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World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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2022 Jake Fuller "Purnell" SP/HR

$7,500.00

This is an excellent and very impressive guitar all around. For this instrument, Jake used a gorgeou..

2019 Dominik Wurth CD/IN

$7,500.00

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

2019 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba "Homenaje a Torres" SP/IL

$5,500.00

This is Luis' "Homenaje a Torres". Rather than being an exact copy of a particular Torres guitar, th..

2020 Kris Barnett CD/AR

$8,000.00

Kris Barnett grew up in the United States and his story is very unique. In 2004, he began building g..

2017 Jochen Rothel CD/SW

$13,500.00

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

2021 Hans van Velzen "1917 Garcia" SP/IN

$6,000.00

This model by Hans van Velzen was the third prize winner in the 2nd International "Antonio Marin Mon..

2020 Masaki Sakurai "Concert-R" SP/IN

$5,000.00 $5,500.00 - On Hold

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

2006 Luigi Locatto SP/IN

$14,000.00

This absolutely breathtaking and meticulously built guitar is Locatto's own design. Structurally, so..

2022 Jochen Rothel SP/SW

$15,000.00 - Sold

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

2022 Richard Reynoso SP/WE

$13,000.00 - Sold

Richard Reynoso is a guitar maker based out of California, USA. His instruments are fully traditiona..

2002 Jose Oribe "Classic Suprema" CD/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 ..

2005 Gregory Byers SP/CSAR

$10,000.00

Greg Byers is one of the most established US luthiers, having been working for nearly 40 years. Seve..

2022 Julia Wenzel SP/GR

$8,500.00

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

2022 Julia Wenzel CD/PW

$8,500.00

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

2015 Otto Vowinkel SP/CSAR

$9,000.00

This is a fantastic concert instrument by Otto Vowinkel, made in 2015. His instruments have always b..

2011 Pepe Romero CD/AR (ex Angel Romero)

$14,000.00

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

2005 Manuel Contreras II "Double Top" CD/CSAR

$10,000.00

The Contreras Double-Top is perhaps his best-known and most sought-after design. Several players hav..

2022 Giancarlo Nannoni "Ambrosia" SP/IN

$7,500.00

Giancarlo Nannoni credits Hermann Hauser I as his primary inspiration for his traditional instrument..

2022 Luis Fernandez de Cordoba "Tricolor" CD/WE

$6,500.00 - Sold

We are excited to have received this gorgeous guitar from Luis. As always, he's working with fantast..

2011 Jean-Noel Rohe SP/IN

$16,000.00

This is an incredibly refined instrument in all ways. The craftsmanship is second to none, not only ..

2022 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Alemana EF SP/CD" SP/AR

$4,500.00

This is Wolfgang Jellinghaus' "Alemana EF" model which is similar to his well-known "Signature" mode..

2022 Vicente Carrillo "India Primera" SP/IN

$4,500.00

This is the "India Primera" model from the Vicente Carrillo workshop - a true concert instrument in ..

2018 Zoran Kuvac SP/CSAR

$6,500.00 $7,000.00

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

1994 Gioachino Giussani SP/MP (ex Angel Romero)

$7,500.00

An absolutely stunning guitar by one of Italy's most interesting guitar makers. The guitar is heavie..

2022 Otto Vowinkel SP/CSAR

$11,000.00

This is Otto Vowinkel's latest concert guitar. His instruments are among the most lightweight of any..

2022 Dominique Field SP/CSAR

Inquire - Sold

In our opinion, this instrument re-confirms Field's status as one of the elite makers in the world t..

2021 Lucas Martin SP/IN

$8,000.00

Lucas Martin makes guitars based on the design of his father’s (Bernd Martin) guitars, which have be..

2022 Michel Belair "Hommage a Daniel Friederich" CD/IN

$14,000.00 - Sold

This special model is an hommage to the work and art of Daniel Friederich, a true master who forever..

2021 Pavel Gavryushov CD/AR

$8,500.00

The sound of this guitar is at once firm and refined, clean and stable yet also open and charming, w..

2007 Antonio Raya Ferrer CD/IN

$5,000.00

Granada-born luthier Antonio Raya Ferrer is the son of Antonio Raya Pardo and the great-grandson of ..

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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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