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Old 10-07-2012, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to know if there is a big difference between the sound of a classical guitar with nylon strings and a classical with metal strings

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Old 10-07-2012, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't put steel strings on a classical guitar. They aren't designed for the extra tension, and the top will warp and twist over time if it doesn't rip the bridge right off.

If your guitar is a classical or flamenco, buy the proper nylon sets. If your guitar is a more common, steel strung acoustic type, like a martin or breedlove, then buy normal acoustic strings, either 80/20 Phosphor bronze or similar.
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Old 10-07-2012, 05:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Anyone got any recommendations on strings for a semi-hollow epiphone with a slightly high action? I just can't find anything that feels right on it.

I've never really come across any strings that really stand out to me as Being really good, but I will say that the "titanium coated" Ernie ball strings are completely horrible. Never has a string stood out to me as being so ****ty, and they were the most expensive strings in the store.
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I've used elixer nanowebs on my electrics for years. Although realistically, most strings when new are fine. If brand new strings feel bad to you, the guitar is probably the issue.
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I've used elixer nanowebs on my electrics for years. Although realistically, most strings when new are fine. If brand new strings feel bad to you, the guitar is probably the issue.
It's not the guitar, although it maybe could use a slight truss rod adjustment. I've used multiple different strings on this guitar and none have ever felt so bad. They were just so poppy, that's the only way I can describe. Brittle and poppy (or snappy) if that makes any sense. They weren't light gauge either, they were regular.
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Maybe the guitar needs to be set up again.
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What exactly do you mean?
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The way a guitar plays is influenced by action, truss rod, pickup settings, etc.

Dozens if not hundreds of variables, of which strings are only one small part.

I can tell when strings are new or worn, but frankly in 12 years I've never said "Oh these strings make my guitar play bad".

Action and so on being looked at by a tech is where I'd go if I had that problem. Its also likely your guitar needs a fret level if you've played it for a long time without a tech seeing it. A lot of guitars need tech attention from new, even.
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It's not the guitar, although it maybe could use a slight truss rod adjustment. I've used multiple different strings on this guitar and none have ever felt so bad. They were just so poppy, that's the only way I can describe. Brittle and poppy (or snappy) if that makes any sense. They weren't light gauge either, they were regular.
I've never been happy with Ernie Ball strings either and would describe them similar to the way you did. What sort of tone and feel are you looking for? With a semi-hollow I'd personally be aiming for a smoother jazzy feel and go with flat or ribbon wound strings.
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Yeah I hate Ernie Ball strings. I'll go for anything but those, really.
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