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    Default Cordoba mini - can I use any classical guitar strings?

    So that's my question, which strings can one use on a Cordoba mini? Do they have to be special guitalele strings?

    The minis require ball ends.

    I'd also like to play in standard guitar tuning (E instead of A), where can I find strings for that? The aquila set mentioned on their website only seems available to buy from Cordoba, and I live in Europe.

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    Most often they'll be the exact same strings, just cut different lengths and in different packages.

    That said, since the Cordoba mini is recommended for A tuning, is a short scale and uses ball end strings, it may be a bit trickier to get you the exact set (especially since the Aquila sets don't list the gauges used). If you have access to a micrometer, you can easily find out the string diameters and then make a set.
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    It would be a bad idea. I used to try regular guitar strings on a Requinto - which is a Mexican guitar tuned A-A like the Micro. They just could not be tuned to A, and if tuned to E were too floppy. Tuned to A the A string would always break very quickly.

    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Monkey View Post
    Most often they'll be the exact same strings, just cut different lengths and in different packages.

    That said, since the Cordoba mini is recommended for A tuning, is a short scale and uses ball end strings, it may be a bit trickier to get you the exact set (especially since the Aquila sets don't list the gauges used). If you have access to a micrometer, you can easily find out the string diameters and then make a set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    It would be a bad idea. I used to try regular guitar strings on a Requinto - which is a Mexican guitar tuned A-A like the Micro. They just could not be tuned to A, and if tuned to E were too floppy. Tuned to A the A string would always break very quickly.
    You definitely don't want to tune a set put together for E-E tuning up a fourth, for sure. As for being "floppy," that's really up to personal preference.

    I'm looking at the Requinto gauges of strings at A-A pitch (and the corresponding tension chart), if the OP found a set of classical strings with something close to .028-.034-.040 for the trebles and .030-.036-.043 for basses (which I think is high or hard tension, depending on brand), you'll be in the ballpark.
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    I have checked Southcoast but didn't see anything.

    The minis require ball ends. If I bought the D'Addario Pro-Arté EJ44LP would I be able to tie them in a not and put a ball on the knot? Would this be ok with the wound strings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sirwhale View Post
    The minis require ball ends. If I bought the D'Addario Pro-Arté EJ44LP would I be able to tie them in a not and put a ball on the knot? Would this be ok with the wound strings?
    Short answer: yes, you can tie them in a knot and put a ball on it.
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    You can get strings for the mini here
    http://www.cordobaguitars.com/product.php?productid=280

    The have two options, regular guitar tuning (E) or up a fourth (A).

    Cordoba also has a video on restringing the mini that shows how to tie the ball ends.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5qOh6tFT3E

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Monkey View Post
    Short answer: yes, you can tie them in a knot and put a ball on it.
    Doesn't that crush the wound wires in the knot making them break?
    I was told decades ago not to try classical strings in a steelstring/bridgepin guitar because "you can't knot a wound string". (sounds like a double negative )
    Was that wrong advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spookelele View Post
    Doesn't that crush the wound wires in the knot making them break?
    I was told decades ago not to try classical strings in a steelstring/bridgepin guitar because "you can't knot a wound string". (sounds like a double negative )
    Was that wrong advice?
    It doesn't crush the wound wires, but on heavier strings definitely isn't easy to do (I've had to do it on a couple of .055 gauge classical strings to try them out).

    It's not ideal, but it will work fine.
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    Thanks for the replies

    These have the highest tension of the daddario classical strings:

    EJ46FFPro-Arté Carbon, Dynacore Basses, Hard Tension

    Should be fine with these, yeah?

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