Classical Guitars

A Class Apart

Classical guitars are acoustic guitars with six strings. The three treble strings were initially made of catgut but are now made of nylon and the lower three bass strings are made of nylon wrapped in silver or brass.

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>A classical guitar body is symmetrical and spruce or cedar wood is used to make the guitar tops and rosewood or mahogany for the guitar backs and sides.

The wood adds to the guitar's class, and resonates better as the guitar ages. The guitar's body is not shallow like some Spanish guitars.

A Great Way To Start

A distinguishing feature of this classic guitar is the neck. It is broader than most steel-string guitars and is made of wood. Also, no truss rod is used in the guitar since the tension in the guitar strings is low.

An interesting feature of the guitar is the tuning pegs. They point backwards, that is towards the player when the guitar is in a playing position in contrast to the steel-string guitars where they point outwards.

The classical is generally played without amplification though some guitarists use an electronic pickup if the audience is large and vocal. Classical guitarists tend to use their fingers and thumb to pluck the strings.

Classical guitarists are quite nostalgic of the first 'golden age' of the repertoire (19th century) where most of the composers were guitarists. The 20th century threw up great composers from the ranks of both guitar players and non-guitar players.

Your favorite online music store is full of legendary classical guitarists. Manuel Barrueco, Julian Bream, Sharon Isbin, Andrés Segovia, Narciso Yepes, John Williams, Pepé Romero and Angél Romero are a good selection for most tastes.

The Classical Guitar - Clarifying Definitions

The classical guitar and the word obscure seem to go hand in hand. Ask any two people what classical guitars are and you're likely to end up with THREE answers.

This is because guitars labeled as 'classical' have not really been around that long. Often, this guitar is overshadowed by its rather more popular guitar cousin - the steel-stringed acoustic guitar. These classical instruments are self-resonating six-stringed guitars that make use nylon strings. This is partly why these guitars are not considered old unlike their other guitar counterparts. After all, nylon was only invented in the mid-1930s.

Getting To Know Classical Guitars

So how do you spot a guitar that's classical? These guitars have a wider fingerboard to give the fingers of guitarists better access to the individual guitar strings. This guitar is actually played while the guitarist is on a footstool. The guitarist puts the guitar on over the knee parallel to his fretting-hand.

This classical instrument is played without a plectrum. The guitarist uses the thumb and first three fingers of his non-fretting hand. To produce sharp notes, some classical guitarists shape the fingernails on their plucking hand to form small plectra.

As you can see, it takes a good eye (and ear!) to distinguish this classical instrument. But don't fret if you don't get it right all the time. To this day, many people mistake this guitar for the flamenco guitar which has a thinner frame and strings that are much closer together.

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Startone CG851 1/4

Classical Guitar

326

18 Frets, Black body binding

Startone CG-851 1/4 Pink

Classical Guitar

41

18 Frets, Black body binding

Yamaha GL1

Guitalele

285

6 strings, Incl. gig bag

Ortega R122-1/4

Classical Guitar

9

Gig bag included

Ortega R121-1/4 NT

Classical Guitar

19

Chrome-plated machine heads, Deluxe gig bag included

Yamaha GL1 PB

6-String Guitarlele

3

Meranti body, Rosewood fretboard (Dalbergia latifolia), Gig bag included

La Mancha Rubinito CM/47

Classical Guitar

1

Size 1”/4”, Nickel-plated machine heads with black buttons, Savarez Cantiga High Tension 510AJ strings, Model recommended by the EGTA 2017/2018

La Mancha Rubinito LSM/47

0

19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings

La Mancha Rubinito 1/8 CM/41

Classical Guitar

2

Size 1/8, Nickel plated tuners with black wings, Savarez Cantiga High Tension 510AJ strings, Model recommended by the EGTA 2017/2018

VGS Pro Arte GC-25 A

Concert Guitar

1

For children aged 4 - 7 years, 3-Fold edge inlays on the top, Total length 740 mm, Made in Europe

Startone CG 851 4/4

Classical Guitar

563

19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings, Compatible bag available at art. 145669 (not included)

Harley Benton Custom Line Nashville Nylon NT

Solid Body Electro-Acoustic Guitar

162

With nylon strings, Pearl Dot inlays, Cream-coloured bindings, 21 Frets, Gold-plated deluxe tuners

Startone CG 851 3/4

Classical Guitar

425

19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings

Startone CG 851 1/2

Classical Guitar

348

19 Frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings

Startone CG 851 1/8

Classical Guitar

262

Nato neck, 19 Frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings

Startone CG-851 7/8

Classical Guitar

16

19 Frets, Black body binding

Yamaha C40 BL

Classical Guitar

152

Beginner's model

Harley Benton GL-2NT Guitarlele

Guitarlele

75

Classical Guitar in 1/8 size, Black binding, 17 Frets, Concert machine heads, Gig bag included

