Nylon-String Guitars



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Yeah, I have a number of guitars, but love nylon. Have a 1975 Ovation and a 1974 Gioninni from Brazil. Nylon is what I learned to play on, and one would probably be my desert island guitar. I really love Brazilian music and jazz. I recently bought a Godin 5th Avenue that I am really enjoying, it's very nice, but there is something about the warm sound of an unamplified nylon guitar...seems introspective or the voicing in my head.


Reply posted 1 year ago by Christopher Curtis


I use a nylon for fingerstyle including classical; Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed country; blues; and Beatles tunes. It gives a warmth to the sound that you don't get from steel. Another benefit is string spacing is usually larger than steel 1.875 - 2" neck vs. 1.75" for typical steel.
Look at Richard Smith doing his Jerry Reed Medley or Hiroshi Masuda doing Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel tunes on You Tube, you'll get a flavor.


Reply posted 1 year ago by George Ferrio


David Marchant

My love affair with nylon strings began 43 years ago when I bought my first entry level Yamaha classical to take beginning classical guitar in college. I still have that guitar today and though I have added to it with an Ovation, another higher end Yamaha and a cutaway Taylor, I still love my old G120. Like most of the above folks, I play it fingerstyle in a number of genres: Brazilian, classical, folk, jazz unless I'm doing my Willie Nelson impersonation when I use a flatpick and play it hard.


Reply posted 1 year ago by David Marchant


I have 2 nylon string guitars. I enjoy playing one in particular, but I have a problem. after I put new strings on it, it takes weeks before it will stay in tune. I put a small book under the strings to help stretch them, but even that doesn't work. I have youtubed it trying to find the answer, but no luck. do you have any suggestions? thnx.


Reply posted 1 year ago by dan sherman


I have two Alvarez YAIRI and Guild nylon models. I have gotten to enjoy nylon so much that the one guitar I keep by my desk, and thus play the most often, is a nylon model.
As a senior citizen, nylon is much easier to play considering arthritis issues. I still enjoy hearing a nice steel string, but day-to-day, I'm sold on nylon.


Reply posted 1 year ago by Dick Johnson



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