#1
Right now I'm thinking seriously about buying a steel-string Ovation Balladeer 1771, which can be seen here: http://www.ovationguitars.com/index.cfm?fa=detail&mid=575

However, I have only ever played on a classical, nylon string - will I experience difficulty trying to play on the steel string (bearing in mind it's a fairly high quiality model)? Of course, I'm not necessarily planning on playing classical music on it, but want to apply a plectrum, jazz style (more solo oriented). Is the transition a difficult one ?

And which do you prefer and why ?
#2
im pretty sure but dont quote me on this, that putting steel strings on a classical guitar completely defeats its purpose.

anyways from my experiences nylon give a softer tone which i like more the the metal strings.
#3
i suppose nylon is much softer on your fingers, and steel does seem to hurt at times.
but i prefer it for sound other then when i play classical.
in which case i use a nylon guitar.
but the switch should be easy enough.
id recommend trying the guitar out if u can find it at a local guitar shop or something to get the fell for it.
play with something youre comfortable with.
#4
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im pretty sure but dont quote me on this, that putting steel strings on a classical guitar completely defeats its purpose.


Sorry I had to "quote you on this", but I said I was thining of buying a steel string guitar.
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#5
I happen to prefer steel string over nylon string guitars. I think they are easier to play and I like the sound.
I would highly recommend "try before you buy". There was more expensive and apparently better guitars in the store and I ended up buying a cheaper guitar. Some sound crap because they don't really have body and some sound too bright (for me).

...Yes I do know that some people do not live in places where it is simple to just go and try out guitars...

Edit:
Check out youtube if you cant try it yourself.
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#6
If you are very interested in jazz guitar, then I recommend the Cigano GJ-15. I own one, and it's a very well made guitar. For a student model jazz guitar, it's well-priced. Also, since I bought mine from Elderly, it had the best setup possible (I bought it in Lansing). I strung it with D'Addario Gypsy Jazz strings (lights) and the sound that comes from it is absolutely wonderful.
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#7
You can play pretty much any style on a steel string, but a nylon string guitar is pretty much limited to classical/flamenco. Nylon strings are harder (if not impossible, I've never done it) to bend, also.

I find myself playing all my classical stuff on my electric now, anyway.
But yeah, I'd reccommend a steel string over a nylon string, unless you have a good reason for wanting the latter.
#8
will I experience difficulty trying to play on the steel string (bearing in mind it's a fairly high quiality model)?


The fact that its a high quality model will actually make things easier than if it was a cheap guitar.

Is the transition a difficult one ?


Not really. The hardest part will probably be the closer spacing between the strings and the fact that steel strings are much harder on your fingers. Im sure it wont take you long to get used to it.

And which do you prefer and why ?


Steel string. Its just more compatible with the styles of music i like and want to play.
#9
You will have difficulty's but not that much because their just both guitars.

(I think the only thing that is different when playing a nylon and a steel string guitar is in nylon if you bend the string nothing will change*not totally nothing but little* but in the string there is a change in tone)


I like the guitar but I like nylon guitar more.
#10
The fact that its a high quality model will actually make things easier than if it was a cheap guitar.


Yes, that was my point.....
But thanks anyway. This is mostly quite reassuring.
#11
I think no, based on my fellow guitarists' experiences, it's the weakness of your fingers that makes it difficult to play guitars for beginners, in your case, it would probably be easy for you to switch, because the only adjustments that you will make would be the tension of fretting the strings but it won't take much effort.

In fact, it would be easier to use a high quality guitar than a low quality one.