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World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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1990 Matthias Dammann CD/CSAR (ex Pepe Romero)

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This is an early "sandwich top" from its most famous exponent, Matthias Dammann. At this stage in it..

2000 Paulino Bernabe "Millenium" SP/CSAR

$15,000.00

The "Royal" and "Imperial" have been the two standard "top models" from the Paulino Bernabe workshop..

1988 Jose Ramirez "1a" SP/CSAR

$9,000.00

Possibly one of the most played and known of any Spanish made guitar in history, the Ramirez 1a mode..

2022 German Vazquez Rubio "Solista" SP/IN

$8,000.00 - Sold

This is German's most recent concert model to be developed. Called the "Solista", it features his ne..

2013 Bernardo Romero #1 SP/IN

$5,500.00 - On Hold

This guitar is the very first built in 2013 by the youngest "guitar personality" of the great Romero..

2017 Pepe Romero "Centenario" SP/CSAR

$12,000.00

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

2019 Florian Blöchinger CD/CSAR

$12,000.00 - Sold

These are among the most impressive guitars we have seen from a maker this early in their career. It..

1982 Jose Romanillos "La Velez" SP/CSAR

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This instrument has all the qualities of an exceptional Romanillos - in short, a sweet and lyrical t..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Signature SP/SP 630" SP/GR

$5,000.00

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

2022 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 ..

1974 Hernandez y Aguado SP/CSAR

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

1995 Hermann Hauser III SP/IN

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

1933 Domingo Esteso SP/CSAR

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

2017 Angelo Vailati SP/IN

$7,500.00

Angelo Vailati has been building guitars for about 2 decades now, and his highly qualified backgroun..

1960 Hermann Hauser II SP/CSAR

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An exquisite instrument from Hermann Hauser II, who is considered to be one of the greatest makers o..

2022 Jochen Rothel SP/CH

$15,000.00 - Sold

This particular guitar is built with a level of workmanship and attention to detail that is hard to ..

2022 German Vazquez Rubio "Divina" SP/PE

$3,000.00 - Sold

This modestly priced model is built in the GV Rubio workshop in Los Angeles. Although built under th..

Cordoba "Stage Guitar Edge Burst" SP/MH

$699.00 $970.00

Córdoba Guitars is proud to introduce its first nylon string electric guitar and recent winner of Be..

2019 Juan Hernandez “Hauser” SP/IN

$2,500.00 - Sold

This is a beautiful sounding guitar from the Juan Hernandez workshop in Valencia, Spain. It is based..

2018 Daryl Perry "1888 Torres, ex Tarrega" SP/CSAR

$13,000.00 - Sold

Completed in 2018, Daryl built this incredibly accurate copy of the 1888 Torres (SE 114) played by F..

2021 German Vazquez Rubio "Concert 635" SP/MP

$7,000.00 $8,000.00

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

2022 Carlos Juan Busquiel SP/CSAR

$7,500.00 - Sold

Another beautifully made classical guitar from Carlos Juan Busquiel, this time with some very specia..

2015 Zoran Kuvac CD/AR

$6,000.00

Luthier Zoran Kuvac is based in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ex Yugoslavia) and has been a full-time luth..

1982 Brian Cohen CD/CSAR

$8,000.00

Cohen is one of the best contemporary British builders in our opinion. His guitars have gorgeous qua..

2022 Raimundo Signature Edition “Tatyana Ryzhkova Black Limba” SP/BL

$1,750.00

Born in Belarus, Tatyana Ryzhkova is among the most promising young guitar players in the world. She..

2022 Raimundo Signature Edition “Tatyana Ryzhkova Black Limba” CD/BL

$1,750.00 - On Hold

Born in Belarus, Tatyana Ryzhkova is among the most promising young guitar players in the world. She..

2022 Stefan Nitschke "Hauser" SP/CSAR

$12,000.00 - Sold

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

2022 So Kimishima “Stella” CD/IN

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

2022 So Kimishima “Stella” SP/IN

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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 - Sold

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

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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.

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  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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