Classical Guitars

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About Classical Guitars

Classical guitars are a staple part of our stock at guitarguitar. We take time to make sure we always offer a wide range of nylon string guitars from those all-important first guitars with easy playability and a great 'spanish guitar' look to high-end instruments from Cordoba, Raimundo and Jose Ramirez. We offer a full range of teacher-approved Yamaha nylon string guitar models and popular models from Takamine, Alvarez and Manuel Rodriguez.

At guitarguitar, we stock one of the largest selections of classical guitars in the UK. Every one of our stores holds an excellent stock of classical guitars, particularly our dedicated acoustic showrooms in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. Browse our full selection online or pay us a visit and talk to our helpful staff about your next classical guitar purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions about Classical Guitars

Classical guitars exclusively use nylon strings. These come in two general variations: normal tension and high tension. High tension strings feel tighter than normal tension strings and do not move around as much when you play them so they are better for fast styles like flamenco. For general classical use, normal tension is fine: they are also a little easier on hte fingers so normal tension strings are great for beginners. Do make sure not to use steel strings with a classical guitar, though. Since classical guitars do not have a truss rod inside their necks like steel string guitars do, steel strings are not suitable: the added tension would certainly damage the guitar's neck beyond repair.
Yes, we don't see why not! Purists will point out the very subtle differences between a flamenco and a classical: flamencos are generally made from very thin (and therefore loud) pieces of Cypress (not normally used for classical guitar building) and often have a tapping plate on the top, used for beating out rhythms with your hands, as well as a very low action. This low action incurs a little fret buzz but that is considered acceptable for the benefit in speed it allows. So, as you can see, there is actually very little in practical terms to distinguish a classical from a Flamenco guitar. We think you'll be fine with a well set-up classical.
Technically no: regular acoustic guitars and classical guitars are both tuned the same so the music will make sense on both types of guitar. Having said that, classical guitars do have a specifically different shape of neck, fingerboard and string tension due to the nylon strings so the sound and feel are particularly different to standard acoustic guitars. This in turn affects the technique involved in playing a classical guitar so for those reasons we recommend using a nylon string classical guitar for learning and playing classical repertoire.
The main difference, of course, is the use of nylon strings instead of steel strings. This changes the sound and feel rather dramatically. This also means that, due to the massively different levels of tension in the strings, classical guitars do not require a truss rod within the neck for strength. Steel string guitars do and that is why you cannot restring a classical guitar with steel strings: the tension will be too great and the guitar's neck will snap! Aside from this, classical guitars have flatter fingerboards, chunkier necks and a body size that is similar in size (though not shape) to a dreadnought. Steel string acoustics come in a variety of shapes and sizes.