I like to tune lower, I'm not fully sure why.
But I do.

I'm talking about.. anywhere from 1 half step down to 5 half steps down.

Past a whole step down normal tension nylon strings start getting pretty loose.

And this brings me to wonder if high tension strings on a classical guitar drop tuned say 3 half steps, would provide the same or similar tension to normal tension strings on a classical guitar tuned to E standard?

or what do you think? Thanks.
I have normal strings on my classical, and I have it tuned to Open C and it feels fine.

E down 2 steps to C.
A down 1 step to G.
D down 1 step to C.
G stays the same.
B UP 1 step to C.
E stays the same.

The nylon isn't really tuned down at all, I didn't realize until after I finished typing. Will post anyways.
Nylon strings only have about half the tension of steel strings. At some point, you're just going to reach a point where there's no energy to drive the top of the guitar, and volume and tone are going to suffer; as well as getting a lot of string buzz.

Up to that point, you can fool with such tunings as you like. If you want to play with other musicians you'd best invest in a good capo.....
to the first post. aw cheers yeah I guess you are still tuned lower with some strings though haha.

and.. good point, i guess you'll need a certain tension to drive the guitar.


hmm haha yah.

but still wondering if anyone knows if i would be able to compensate the loss of tension with higher tension nylon strings? or would that not work? cheers,
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If you use hard tension, or extra hard tension, you should be fine for where you want to tune.
I use Thomastik Infeld Classic S on my Godin Multiac, which I regularly downtune for slide. The Classic S has a couple of pounds higher tension than most strings to start with, are a wire rope core (unless you get the version with the plain steel #1) with nylon wrap on strings 1-3, stabilize within a day, and can take repeated downtuning/retuning to standard without any annoying additional settling time. Expensive, though. Classical purists hate them, but I suspect you're not one if you're inquiring about downtuning a nylon guitar. You can even get some bending out of them.
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