#1
Basically, I need to change my current acoustic guitar. I love the feel of a nylon-strung guitar, but would it suit for acoustic guitar playing? (I mean, Bob Dylan-Eric Clapton-Dire Straits-and lots of bluesy stuff). I was also wondering if nylon strings would survive pick-playing (tho I play with my fingers too).

Or should I opt for an acoustic with metal strings?

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get an acoustik/electric those are great it has acoustik sound but u can still plug into an amp cuz it has pickups
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get an acoustik/electric those are great it has acoustik sound but u can still plug into an amp cuz it has pickups

At a severe loss in tone, in my opinion. I've never seen an acoustic/electric that I liked.

Yes, you're better off with steel strings. Blues sounds . . . terrible (there's no other word for it) on nylon strings. Did you have any models or brands in mind?
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#5
^ Never? really?

If I decide to go spend $2000 on a guitar, it can have a cutaway, and a pickup, and sound fantastic unplugged. It will sound great amplified when playing gigs, too.

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If you prefer Nylon, test the Nylon-stringed guitars and see if they are fitting for your sound. I never have problems with bending on mine and it sounds great playing blues.
#7
I'd have to recommend a steel string acoustic for you as well.

Nylon string guitars aren't a traditional blues instrument, but it could certainly be done. Steel string guitars are just a better sound for blues though imo. Also, the construction of nylon guitars isn't built to withstand strumming like a steel string guitar is. It's not the strings that can't take the strumming, it's the body of the guitar.
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At a severe loss in tone, in my opinion. I've never seen an acoustic/electric that I liked.

Yes, you're better off with steel strings. Blues sounds . . . terrible (there's no other word for it) on nylon strings. Did you have any models or brands in mind?


Yeah, I was looking for either Seagull, Takamine or Taylor

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Yeah, I was looking for either Seagull, Takamine or Taylor

Or This baby

Seagull, hands down. I'm an ardent supporter of Seagull. I own the Original S6, and I couldn't be happier. If you're not a fan of the light-toned back and sides and diarrhea-brown binding of the Original series, then go with the Coastline models. The only difference is a darker stain and cream binding (also more body types to choose from).
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[quote="'Tommy[fin"]']Care to elaborate? I would have to say that that isn't true.
*Shakes head* Never, ever question Jimtaka. He knows more than you'll ever realize in your lifetime.

He's not saying that the body will fall apart from strumming; he's saying that its tonal qualities are not meant for strumming. Strumming on nylon string guitars sounds muddy and unpleasant.
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Haha, man I appreciate the compliment, but there's no harm in questioning or disagreeing with me! I'm always learning new stuff, just like everyone else

Anyway, I was implying that nylon string guitars are not really made to be strummed hard with a pick because of tone, but also becuase of construction. Different bracing, different neck joints, and different thicknesses are all used between steel string and nylon string guitars. Nylon guitars aren't really built to withstand heavy strumming with a pick.



I'm not saying you can't do it, I'm just saying that it isn't generally considered to be the way to achieve the desired tone from a classical guitar and, to my knowledge, yes it can also cause structural issues with the guitar.
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Haha, man I appreciate the compliment, but there's no harm in questioning or disagreeing with me! I'm always learning new stuff, just like everyone else

Anyway, I was implying that nylon string guitars are not really made to be strummed hard with a pick because of tone, but also becuase of construction. Different bracing, different neck joints, and different thicknesses are all used between steel string and nylon string guitars. Nylon guitars aren't really built to withstand heavy strumming with a pick.



I'm not saying you can't do it, I'm just saying that it isn't generally considered to be the way to achieve the desired tone from a classical guitar and, to my knowledge, yes it can also cause structural issues with the guitar.

As always, I bow to your wisdom, sir
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Strumming on nylon string guitars sounds muddy and unpleasant.


In your opinion?

I think it sounds lovely, depends on the guitar and the strummer really
Not better or worse than a steel strung would sound, it just sounds different.
I like the sound of both.

If you damage a guitar, classical or steel strung, by strumming it, it's your own fault.
Every guitar will break if you beat it like some low-brow bruiser.
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