The classical guitar is a stringed musical instrument, the main representative of the family of guitars. Its most important feature is the use of nylon strings which give the guitar a unique and rich colour palette. Very often, a classical guitar is compared with a flamenco guitar. Although on the surface they may appear to be very similar, there are differences so different setups are required. The main differences lie in the materials used to construct the guitars, the geometry of the neck and the sound.
The traditional classical guitar has 12 frets and is held on the left leg. The steel string guitar, on the other hand, has 14 frets and is played off the hip. The material, shape and construction of the classical guitars vary. This instrument is able to provide harmony as a piano does, and provide interplay with instruments such as flutes, violins, violas and clarinets. Also, it is very effective when combined with bass instruments like the cello.
One important feature of the guitar that makes it the modern guitar is the six single strings, and the first known example of this guitar was built by Gaetano Vinaccia in 1779. In the 1850s Antonio de Torres created the guitars that we use nowadays. His guitars are famous for their sound and some of them still exist in museums and private collections.
The history of classical guitars can be traced back many thousands of years and it wouldn’t be what it is today without the innovation and influence of famous musicians such as Andrés Segovia, Julian Bream, John Williams, Christopher Parkening and David Russell.
At Varsity music we provide a great range of new and used classical guitars available to buy online. They are the best on the market and serviced by our trained musicians.
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