Classical Guitar News & Updates

For those who could not attend the 14th annual Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival last May, you can access the Festival's forty-eight page program book here: artists biographies, extensive program notes, and more...

Many thanks to this year's artists for making this year's Festival such an unqualified success: Petra Polácková, Nigel North, Carrie Henneman Shaw, Matteo Mela, Lorenzo Micheli, Robert Gruca, Julian Labro, Jason Vieaux, Jeffrey Elliott, Cyndy Burton, Brad DeRoche, and Krystin O'Mara.


Just Arrived: An exceptional, elegant, rare Jeffrey R. Elliott classical guitar. The classical guitars of Jeffrey R. Elliott are exceptional works of art - magnificent concert guitars possessing unsurpassed musical refinement, purity and beauty of sound: quick powerful warm singing trebles, deep resonant basses, great evenness of sound, and a particularly broad palette of color and attack...
Just Arrived: SP #6 by Robert Ruck - a very rare harmonious masterpiece. One of only thirteen limited edition instruments this great maker has crafted over his distinguished career, this is one of the finest, most refined, most musically responsive cedar top classical guitars it has been our pleasure to play or hear. See new photos...
Just Arrived: A new 2014 concert guitar by Christopher Dean. Expect quick clear creamy trebles, deep profound old world basses, lots and lots of elegant character throughout, perfect balance, lovely understated visual aesthetics, and immaculate workmanship - a very special, very colorful musical instrument...
Just Arrived: "The Black Guitar" by Eric Monrad. The second concert guitar in this landmark series which we have received from this consummate US master, Monrad's double top guitars embody great tonal beauty, wide breadth of color, quick attack, a large dynamic range, perfect balance, exquisite materials, and meticulous craftsmanship...
Just Arrived: A wonderful new classical guitar by Thomas Holt. With a nod to his Granada mentors, Holt's lovely concert guitar has very much its own warm, deep, musical voice. Balance, playability, materials, and craftsmanship are excellent - a tremendous value in an elegant, traditional concert instrument...
Just Arrived: A magnificent spruce/cedar double top concert guitar from from Robert and Orville Milburn. This very powerful, unusually responsive modern concert guitar has it all: rich refined traditional sound, strong fundamentals, broad color palette, unusually large dynamic range, superb sustain, even balance up and down and across the strings, and exceptional playability...
Just Arrived: A lovely solid spruce top guitar from Robert and Orville Milburn: Round creamy trebles, firm deep basses, broad color palette, perfect balance, excellent projection, controlled very smooth response and ease of playing make this an impressive traditional concert guitar at a very reasonable price...
Just Arrived: A beautiful new concert guitar by German master Kolya Panhuyzen, This is the finest cedar top instrument we have heard or played by this illustrious master. Its sound is powerful, dark, very clear, deep, smooth, and balanced. Playability is excellent. Zoran Dukic, Hubert Käppel, Dale Kavanagh, Krzysztof Pelech, Matt Palmer, Sonja Prunnbauer, Nathasja van Rosse, Laura Young, and Raphaella Smits have all performed on Panhyzen guitars...
Just Arrived: A 2011 classical guitar by master luthier Eric Monrad. This is a very powerful, beautiful, rich, deep sounding, concert guitar by one of the finest makers practicing the art of lutherie today. The materials, workmanship, and overall visual aesthetic of this instrument are stunning.
Featured Guitar Maker: We love German master Bernhard Kresse's inspired reproductions of 19th century Stauffer guitars, as do an unusually large, distinguished group of internationally acclaimed concert artists: Giampaolo Bandini, Franz Halasz, Duo Melis, Johannes Möller, Paolo Pegoraro, Alvaro Pierri, Sonja Prunnbauer, Alexander Sergei Ramirez,  Isabel Siewers, Raphaella Smits, Duo Sonare, Pavel Steidl, Benjamin Verdery, Brigitte Zaczek, and more.
Just Arrived: A strikingly beautiful new 2013 Jeremy Clark spruce top concert guitar with multi-wood Wenge/Satinwood sides and back. The result here is a very powerful, musical, easy to play, beautifully crafted concert guitar whose visual aesthetic rises to the level of sculptural art...
