#1
I have an acoustic guitar that has steel strings but i wanna switch to Nylon strings.

Can I be able to just change it without any problems ? Will it damage the neck ? Also, what is the difference between steel and nylon ?

EDIT: Also, what brands of nylon strings do you recommend ?
Last edited by DGen92 at Sep 28, 2008,
#3
There's only one way to do it. Dean Markley has nylon strings with Ball attachments on the end. Normal acoustic guitars cannot hold nylon strings because nylon strings are tied to a classical guitar. Acoustic guitars require a ball at the end to lock in place under the bridge. Classical strings have much less tension than acoustic strings, so there would be no problem with using them.
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#4
Quote by captivate
There's only one way to do it. Dean Markley has nylon strings with Ball attachments on the end. Normal acoustic guitars cannot hold nylon strings because nylon strings are tied to a classical guitar. Acoustic guitars require a ball at the end to lock in place under the bridge. Classical strings have much less tension than acoustic strings, so there would be no problem with using them.


So Dean Markely are the only nylon strings that can go on an acoustic ? Are they any good ?
#5
No problems except that your guitar will sound weak and rather constipated.
Nylon strings simply do not exert the forces required to properly excite the stiffly braced top of a steel string guitar.

Buy a nylon string guitar if you care about what you will sound like.

Edit You dont need ball ends either, tie a couple of knots in the nylon and use a lighter to make a glob . won't make 'em sound any better though.
Last edited by R.Christie at Sep 28, 2008,
#7
Quote by DGen92
Do you know any good Nylon string guitars ?

see very recent thread "buying classical", it's only opinion though.
#8
Quote by DGen92
So Dean Markely are the only nylon strings that can go on an acoustic ? Are they any good ?


No, they're not. R.Christie listed the reasons why. The bracing on a steel string acoustic is a lot more than on a classical. It will definitely sound weak.
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