I have an old Hohoner HG-13 which I would like to buy a new set of strings. One thing I saw on the subject was guitars which use vinyl you can't use metal, this one has seems to have 3 and 3. I have no idea if they are the original strings or not. If someone can give me some direction I would appreciate it.

P.S. This for for self-teaching home use. Also, I am currently leaning to a low gauge set. Thanks, Aba

  • You most likely have 3 nylon (rather than vinyl), and the others atr nylon with metal winding around it. So, really, all nylon. It's better that they get replaced like for like, so don't go for steel, but get another classical guitar set of strings. However, Hohner did market this as an acoustic, and some one might have put nylon strings on for easy playing.
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 16, 2017 at 18:03
  • @Tim According to this source guitarcenter.com/Used/Hohner/HG13-Classical-Acoustic-Guitar.gc I would say this standard classical guitar
    – teodozjan
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 9:54
  • @teodozjan - looking at the pic, with the machine heads and bridge, you're correct. Not good for anything except nylon classical strings!
    – Tim
    Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 10:17

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This was more than likely sold as purely a classical guitar. The strings should all be nylon. The 3 lower ones ought to be nylon with a winding of soft metal. That's the only set to use safely on this guitar. The machine heads are the kind that won't stand the strain of steel strings. The bridge is glued to the body - same story; and the neck would probably bow too much, and not be adjustable too.


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