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    This thread has gone off topic with pages of string discussion that may not be relevant to OP. He went through a lot of effort to find a small guitar that he likes, and recommendations should focus on finding replacement strings when the original set is wearing out and not on endless experimentation. It will make sense to buy a replacement set that is suitable for the scale, and if Savarez supplied the OEM and they sound and feel fine then it makes sense to stick with that.

    Maybe you should ask the OP if he finds this discussion useful, or not.


    It is my fault for this thread changing directions. But I do fine this discussion of strings very useful.

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    Hi, Johnny!

    I went to Kyoto today and visited Gujiya (we pronounce it Jyujiya) which is biggest and oldest music shop in Kyoto to see your A20-53 (see the photo below). I am afraid that they did not have A20 in stock but they had Aria AC-50A which was 530mm scale length alt guitar. It was tuned B-B (1B, 2F#, 3D, 4A, 5E, 6B). It sounded very nice and tension is very good with 530mm scale. But I was curious why it can be so high. B-B is very high compare to E-E. It is even one step higher than guitalele (requinto) A-A tuning. The sales parson explained it that alt strings are thinner than regular strings (See the green below), hence we can raise it tuning up to B-B. I know E-E is much convenient but sound and tension are worth to try for fun.



    I was bit surprise that 530mm classical is very nice size for me. I can play it very easily on my lap. The fret board is very good size too. I bet you love A-20 a lot. I was very happy to see alt strings today, I've forgot to buy acoustic guitar string set. I have to order it on the internet now.
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    The 530 MM scale is for sure a dream to play. I really do enjoy it. I ordered new string that should arrive tomorrow. However, I may not put them on right away because the strings on there now seem to be fairly new. I do have a little trouble holding it because I have a belly. I am a non drinker who looks like he loves beer. I think as I continue to diet and loose weight I will be able to hold it better. If not, strap time. Lucky you getting to travel around Japan, I really miss Japan and especially the food.

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    530mm alt guitar's nut width is wide as classical guitar. but the Fret board are shorter than classical guitar. Regular classical guitar is wide nut width and long fret board. It is bit too big for me. 530mm alt guitar is rather similar finger space as acoustic guitar to me. Because acoustic guitar has narrow nut width. I love it. I was very happy to play it yesterday in Kyoto. Chords are very easy to play and I was singing in the store.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Hopefully we will get some photos when the new guitar arrives from Kyoto?
    Thank you for your request Bill and Dave. I will post NGD on behalf of Johnny. :-)

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    Check out the Romero Creations Parlor guitar: baritone sized body with a 630mm scale classical neck. It's a real screamer. If you really want a baritone scale, the Romero Creations Baritone 6 at 510mm might be up your alley. I keep mine tuned as a terz guitar in G C F Bb D G tuningósounds amazingóbut works okay in E A D G B E if you use heavy strings.

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