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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ABC Local, September 30th

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Tugging at some heart strings
The Hindu, September 26th

The classical guitar is timeless has hardly changed over decades of musical evolution. The six-string instrument is making waves with a revival. Even though it has European art music (western classical music) as its core repertoire, with a lot of work...Read more

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Crowley Star, September 20th

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Guitarist Jason Vieaux highlights Cleveland Classical Guitar Society's ...
Stow Sentry, September 18th

The Cleveland Classic Guitar Society presents the Showcase Concert on September 27, 2014, featuring internationally-renowned guitarist Jason Vieaux. Vieaux performs in his hometown of Cleveland amid a tour that includes Lincoln Center as well as other ...Read more

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Ahram Online, September 11th

Awtar Quartet will dedicate its upcoming evening to the renowned Venezuelan guitarist and composer Luis Ochoa who passed away on 28 July 2014. The concert will take place at the Bridges Cultural Centre in Zamalek. In addition to compositions by Ochoa, ...Read more

STL Classical Guitar Society donates instruments to Normandy High
St. Louis American, September 8th

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Deccan Herald, September 8th

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Havana Times, August 29th

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