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1984 Cynthia H. Burton CD/IN

$18,000.00 - On Hold

Cynthia "(a.k.a. "Cyndy") Burton lives and works in Portland, Oregon with her partner Jeffrey Elliot..

2018 Jose Vigil SP/CSAR

$10,000.00

Jose Vigil was born into a family of musicians and has played guitar since his teens. His love of wo..

1978 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..

2022 Edmund Blöchinger SP/CSAR

Inquire - On Hold

This plantilla of this guitar is inspired by the 1859 Torres that was played and cherished by Miguel..

2022 Cordoba "Double Top 25th Anniversary" CD/PE

$3,499.00 - On Hold

Celebrating 25 years of tradition and craft, with a limited run of 25 instruments, the Córdoba Doub..

2006 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..

2022 Kenny Hill “Signature Legacy 640 CD/SP” CD/IN

$9,950.00

Hill "Signature" guitars are custom-made using the most up-to-date designs, methods and materials to..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Espanola 1a" CD/AR

$4,000.00

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

2022 Andrea Tacchi "Homage to the Spanish School" SP/CY

Inquire - Sold

This is a special treat from Andrea Tacchi who was inspired to build for us a guitar he's calling hi..

2021 Vicente Carrillo "Maestro Double Top" CD/CD/AR

$12,000.00 - On Hold

This is the newest model from Vicente Carrillo, which joins his "concert grand" lineup of instrument..

2012 Federico Sheppard "Camino" CD/MH

$6,000.00

This instrument was built in Sheppard's workshop in Carrion de los Condes, Spain which is about midw..

2015 Annette Stephany SP/IN

$7,000.00

This guitar is a slightly modified version of an Enrique Garcia (the original, from 1906 is owned by..

2012 Arturo Sanzano "Concierto" SP/IN

$4,500.00

Arturo Sanzano Moreno started his career in 1963 as an apprentice with José Ramirez III in Madrid, S..

1994 Thomas Humphrey "Millennium" SP/CSAR

$10,000.00

This is a fine example of the famous "Millennium" model, which was pioneered by the late American bu..

2022 Dominik Wurth CD/IN

$8,500.00

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

1973 Jose Ramirez "1a" CD/CSAR

$6,500.00

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

2021 Mario Aracama SP/CO

$8,000.00

This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - this time Mario combi..

2007 Jose Marin Plazuelo "Bouchet" SP/CSAR

$8,000.00

We consider this maker to be one of the finest, most consistent guitar makers in the world at anywhe..

1962 Miguel Rodriguez SP/IN

The classical and flamenco guitars of Miguel Rodriguez have been the favorite pick of many leading c..

2022 Angela Waltner "Anima" SP/CY

$13,500.00 - Sold

Angela Waltner is possibly the most academically credentialed luthier we've ever met - one look at h..

2022 Youri Soroka "Torres" SP/CY

$8,500.00 - On Hold

Youri has fallen under the spell of Torres - which is almost unavoidable after having seen his first..

1966 Manuel Contreras CD/IN

$4,500.00

This is a fantastic instrument built in the world-famous Manuel Contreras workshop. Being loud and l..

2008 Henner Hagenlocher CD/CSAR

$7,000.00

This guitar was made with cedar top and gorgeous quilted CSA rosewood back and sides which is not on..

1979 Miguel Rodriguez "Churchdoor" CD/CSAR

Inquire - Sold

The "Churchdoor" instruments are the prized collectors' pieces for aficionados, fans and admirers of..

2022 Daniele Marrabello SP/IN

$11,000.00

Daniele claims the inspiration in his work comes primarily from the work of Hermann Hauser I and of ..

2022 Carlos Juan Busquiel SP/CSAR

$7,500.00 - Sold

Another beautifully made guitar from Carlos Juan Busquiel, this time with some very special wood for..

2015 Pepe Romero "Centenario" CD/CSAR

$13,500.00

Made by the son of the great guitarist of the same name. This guitar is part of a series Pepe is cal..

2009 Sakurai-Kohno "Professional-J" CD/CSAR

$5,000.00

Designed by Japan's most recognized luthier, Masaru Kohno, this instrument is a first-rate concert g..

2022 Tobias Berg SP/WN

$16,000.00

Although born in Sweden, luthier Tobias Berg has followed the craft of guitar making throu..

2022 Youri Soroka "Templars Oak" SP/OA

$9,000.00

As with many of Youri's instruments, the materials used on this instrument have a very interesting b..

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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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