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Classical Guitars

World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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1964 Hernandez y Aguado SP/CSAR

Manuel Hernandez (1895-1975) and Victoriano Aguado (1897-1972) met and became friends while working ..

2024 Colin van Aelbrouck CD/IN

$8,000.00

Built by Belgian luthier Colin van Aelbrouck, this guitar is made with Western red cedar for the sou..

2024 Mark Usherovich "Romantic" SP/MP

$7,000.00 - On Hold

Mark Usherovich has increasingly become fascinated with the work of the "romantic" era builders, mos..

2021 Kenneth Brogger "1864 Torres" SP/CSAR

$14,000.00

This instrument is a near-exact reproduction of an original fist-epoch Torres from 1864 that Kenneth..

1903 Enrique Garcia SP/MH

Inquire - On Hold

This is a wonderfully well-preserved example of a great-sounding and playing Enrique Garcia, built a..

2011 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez SP/MP

$7,500.00

Unrelated to Miguel Rodriguez of Cordoba, this Granada-based builder is one of the top makers from A..

2023 Fernando Moreno SP/IN

$8,000.00

This instrument - a spruce/Indian rosewood concert classical - is very true to its origins in that i..

2004 Jose Ramirez "1a" CD/CSAR

$10,000.00

This guitar was built in the famous Jose Ramirez workshop, which for over half a century has produce..

1966 Ignacio Fleta SP/CSAR

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This Fleta from 1966 has a spruce soundboard with back and sides of straight-grained, high-grade qua..

2010 Hermann Hauser III SP/CSAR

Hermann Hauser III has tirelessly built guitars that capture the sound and aesthetic of the "teutoni..

2019 Greg Brandt CD/CSAR

$9,000.00

For over the last 40 years, Greg Brandt has been building nylon string guitars right here in Los Ang..

2024 Oscar Munoz SP/ME

$7,500.00

Made with European spruce for the soundboard, and a beautiful exotic set of Makassar ebony for the b..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "La Romantica A" SP/GR

$3,000.00

Wolfgang Jellinghaus has dedicated this model to honor the work of René François Lacôte (1785-1868),..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Signature SP/SP" SP/ZR

$5,000.00 - Sold

This is Wolfgang Jellinghaus' "Signature" model which has a variety of modern features, even though ..

1984 Daniel Friederich CD/IN

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The guitars of Daniel Friederich are known for their unsurpassed aesthetic as well as beau..

2024 Mario Aracama CD/KA

$9,500.00

This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - a beautiful cedar top..

1964 Jose Ramirez "1a MT" SP/CSAR

$15,000.00 - Sold

This guitar was built in the famous Jose Ramirez III workshop, which for over half a centu..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "La Romantica 1a" SP/MP

$2,500.00

Wolfgang Jellinghaus has dedicated this model to honor the work of René François Lacôte (1785-1868),..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Signature CD/CD" CD/GR

$5,000.00 - On Hold

This is Wolfgang Jellinghaus' "Signature" model which has a variety of modern features, even though ..

2024 Michel Belair "Hommage a Daniel Friederich" CD/IN

$15,000.00 - Sold

This special model is an hommage to the work and art of Daniel Friederich, a true master who forever..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Torres FE 13 - clear” SP/IN

$3,000.00 - Sold

Wolfgang Jellinghaus' exploration of the work of Antonio de Torres has led him to build a selection ..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “La Leona FE 04-T” w/tornavoz SP/CY

$3,800.00

Wolfgang Jellinghaus' exploration of the work of Antonio de Torres has led him to build a selection ..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Alemana 1a SP/SP" SP/AR

$4,000.00

This is Wolfgang Jellinghaus' "Alemana 1a" model which is similar to his well-known "Signature" mode..

2024 German Vazquez Rubio "Classic Estudio" CD/PE

$4,250.00

This modestly priced model is a genuine GV Rubio guitar built in his Los Angeles based workshop. It'..

