Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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Can I use nylon with steel string guitar?

I was wondering if it possible to put nylon strings on a steel string guitar. Is it possible? If not why?
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Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?

I just bought a Fender Squire (electric guitar) I believe it has nylon strings on it now, which obviously isn't what I want. I went to buy some strings and there were so many choices, My friend has ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?

I've read that some people boil their strings from time to time to make them sound again like they were new (and save some money). Is this really worthwhile, or are there any disadvantages to this?
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Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?

I usually use the lightest gauge d'Addario's. And I've been thinking about trying out slinky 10 gauge strings on my guitar. I understand the differences in sound and playability about installing ...
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What is the proper way to notate the end of a section played “sul ponticello”?

That is, what is the standard way to tell a string player to play normally again?
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Why shouldn't I put electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar?

I've always found even the lightest acoustic (bronze) guitar strings to be a bit too heavy to play comfortably. Electric (nickel) guitar strings tend to be lighter. But nobody uses electric strings on ...
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I want to record but am nervous about it, why, how to get ready?

How to prepare to record a song. How to choose a song. Why am I nervous to record? the technology, the cost, or to hear myself.
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What physical effects cause ageing/worn guitar strings to change their tone?

Guitar strings wear out over time and are prone to oxidation due to sweat. As a result, they change their tone usually sounding more "bright" when they are new and "dull" when aged. There's been a ...
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What kind of string should I use for my Folk Guitar?

I have a pretty old folk guitar that needs new strings. I'm new at this; practically not even a beginner yet. I just want to know what kind of strings I should buy if I just want a soft tone.
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Can I widen the grooves on my guitar's nut myself?

Ok guys, I posted a thread regarding my Low B going out of tune, especially when I would bend my string excessively. What I have come up with after checking the tuner and applying Big Bends Nut Sauce, ...
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How can I stop my electric guitar strings from rusting so quickly?

I suffer from hyperhyrdosis which means my hands sweat quite a lot. The problem is that because of this my electric guitar strings seem to rust quite quickly because of this. Is there anything I can ...
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Will different gauges resolve my sound/distortion problem?

So, i have a cheap electric stratocaster with cheap pickups and a cheap ampli, now, at start i had 09-11-16-24-32-42 strings on, it was too buzzy when distorted on G/B/E but preatty nice sound on ...
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Violin E string

I'm beginner in the violin and while tuning the E string using a chromatic tuner I've noticed it has two different tuned spots. One is kind loosely producing an squeaky sound and another one is ...
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Replacing steel strings with nylon strings

I bought a guitar which has a classical guitar bridge but a steel guitar tuning pegs and strung with steel strings. I'm wondering if I could replace the steel strings with nylon strings.
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Acoustic guitar strings change by time and should i change them? [duplicate]

I've just knew that the strings of the guitar change sounds over time into a brighter and lighter sound. So I wanted to know if is it necessary to change them between time to time? Or is it OK if I ...
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Low B keeps going out of tune

My seven string guitar has a problem. The low B constantly goes out of tune. Whenever I bend it, I immediately have to re tune it. The place I bought it said it was probably the nut but I am not ...
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1answer
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Is guitar action affected by tuning?

I am looking at purchasing a nice second hand steel string acoustic guitar in a local music shop. One of the aspects that I really like about the guitar is the string action. When I was trying the ...
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1answer
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Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric

I have a hollowbody electric guitar on which I put some ball-end nylon strings as an experiment and tuned to by preferred tuning (G-D-d-f-g#-b). I really liked the distinction in sound between the ...
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What's the difference between the “smooth” strings and the “rough” strings?

On my acoustic, the first 4 strings are "rough" - that is they are covered in a type of metal corkscrew. The last 2 strings though are completely smooth, and don't have a corkscrew finish. Why are ...
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Breaking In New Cello Strings?

I changed the strings on my cello about a week ago, and it seems that these new strings just aren't as "slick" as the old ones. It feels as if they stick to my fingers, and I have to fight to shift ...
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Is it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?

For a piece I am performing with a local school orchestra, a final open A is to undergo an "insane" crescendo to a Fortissississimo, which our conductor interprets as "as loud as possible." A fellow ...
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How does string gauge affect intonation?

I have a problem with intonation adjustment on my g-string on my Epiphone Les Paul. It's correct now but the bridge saddle cannot be adjusted any farther in range. I need to change strings but I ...
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What's the use of transparent plastic double bass strings?

I went to a rockabilly live the other day and I saw that the double bassist used transparent plastic strings on his bass. What's the purpose of that? Is there anything different from the normal ...
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When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?

