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C-roy
04-05-2009, 05:49 PM
Does anyone else prefer a nylon guitar ovar a steel string, and not use the nylon string guitar for classical music?

I use it, and love the sound way more than steel. But I never see anyone else using one unless they are only playing classical music.

I know it's ment to play classical, but I just like the sound of the strings more, and the size of the neck.

So does anyone here use nylon stringed guitars not for classical music? Or am I the only one?!

PaulGeo
04-05-2009, 06:08 PM
Yes, I prefer the warmer sound of the nylon strings and it's easier for classical and fingerpicking. Some chords shapes are difficult for me because of the wider fingerboard and my small hands.

Lori
04-13-2009, 07:46 PM
I have a classical guitar, and my husband has a steel string acoustic guitar. I think the nylon string classical guitar has louder, fuller sounding bass strings. All the steel string acoustic guitars I have tried have duller sounding bass strings, especially the #6 E string. The string feels very stiff and unresponsive. The acoustic guitar has a longer neck, and more frets.

Take a look at Willie Nelson's guitar. He has a beat up nylon string guitar that's pretty famous.

And, of course, the sound is different on the nylon strings... more rounded and mellow verses the bright metallic sound of a steel string acoustic.

I think you should use whatever you want to. Anything goes. After all, didn't I see Sting playing a lute???
–Lori

Yopparai
04-13-2009, 07:56 PM
When I was young folk guitars were popular. There were usually strung with nylon with a "normal" neck. I spent many a formative hour playing along with Laura Weber on the PBS channel singing "Little Boxes" and the like.

I do like the wider classical guitar neck for "serious" music. Sometimes you just need some room.

Buddy McCue
04-24-2009, 08:58 AM
It's not just for classical music. It's good for folk too.

I have both kinds, but when I want to play guitar, I usually reach for the nylon-string. I like the sound better.

cpatch
04-24-2009, 09:19 AM
So does anyone here use nylon stringed guitars not for classical music? Or am I the only one?!
I use it for slack key sometimes...I know Ozzie Kotani does too.

BUGOY
04-24-2009, 10:02 AM
I prefer Nylon string Acoustic guitars over steel string. I fell in love with the mellow sound which went well with the R&B/soul type music i played.

cpatch
04-24-2009, 10:42 AM
Some chords shapes are difficult for me because of the wider fingerboard and my small hands.
You can get nylon string guitars with the standard (for steel string), narrower neck width.

GrumpyCoyote
04-24-2009, 12:06 PM
Moving to Nylon in my next purchase... I've pretty much had enough of steel after learning the uke.

I miss the full range of scale from time to time, but not the string tension and niose. Nylon for me next purchase without a doubt.

Link
04-24-2009, 01:14 PM
I prefer it. Wish I had one. Tom Morello plays a nylon strin as The Nightwatchman. Great protest music.. although he tries a little hard to be Bob Dylan, it is the kind of music I would play on it.

Stackabones
04-24-2009, 02:51 PM
I prefer it. Wish I had one. Tom Morello plays a nylon strin as The Nightwatchman. Great protest music.. although he tries a little hard to be Bob Dylan, it is the kind of music I would play on it.

And Bob Dylan tries too hard to be this guy ...

http://stillermann.com/img/misc2006/20060417-woodyguthrie-killingfascists.jpg
Notice that the git is nylon! Gutbox FTW!!!

haole
04-25-2009, 07:02 AM
I'd love to own a nylon-string. Not a classical player at all, and the huge flat neck is a little tough for me. But I played a Cordoba Fusion thinline a couple weeks ago and it felt like a big baritone uke. So comfortable to play!
Seems like Jason Mraz only plays nylon-string Taylors in concert.

Kateri
04-25-2009, 02:02 PM
I use nylon strings for hawaiian slack key. it's a lot easier on the fingers, especially since slack key involves a lot of sliding. since it's a lot of picking, I find nylon carries the sound much better than steel strings. But I don't care for it too much for standard chord playing.

Pippin
04-27-2009, 01:43 PM
Steel string guitars are better for what I do, so, a lot depends on what you play, or in my case, the songs I write. I am playing songs that are lyrical in nature, not instrumental.

I have thought about buying a classical guitar with a thin neck, but, there are very few and I don't like 95 percent of those classical guitars that I have played. I am giving the one I have away to a friend that wants one, actually.

Steel string guitar necks are completely different and much more comfortable for me.

I do play all sorts of ukuleles, though, and I am very fond of baritones. I have concerts, sopranos, and baritones. At this point, I don't own any tenors, but that is destined to change. I have played a boatload of them, just never acquired one to call my own. I do like the higher string tension.

stepe3
05-13-2009, 04:34 PM
For some reason I really like to play nylon when I'm making up a song. Then later i'll decide whether to transfer it to steel string acoustic or my electric (or keep it as is) when I've settled on a tune. Some songs lend themself to a particular guitar obviously.

I think they can have a real nice, almost fun, sound. They're always an enjoyable play.