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World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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2022 Stefan Nitschke "Hauser" SP/CSAR

$11,000.00 - On Hold

German luthier Stefan Nitschke has become known for building quality instruments in the Torres/Hause..

2022 So Kimishima “Stella” CD/IN

$4,500.00

So Kimishima is the grandson of the greatest classical guitar luthier from Japan, Masaru Kohno, and ..

2022 So Kimishima “Stella” SP/IN

$4,500.00

So Kimishima is the grandson of the greatest luthier from Japan, Masaru Kohno, and has been a member..

2022 Masaki Sakurai "Concert-R 640" CD/IN

$5,500.00

Mr. Masaki Sakurai is the nephew of the greatest luthier from Japan, Masaru Kohno, with whom he work..

2022 Vicente Carrillo "Maestro Double Top" SP/SP/MP

$12,000.00

This is the newest classical guitar model from Vicente Carrillo, which joins his "concert grand" lin..

2022 Vicente Carrillo "Primera Especial" CD/AR

$5,500.00

This is the "Primera Especial" model from the Vicente Carrillo workshop - a true concert instrument ..

2004 Edmund Blöchinger SP/CSAR

Inquire - On Hold

This is a pristine example of a great Blochinger. These instruments record wonderfully, and on stage..

2022 Vicente Carrillo "India Estudio" SP/IN

$2,500.00

These modestly priced "India Estudio" models are built with the same specs as the 1a's. These are to..

2017 Ennio Giovanetti SP/CSAR

$8,000.00 $9,500.00

Italian luthier Ennio Giovanetti studied violin making in Milan, but eventually turned his attention..

2022 Vicente Carrillo "India Estudio 640" SP/IN

$2,500.00

These modestly priced "India Estudio" models are built with the same specs as the 1a's. These are to..

2022 Vicente Carrillo "India Estudio 640" CD/IN

$2,500.00

These modestly priced "India Estudio" models are built with the same specs as the 1a's. These are to..

1976 Ignacio Fleta CD/IN (ex Craig H. Russell)

Inquire - Sold

This instrument from 1976 was built during what many players and aficionados consider Fleta's golden..

1981 Jose Ramirez "1a" CD/IN

$7,000.00

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

1996 Tezanos-Perez SP/CSAR

$7,000.00

Mariano Tezanos was world famous for the work of his father (same name) who stamped M. T. inside som..

1985 Javier Cayuela SP/MP (ex Pepe Romero)

$5,500.00

Javier Cayuela was born in 1927 in Andújar (Jaén), southern Spain to a guitarist, Juan Luis Cayuela ..

2022 Teodoro Perez "Especial" CD/BL

$11,500.00

The "Especial" is the top model from the Perez shop, and offers the absolute best in terms of decora..

2022 Teodoro Perez "Concierto" SP/IN

$8,500.00

The "Concierto" is the first all French-polished model in the Perez line, and displays the same amaz..

2022 Teodoro Perez "Estudio C-650" CD/IN

$3,500.00 - Sold

The "Estudio" model is designed and built to Perez' specifications, and is a fantastic guitar for th..

2022 Marco Tejeda "Chamberi" SP/AR

$7,500.00

Completely hand-made in the Teodoro Perez workshop, Marco Tejeda's guitar models are named after the..

2009 Mariano Tezanos "Maestro" SP/CSAR

$7,500.00

Mariano Tezanos is famous for the work of his father (same name) who stamped M. T. inside some of th..

2014 Francisco Navarro Garcia "Hauser" SP/CO

$3,500.00

Francisco Navarro Garcia is one of Mexico's finest luthiers. In 1989 he won first place in a Nationa..

1918 Santos Hernandez SP/CSAR

Inquire - Sold

Santos Hernandez became a very established maker early in his career when he became known as the bui..

2022 Elias Bonet SP/AR

$8,000.00 - On Hold

Another fantastic guitar from this talented young maker, featuring some exquisite materials - a well..

2002 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez "Sueno" CD/CSAR

$11,000.00

This is Rafael Moreno Rodriguez' flagship model, which he has named "Sueño" ("Dream"). It was inspir..

2015 Teodoro Perez "Especial" SP/CO

$10,000.00 $11,500.00

The "Especial" is the top model from the Perez shop, and offers the absolute best in terms of decora..

2022 German Vazquez Rubio "Concert 635" SP/MP

$8,000.00

This is a beautiful concert instrument featuring several unique and striking design elements. Materi..

2022 Jean-Noel Rohe CD/CSAR

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This is an incredibly refined instrument in all ways. The craftsmanship is second to none, not only ..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Torres 77" SP/GR

$2,500.00

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

1987 Masaru Kohno "Professional-J" (w/pickup) SP/CSAR

$3,000.00

This guitar has the classic Kohno sound - clear, woody, and even a bit dark for a spruce. The guitar..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Torres 77" SP/PF

$2,500.00

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

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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 Jurando (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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