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Classical Nylon At The Music Zoo
The traditional Classical and modern hybrid nylon string acoustic guitar deserves the attention of any player. The Music Zoo makes sure to stock a wide variety of classical and nylon string guitars, for everyone from the classically trained professional, to the beginner, or the player looking to experiment with new tones or timbres. You can grab an easy to play Taylor nylon string guitar, or maybe a more traditional Alhambra or Yamaha classical guitar. And you'll be sure to find a special used piece in the mix too, and even travel friendly examples from Journey Instruments!
Classical / Nylon History
The classical acoustic guitar was the first modern acoustic guitar ever envisioned, most often credited to Spanish luthier Antonio de Torres. These guitars were actually a bit smaller than the modern classical guitar, but were standard at the time. The modern classical guitar usually has a 12th fret body and neck joint, and generally uses either a spruce or cedar top, with a variety of tonewoods for the back, the most popular including rosewood and mahogany. The strings are made from nylon, as opposed to steel strings found on other styles of acoustics, which generally give a warmer, smoother, and more rounded tone, ideal for the complex chords of passages of the connected musical repertoire. Classical guitars also have a wider nut width, often up to 2" - which also allows extra space for the complex playing style.
In the 20th century - Andres Segovia, a household name for even those with little knowledge of the classical guitar, helped to put classical music on the map with his modern guitar transcriptions and performances. Francisco Tarrega (1850-1900) was also considered one of the fathers of classical guitar composition and helped to originally popularize the instrument.
The Flamenco style of playing and flamenco guitar also stems from these original designs. The Flamenco guitar uses a thinner top and less internal bracing, which produces a more percussive and brighter sound, complimenting the fast flamenco playing style which involved "rasgueado" - strumming of the guitar with flicks of the fingers to create a rhythmic roll.
Today, nylon string construction has been adopted by manufacturers who don't necessarily build traditional classical guitars. Many nylon string guitars exist that otherwise take the form of a modern Auditorium or Concert guitar. These are designed for players looking to crossover, and are looking for a bit more a familiar hand-feel, while still providing the unique tone nylon strings offer. Taylor, Takamine, Yamaha, and many others build guitars such as these.
Buy your next classical or nylon string guitar online at The Music Zoo or visit our New York showroom to shop today - we're an authorized dealer for all your favorite acoustic guitar brands, and our used inventory is packed to the brim. Our guitars are individually photographed and weighed, and undergo a rigorous inspection by our team of technicians, so you can be sure that wood grain you just fell in love with will look the same when it arrives at your doorstep, and the guitar will be ready to play right out of the box.