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    Lyons Classroom Guitar Lyons Classroom Guitar
    Lyons Classroom Guitar

    Designed for beauty of tone and appearance, but economically priced and built to last in the classroom...

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    La Patrie Collection QI EQ Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar La Patrie Collection QI EQ Acoustic-Electric Classical Guitar
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    Epiphone PRO-1 Classic 3/4-Size Classical Guitar Epiphone PRO-1 Classic 3/4-Size Classical Guitar
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  4. Cordoba C9 Parlor Nylon String Acoustic Guitar Cordoba C9 Parlor Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
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    Cordoba Fusion Orchestra CE CD/IN Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar Cordoba Fusion Orchestra CE CD/IN Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Classical Guitar
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  2. Ovation Elite AX Mid-Depth Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Guitar Ovation Elite AX Mid-Depth Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Nylon String Guitar
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    Yamaha 2015 Nylon String Silent Guitar Yamaha 2015 Nylon String Silent Guitar
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    Manuel Rodriguez ACEV Cutaway Guitar Manuel Rodriguez ACEV Cutaway Guitar
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    Epiphone PRO-1 Classical Acoustic Guitar Epiphone PRO-1 Classical Acoustic Guitar
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    Cordoba Fusion 12 Natural Cedar Classical Electric Guitar Cordoba Fusion 12 Natural Cedar Classical Electric Guitar
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  3. Washburn C40 Cadiz Classical Guitar Washburn C40 Cadiz Classical Guitar
    Washburn C40 Cadiz Classical Guitar

    Cadiz Classical guitar with select spruce top.

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  4. Giannini CDR Pro Thin CEQ Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar Giannini CDR Pro Thin CEQ Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Yamaha CGS Student Classical Guitar Yamaha CGS Student Classical Guitar
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    Washburn C80S Madrid Classical Guitar Washburn C80S Madrid Classical Guitar
    Washburn C80S Madrid Classical Guitar

    Classical-series Madrid model classical guitar with solid spruce top, quilted ash back and sides, and a bound...

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  3. Johnson LG-520 Acoustic Guitar Johnson LG-520 Acoustic Guitar
    Johnson LG-520 Acoustic Guitar

    The Johnson LG-520 classical guitar is well-built and affordably priced for the best value possible.

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  4. Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Nylon Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar Traveler Guitar Ultra-Light Nylon Acoustic-Electric Travel Guitar
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    Equipped with a Shadow acoustic piezo pickup and a lightweight detachable lap rest frame, the guitar weighs...

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  1. Fender MC-1 3/4 Size Nylon String Guitar Fender MC-1 3/4 Size Nylon String Guitar
    Fender MC-1 3/4 Size Nylon String Guitar

    Perfect for school music programs, individual students, and beginners.

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  2. Yamaha 7/8-Size Classical Guitar Yamaha 7/8-Size Classical Guitar
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  3. Hohner A+ Full Size Nylon String Acoustic Guitar Hohner A+ Full Size Nylon String Acoustic Guitar
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    Washburn C64SCE Classical Guitar Washburn C64SCE Classical Guitar
    Washburn C64SCE Classical Guitar

    The Washburn C64SCE is truly a professional instrument. The cutaway allows access to the upper registers, a...

