Nylon-String Guitars



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D. Young

Like a lot of the responders here, I play almost anything on my nylon stringer -- ragtime, blues, semi-jazz, bossa nova, fingerstyle arrangements of pop songs....you name it, I'll play it on the Estrella I have (great low-cost guitar, btw).

My first guitar (that was really mine, anyway) was a Mexican guitar made in 1948 that I bought out of a guy's garage for $6 (ca. 1966?) and had almost 30 years until our house was hit and all 5 of my guitars were stolen. Wish I still had it... But, life goes on, new guitars and new memories, many of which have been formed on nylon strings. Just grab and play!


Reply posted 10 months ago by D. Young


Patrick Degreve

I am new to this group. I am returning to playing after a 40 year span raising a family, working 60 hrs a week, serving on the board of my union, and trying to be Super Dad. Four years ago I started building guitars as a hobby,(I love it). I have built both steel and nylon string guitars, and I enjoy playing both very much. I still have my first guitar, a Wilson and Sons nylon string classical I bought in 1966 ( its was very cheap in '66, but has a great tone). I love it. I just built an all pine nylon string "travel guitar" that I am having fun with. Last year I built a 3/4 size nylon string classical that I have been playing as well. I have also built Steel string OMs, Jumbos, Dreadnoughts,and travel guitars that i play as well depending what mood I am in. But I tend to pull out the classicals most often. It was hard getting back into playing at first, but I am beginning to feel comfortable on the fretboard, and having a great time.


Reply posted 9 months ago by Patrick Degreve


I recently sold my Martin 00028-VS, a great steel string, but I didn't play it. I had become a 100% nylon player. While I'm brushing up a few of my old classical pieces, mostly I play fingerstyle music of varying genres. My two main guitars are Paul McGill's and I really love them. So much great tone, and more volume than many steel strings. One is a 665 mm and the other a 655 scale length. Both handle DADGAD and slack key turnings better than my steel strings hane. I also have the Godin with the Fishman electronics in it, and get a kick out of the fact that it looks like the Fender electric I played in my teenager hood.


Reply posted 9 months ago by Al Norton


I bang around on an Oscar Schmidt OC11 that I received a few years ago as a gift. I like to play just about everything on it from power chords to quiet finger style things. Love the sound of it. I've owned a few nylon strings, but for awhile I didn't appreciate the sound of them.


Reply posted 9 months ago by Michael Jackson


Matt Richards

I've been using a LaPatrie Cutaway Classical (made by Godin) for about two and a half years. I originally wanted to acquire a Multiac nylon-string but Godin was out of stock(!) following their annual summer break. I did most of my early acoustic playing and development on steel-strings, taking periodic sojourns to classical-style instruments. This guitar was originally intended for use in my duo with a flutist - it's my go-to acoustic (for now), for my jazz/Latin/original stylistic mix and will be in the studio with me in the next two weeks for my upcoming solo recording.


Reply posted 9 months ago by Matt Richards



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