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The guitar was developed in Spain around the same time as the mandola family in northern Italy. Both evolved from the lute which entered Europe via the court of Palermo. There were and have been many variations of number of strings and string gauges in both families ever since. Attributing "invention" to an alternate tuning or alternately-strung instrument ...


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If the action isn't so high that the string is being stretched to too sharp, it's most likely the bridge or its saddles are too close to the nut. It may not be an adjustable bridge, in which case there's little you can do. Sounds like it needs moving 2 or 3 mm back, which may well be impossible.


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Higher action allows you to pick harder without getting fret buzz (or so much fret buzz). This includes not only the obvious fret buzz that persists through the sustain of the sound, but also short-duration fret buzz that affects the attack. As such, higher action often gives a 'cleaner' attack, and may allow you to play with more dynamic variation. This is ...


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Yes, my Alvarez Yairi does not have a truss rod, and I've used Savarez 520J high tension strings for decades without a problem. My teacher, Irvin Kauffman, recommended these strings and played for the Pittsburgh Symphony.


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Yes, most properly-built classical guitars should handle standard high-tension strings without problem.


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I'm going to speak to a different point than others have made. The strings on a guitar are only a fraction of what combines to give a guitar its tone and character. Steel strings require a much more rigid guitar body and neck and the lower tension of nylon strings cannot be expected to activate resonances and tone in the same way that steel strings and ...


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IME you can put nylon strings on a steel string guitar, but not the other way 'round. I have a 68 Yamaha with a bulged top from the tension of steel strings. I put on high-tension ball-end nylon strings and didn't have to change truss rod or action. It's rejuvenated the old guitar, and it sounds great. One advantage is that the smaller tuners on a steel ...


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A few things come to mind. Easy remedies on installing strings and concerns of breakage: First, agreeing with the above comment to 'grease' the nut groove near the scroll with a pencil (lubricating it). Also, make sure that the groove is wide enough (often not) and that it will not pinch the string just as one that is not properly lubricated. When using a ...


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