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World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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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..

2022 Youri Soroka "Local Wood Challenge" SP/WN

$9,000.00 - Sold

This instrument is one of Youri's “Local Wood Challenge” guitars, which prioritize the use of local ..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus “Torres 43” SP/IN

$3,500.00

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

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "La Romantica 1a" SP/MP

$2,250.00

Wolfgang Jellinghaus has dedicated this model to honor the work of René François Lacôte (1785-1868),..

2022 Dietmar Heubner SP/AR

$15,000.00 - Sold

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

1951 Hermann Hauser I SP/CSAR (ex John DeRose)

Built one year before Hermann Hauser I's passing in 1952, this instrument contains all of the most r..

1965 Hernandez y Aguado SP/IN

$15,000.00

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

2001 Brian Cohen SP/CSAR

$12,000.00

Brian Cohen is one of the best contemporary builders in the world today, arguably the best and most ..

2019 Daniele Marrabello SP/IN

$8,500.00

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

2022 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 ..

1987 Miguel Rodriguez SP/HR

This is a first-rate instrument from one of the 20th century's most revered workshops. It has enormo..

2021 Bastien Burlot "Alkemia-Amiens" SP/AR

$13,000.00 $14,000.00

For many years, we have closely followed and admired the work of French luthier Bastien Burlot who h..

2004 Jose Oribe "Suprema" SP/CSAR

$7,000.00 $8,000.00

Jose Oribe began making guitars in 1962, who along with the late Manuel Velazquez, makes him one of ..

2021 German Vazquez Rubio "Hauser" SP/CO

$8,000.00

This guitar takes as its inspiration (largely for structural details) the iconic 1937 Hauser I that ..

2022 Giovanni Tacchi CD/IN

$12,000.00 - Sold

Giovanni Tacchi, son of the well-known master luthier Andrea Tacchi has in recent years been taking ..

1894 Hijos de Melchor de Moya SP/MP

Melchor de Moya (1830-1891), friend and contemporary of Antonio de Torres, is likely the earliest lu..

2022 Paula Lazzarini CD/IN

$7,500.00

Originally from Argentina, Paula Lazzarini has been working out of her workshop in Cremona, Italy fo..

1998 Abel Garcia CD/PE (ex Angel Romero)

$6,500.00 - On Hold

This instrument was built in Mexico by Abel Garcia - one of Paracho's most respected contemporary lu..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Bavaria A" SP/AR

$3,500.00

This is Wolfgang Jellinghaus' tribute to the origins of the modern classical guitar in southern Germ..

2022 Juan Garcia Fernandez SP/CO

$6,000.00

Juan Fernandez is a builder based in the great Spanish guitar making city of Granada, having learned..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Signature CD/CD" CD/ZR

$5,000.00

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

2021 Andy Culpepper SP/CY

$6,000.00

Prior to building, Andy started to play classical guitar as a teenager, and later transitioned into ..

2022 Asturias "Custom S" (640mm) SP/IN

$3,000.00

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

2022 Marco Bortolozzo SP/EE

$11,000.00

This is the latest creation from Marco Bortolozzo, who has really gone above and beyond to create an..

2022 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..

2022 Asturias "Custom S" (630mm) SP/IN

$3,000.00

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

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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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