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    Jasmine JC-25CE Cutaway Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar Jasmine JC-25CE Cutaway Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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  3. Giannini GN-6 N 36" Scale Classical Guitar Giannini GN-6 N 36" Scale Classical Guitar
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    Kremona 90th Anniversary Nylon String Guitar Kremona 90th Anniversary Nylon String Guitar
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  1. RainSong NP12 Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar RainSong NP12 Nylon String Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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    Cordoba FCWE Gipsy Kings Reissue Nylon-String Flamenco Acoustic-Electric Guitar Cordoba FCWE Gipsy Kings Reissue Nylon-String Flamenco Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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  3. Alhambra Iberia Zircote Classical Acoustic Guitar Alhambra Iberia Zircote Classical Acoustic Guitar
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  4. Alhambra 5 P CT Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar Alhambra 5 P CT Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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  1. Alhambra 4 P Classical Acoustic Guitar Alhambra 4 P Classical Acoustic Guitar
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  2. Alhambra 2 C Classical Acoustic Guitar Alhambra 2 C Classical Acoustic Guitar
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  3. Alhambra 1O P Classical Acoustic Guitar Alhambra 1O P Classical Acoustic Guitar
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  4. Alhambra 5 Fp Flamenco Acoustic Guitar Alhambra 5 Fp Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
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  2. Alhambra 1 C Classical Acoustic Guitar Alhambra 1 C Classical Acoustic Guitar
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  3. Alhambra 3 C CW Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar Alhambra 3 C CW Classical Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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  4. Alhambra 3F CT Flamenco Acoustic-Electric Guitar Alhambra 3F CT Flamenco Acoustic-Electric Guitar
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  2. Alhambra 1O P-Cadete 3/4 sized Classical Acoustic Guitar Alhambra 1O P-Cadete 3/4 sized Classical Acoustic Guitar
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  3. Alhambra 3 F Flamenco Acoustic Guitar Alhambra 3 F Flamenco Acoustic Guitar
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    Hofner Solid Cedar Top Mahogany Body Classical Acoustic Guitar Hofner Solid Cedar Top Mahogany Body Classical Acoustic Guitar
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Predecessors of the modern classical guitar include the lute, the viheula de mano and the baroque guitar. The lute was popularly used for song accompaniment in the Medieval era but little written music remains as the majority of these songs were improvised. The Medieval lute had four or five courses and was plucked with a quill. The vihuela was composed of six double course strings and was a plucked, flat backed lute. The vihuela in Spain, or the viola da mano as it was known in Italy, is decidedly linked to the classical guitar. However, towards the end of the 15th century, some musicians began to use a bow to play the vihuela which also paved the way for the violin and other bowed instruments. In the 17th century, the baroque guitar overtook the viheula in popularity. Each of these early instruments produced bright sounds with rich overtones. The desire for a more fundamental, strong sound began in Spain. By specializing in instruments with single strings, a stronger, more pronounced tone is produced by the modern classical guitar than was generated by the baroque guitar, vihuela, or lute.

The Spanish guitar composer and virtuoso Francisco Tárrega had a profound impact on the modern guitar technique in the 19th century. Tárrega was a professor at music conservatories in Madrid and Barcelona and his teachings defined much of the musical technique and also paved the way for the revival of Spanish music that took place in the 20th century. Agustín Barrios was a Paraguayan guitarist and composer who did much for flamenco music. He frequently employed techniques such as rasgueado which strums the guitar strings with the back of the fingernails. Twentieth century guitarist Andrés Segovia popularized the Spanish classical guitar and was integral in the movement to classicize the flamenco guitar. He separated himself from Tárrega’s strumming and solely plucked the guitar strings. He was also an advocate of nylon strings. Andrés Segovia was integral to the popularity of the guitar as a solo performance instrument and he was greatly influential to the next generation of classical guitarists. Julian Bream is one of the followers of Segovia and is perhaps the greatest known contemporary guitarist.

Popular compositions for performance include early works from the classical period by composers such as the Spanish Fernando Sor or the Italian Mauro Giuliani. Johann Sebastian Bach’s music for the solo violin, solo cello, and baroque guitar are frequently adapted for the classical guitar in performance. Contemporary guitarist Julian Bream has convinced nearly every British composer to write works for the guitar, which are often dedicated to Bream, including pieces by Benjamin Britten and Maxwell Davies.

Choose from trusted guitar brands like Cordoba, Yamaha, Rodrgiguez, Ibanez, and La Patrie. Browse the varieties of flamenco and classical guitars for a beautiful instrument for performance, pleasure, or learning.

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