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Classical Guitars

World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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2024 Elias Bonet SP/MP

$8,500.00 - Sold

This is a fantastic guitar from this talented young maker - and our second with these great material..

1973 Manuel Contreras CD/CSAR

$5,500.00

This is a fantastic instrument built with drop-dead gorgeous materials from the world-famous Manuel ..

1977 Jose Ramirez "1a" CD/IN

$5,500.00 - Sold

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

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

$5,000.00

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

2010 Andrea Tacchi "Omaggio a Robert Bouchet" SP/CSAR

Inquire - Sold

Andrea Tacchi builds a variety of models - several of his own (including his well-known Coclea and T..

2024 Marco Bortolozzo SP/ZR

$11,000.00 - On Hold

This is the latest creation from Marco Bortolozzo, yet another unique masterpiece from this fine mak..

2024 Julia Wenzel CD/AR

$8,500.00

Julia builds completely in the traditional Spanish style and if anything, her sound and feel resembl..

2024 Moonseok Choi "Nomad" SP/AR

$7,500.00

This guitar is named "Nomad" by its maker due to the fact that construction began in Malmö, Sweden, ..

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

$5,000.00

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

2024 German Vazquez Rubio "Hauser" SP/CSAR

$10,500.00

This classical guitar takes as its inspiration (largely for structural details) the iconic 1937 Haus..

2023 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Torres 114 - ex Tarrega” SP/CY

$3,500.00

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

2024 Pepe Romero CD/CSAR

$15,000.00

Made by the son of the great guitarist of the same name. It has huge volume and extremely quick resp..

2024 Ariel Ameijenda "1885 Torres - SE 81" SP/CSAR

$9,500.00

Note: This guitar will be featured in an upcoming issue of Orfeo magazine. See photos of the shoot h..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Torres 43” SP/MP

$3,500.00

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

2018 Dominik Wurth CD/IN

$7,000.00 - Sold

Of his work, he cites Antonio de Torres as his greatest influence and the first guitars he built for..

2017 Michael Thames "La Leona" SP/CO

$5,000.00

This guitar was built by veteran US luthier Michael Thames, who has been building for over 40 years ..

2019 Mario Aracama SP/KA

$7,000.00

This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - a beautiful spruce to..

1932 Domingo Esteso SP/CSAR

This guitar was made by Domingo Esteso, who along with fellow worker Santos Hernandez (from the Manu..

2024 Dietmar Heubner "Bois de Rose" SP/AR

$15,000.00

Like so many of the world's top luthiers of the past, German luthier Dietmar Heubner started out his..

2023 Ivan Bruna "Limited Edition" SP/IN

$11,000.00 - Sold

This guitar was originally displayed at the 2023 Roma Guitar Expo, and shows Ivan Bruna's guitar wor..

2024 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “La Leona FE 04” 645 SP/CY

$3,500.00

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

2024 La Cañada "Model 17" SP/MP

$2,950.00

The "Model 17" is based largely on an 1864 Torres, known as "FE 17" - the earliest of Tarrega’s 3 To..

Asturias "Custom C-640mm" CD/IN

$3,000.00

For a sleek, Hauser-style guitar at an intermediate price point, these are the best Japanese classic..

Asturias "Custom S-640" SP/IN

$3,000.00

For a sleek, Hauser-style guitar at an intermediate price point, these are the best Japanese classic..

Asturias "Custom C-630" CD/IN

$3,000.00

For a sleek, Hauser-style guitar at an intermediate price point, these are the best Japanese classic..

Asturias "Custom S" SP/IN

$3,000.00

For a sleek, Hauser-style guitar at an intermediate price point, these are the best Japanese classic..

Asturias "Custom S-630" SP/IN

$3,000.00

For a sleek, Hauser-style guitar at an intermediate price point, these are the best Japanese classic..

1976 Hermann Hauser II SP/IN

Inquire - Sold

This is a fantastic Hauser II, built in 1976. We believe his guitars of this period to be a synthesi..

2024 Teodoro Perez "1884 Torres - La Emperatriz" SP/MP

$15,000.00

This special-edition model is truly a work of art - an elegant interpretation of the Antonio de Torr..

2024 Teodoro Perez "Especial" SP/BU

$12,000.00

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

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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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