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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St. Louis Classical Guitar Society announces change of soloistsSTLtoday.com, March 15th
The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society's final concert of the 2013-14 season next Saturday will not, after all, feature Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon. Zanon applied for a visa in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but had a problem securing one. Despite days of...Read more
New series presents classical guitarCoast Reporter, March 14th
As an avid guitarist himself, he's working with the SCAC to present a classical guitar concert series, bringing in some of the world's best guitar musicians. The first concert presents Alexander Dunn performing this Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at St...Read more
Classical Guitar Takes The Stage At MillikinWUIS 91.9, March 12th
This weekend, Decatur will play host to some pretty serious guitarists. It's the annual Mid America Classical Guitar Ensemble and it will be held at Millikin University. It's mainly for those who study classical guitar at a college level. While those...Read more
Classical Guitar On A Spring Afternoon - with Oxford guitarist Dave SeckThe Oxford Times, March 11th
Guitar On A Spring Afternoon - with Oxford guitarist Dave Seck Hi everyone! Just letting you know about a solo classical guitar recital I'm putting on at the lovely Church of St. Mary & St. John on Cowley Road, East Oxford, on the afternoon of...Read more
William Jenks, Marcelo de la Puebla to perform classical guitar concert in NehalemCoast Weekend, March 10th
Jenks is a well-known figure on the international classical guitar scene and has extensive experience as a performer. He received favorable notices for compelling appearances at the Colorado Guitar Festival, the Portland Wine and Arts Festival, the...Read more
Austin Classical GuitarCommunity Impact Newspaper, March 5th
Launched in 2008, Austin Classical Guitar's curriculum is used by more than 500 music instructors in the U.S. as well as Austraila and Nicaragua, Executive Director Matt Hinsley said. Instructors can access material online and watch videos about how a ...Read more
A Place That Plucks HeartstringsNew York Times, February 27th
The only indication of what's inside is a small black-and-white sign taped next to the buzzer depicting a Bohemian woman in flowing robes plucking at a classical guitar. The guitars are too quiet to be heard from the street. Upon entering the salon...Read more
Six-string mission: Jay Steveskey performs and promotes classical guitar musicScranton Times-Tribune, February 17th
But for this talented guitarist, the primary focus rests with the classics - classical music, to be precise. For nearly a decade, Mr. Steveskey has devoted himself full-time to performing and teaching classical guitar, carving out a unique niche for...Read more