#1
Can you put nylon strings on an acoustic guitar? im in a guitar class and my teacher told me i need to put them on my guitar and i told him you cant and he says you can.

I dont see how this would be possible because the strings wouldn't fit in the nut
#2
you would need a place to tie the end of the strings, and being a regular acoustic guitar the bridge has holes going down held in place by a stake, I cant think of anyway you could get around this. but I dont know anything
#3
you should be able to put them on like normal strings, if there too big try to get a lower gauge
#4
Quote by southpaw_tdg
you should be able to put them on like normal strings, if there too big try to get a lower gauge



What would you tie them to?
#6
Why does your teacher say you NEED nylon strings? Most teachers recommend that beginners start on nylon-string guitars simply because they're easier on the fingers, but it's not a requirement for learning. I just find it a bizarre request.

Also, the nylon strings will make your guitar sound like crap because it's braced for the tension exerted by steel strings. Nylon strings won't create enough energy to "drive" the top, so it's going to sound pretty dead.
Last edited by sunshowers at Jan 20, 2009,
#7
Quote by sunshowers
Why does your teacher say you NEED nylon strings? Most teachers recommend that beginners start on nylon-string guitars simply because they're easier on the fingers, but it's not a requirement for learning. I just find it a bizarre request.

Also, the nylon strings will make your guitar sound like crap because it's braced for the tension exerted by steel strings. Nylon strings won't create enough energy to "drive" the top, so it's going to sound pretty dead.


my teacher is retarted and he sucks at guitar. he says we need them so we can play classical music but you can do that with steel strings
#8
Quote by VulgarxPower801
my teacher is retarted and he sucks at guitar. he says we need them so we can play classical music but you can do that with steel strings

Is it your personal guitar? Don't put nylon strings on a standard steel string unless you want a really awful sounding instrument. There is also the possibility the strings wont fit in the nut. Tell your teacher to teach, not change your guitar setup.

Edit: And if he sucks at guitar, stop taking lessons with him. It isn't worth the time or money.
#9
I understand where he's coming from, as a lot of the techniques used on classical guitar music are very difficult with steel strings. However, as it has been said, your steel-string acoustic is made for steel strings. Nylon strings won't hurt it, but they'll sound pretty quiet and pretty awful. Confront him with this. Ask him to rationalize his argument. Furthermore, your fretboard isn't nearly as wide as a classical guitar (unless you have a Seagull), so you're more likely to develop bad habits if you want to become a serious classical musician.

Now, if this is at a school and not a personal teacher, then tell him to provide you with a classical guitar. If it's a public school, they must legally provide students with the materials required to learn. If not, then you can take it up with the school board (if your parents get involved, you can bet they'll listen).
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#10
Quote by GC Shred Off
Is it your personal guitar? Don't put nylon strings on a standard steel string unless you want a really awful sounding instrument. There is also the possibility the strings wont fit in the nut. Tell your teacher to teach, not change your guitar setup.

Edit: And if he sucks at guitar, stop taking lessons with him. It isn't worth the time or money.


Its a class i take at school not lessons
#11
Quote by VulgarxPower801
Its a class i take at school not lessons

Is it their guitar? Tell them to do it themselves if they really must.
#12
Take the strings to class and let him replace it himself
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#13
A reasonable compromise might be nylon, ball end folk strings. Some of them have thinner strings than standard classical nylon strings.

Anyway, gives the nylon sound, and the ball at the end will work just like steel strings.
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#14
Quote by GC Shred Off
Is it their guitar? Tell them to do it themselves if they really must.


no its my guitar so im probably just gonna rent one from the school so i dont have to put nylon strings on.
#15
Quote by fyrefly
A reasonable compromise might be nylon, ball end folk strings.

I agree with pretty much everything said in this thread, but I just wanted to highlight this post for you. They do make nylon strings with ball ends. So this would probably be your easiest option.