Just Arrived: A new 2013 Gregory Byers concert guitar with an all wood double fan lattice bracing system and laminated sides for additional power and projection. Add to the above features an elevated fingerboard with a 20th first string fret, Rodgers tuning machine heads (the finest in the world), a perfectly executed 'V' graft head to neck joint, immaculate workmanship, French polish of shellac finish, Byers' proprietary nut and saddle compensation system for unusually accurate intonation, a 650mm string length, and superb materials and workmanship...
Just Arrived: A new 2013 cedar top concert guitar by the gifted Italian maker Daniele Chiesa. While the sound of Chiesa's instruments is characteristically warm, sweet, round, and clear (the Italian influence), Chiesa's beautiful concert guitars also embody the alluring sonic earthiness so characteristic of his Granada mentors…
Just Arrived: A spectacular new 2013 Gernot Wagner spruce/cedar double top classical guitar with an elevated fingerboard. Jason Vieaux; Susana Prieto and Alexis Muzurakis of Duo Melis; Miriam Rodriguez Brullova; and José Manuel Dapena are just five of the internationally acclaimed concert artists choosing to perform and record with Gernot Wagner double top classical guitars...
Just Arrived: A new Antonio de Torres 1887 SE 111 Homage by British master Simon Ambridge. The exquisite aged tonal qualities and gem-like visual beauty of these instruments constitute this great contemporary maker's tribute to one of his most revered artistic inspirations. A connoisseur's guitar maker, Simon Ambridge crafts some of the most sublime, finest projecting, traditionally braced classical guitars in the world today...
Just Arrived: A magnificent, new 2013 Robert Ruck spruce/cedar double top concert guitar with an elevated fingerboard. First brought to world attention by Manuel Barrueco, today Robert Ruck’s concert instruments are prized around the world for their warm traditional sound, power, quick response, and unusually easy playability…
Just Arrived: A new 2013 spruce top concert guitar by the gifted Italian maker Daniele Chiesa. While the sound of Chiesa's instruments is characteristically warm, sweet, round, and clear (the Italian influence), Chiesa's powerful concert guitars also embody the alluring sonic earthiness so characteristic of the Granada School…
Just Arrived: A wonderful new Hauser I reproduction by Gary Southwell. Fashioned after the vintage 1940 Rose Augustine Hauser I guitar that Julian Bream performed and recorded with towards the end of his international touring career - Southwell's beautiful Hauser copies capture the essence of their illustrious progenitor (even down to the original instrument's soundboard and back tap tones) with uncanny accuracy….
Just Arrived: A beautiful new double top by Achim Peter Gropius of Germany: Ind. sides and back with a spruce/Nomex/spruce soundboard and slightly elevated fingerboard. (Learn more)
Just Arrived: An incredible concert guitar by Jeffrey R. Elliott. The classical guitars of Jeffrey R. Elliott are unique, contemporary, musical works of art - individually handcrafted concert guitars which possess a magnificent signature sound of unsurpassed refinement, complexity and beauty: pure sparkling quick singing trebles, firm deep clear resonant basses, unusually wide color palette, excellent separation, intonation and evenness of sound…
Just Arrived: Classical guitar cases by BAM: Hightech 8002 XL in silver carbon look, tweed grey look, black carbon look, and white exterior finishes. In designing this small, sleek, ultra light (weighs only 6.2 pounds), very strong, hard shell classical guitar case, Bam has drawn upon its years of experience developing and producing its highly regarded line of Hightech violin and 'cello cases. BAM's L'Original Hightech clasical guitar cases offer outstanding shock, compression and thermal protection...
Free: Order the new Guitars International forty page color catalog. Contains: a wide selection of classical guitar photos and synopses describing the work of twenty-eight of the world's finest contemporary guitar makers; five in depth articles by Howard Bass, Daniel Lippel, Jonathan Leathwood, Jonathan Fitzgerald, and Colin Davin; and an editor's preface by Armin Kelly, Founder and Owner of Guitars International...