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Old 01-22-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Steel Strings on Nylon String Guitar


Ok so basically I'm messing around and experimenting with an old classical guitar that I got for free which was seconds from being thrown into a skip.

At the moment I've completely sanded it down and I plan on putting steel strings on it although its made for nylon. I know the usual response to this is the neck will bend, the bridge will come away because classical guitars aren't made for steel strings because they'll cause tension and stuff...

However I plan on using a steel tailpiece down the end of the guitar and for some reason I think I remember somebody saying that they relieve tension from the strings because it takes the brute force rather than the neck taking it..?

Is that true and if so could I potentially use steel strings on this classical guitar?
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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Still a bad idea. It will still have too much tension for the neck, and nylon string frets are very soft so steel strings will chew them up really fast.

Try something new

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Old 01-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #4
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Neck will bend.
Bridge could come off.
Top could crack.
Headstock can snap.
Tuners won't like it either.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:27 PM   #5
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Even if you had some mega strong 1930s german spruce top, either the bridge would snap off or the top would come off.

Id like to see that though.
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:25 AM   #6
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What? Phooey on all you nay-sayers!

I do this all the time. Well, Ok, with about 5 guitars in the last 2 years. I knew it was safe because my dad has done it many times. Ok, at least three times, that I know of, but probably more. Nylon strings suck. I have noticed that sometimes the intonation with steel strings is so different that the bridge needs modification, so I have one classical with nylon strings because I have been too lazy to move the bridge.

Oh yeah, I also put steel strings on my Uke. (and probably a pickup some time soon)

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