Classical Guitar News & Updates

Just Arrived: A new 2015 German Vazquez Rubio Premium Elite Model classical guitar. Vazquez Rubio's Premium Elite Model 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. In sum, this is a magnificent, very musical modern concert guitar which does not sacrifice quality of sound for extended dynamic range...
Just Arrived: A new 2015 Gregory Byers concert guitar with an all wood double fan lattice bracing system and laminated sides for additional power and projection. This guitar also features an elevated fingerboard with a 20th first string fret, Rodgers L201 tuning machine heads with ebony oval buttons, 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, and superb materials and workmanship...
Just Arrived: A new 2015 Thomas Holt 10th Anniversary Model classical guitar. Although one can hear in Holt's rich, clear sound the influence of his Granada mentors, his lovely classical guitars have very much their own warm, deep, polished, musical voice. Balance, playability, materials, and workmanship are superb. This guitar comes with Rodgers L299 tuning machine heads with ebony oval buttons, a 20th first string fret, immaculate French polish of shellac finish, and a 640mm string length. This is an outstanding very responsive traditional concert instrument...
Congratulations to classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, 2015 Grammy Award Winner for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. Hear Grammy Award Winner Jason Vieaux and internationally renowned harpist Yolanda Kondonassis perform in duo at the Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival: May 28 - 31, 2015 at the Cleveland Institute of Music...
Just Arrived: A very rare, very powerful Matthias Dammann classical guitar. This guitar has had two owners: The first, Grammy award winning classical guitarist David Russell; the second, classical guitarist Román González. David Russell writes:

"This was the second Dammann I owned, and I used it for several years. I recorded my 2001 Telarc CD, David Russell Plays Baroque Music, on this guitar and played numerous concerts on it. I then sold this guitar to my good friend Román González who used it until his untimely death about a year ago."
Check it out: A wonderful, very rare, classical guitar made by David Rubio in 1968. This concert guitar was handcrafted by this late, great master (not an assistant) in Oxfordshire, England when he was making guitars for Julian Bream, the Abreu Duo, and others. The sound of this instrument is rich, dark, very even, and alive...
Check it out: A custom, as new, one owner 1993 Manuel Velazquez classical guitar. This guitar was made especially for Armin Kelly, founder of Guitars International. The quality of sound and materials are unsurpassed. Manuel Velazquez counts among his influences Torres, Hauser I, and Santos Hernandez (to whom he was related). Included with the sale of this guitar will be a letter of provenance writen and signed by Manuel Velazquez...

Check it out: A very rare classical guitar by Cyndy Burton. We call this traditional concert guitar our giant killer since few of the so called machismo guitars can out project it. It is one of the most refined, complex sounding Hauser I influenced instruments we've played...
Check it out: An as new, mint example of Italian guitar maker Enrico Bottelli's premiere model: This traditionally constructed guitar features Bottelli's finest work: rare old materials, precise craftsmanship, elegant inlay work, Rodgers precision tuning machine heads with ebony buttons, and "V" graft head to neck joint. Comes with a  Bam 8002XL Hightech case...
Just Arrived: A spectacular Joshia de Jonge classical guitar with an elevated fingerboard. This is an exceptional concert instrument. It combines northern European traditional tonal beauty with the quick response and laser-like projection of the most successful, innovative contemporary guitars. Both very musical and very powerful, this player friendly, world class, concert instrument has a highly appealing warm, creamy, very smooth signature sound and a wide palette of color and attack. Each note is like a polished jewel...
Call For Best Price: Bam 8002XL Hightech classical guitar cases. Large inventory in stock with silver carbon, black carbon, tweed grey, and white exteriors. In designing these small, sleek, hard shell cases Bam has drawn upon its years of experience developing and producing its highly regarded line of Hightech violin and 'cello cases. Ultra light, ultra strong, BAM's L'Original Hightech clasical guitar cases offer outstanding shock, compression, and thermal protection...
Just Arrived: A new 2014 Robert and Orville Milburn double top classical guitar. A modern concert guitar of impressive refinement, this guitar embodies a unique synthesis of composite double top design (as pioneered by the great contemporary German master, Gernot Wagner) and a modern variant of Hauser I's seven fan bracing system. Quick round trebles, deep well defined basses, outstanding projection, very smooth response (this guitar is nearly impossible to overdrive) make this classical guitar an extremely impressive concert instrument...
Just Arrived: A brilliant new Stauffer reproduction by Bernhard Kresse. Over a career spanning many years 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. His inspired reproductions are performed and recorded upon by an unusually large and distinguished group of artists...
Just arrived: Four gorgeous sets of Rodgers Hauser style tuning machine heads: (1) L111 sets with ebony or mother of pearl oval buttons, (2) L299 sets also with ebony or mother of pearl oval buttons. Rodgers' tuning machine heads are recognized around the world to be the most elegantly designed, finely crafted, smoothest, accurate, reliable, visually beautiful classical guitar tuning machines ever made...
Just Arrived: A mint condition classical guitar by Italian luthier Paolo Coriani. Constructed in the style of Manuel Ramirez, this is a fine traditional fan braced instrument with a clear, balanced, warm, somewhat aged sound both across and up and down the strings. Playability is excellent. Offered here at a very reasonable price...

Just Arrived: A Special Edition of Gary Southwell's A Model guitar. While this innovative modern concert instrument's warm, round, unusually pure sound harks back in part to the elegant 19th century guitars of Lacote and Panormo, its power, breadth of dynamic range, wide palette of color and attack, and other innovations look forward to today's twenty-first century modern concert needs...

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...