Yamaha SLG200N NA

Silent Guitar with Nylon Strings

18

19 Frets, SRT Piezo pickups, SRT mic modelling preamp system (Neumann U67), Soft bag, in-ear headphones and 2 AA batteries included

VGS Pro Natura Silver 7/8 Maple

Concert Guitar

8

7/8 Size, For players from 13 years of age and older, Made in Europe

Harley Benton CG200CE-BK

Classical Guitar

492

Cutaway, 19 Frets, Cream body binding, Pickup system with integrated 4-band EQ, Nylon strings

Startone CG851 3/4 Classical Guitar Set

Startone CG 851 3/4

59

Classical Guitar, 19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings

Startone CG851 1/2 Classical Guitar Set

Startone CG 851 1/2

36

Classical Guitar, 19 Frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings

Startone CG-851 1/8 Pink

Classical guitar

26

18 Frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings

Startone CG-851 3/4 Blue

Classical Guitar

36

19 Frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings

Fender CN-140SCE Thinline Natural

Classical Guitar

2

18 Frets, Fishman electronics, Includes a case

Startone CG-851 1/2 Blue

Classical guitar

39

19 Frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings

Fender CN-140SCE Thinline Black

Classical Guitar

0

Thinline body, With cutaway, 18 Frets, Fishman electronics, Includes a case

La Mancha Rubinito LSM/63-N

Classical Guitar

2

Small neck model, Spruce top, Mahogany back, Mahagony sides, Nato neck, Ovangkol fretboard, Ovangkol bridge with double bore, Nut and saddle from...

VGS Pro Natura Bronze Teleri

Classical Guitar

7

7/8 size, For children aged 11 years and older, Solid cedar top, Made in Europe

Ortega R121-1/4WR

Classical Guitar

5

Chrome machine heads, Deluxe gig bag included

Startone CG851 4/4 Classical Guitar Set

Startone CG 851 4/4

8

Classical Guitar, 19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings, Compatible bag available at art. 145669 (not included)

Cordoba GK Pro Negra

Flamenco Guitar

13

With cutaway, 19 Frets, Nut and saddle made of bone, Cordoba Premium gold machine heads, Fishman Prefix problend pickup with 3-Band EQ, Incl....

Yamaha GL1 Tobacco Brown Sunburst

Guitalele

32

With 6 strings, Incl. gig bag

Ortega RGLE18FMH Guitarlele

Guitarlele

13

Ukulele-sized guitar, Solid mahogany top (Khaya nyasica), Ortega UKe active preamp / pickup with tuner, Gold-plated machine heads, Gig bag included

Harley Benton CG200-BK

Classical Guitar

529

19 Frets, Cream-coloured body bindings, Nylon strings

VGS Pro Natura Silver 3/4 Maple

Classical Guitar

12

3/4 Size, For ages 11+ (approx.), Silk-matte lacquer, Made in Europe

Cordoba GK Studio Limited

Flamenco Guitar

11

With cutaway, Nylon strings, Bone saddle and nut, Maple body binding, 19 Frets, 2-Way neck adjustment rod, Cordoba machine heads, Fishman Presys...

La Mancha Rubi CM63-N

Concert Guitar

11

Small neck, Spanish neck/body connection, Maple binding, Gold-plated mechanics with black wings, Strings Savarez Cantiga mixed tension 510MRJ

Startone CG 851 4/4 Set 1 NT

Classical Guitar

60

19 Frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings, Incl. bag, tuner, picks and more

Eko NXT Nylon CW EQ Natural

Classical Guitar

6

With cutaway, Pickup system

Godin Multiac Nylon Natur

Classical Guitar with Pickup

6

MIDI Up/Down, Machine heads with 16:1 gear ratio, Gig bag included

Startone CG-851 1/2 Red

Classical guitar

23

19 frets, Black body binding, Nylon strings

Hamaril Acoustic guitar Set 1

Thomann Classic Guitar 1/2

0

Classical Guitar, Laminated spruce top, Maple neck, Beech fingerboard, Nickel plated machine, Made in Europe

La Mancha Rubinito LSM-L

Classical Guitar

1

Left-hand model, Ovangkol bridge with double hole, Black ABS bindings, Nickel-plated machine heads with black wings

VGS Pro Arte GC100A

Concert Guitar

1

Suitable for children aged approx. 11 - 13 years, Lateral fretboard markings on the 3rd, 5th and 7th frets, Triple ceiling edge and single floor...

