Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric?



Asked by: Sonia Mitchell

Can you put nylon strings on an electric?





However, if you ask can I put a nylon string on an electric guitar or not? The answer is no. Putting nylon strings on an electric guitar would be the worst thing any guitarist can do. Electric guitars are meant to play steel strings as they have magnetic pickups that only activate with steel strings.

Can I put nylon strings on an acoustic electric guitar?

Yes, you can put nylon strings on a steel-string acoustic guitar, but you will run into a number of issues, from tuning stability, to tension issues, to the lack of a ball end. Nylon and steel strings may not be as divergent as night and day, but they are sufficiently distinct.

What happens when you put nylon strings on an electric guitar?

Nylon strings contain no metal at all. So if you put a set on your electric guitar, they will not disturb the magnetic field around the pickups. If you strum something unplugged, you’ll probably hear some very slight acoustic sound. But if you try to play through an amplifier, you get no sound at all.

What happens if you put nylon strings on a steel string guitar?

When you put nylon strings on a steel string acoustic guitar you may experience some weirdness including: The high G, B, and E strings may be too thick for the nut slots. The strings may buzz excessively. The action may feel too low (usually goes hand-in-hand with buzzing).

Can you replace metal strings with nylon?





In fact, yes, you can… but you can’t use “traditional” Classical/nylon guitar strings if your steel-string acoustic is like most–where your ball-end acoustic strings are held in place with bridge pins… Classical guitar strings don’t have these ball ends, and have to be tied onto the bridge.

What happens if you put acoustic strings on an electric?

So the question is why does it sound like that why don't phosphor bronze strings sound just as good through an amp as nickel strings. Well the reason is because pickups work on magnetic output and

Are nylon strings easier to play than steel?

Yes, nylon strings are softer and more gently on players’ fingers, so beginners generally won’t have to worry about finger pain or developing the callouses that will help them practice pain-free.

Can you use a pick with nylon strings?

Yes, of course. A lot of people use a pick on a classical guitar. It’s just that traditional players will never use a pick and always play with their fingers. Nylon strings are much softer than steel strings and the attack is nothing like the latter, and pick makes them sound harsher than they’re meant to.

Are nylon guitar strings better than steel?

“A nylon string is more flexible and under less tension at pitch, giving it a slower attack and more mellow sound, while a steel string is under much greater tension providing a faster attack and brighter sound,” adds Córdoba head luthier Enns.



Can I play classical guitar on a steel string?

So while this article is clearly pro-classical guitar, is it okay to play on a steel string guitar? Absolutely. Play any type of guitar you wish! While some things might feel like they are different, enough is the same on both classical and acoustic guitar, that it’s worth diving into classical if the desire is there.

Do nylon strings rust?

Nylon strings last a lot longer because, unlike steel strings, they’re not going to rust and, since nylon is just plastic, they’re more durable and stretchy.

Does Martin make a nylon string guitar?

All Nazareth-made nylon guitars and custom produced nylon guitars are strung with Martin’s Magnifico™ premium classical strings. Unlike Martin’s standard classical strings, which have a ball-end, Magnifico™ classical strings will be offered only with the traditional tie-end.



How do you put nylon strings on a guitar with pegs?

By twisting the tuning peg okay that should be loose enough and then we take this end of the string. We just kind of push it back to the hole. Top that string out like that.

How do you attach nylon strings?

This side coming out the other side. You bring this short end underneath. The long end of the string.

Can you put silk and steel strings on a classical guitar?

Yes, classical guitars will be able to be strung with silk and steel strings, provided the classical bridge accepts them.

What damage will result from putting steel strings on a classical guitar?

NEVER PUT STEEL STRINGS ON A CLASSICAL GUITAR. Most nylon-strung guitars do not have truss-rods to protect their necks from the increased tension of steel strings, which means the neck on your guitar could warp.



What happens if you put acoustic strings on a classical guitar?

Yes you can just put steel strings on a classical guitar if you really want to. They will of course create some structural and playing issues though. The far greater string pressure on the classical guitar’s plastic machine-head winder barrels will probably crack some of them fairly quickly, but they will still work.