#1
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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Last edited by Auod at Jul 8, 2013,
#2
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.
Last edited by BruceDelaney at Jun 25, 2013,
#3
Will the guitar produce unexpected sounds or buzzing if I put nylon strings on it? Because I like classical guitar more than acoustic one.
Last edited by Auod at Jun 25, 2013,
#4
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.
#5
I'm not that knowledgeable, but I associate bridges like that with classical guitars.
#6
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.

Quote by Auod
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.

Quote by CricketBat
I'm not that knowledgeable, but I associate bridges like that with classical guitars.
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I just looked in my Oxford English Dictionary and under "Acoustic Guitar", there was your Avatar and an email address!
#7
Quote by BruceDelaney
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

Quote by patticake
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
#8
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.
Last edited by Captaincranky at Jun 26, 2013,
#9
Quote by patticake



acoustic guitars also have bridges.


Yeah, i said bridges like that. sort of long and rectangle.
#10
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.
#11
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.
#12
Quote by Captaincranky
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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#13
Hi, guys this is first time i am visiting this forum and so happy to see such a great info here. So many things i came to know new and the way you guys describe everything here sounds amazing. Thanks for all your work will back soon for more updates.
Last edited by John Hovis at Jun 27, 2013,
#14
I replaced the steel strings with nylon and it sounds very good. Thanks for your replies everyone ^_^
#15
you're welcome. glad i could help( sometimes it's smarter for me to "just shut up and drive the bus").
need more gear and a lot more talent(courtesytuxs)