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World's Finest Classical Guitars Carefully Selected by our Experts

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2021 Kenneth Brogger SP/MP

$14,000.00 - Sold

This beautiful instrument from Kenneth Brogger features several unique details. First of all, it is ..

Cordoba Guitars Master Series "Rodriguez" CD/IN

$4,399.00 $5,500.00

This is the "Rodriguez" model in the Cordoba Master Series. It is based on the style of instrument m..

2021 Jose Vigil CD/CSAR

$10,500.00 - Sold

Jose Vigil was born into a family of musicians and has played guitar since his teens. His love of wo..

2021 Pepe Romero "640" SP/AR

$14,000.00 - Sold

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

2021 Moonseok Choi SP/KW

$6,000.00 - Sold

Currently based in Seoul, Korea, Moonseok Choi is a veteran guitar maker who has been building guita..

2021 Elias Bonet SP/MP

$8,000.00 - Sold

Another fantastic guitar from this talented young maker, featuring some exquisite materials - a beau..

2021 Valerio Licari "Classical Zen - Fusion" SP/MP

$6,500.00 - Sold

Inspired by Stradivarius violin making and the Italian style of artisanship, Valerio Licari employs ..

2021 Stefan Nitschke "Hauser" SP/CSAR

$11,000.00 - Sold

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

2021 Fernando Moreno SP/MP

$6,000.00 - Sold

This instrument - a spruce/maple concert classical - is very true to its origins in that it clearly ..

2021 Florian Blöchinger CD/TW

$12,000.00 - Sold

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

2018 Rafael Moreno Rodriguez SP/CSAR

$10,000.00 $11,000.00

This guitar has a beautiful back with a narrow piece of ebony inserted between two pieces of stunnin..

2021 Zoran Kuvac SP/MP

$7,500.00 - Sold

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

2021 Annette Stephany CD/AR

$8,000.00

This is a very exciting instrument that we originally received in 2021 from Annette who told us that..

2020 Sebastian Stenzel "Enhanced Wood" CD/CSAR

$17,000.00 - Sold

This instrument was built by German maker Sebastian Stenzel. This is his newly unveiled "Enhanced Wo..

2020 Paolo Coriani "Manuel Ramirez" SP/CSAR

$11,000.00 $12,500.00

This guitar by Italian luthier Paolo Coriani is an exquisitely made instrument in the style of Manue..

2020 Narongsak Visesnut SP/MP

$6,000.00 - Sold

Our good friend Narongsak Visesnut has become a household name in recent years for his fantastic har..

2019 Annette Stephany CD/AS

$5,500.00 $7,500.00

This is a very exciting instrument that we've just received from Annette. It's our first cedar-top f..

2020 Eric Sahlin CD/CSAR

$10,000.00 - Sold

This instrument is made from aged and gorgeous CSA rosewood for the back and sides and Western red c..

2010 John Ray "Torres" SP/CSAR

$10,000.00

We present here a beautiful, meticulously built replica of a late second epoch Torres by Granada-bas..

2020 Woonsun Lee "Limited" CD/CSAR

$9,000.00 $10,000.00

Woonsun's style is understated, yet elegant and perfectly executed. A look firstly at the carpentry ..

La Cañada "Model 17" SP/GR

$2,950.00

The "Model 17" is based largely on an 1864 Torres, known as "FE 17" - the earliest of Tarrega’s 3 To..

La Cañada "Model 17A" SP/GR

$3,250.00

The "Model 17A" ("A" for "antiqued" look) is based largely on an 1864 Torres, known as "FE 17" - the..

La Cañada "Model 115A" SP/GR

$3,250.00

The "Model 115A" ("A" for "antiqued" look) is based largely on an 1888 Torres - the 115th guitar bui..

La Cañada "Model 115" SP/GR

$2,950.00

The "Model 115" is based largely on an 1888 Torres - the 115th guitar built during his second epoch ..

1928 Hermann Hauser I SP/CSAR

Built in 1928, this is a fantastic Hauser "Llobet" model guitar. 1928 is a year favored by some of h..

2015 Henner Hagenlocher SP/CSAR

$8,500.00 $9,500.00

This model which features a slightly smaller body, is made with spruce top and CSA rosewood back and..

1926 Domingo Esteso SP/CSAR

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

Cordoba "C7" CD/IN

$589.00 $807.00

This C7 features Canadian Cedar for the top and Indian Rosewood back and sides. It is a full-sized, ..

2020 Wolfgang Jellinghaus "Alemana EF CD/CD" CD/AR

$4,000.00 $4,500.00

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

Cordoba "C10" SP/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..

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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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