The distinctive, versatile sound of the guitar is at the heart of many different musical styles. From classical, flamenco, and baroque to rock-and-roll and folk, this popular instrument - in all its forms - holds a special place in the hearts of music fans worldwide. And it has done so for more than four hundred years. While the guitar has evolved with time, the finest models of every age share two essential characteristics: their tonal quality is a product of skilful craftsmanship, and they look as beautiful as they sound. The Guitar traces the guitar's emergence and development from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the careers of the guitar makers and virtuoso musicians who have influenced its sound and construction. A wide range of musical styles and instrument types are represented - from the exquisite models made in Europe during the Renaissance and baroque eras to the twentieth century's most innovative and technologically advanced electric models.
Nick Freeth is a producer and broadcaster with more than 17 years' experience in music radio. He is a former BBC World Series senior producer, and was also senior producer at the UK's first commercial jazz radio station, Jazz FM. Charles Alexander is a jazz musician and professional broadcaster. He has written and presented two major series on the guitar for BBC Radio: "Six Silver Strings" and "The Guitar in Jazz".