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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2005, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Classical guitar strings?

Allright so i have this very old acoustic guitar, i dont play it very much but the strings are at least 1 year old and i decided that its time for a change. I don't know if steel strings are only for acoustics, will it sound okay in a classical guitar. An what strings should i get, D'addario?
Oh just found out that the steel strings may damage the bridge of the classical guitar..... sorry for the thread...
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2005, 08:47 AM
 
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Re: Classical guitar strings?

It's a good occasional reminder - I've seen a few guitars this way. It's not just the bridge - the whole top is at risk, because the top & bracing aren't made for that amount of stress.
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Re: Classical guitar strings?

As with steel strung guitars, you'll need to stretch the new nylon strings when you fit them.
You may also find that it takes a lot longer for the strings to settle and hold their tuning.
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Re: Classical guitar strings?

Yep, takes a hell of a lot longer to settle. But it's worth it. A new set of nylon strings really sound lovely.
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Re: Classical guitar strings?

You may want to get one of those 9 string packs, as the bass strings wear out a lot faster than the treble strings. Classical strings are rated on tension as well, so you'll see them in either hard or medium, generally. Hard can sound better, but medium can be easier to play. Just something else to think about when you go string shopping!

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Re: Classical guitar strings?

nylon stings aren't designed to hold steel strings, they can basically explode under the extra stress steel strings add. I would recommend getting the heaviest nylon gauge you can find. This will give you more volume and it'll still be comprable to ohhh, 10s.
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Re: Classical guitar strings?

I use D'addario Composites on my classicals. They are a bit pricey but they sound great and they last longer than any other string I've ever used.

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Re: Classical guitar strings?

i used to use sterling silver classical strings , they cost heaps but you dont get any string noise, they only hassle is they are weaker and tend to snap on there own in the case, i think d adaddrio used to make them , i remeber sending lots back to the usa to have them looked at .
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