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guitar with no bridge

This is the guitar. It has no pins on the bridge. Does that mean it will work if I put nylon strings on it instead of steel strings?

  • @Aq145 You should rewrite the question to be more specific, as questions about specific equipment recommendations are not within this stack exchange as noted by Todd Wilcox. Just to put you at ease, these are generally okay for beginners. – Ambluj Dec 28 '17 at 20:09
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Guitars that are made to use steel core strings (bronze or nickel wound) are made differently than guitars made for nylon (or gut) strings. The steel string guitars have a different and stiffer bracing made to hold the higher tension of the steel strings.

If you try to put nylon strings on a steel string guitar, your action will likely be too low and the strings will not play well. The nut slots of your guitar will also not match the gauges of the nylon strings and you may have an issue with the thick high nylon strings not sitting in the slots for thin steel strings.

If you want a softer playing action closer to nylon strings, there are a few manufacturers that make a "nylon like" string made for steel string guitars. One example is the "Silk and Steel" set from D'Addario, which has a softer feel and a warmer sound than standard steel sets.

If you do want to try the nylon strings, you can tie a barrel knot or other thick knot in the end of the strings in the place of the ball.

Because of the construction of the guitar for higher tension steel strings, your tone and volume will be lesser with the nylon strings if you do get the action and nut gauge difference sorted out.

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You need to do knots. My personal preference is two knots on the lower strings and three on the higher strings

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Besides that, are you really trying to put nylon strings on a steel stringed guitar? Different instruments are designed for different neck tension, and you might even damage your guitar.

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    That's assuming it has an adjustable truss-rod, otherwise the neck will pull the strings flat to the fingerboard in a week :/ – Tetsujin Dec 27 '17 at 18:50
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    I am not sure if that's your own instrument, but as a matter of instrument health I would not tuck the string ends under each other (e string under a string, etc.) This makes destringing take longer, and also means that you have to remove all of the tension on the neck. – Ambluj Dec 28 '17 at 2:08
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    @AndreMesquita it releases all of the tension on the neck which means that it will take much longer for the strings to "normalize" and hold tune. You would also only want to remove one string at a time on a violin/cello/viola, but that is because their sound post or possibly their bridge would collapse – Ambluj Dec 28 '17 at 19:38
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You probably wont seriously damage the guitar and you probably wont be happy either, that's why folks don't do it very often.

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