugs in her electric guitar and gets a glimpse of the other side of music. For a classical guitarist, this is a step into rock, the blues, whatever she wants to explore at that moment. “I love the...Read more

Classical guitar students get their own study abroad trip with 'Red Socks'
The Maneater, October 14th

In 2007, professor Anthony Glise began the classical guitar program in the MU School of Music. Seven years later, he's taking the program to Chartres, France, in the school's first faculty-led international program for classical guitarists. Glise isn't...Read more

Classical guitar duo opens Camerata Musica season Sept. 27
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald, September 25th

Joo Luiz and Douglas Lora were 2006 winners of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and have been hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for their "maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity." They will play classical pieces from...Read more