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 reigns supremeInquirer.net, November 29th
THERE was a big turnout for French classical guitarist Judicael Perroy at the Abelardo Hall of the University of the Philippines, Nov. 12. Using a seldom-heard Greg Smallman guitar that costs $25,000, Perroy had the sizable audience in the palm of his...Read more
Joel Woods shares magic of mandolin and classical guitarThe Sunshine Coast Daily, November 23rd
THE musical director of the Queensland Mandolin Ensemble, Joel Woods will begin his debut solo tour of Queensland celebrating the music of the classical guitar and mandolin. Completing school in North Queensland, Woods moved to Brisbane to study at ...Read more
Adam Levin plucks the best aspects from modern and vintage classical guitarKnoxville News Sentinel, November 19th
When guitarist Adam Levin went to Spain as a Fulbright scholar, his intention was to explore the beginnings of classical guitar in the land where it was born. Instead, he became entranced by the work of modern Spanish composers. He left the country...Read more
Segovia Classical Guitar Series to Be Held at Ryan CenterNorthwestern University NewsCenter, November 13th
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Established international artists, including Eduardo Fernández and Paul O'Dette and rising star Ekachai Jearakul, are among the performers who will bring Northwestern University's annual Segovia Classical Guitar Series to life during...Read more
Classical Guitar HourPacific Northwest Inlander, November 12th
A classical guitar series curated by Leon Atkinson is back at the Bing Crosby Theater after more than seven years, this time under the Friends of the Guitar Hour moniker. And it nearly didn't happen. Atkinson is a world-renowned classical guitarist out...Read more
CLASSICAL GUITAR AT KREUTZ CREEK WINERYChester County Press, November 9th
At NEC, he studied classical guitar under Eliot Fisk who was the last pupil of Andres Segovia. Brad has performed in countless masterclasses with instructors including; Sharon Isbin, Andrew York and Jason Vieaux, all Grammy award winning guitarists...Read more
Classical guitar talent returns to hometown rootswlfi.com, November 6th
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Long Center for the Performing Arts is the place to be Friday night if you're a fan of classical guitar. World-renowned artist Chaconne Klaverenga is coming back to her roots and performing in her hometown of Lafayette...Read more
McAllister expresses capabilities of classical guitar across the mapKearney Hub, November 5th
Colin McAllister started as a rock guitarist. “That was cool for me when I was a kid,” the Colorado-based musician said. “I liked a lot of the progressive rock bands. It was a lot of fun.” From there, he discovered the joy of performing classical solo...Read more