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Old 06-25-2013, 01:07 PM   #1
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Is this guitar classical or acoustic?

I have a cheap guitar (I don't think it's branded) that has steel strings (Like an acoustic one), but I doubt that it's an acoustic guitar, because its body is like a classical one. And I searched a lot about the differences between acoustic and classical, but it didn't really help due to its unknown brand. I'm not very experienced about guitars, so I'd like to tell me your ideas and opinions about the type of this guitar. (I don't want to buy a new guitar. I'm gonna stick with this one right now)

((NEW)): My guitar doesn't have a truss rod.

((NOTE)): There are two pics of the guitar, so look at them carefully and judge.
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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Any guitar you don't plug in and it produces noise is acoustic.

There are several companies that produce steel string folk guitars with a slotted head stock like you have there.

I can't really tell but that doesn't seem to have a classical neck to it. It just doesn't look wide enough to me.

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Old 06-25-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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Will the guitar produce unexpected sounds or buzzing if I put nylon strings on it? Because I like classical guitar more than acoustic one.

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Old 06-25-2013, 06:04 PM   #4
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Your best bet would be to bring the guitar with you to the shop where you buy the strings from. They will be able to identify it for you.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:14 PM   #5
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I'm not that knowledgeable, but I associate bridges like that with classical guitars.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:43 PM   #6
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since nylon strings are so much thicker and lower tension than steel, putting nylon strings on an acoustic guitar will take some adjustments, at least some of which will cost money unless you're very handy with tools. also an acoustic guitar you put nylon strings on won't sound anything like a classical, which is more about the way the body is made than the strings used.

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Will the guitar produce unexpected sounds or buzzing if I put nylon strings on it? Because I like classical guitar more than acoustic one.


acoustic guitars also have bridges.

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I'm not that knowledgeable, but I associate bridges like that with classical guitars.
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:03 AM   #7
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Your best bet would be to bring the guitar with you to the shop where you buy the strings from. They will be able to identify it for you.


Good idea

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since nylon strings are so much thicker and lower tension than steel, putting nylon strings on an acoustic guitar will take some adjustments, at least some of which will cost money unless you're very handy with tools. also an acoustic guitar you put nylon strings on won't sound anything like a classical, which is more about the way the body is made than the strings used.


Thanks for the advice
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:55 AM   #8
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Could you post a picture of just the bridge?

I can't tell if there are pins or tie through holes from the photo.

Usually steel string acoustics have pin bridges, and an "intonation" slant in the saddle. (The white plastic or bone piece the strings ride over on the bridge). The saddle has an angle to it in relation to the top nut, and the strings are longer on the bass side.

The guitar is certainly styled like a classical guitar. That's all I got.

I'm sure plenty of steel string guitars have been cobbled together with classical styling.

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Old 06-26-2013, 07:25 AM   #9
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acoustic guitars also have bridges.


Yeah, i said bridges like that. sort of long and rectangle.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:57 AM   #10
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Looking closely at the bridge it looks like it is a classical type bridge that someone has put steel strings w/ball ends on. The Saddle doesn't appear to be slanted either.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:43 AM   #11
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Quite a lot of inexpensive guitars were made like this... "classical" bridge, and slotted peghead without the usual large-diameter posts you see on a classical.
No pickguard....
Certainly looks in all ways like it was designed to be strung with nylon strings, and someone put steels on it.
This is not necessarily a disaster, some cheaper guitars are rather overbuilt and the usually-laminate face is pretty strong. Using lighter tension steel or "silk & steel" strings may be doable for a long time.
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Could you post a picture of just the bridge?


Here is the picture. (The Bridge is not 100% straight, it is angled)
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:33 AM   #14
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I replaced the steel strings with nylon and it sounds very good. Thanks for your replies everyone ^_^
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:24 AM   #15
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you're welcome. glad i could help( sometimes it's smarter for me to "just shut up and drive the bus").
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