Yamaha GL1 Black

Guitarlele

23

With 6 strings, Includes gigbag

Pro Natura Silver 3/4 Maple Bundle

VGS Pro Natura Silver 3/4 Maple

0

Classical Guitar, 3/4 Size, For ages 11+ (approx.), Silk-matte lacquer, Made in Europe

La Mancha Rubi CM/53 Rubinito

Classical Guitar

1

Top made of solid Canadian cedar, Black ABS bindings, Nato neck, Ovangkol fretboard, Machine heads nickel plated with black buttons, Model...

La Mancha Rubi CM/63

Classical Guitar

4

Spanish neck/body joint, Maple bindings, Gold-plated machine heads with black wings

Angel Lopez EC3000CNA

Classical Guitar

36

Solid spruce body, Bolt-on mahogany neck, Gold-plated machine heads with pearloid buttons, Built-in pickup with 2-band EQ

VGS Pro Natura Silver 1/2 Maple

Classical Guitar

16

Solid spruce top, Maple neck, 530 mm scale, Acacia fingerboard, 18 Frets, 45 mm nut width, Acacia ridge, Van Gent tuners, Made in Europe

VGS Pro Natura Silver 7/8 Walnut

Concert Guitar

4

7/8 Size, Suitable for players from 13 years of age and older, Made in Europe

Cordoba F7 Paco Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco Guitar

13

Paco De Lucia Signature Model, Nylon strings, Solid cedar top, Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) back and sides, Maple binding, Traditional neck...

Alhambra 3F Flamenco

Flamenco Classical Guitar

0

MRF Power supply, Bone nut

VGS PRO ARTE CM-25 Maestro

Classical Guitar 1/4

1

Light neck. mahogany

Yamaha C40M

Classical Guitar

64

Beginner's model, YTM-01 Machine heads

La Mancha Rubinito LSM/63-N-L

0

19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings

Ortega R122-7/8

Classical guitar

4

Chrome machine heads, Deluxe gig bag included

Amalio Burguet FNEGRA DV Spuce Flamenco

Flamenco Guitar

0

Designed by Vanessa Burguet, Solid spruce top, Ebony fretboard, Built by Damián Burguet

Taylor 114ce-N Nylon

Classical Guitar with Pickup

1

Grand Auditorium with Venetian cutaway body design, Solid Sitka spruce top, GA Nylon pattern bracing, Walnut back and sides, Sapele neck, Ebony ...

Yamaha CS40 II

Classical Guitar

95

19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings

Angel Lopez EC3000CBK

Classical Guitar

44

Built-in pickup system with 2-band EQ

Taylor 314ce-N

Steel String Guitar

1

Nylon bracing, Dot fretboard inlays, 20 Frets, Classic nickel machine heads, Black pickguard, Includes a brown Taylor deluxe hardshell case, Made...

Ortega R121-1/2 NT

Classical Guitar

14

Satin spruce top, Chrome-plated machine heads, Gig bag included

Taylor Academy Series 12e-N LH

Acoustic guitar

0

Left-handed model, Academy Series Bracing, 17 Frets, ES-B pickup, Nickel hardware, Incl. Taylor gig bag, Made in Mexico

Harley Benton Custom Line Nashville-Nylon BK

Classic Guitar with Pickup

7

Custom Line, Solid mahogany body, Jatoba fretboard, Pearl dot-inlays, Cream coloured binding, 21 Frets, Bridge made of walnut wood, Integrated...

Traveler Guitar Ultra Light Nylon Natural

Travel Acoustic Guitar

4

22 Medium nickel silver frets, Passive electronics, 6.3 mm mono jack output, Pearloid / Chrome hardware, Closed machine heads with 16:1 gear ratio,...

Yamaha CGS102A

Classical Guitar

43

School model, Chrome-plated machine heads

Ortega R221-7/8 BK

Classical guitar

6

Spruce top, 18 Frets, White mother-of-pearl blanket binding, Pinstriped mahogany rosette, Mahogany bridge insert, Gold-plated machine heads,...

Ortega RCE138SN-L

Classical Guitar

13

Left hand model, Ortega MagusPro electronics with built-in tuner, Gold plated machine heads, 19 Frets, 12-Hole bridge, Gig bag and strap included

Raimundo Model 126-S Flamenco Spruce

Flamenco Guitar

0

Solid spruce top, Goiaba back and sides, Samanguila neck, Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) fretboard, Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) bridge, Rosewood...

Raimundo Model 145 Cypress Flamenco

Flamenco Guitar

0

Made in Spain

Höfner HC504-4/4

Classical Guitar

16

19 Frets, Black body bindings, Nylon strings

Yamaha CS40 Bundle

Yamaha CS40 II

0

Classical Guitar