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Silk & Steel - or - Folk Nylon strings?

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by rhh7, Jul 3, 2009.

  1. rhh7

    rhh7 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    69
    Mar 14, 2008
    Calgary, Canada
    I am just getting into serious practice on my acoustic, a Simon & Patrick parlor guitar.

    I am trying to practice regularly and build up my fingers, but I find the regular acoustic strings very painful. Since my guitar is such a small body, I had the idea that it might be okay for me to use classical guitar type strings.

    What are the pros and cons of the Silk & Steel vs. Folk Nylon. I am strictly interested in comfort and ease of play at this time, rather than volume.

    Thanks a million!
     

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  2. jefrs

    jefrs Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 20, 2007
    Newbury, England
    Beginners should always start on thick nylon but nylon are quite plunky, silk and steel are brighter. Any of the manouche gypsy-jazz strings or argentines, which are lighter than normal acoustic sets. Try regular classical strings, alternatively the Thomastik Classic-S which are steel rope.
     
  3. johnnykf

    johnnykf Tele-Holic

    Age:
    60
    652
    Jan 4, 2006
    Twin Peaks. NY
    I like the folk nylons on an old Harmony student classical I have in the parlor.
     
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  5. rhh7

    rhh7 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    69
    Mar 14, 2008
    Calgary, Canada
    Well I dropped my guitar off this morning for a free setup. I am having the Folk Nylon strings put on. Later, when my fingers are stronger, and my callouses are developed, I will go to the Silk & Steel.

    Thanks!
     
  6. rhh7

    rhh7 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    69
    Mar 14, 2008
    Calgary, Canada
    My guitar tech persuaded me to put on medium, 13-56 strings. Am I ever glad! The intonation is perfect, it sounds great, and my fingers are doing just fine!!
     
  7. zombywoof

    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

    I like the Newtone Heritage strings which have reduced and more equalized tension than steel strings but more ooomph than the silk and steel.
     
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