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bonefamily - Posted - 03/04/2018:  04:12:14


Hello everyone. After taking a bit of a break from a hand injury, I am back at playing. Since, I have acquired a nice little Martin LX1 (solid spruce / hpl). Due to the injury I have been playing on a nylon string folk guitar, still flat picking though (heck, if Willie can do it it must be ok :)) as the nylon strings felt much better on these aging hands. Anyway, I have actually grown quite fond of the nylon string sound and feel. I only flat pick solo play, and I play mostly Celtic tunes with some early renaissance tunes in the mix.

My question is, I am wanting to soften the feel and tone of this little Martin and I'm thinking of silk and steel strings. I am also thinking of replacing the steel high e and b strings with a hard tension nylon - perhaps Aquila Nylgut as they seem to have a stronger tension that standard nylon. Do you think there would be a noticeable difference in volume between the silk and steel wound strings and the nylon / nylgut trebles? Originally I was just thinking about getting some LaBella all nylon Folksinger strings but thought the overall tension might be too light to drive the guitar's top. Your thoughts? Thanks!

beegee - Posted - 03/09/2018:  10:07:46


I'd use some extra-lights and make sure the action is correctly adjusted.

Jim Yates - Posted - 03/13/2018:  06:22:46


The silk & Steel will drive the top and be easier on your hands, but they seem to go dead a lot faster than regular strings.

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