Classical Guitar News & Updates

Just Arrived: A new 2018 cedar top Estudio Model classical guitar by German Vazquez Rubio. These musical gems are an exciting alternative to all laminated and solid body factory and production shop, so called handmade, classical guitars from the U.S.A. and abroad. Indeed, these beautiful truly handcrafted solid wood guitars by one of the world's finest, most experienced luthiers regularly outperform entry level concert instruments costing substantially more...
Just Arrived: A new 2018 Achim Peter Gropius double top classical guitar. German master guitar maker Achim Gropius is one of Europe's premiere makers of fine individually handmade classical guitars. His signature sound is warm, very focused, powerful, and round - smooth dense trebles, mid range, and bass with impressive depth of sound. This concert guitar responds particularly fast to both subtle and large changes in color and attack...
Expected in 2019: A new Jeffrey R. Elliott (USA) classical guitar. This rare offer allows the buyer to select the guitar's soundboard material, back and sides' materials, rosette design, purflings and bindings, string length, nut width, machine heads, and case. The price of this new guitar will depend upon its configuration. Telephone Guitars International for information: 216-752-7502...


Robert Ruck (1945-2018): The world has lost a great guitar maker. Our condolences to Robert's family, friends, and countless admirers around the world. He allowed and encouraged our hearts to sing. Read an in depth interview with this great guitar maker...

Just Arrived: Visesnut Premier Series Cases with four locking latches. An  ultra light hardshell flight case with an adjustable interior, the Visesnut flight case is small (fits in most standard overhead airline storage bins), light (weighs only seven pounds, far less than most other classical guitar cases), and is exceptionally strong. Available in either Royal Blue or Black exterior colors...
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL GUITAR FESTIVAL 2018. Many thanks to all the wonderful artists who convened here from around the world and to our participants, returnees and first timers, who traveled here from near and far - thirty states and Canada at last count. Their enthusiasm, support, and diversity made this year's Festival an unqualified artistic and social success. Read reviews of this year's five Festival concerts by clicking here.
Just Arrived: Visesnut Soft Case Covers. Visesnut's elegant, custom fitted case cover provides additional thermal insulation and shock resistance to Visesnut's ultralight flight case. The Visesnut case cover is made of water repellent rip stop black nylon with YKK zippers with leather pulls with accommodation for TSA approved locks (not included). It has enclosed rain flaps to repel water away from the case and four access flaps over the  case “D” rings which allow the case's back pack straps to be used when the case cover is installed on the case...
Purchase Tickets On Line: The 18th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival: Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Cleveland Institute of Music - one of North America’s oldest, most respected classical guitar events.

Join us in welcoming this spring’s roster of internationally renowned artists in a concentrated series of recitals, premieres, master classes, lectures, private lessons, guitar exhibits and demonstrations celebrating the classical guitar and art music: solo and ensemble, old and new. Presented by Guitars International in cooperation with the Cleveland Institute of Music...
Just Arrived: A wonderful vintage Manuel Velazquez classical guitar from 1960. This is a GREAT sounding and playing concert guitar with a wide, flexible palette of color and attack - no ifs, ands, or buts about it! The first string is powerful, very pure and even all the way up into the highest registers - as are the second and third strings. The bass strings match the trebles in power, clarity, and character, and can provide a disarmingly deep, alluring growl when called for. The action, set up, and neck are perfect. An extremely positive comparison here to a fine Hauser I guitar is not out of place...
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Just Arrived: A new 2018 short scale 635mm spruce top Estudio Model classical guitar by German Vazquez Rubio. This musical gem is an exciting alternative to all laminated and solid body factory and production shop, so called handmade, guitars from the U.S.A. and abroad. Indeed, these beautiful truly handcrafted solid wood guitars by one of the world's finest, most experienced luthiers regularly outperform entry level concert instruments costing substantially more...
Just Arrived: A new 2018 German Vazquez Rubio Custom Elite Hauser Model. This is Vazquez Rubio's premium top of the line concert guitar: Its unparalleled projection, elegant sound, sensitivity to subtle changes in color and attack, and rare old materials are unmatched by any other model. This elegant guitar has a lush, deep, traditional sound and is powerful, warm, smooth and even from note to note up and down and across the strings. It has also a particularly comfortable action and neck contour, a quick response, refined understated visual aesthetics, and superb craftsmanship...
Just Arrived: A new 2018 spruce top Estudio Model by German Vazquez Rubio. This musical gem is an exciting alternative to all laminated and solid body factory and production shop, so called handmade, guitars from the U.S.A. and abroad. Indeed, these beautiful truly handcrafted solid wood guitars by one of the world's finest, most experienced luthiers regularly outperform entry level concert instruments costing substantially more...
Just Arrived: A beautiful new 2017 concert guitar by Gregory R. Miller (USA). Miller handcrafts particularly lovely looking and sounding traditional fan braced concert guitars. Mentored by world renowned guitar maker Jeffrey R. Elliott, Miller’s guitars have a wide dynamic range and reserves of power. They are also quick to respond to the most delicate pianissimos...
Just Arrived: A beautiful Antonio Marin Montero classical guitar. We have been honored to represent this illustrious master for twenty-eight years. This stunning guitar has a wonderful deep, earthy, bell like sound; is highly musical and very precise - powerful trebles, midrange, and bass; has excellent sustain, balance, and separation of voices, a quick response to a particularly wide variety of color and attack. It is also a dream to play...

