I recently was given a classical guitar that belonged to a friend of the family. It was in pretty bad shape when I got it and its still not perfect The neck bows when I put strings on it, (It has no truss rod) and I cant get a note after the 12th fret. I think the major problem is the fact that I have steel strings on it ( all i could find ) Would it be better if I ordered some nylon strings online? would this possibly fix the problem or would it just have new strings ? I love the sound of a classical guitar and am happy to own one now, just hope I can fix it all up.
Nylon will reduce the stress on the neck and probably fix the problem. I also suggest ordering some nylon strings if you want that authentic classical sound
ok thank you very much . I look into that right now.
take the steel strings off ASAP, that can permanently damage the neck, there's a good chance you've already damaged the bridge.
The number one no no to a classical guitar is to put Steel Strings on it, even if its all you had, your lucky you didnt snap the neck! Get those steels off ASAP!
*Loosens strings and runs for wire clippers*
Ok strings are gone, what do I look for in terms of possible damage?
Well, steel strings produce much more tension than nylon strings so the most common problem is neck bow. I'll get you a few links to similar threads so you can see.
Last edited by confusius at Jul 29, 2008,