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World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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2022 Asturias "Double Top" CD/IN

$6,000.00

This is another great instrument from the Asturias workshop in Japan, being run by K. Fujikawa. This..

2022 Asturias "Custom S" SP/IN

$3,000.00

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

1965 Marcelino Lopez SP/CY

$6,000.00 $7,000.00

The late Marcelino López Nieto was one of Spain's most respected living builders of the 20th century..

2022 Cordoba Luthier Select Series "Friederich" CD/IN

$3,099.00 $4,300.00

An alliance of craft and tradition, decades in the making: The Cordoba Luthier Select Series. These ..

2019 Mario Gropp "Weissgerber" SP/EE

$6,000.00

Mario Gropp works side-by-side with his father, Armin Gropp in the "Musikstadt" ("Music City") of Ma..

2021 Graciliano Perez SP/CY (ex Gianvito Pulzone)

$6,000.00

This guitar, a cypress classical, is lightly built, feather-like in weight, yet has enormous power a..

2021 Bertrand Ligier SP/AR

$14,000.00 - Sold

This guitar was built by the extremely talented luthier Bertrand Ligier, who builds guitars in the L..

2012 Gabriele Lodi "Enrique Garcia" SP/IN

$12,000.00

Italian luthier Gabriele Lodi comes from a family of classical guitar makers, happily spending the m..

2006 Pepe Romero SP/CSAR

$9,000.00

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

2020 Pepe Romero "Blanca" w/pegs SP/CY

$9,000.00 $10,000.00

Made by the son of the great guitarist of the same name. This flamenco blanca has huge volume and ex..

2021 Erez Perelman SP/CY

$10,000.00 - Sold

Born in Israel and raised among musicians, Erez Perelman found his passion for guitar making after s..

2022 Cordoba Luthier Select Series "Esteso" SP/PF

$2,649.00 $3,675.00

An alliance of craft and tradition, decades in the making: The Cordoba Luthier Select Series. These ..

2021 Hermanos Camps "CL20-S" SP/EE

$4,000.00

The "CL20" is a concert-level instrument with plenty of power and richness of sound to satisfy virtu..

2005 Kenneth Brogger SP/CSAR

$9,000.00

The guitar itself has a wonderful, robust tone - very bright and fast-responding with ample clarity ..

2021 Gabriele Lodi "Torres" SP/MP

Inquire - Sold

Italian luthier Gabriele Lodi comes from a family of classical guitar makers, happily spending the m..

Cordoba "C10" CD/IN

$1,299.00 $1,800.00

The handmade C10 is one of the first all-solid guitars in the Iberia series. Along with the sweet, w..

2021 Oscar Trezzini CD/CSAR

$19,000.00 - Sold

Oscar Trezzini started as a guitar maker in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, under the tutelage of l..

2021 Darragh O'Connell CD/IN

$8,000.00 - Sold

We met Swiss guitar builder Darragh O'Connell at the 3rd International "Antonio Marin Montero" Guita..

Cordoba "C9" CD/MH

$969.00 $1,337.00

The handmade C9 is one of the first all-solid guitars in the Iberia series. Along with the sweet, wa..

2021 Luigi Locatto SP/CSAR

Inquire - Sold

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

2021 Stephen Hill CD/EE

$8,000.00 - Sold

Typical of the ‘Granada’ style, this is a lightly built instrument with a big, punchy attack and ver..

2021 Henner Hagenlocher CD/CSAR

$11,000.00

As can be seen in the photos, the guitar is breathtaking. Henner used some of his top materials, inc..

2021 Jean-Noel Rohe SP/CSAR

Inquire - Sold

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

2021 Mario Aracama SP/MG

$8,500.00

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

La Cañada "Catedral 74" CD/GR

$3,500.00

The "Catedral 74" model is based largely on the iconic 1974 Miguel Rodriguez "Churchdoor" owned by C..

1978 Miguel Rodriguez RW/HR

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

2018 Kenneth Brogger "Stradivarius" SP/CSAR

$12,000.00

For the last several years, Kenneth has regularly attended an annual musical instrument fair in Crem..

2014 Teodoro Perez "Maestro" SP/MP

$9,000.00

The "Maestro" model falls in the middle of the Perez line, and is made with top-quality materials al..

2004 Jean-Noel Rohe "Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France" SP/IN

$16,000.00

This is the actual guitar that won Jean-Noël Rohé the top prize at the "Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de..

1876 Francisco Gonzalez SP/MP

Nineteenth century Madrid-based builder Francisco Gonzalez was a near exact contemporary of Antonio ..

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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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