Just Arrived: A 2007 German Vazquez Rubio Hauser Model classical guitar. Inspired by Andres Segovia's revered 1937 Hauser I guitar now residing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the sound of these instruments is warm and focused, possessed of a flexibility and sheen, complexity and elegance, breadth of color and character, power and depth that is uncommonly musical: an outstanding traditional concert guitar performed and recorded upon by numerous professionals...
18TH ANNUAL CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL GUITAR FESTIVAL: Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Cleveland Institute of Music. For information and concert tickets click here or all 216-752-7502.

Featured artists include: Jason Vieaux (USA), guitar - Grammy Award Winner; Julien Labro (France), bandoneon; Ricardo Gallén (Spain), guitar; Duo Melis (Spain and Greece), guitars; Antonis Hatzinikolaou (Greece), guitar - Julian Bream Award Winner; Colin Davin (USA), guitar; Esteli Gomez (USA), soprano - Grammy Award Winner; Nigel North (England), lute - Gramophone Award Winner; Petra Polácková (Czech Republic), guitar; Joshia de Jonge (Canada), Master Guitar Maker; the Cleveland Suzuki Youth Ensemble (USA), guitars; and the Cleveland Childbloom Youth Ensemble (USA), guitars. learn more...
Just Arrived: A magnificent new 2017 concert guitar by Alfredo Velazquez. By meticulously preserving traditional Velazquez tonal aesthetics and selectively drawing upon modern construction approaches, Alfredo Velazquez imbues his concert guitars with both the elegant tonal characteristics for which his father's guitars are revered and the extended dynamic range sought by many contemporary performing artists...
Just Arrived: A magnificent new 2017 concert guitar by Joshia de Jonge. This classical guitar has it all: a rich, very clear, very even, very responsive, musical voice; unusually fine projection; easy playability; and exquisite, understated visual beauty. The classical guitars of Joshia de Jonge are exceptional concert instruments. They combine the refinement of northern European traditional tonal beauty with the quick response and laser-like projection of the most successful, innovative contemporary concert guitars...
Review: "The 17th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival got off to an auspicious start at the Cleveland Institute of Music on Friday evening, June 9 with a beautifully structured recital by..."


Just Arrived: A mint condition Simon Ambridge Torres Homage classical guitar. A connoisseur's guitar maker, Simon Ambridge crafts among the most sublime, musically refined, finest projecting, traditionally braced, classical guitars in the world today. The exquisite aged tonal qualities and gem-like visual beauty of the instrument offered here constitute this great contemporary maker's homage to one of his most revered artistic inspirations...
Just Arrived: A new Simon Ambridge (England) Hauser I Copy. About his Hauser I copies Simon Ambridge writes: "In 2008 I had the opportunity to measure and absorb a fine 1940 Hauser I guitar, a copy of which I am now offering in my range of instruments. For me the original represents a kind of perfection of the luthier's craft in terms of its restrained aesthetic and refinement of tone. In November 2009 Julian Bream purchased a Hauser I copy from me, a guitar which he is delighted with not only for its overall appearance but in terms of its weight, feel and sound qualities...."
Just Arrived: A custom concert guitar by Eric Monrad one of the finest makers practicing the art of lutherie today. This guitar's elegant, very powerful sound possess both the clarity of an exceptional maple guitar and the warmth and body of an outstanding rosewood guitar. Expect quick round sparkling trebles, firm basses, wonderful depth and evenness of sound, excellent playability, exquisite materials, and workmanship which ranks with the finest in the world...
Just Arrived: A deluxe Stauffer reproduction by renowned German master Bernhard Kresse. Over his long, distinguished career Kresse has acquired an extensive knowledge of 19th century guitar making traditions - both by examining and restoring original instruments in his Cologne workshop and by conducting extensive research in museums and private collections throughout Europe. Kresse reproductions are performed on by Duo Melis, Alvaro Pierri, Raphaella Smits, Pavel Steidl, and many more...