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Classical Guitar  clas·si·cal gui·tar noun \ˈkla-si-kəl gə-ˈtär\  Change text size for readability...  Print This Page
01:17A Classical Guitar is characterized as being a medium-sized acoustic body with twelve frets clear of the body. Classical guitars always have nylon rather than steel strings, and a slotted rather than solid headstock. The backs and sides of most concert grade classical guitars are made of solid rosewood.

Rosewood gives the most bass response and overall tonal power. Many players of classical guitars enjoy playing other kinds of music using classical technique. nylon strung classical guitars have remarkable (and mellow) tonal balance from string to string, and lack the "bright," "bell-like" or "steely" tones of steel string guitars.

Classical guitar bodies are slightly smaller than dreadnought guitars, and are typically about 15 inches wide at the lower waist and are about 4.5 inches deep.

While the Classical Guitar is often used in many different musical settings, the term "Classical Guitar" also describes an entire genre and world of acoustic music for which the classical guitar, as an instrument, is the centerpiece. In addition to classically-inspired repertoire, the traditional Classical Guitarist will play with fingernails only, never with picks, for example.

Also See: Flamenco Guitar
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