Nylon Strings on a steel strung guitar
Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:13 AM
I was thinking about maybe stringing with nylon to let me build up the calluses. I realize this may be a heresy AND impractical, but is there any reason not to do it? The W300 is still a sweet sounding box and I would like to get back to it.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:58 AM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:11 AM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 02:21 AM
You know, I found that although the 4,5,6 th strings are pleasant to the fingers, I think that the 1,2,and 3rd on nylon are not due to their thickness alone. Just my opinion perhaps.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 04:34 AM
What about picking up an inexpensive classical guitar, like one of the Chinese ones that seem to pop up in every discount store for about the price of a carton of beer. I've tried a few of these and some of them are quite playable, even if the sound is a bit flat. Or a second hand student guitar, like a Yamaha, generally can be found hardly used because the kid who had it didn't stay interested for long.
Then you'll still have your good guitar and one to exercise your fingers. Just a thought.
Let us know how you go.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:12 AM
Karcey's suggestion is a good one. Sorry, but I think you will have to bite the bullet and stick it out to build up your calluses. It doesn't really take that long.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:14 AM
To help me I use light strings and tune the guitar down one full step.
It really does make it easier for me.
If I have to play along with a tune I just capo it on the 2nd fret.
It may not be correct to do so but it has helped me a lot.
Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:04 PM
I think I'll try gasbag's suggestion and get a set of the lightest strings I can find in town and "down" tune the strings.
Gasbag, fortunately (guitar wise) my fingers/wrists are still flexible. It's my damn neck that has the arthritus. (Oh, well!)
This looks like a good place to visit for advice.
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