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Name Year Top wood Back & Sides Scale Length Country Availability Price
2000 Edmund Blöchinger SP/CSAR 2000 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm Germany On Hold Inquire
2022 Kenny Hill "Signature SP/CD" SP/IN 2022 Spruce/Cedar Indian Rosewood 650 mm USA In Stock $8,500.00
1994 Gioachino Giussani SP/CSAR (ex Angel Romero) 1994 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm Italy In Stock $7,500.00
2022 Stephen Hill "2a" SP/PF 2022 Spruce Pau Ferro 650 mm Spain In Stock $6,000.00
2022 Ariel Ameijenda "Confessional" AL/BW 2022 Alerce Uruguayan Blackwood 650 mm Uruguay On Hold $9,000.00
1984 Cynthia H. Burton CD/IN 1984 Cedar Indian Rosewood 660 mm USA Sold $18,000.00
2018 Jose Vigil SP/CSAR 2018 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm Spain In Stock $10,000.00
1978 Jose Ramirez "1a" CD/IN 1978 Cedar Indian Rosewood 664 mm Spain On Hold $7,000.00
2022 Edmund Blöchinger SP/CSAR 2022 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm Germany Sold Inquire
2022 Cordoba "Double Top 25th Anniversary" CD/PE 2022 Cedar Palo Escrito 650 mm China Sold $3,499.00
2006 Jose Ramirez "1a" CD/CSAR 2006 Cedar CSA Rosewood 650 mm Spain In Stock $10,000.00
2022 Kenny Hill “Signature Legacy 640 CD/SP” CD/IN 2022 Cedar/Spruce Indian Rosewood 640 mm USA In Stock $9,950.00
2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Espanola 1a" CD/AR 2022 Cedar African Rosewood 650 mm China In Stock $4,000.00
2022 Andrea Tacchi "Homage to the Spanish School" SP/CY 2022 Spruce Cypress 650 mm Italy Sold Inquire
2021 Vicente Carrillo "Maestro Double Top" CD/CD/AR 2021 Cedar African Rosewood 650 mm Spain In Stock $12,000.00
2012 Federico Sheppard "Camino" CD/MH 2010 Cedar Mahogany 650 mm Spain In Stock $6,000.00
2015 Annette Stephany SP/IN 2015 Spruce Indian Rosewood 650 mm Germany In Stock $7,000.00
2012 Arturo Sanzano "Concierto" SP/IN 2012 Spruce Indian Rosewood 660 mm Spain In Stock $4,500.00
1994 Thomas Humphrey "Millennium" SP/CSAR 1994 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm USA In Stock $10,000.00
2022 Dominik Wurth CD/IN 2022 Cedar Indian Rosewood 650 mm Germany In Stock $8,500.00
1973 Jose Ramirez "1a" CD/CSAR 1973 Cedar CSA Rosewood 664 mm Spain In Stock $6,500.00
2021 Mario Aracama SP/CO 2021 Spruce Cocobolo 650 mm Spain In Stock $8,000.00
2007 Jose Marin Plazuelo "Bouchet" SP/CSAR 2007 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm Spain In Stock $8,000.00
1962 Miguel Rodriguez SP/IN 1962 Spruce Indian Rosewood 656 mm Spain In Stock Inquire
2022 Angela Waltner "Anima" SP/CY 2022 Spruce Cypress 650 mm Germany Sold $13,500.00
2022 Youri Soroka "Torres" SP/CY 2022 Spruce Cypress 650 mm France Sold $8,500.00
1966 Manuel Contreras CD/IN 1966 Cedar Indian Rosewood 656 mm Spain In Stock $4,500.00
2008 Henner Hagenlocher CD/CSAR 2008 Cedar CSA Rosewood 650 mm Spain In Stock $7,000.00
1979 Miguel Rodriguez "Churchdoor" CD/CSAR 1979 Cedar CSA Rosewood 664 mm Spain Sold Inquire
2022 Daniele Marrabello SP/IN 2022 Spruce Indian Rosewood 650 mm Italy In Stock $11,000.00
2022 Carlos Juan Busquiel SP/CSAR 2022 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm Spain Sold $7,500.00
2015 Pepe Romero "Centenario" CD/CSAR 2015 Cedar CSA Rosewood 650 mm USA In Stock $13,500.00
2009 Sakurai-Kohno "Professional-J" CD/CSAR 2009 Cedar CSA Rosewood 650 mm Japan In Stock $5,000.00
2022 Tobias Berg SP/WN 2022 Spruce Walnut 650 mm Germany In Stock $16,000.00
2022 Youri Soroka "Templars Oak" SP/OA 2022 Spruce Oak 650 mm France In Stock $9,000.00
2022 Youri Soroka "Local Wood Challenge" SP/WN 2022 Spruce Walnut 650 mm France Sold $9,000.00
2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Torres 43” SP/IN 2022 Spruce Indian Rosewood 650 mm China In Stock $3,500.00
2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "La Romantica 1a" SP/MP 2022 Spruce Maple 630 mm China In Stock $2,250.00
2022 Dietmar Heubner SP/AR 2022 Spruce African Rosewood 650 mm Germany Sold $15,000.00
1951 Hermann Hauser I SP/CSAR (ex John DeRose) 1951 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm Germany In Stock Inquire
1965 Hernandez y Aguado SP/IN 1965 Spruce Indian Rosewood 655 mm Spain In Stock $15,000.00
2001 Brian Cohen SP/CSAR 2001 Spruce CSA Rosewood 650 mm England In Stock $12,000.00
2019 Daniele Marrabello SP/IN 2019 Spruce Indian Rosewood 650 mm Italy In Stock $8,500.00
2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Torres 43” SP/MP 2022 Spruce Maple 650 mm China In Stock $3,500.00
1987 Miguel Rodriguez SP/HR 1987 Spruce Honduran Rosewood 650 mm Spain In Stock Inquire
2021 Bastien Burlot "Alkemia-Amiens" SP/AR 2021 Spruce African Rosewood 650 mm France In Stock $13,000.00
2004 Jose Oribe "Suprema" SP/CSAR 2004 Spruce CSA Rosewood 656 mm USA In Stock $7,000.00
2021 German Vazquez Rubio "Hauser" SP/CO 2021 Spruce Cocobolo 650 mm USA In Stock $8,000.00
2022 Giovanni Tacchi CD/IN 2022 Cedar Indian Rosewood 650 mm Italy Sold $12,000.00
1894 Hijos de Melchor de Moya SP/MP 1894 Spruce Maple 650 mm Spain In Stock Inquire
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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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