Guiliano Balestra, classical guitarist and fou...

Guiliano Balestra, classical guitarist and founder of the Concorso Fernando Sor classical guitar competition. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Classical music is a broad term that usually refers to the music embedded in the traditions of every art and culture. It spans over a time length ranging from 9th century and the 21st century.

The term is often used as a synonym of Western music traditions and includes within its fold a vast range of music styles, an traditions ranging from compositional techniques to issues related to entertainment. Classical music has included within its genre also classical instruments especially the classical guitar, which has finally carved a niche for itself and has become a name to reckon within the world of music.

Guitar is perhaps one of the most alluring musical instruments whose charm has spread far and wide. Surpassing other musical instruments guitar has found a unique niche for itself. The set up of a guitar is very important. Even the most high sounding, sophisticated guitar may be hard to play.

Traversing a long interesting road guitars have emerged as the most popular musical instrument. It has become an integral part of the entire musical journey globally.

The most important aspect of the classical guitar set up is its playability factor. Touring concert artists now mostly prefer guitars, which are easy to handle. Classical guitar set up is similar to that of the steel strings or electrics. There is only a difference in tension, bridge and neck design. Only the principles differ a little in certain respects.

A good classical guitar set up should have the following elements in it

Good tension in the strings.
Good adjustability of the nut.
Capability to adjust with the nut.
Thickness in the neck.
Good pitching in the soundboard and the bridge.
Adjustability according to the player’s style.
Tone production quality.
String’s active vibrating length.
Freedom of performance it gives to its guitarists.
It should have low tension in the strings of the neck and should be made entirely of wood and not of steel struss rod.
It should have greater volume and longer sustainable capability.

There are various types of classical guitars. The most common of them are

Multi-string classical guitar
Classical electric guitar

Some of the famous classical guitarists who have dominated the musical landscape globally are as followed

Francisco Tarrega
Fernando Sor
Jose Feliciano
Christopher Parkening
John Williams
Julian Bream
Carl Volk
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Sharon Wayne
Maro Razi
Lynn Harting-Ware
Aniello Desiderio
Andrew York
Progetto Avanti
John McLaughlin
Sharon Isbin
David Tanenbaum
Eliot Fisk
Nigel North
Pepe Romero
Richard Alcoy

Classical guitar has always dominated the traditional musical scene for ages. Its history is almost four centuries old. Classical guitarists are capable of producing great music with excellent sound quality at one single stroke of the hand. A perfect classical guitar set up usually assists in adding that old world charm.

Therefore, having a proper classical guitar set up is absolutely essential for the beginners. Many classical guitar museums offer excellent classical guitar set ups for guitar enthusiasts. They host many a unique collection of playable instruments.