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 symposium in Springdale culminates in two concertsThe Independent | SUindependent.com, July 27th
Credited as being “the father of the American classical guitar," Aaron Shearer was one of the most prolific guitar pedagogues in American history, directing prestigious guitar programs at Peabody Conservatory and the North Carolina School of the Arts...Read more
Broadened horizons: EMF adds classical guitar programGreensboro News & Record, July 21st
Ben Mauss of Snellville, Ga., far right, Emma Treganowan of Whitmore Lake, Mich., center, and Brandon Walker of Greensboro, far left, during rehearsal for the Eastern Music Festival guitar program on Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. The...Read more
Big banker shows pluck for classical guitarSlipped Disc, July 20th
Before he climbed behind a desk, Marcelo was Brazil's bright hope on the classical guitar. He was pretty good, we hear. To stay in touch with his past, and to promote the instrument's future, Marcelo has now launched an online launchpad for new guitar...Read more
Classical guitar virtuoso to perform, teach at EMFGreensboro News & Record, July 16th
In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. The following year, he launched the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar with ArtistWorks, allowing students around the world to study online one-on-one...Read more
Classical guitar group debuts under new nameKGNS.tv, July 6th
LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Some talented guitarists are getting ready for a local debut this week right before an international tour. The classical guitar group " Guitarras De Los Dos Laredos" formed a couple weeks ago. The group is formed from musicians...Read more
Matt Palmer brings classical guitar to the Mainstay July 12My Eastern Shore, July 6th
ROCK HALL — Classical guitarist Matt Palmer brings a varied program of music from Brazil, Paraguay, the U.S., Belarus, Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany and Spain to the Mainstay at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12. The concert is part of the Byrd Series: ...Read more
Eliot Fisk: Classical GuitarMonterey County Weekly, July 1st
On Friday, Fisk brings his rabble-rousing brand of classical guitar play to CSUMB, along with a pair of like-minded colleagues, A-list composer/classical guitarists Andrew York and Roland Dyens. Each musician will perform a set fueled by Fisk's beloved ...Read more