1968 Jose Ramirez "1a MT" CD/IN

$12,500.00

The tone of this guitar has that classic, identifiable Ramirez sound from this era - a rich, thick a..

2003 Jean-Noel Rohe SP/IN

$12,500.00

This guitar was built the year before Jean-Noël Rohé won the top prize at the "Un des Meilleurs Ouvr..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "1912 Ex-Segovia" CD/PF

$2,500.00 - Sold

This is Wolfgang Jellinghaus' tribute to the 1912 Manuel Ramirez (built by Santos Hernandez) that An..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Espanola A" CD/IN

$2,500.00

This is Wolfgang Jellinghaus' tribute to Jose Ramirez III, one of the most innovative luthiers of th..

2022 Marco Bortolozzo SP/EE

$10,000.00 $11,000.00

This is a stunning instrument from Marco Bortolozzo, who has really gone above and beyond to create ..

2019 Michael Cadiz SP/ZR

$8,000.00

This guitar is a modified version of Michael’s “Modern Concert Model”. He loosened it up just a bit ..

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FAQs

Choosing a classical guitar might seem daunting at first, however, at GSI it’s our pleasure and duty to ensure that the selection process is a very satisfying experience thanks to the advice of our guitar experts. Our classical guitar store features guitars made by carefully chosen luthiers from around the world and our staff knows each instrument very well. Our experts are able to help you narrow your top picks to just a few guitars which you might want to try by yourself with no commitment to purchase.

Classical guitar, in the form as we know it today, was largely developed by Spanish guitar maker, Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817-1892). Torres introduced many new innovations to his guitars. Most notably, he increased the size of the body of the guitar, and introduced a fan-strut bracing system, and in his later guitars he started using machine heads. His guitars also had separated saddles which allowed minute adjustments of string heights.

We should look for:

  1. Establish a budget
  2. Identify what type of sound you like the most. You can also ask our experts for advice.
  3. Decide whether you want a used or new instrument.
  4. Check for ‘wolf’ notes and buzzes. Playability is also very important.
  5. We recommend testing the sound from the perspective of a player and a listener.

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The differences between classical and flamenco guitars lie in their materials, construction and sound.

Materials: Classical guitars are generally made with spruce or cedar tops, and on rare occasions, other woods like redwood or pine. Back and sides are mostly made of various rosewoods, maple and mahogany to enhance sustain. In recent years many younger luthiers searching for more sustainable and easy-to-source woods have begun to use some really fantastic materials including granadillo, exotic ebony, wenge, koa, walnut and a variety of other hardwoods. Flamenco guitars are generally made with spruce tops and cypress for the backs and sides to enhance volume and emphasize the attack of the note. However over the past many decades, rosewood flamencos known as “Flamenco negras” have risen in popularity, largely due to Paco de Lucia who first used a rosewood guitar beginning in 1969.

Construction: The body of a classical guitar is generally deeper and the woods are slightly thicker. Flamenco guitars have a flat or negative (before string tension) neck relief, making the action very fast at the cost of some buzzing. The strings are also closer to the body on flamenco guitars to facilitate tapping. Flamenco guitars often bear a "golpeador", which is a sheet of plastic mounted to the face of the guitar to protect its finish from percussive techniques, like tapping the soundboard with the players fingers.

Sound: The classical guitar is designed to give the soloist the tools to perform poly-timbral music: "An orchestra in a box". The attack is soft with a longer and gradual decay. The flamenco guitar is designed to cut through the sound of dancers stomping their feet. The sound is a bit more percussive, a loud and immediate sonic burst followed by a swift decay is characteristic of traditional flamencos.

It is also important to mention that many of these "differences" are finessed to different degrees by different luthiers, depending on their personal taste. Miguel Rodriguez classical guitars for example have always famously had a fast, flamenco-like attack. There are also numerous hybrid-type guitars where the luthier intends for the same instrument to be playable convincingly by both flamenco and classical performers.

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