The Difference Between Classical and Flamenco Guitars
Classical and flamenco guitars are both nylon-stringed instruments, but they have some key differences. Classical guitars are designed for fingerpicking, while flamenco guitars are designed for strumming and percussive techniques.
Here are some of the key differences between classical and flamenco guitars:
- Body: Classical guitars have a larger body than flamenco guitars. This gives them a fuller, richer sound. Classical guitars generally have either a cedar or spruce top, with practically any type of back/side combination. Traditionally, flamenco guitars are built with a spruce top and cypress back and sides to achieve bright and vibrant tones. “Negra” guitars (i.e. a flamenco using non-cypress/sycamore back sides) have become more popular in recent years as well, and the choice between a great “blanca” and “negra” is largely up to a player’s tone preferences.
- Strings: Both have nylon strings.
- Action: The action is the height of the strings above the fretboard. Classical guitars have a higher action than flamenco guitars. This makes it easier to play classical guitar with fingerpicking techniques.
- Neck: Classical guitars have a wider neck than flamenco guitars. This makes it easier to play chords on a classical guitar. Flamenco guitars have a narrower neck, which makes it easier to play single-note passages.
Which type of guitar is right for you?
The best type of guitar for you will depend on your playing style and the genres of music that you want to play. If you are a beginner, it is recommended to start with a classical guitar. They are versatile and easy to play. As you get more experienced, you can experiment with other types of guitars to find the one that you like best.
Here is a table summarizing the key differences between classical and flamenco guitars:
|Feature||Classical Guitar||Flamenco Guitar|
|Sound||Full, rich||Bright, percussive|
|Genres||Classical, folk, jazz||Flamenco|