I used to have a guitar teacher that said you should always finish tuning each string by tightening/sharpening the string. So for example if the top E is a little sharp, you should turn the peg to ...
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Guitar beginner

Is it bad to have have a steel D string on a classical guitar? My D string is steel; does this put to much pressure on the neck of the guitar? I bought the guitar set up like this about a year ago and ...
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Buzz in the G string

Three months ago, I decided to learn how to play guitar, and I bought a Gomez 001, http://tinyurl.com/mfbmdta. Since I didn't know anything about guitars, I thought it was pretty good. And my teacher ...
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New set of strings on (bass) guitar with no adjustable intonation

When I restringed (re-strung?) my electric guitar, I had to take it back to the store because I belatedly realized that the intonation would have to be corrected. Now, I have two acoustic guitars and ...
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Really light electric guitar strings and the blues

I just got a new Fender Strat Mini. I have super weak fingers. Is it possible to replace the strings with some lighter-weight while retaining a good sound for blues? What repercussions does using ...
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Coated Strings—Gimmick, or worth the money?

Never used them myself, but I had a friend who used to swear by the plastic-coated strings he bought for his electric to try and help keep them cleaner. While I realize this probably does do ...
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2answers
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Too much string on the tuning peg?

I just finished changing the strings for my classical guitar. This is the first time so it wasn't absolutely smooth. Now, tuning my E string (the highest) I noticed that it gets quite tense and all. ...
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What are the repercussions of using really thick gauge strings on my electric guitar?

I have a Jackson King V JS32T electric guitar in blue, see the linked text for specs and the look of it. Anyway, it came with 0.09-0.42 strings and I've been using 0.13-0.56's on it for a little ...
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Is it normal for new bought ukeleles to be out of tune every few minutes?

I've bought a new ukelele and it's been quite a while since I've last held a musical instrument (a year, maybe), so it might be possible that I'm just quite rusty with toning a guitar/ukelele. I ...
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Which one has more impact on the sound, the string or the body?

Which exactly affects more on the sound of the guitar? is it the guitar body? or the string? How much the sound improves if I use good string on an old guitar? I know it really depends on the ...
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Is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music?

Generally speaking is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music? E.g. Will the fingerpicking folk player choose one gauge and the rock lead guitarist another gauge, how about the ...
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Difficulty tuning in Drop D

I went to a guitar shop yesterday to buy a new set of strings and had them replace my old ones. The guitar sounds fine like the usual eadgbe sound but when I tried tuning it to drop D using a guitar ...
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I use 12s on my acoustic guitars how do I get the B string volume to sound near to the other strings? [closed]

I always find that the B string volume is louder then the other 5 strings or should I say more poignant.
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How do I change the strings on a double bass?

I have seen my double bass teacher change strings a few times, but I have a set of solo strings that I would like to learn how to put on by myself. I haven't been able to find much clear advice on the ...
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1answer
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Steel-string parlor guitar - effect on tuning stability when changing string gauge?

I have an acoustic guitar that's currently strung with .012 gauge strings. I'd like to change that to lighter strings (around .010) and lower the action a bit. (This is my secondary acoustic, and I'd ...
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What string gauge should I use for my 7th string on a guitar

As per this question, I bought myself a very nice Ibanez 7 string which I have tuned as A-D-A-D-G-B-E (giving a very nice fat sound which works with the kind of music the band plays) I didn't think ...
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Can I split guitar string gauges?

I want to know if I can split guitar string gauges, ie. using 12s on the bottom and 10s on the top, both for standard and drop tunings.
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Should I get my guitar re-set up when changing string brands, but not gauges?

So I've recently purchased an electric guitar, and I've been playing contentedly with it. However, I decided the factory strings were due for a change, so I had the guitar set up with strings of a ...
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How does the angle of strings above the headstock affect tone and stability?

The situation: I'm about to widen the slots in a new nut for a 12-string guitar. I'm using .015 strings (up from .011 or so), and tuning the guitar down significantly; my test-run with .014 strings ...
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How do I know what size guitar strings I need?

I'm about to buy strings and begin playing my acoustic guitar, but I don't know if there are different sizes of strings.
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Correct process for replacing guitar strings

The steps I follow whenever I'm replacing guitar strings come from a diverse set of advices that I got in person, online or whatever, and I never asked any professional about them. I do it like this: ...
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String configuration on a bass guitar

Having swapped my 4 string bass about 12 years ago,for a 5 string, I'd never go back. Lots of players love them, but some hate them. The advantage for me is having an extra low string, not necessarily ...
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What is the minimum break angle for strings on a guitar?

If I am correct, the reason for string trees on certain guitars are because the strings must be at a certain angle (the break angle) to the nut/saddle. Does anyone know what this exact angle is? And ...
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Softer strings?

I have picked up ukulele and have realized that the softer strings have helped me get used to the harder guitar strings. I was wondering if they made softer strings for a normal sized acoustic guitar ...
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Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?

I'm considering using a 12-string guitar I don't play all that much as a testbed: Is it possible to restring an acoustic guitar as a baritone guitar, or even just string it so I can tune it down a few ...