#1
I've got an Art and Lutherie Cedar Black Dreadnought pictured below. I was in a guitar shop the other day and I played a classical guitar with nylon strings and I forgot how great they sound and feel. Was wondering if it would be alright if I restrung it with the Daddarios.

I've read that their might be some problems because of the tension difference provided by the steel strings vs. the nylon, so input on that would also be great.


#3
There are strings called Silk&Steel, they feel great and they're much lighter than those that are originally in steel-stringed acoustics. They produce a somewhat mellower tone than Phospor Bronze strings for example.
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#4
Nylon strings are quite a bit thicker than steel strings, so you'd also have to file out the top nut to accommodate them. After which, you're pretty much stuck with them.

Keep in mind that guitars designed for nylon strings, have the soundboard braces designed for nylon strings. This contributes to the sound quality.

I'd get the whole idea out of your head, and start saving your pennies for a guitar designed for nylon strings.
#5
I'd get the whole idea out of your head, and start saving your pennies for a guitar designed for nylon strings.


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#6
You can try using Martin Silk & Steel strings. These are strings designed with lower tension in mind and provide a sound somewhere in between nylon and steel strings.

Do not use plain nylon strings. They do not have enough tension to drive the soundboard.
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#7
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I'd get the whole idea out of your head, and start saving your pennies for a guitar designed for nylon strings.

This pretty much sums it up. Steel-string guitars aren't designed for nylon strings, so your only option would be investing in a classical/nylon-string guitar.
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#8
Much of what has been said is accurate. A nylon string set gauge (although is referred to as Normal, Hard or Extra Hard Tension) starts around .028 for the high "E" string, as where an acoustic set starts with .011 or .012 depending on your preference. That increased gauge alone will be an issue for the nut on your guitar. Tension on the instrument wouldn't be too problematic but as was previously recommended, Silk 'n Steel is the closest alternative without hosing up your guitar. We make a set (D'Addario - EJ40 .011 - .047) as does Martin and GHS. Save yourself the headache!

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