#1
Im going to be buying an acoustic guitar and have no experience whatsoever of playing. I need to know whether to buy one with nylon or steel strings.

The type of music i hope to play is in the genre of pop, with influences of Jack Johnson etc.

Which stings will be best suited? Will either make it harder to play etc? (i know alot is down to personal preference but i need some guidence)

I appreciate any advice.... and sorry if this has been answered before but i have searched for any answers and nothing seems to help.

Thanx
Laura
#2
Steel.

Nylons tend to be used in classical guitar, or at least that's what they tend to be associated with. IMO, they suck for anything but fingerpicking. They sound much more mellow, and the neck is much wider. I think the strings are easier, though.

Steel strings tend to be tougher, but the neck is smaller and they have a much 'boomier' and brighter sound. I prefer them for just about every application.

Steels are used far more commonly in rock, pop, etc.
Last edited by Flying Couch at May 24, 2008,
#3
Quote by richiemokkiez
And to Flying Couch, classicals can be used for more than fingerpicking and they sound good for chords too.
Hence, "IMO."

It can be done, but I think a steel string is going to be more suited for what she's going for.
Last edited by Flying Couch at May 24, 2008,
#4
Pop songs usually involves steel string. And, the additional tension from steel string would be good training for your fingers. But it all boils down to what kind of sound you prefer. It's still possible to use a classical guitar for pop music if you prefer that sort of sound.
#5
steel
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#6
steel on acoustic nylon on a classical
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#7
Thank you for all the quick replies, i appreciate it. I think i will go for steel strings as this seems to be more suitable and the opinion of the majority.

Thanks again
Laura
#8
Quote by laura_20
Thank you for all the quick replies, i appreciate it. I think i will go for steel strings as this seems to be more suitable and the opinion of the majority.

Thanks again
Laura

Just note what style of music you're playing. Classical requires techniques that are practically impossible on a steel strung instrument. For the type of music you want to play, I would also recommend steel string. If you are interested in classical music down the road, you can always pick up a cheap (though solid top) classical and find a teacher.
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Just note what style of music you're playing. Classical requires techniques that are practically impossible on a steel strung instrument. For the type of music you want to play, I would also recommend steel string. If you are interested in classical music down the road, you can always pick up a cheap (though solid top) classical and find a teacher.


I like what he said.