5/8/08

Switching from Nylon Strings to Steel

What if you're a classical guitarist wanting steel strings with a wide neck? 
The best way to go with that is the Takamine F-312s, which is out of 
production. It's not cheap either, but well worth the price. Actually, once 
a person owns this guitar, it's unlikely that they would ever sell it. You can't 
go wrong with that guitar and well worth the effort to shop around for it, 
including using eBay.   The old Martin 0-16, which the F312s copies, cost 
a minimum upwards of 2 grand.  It's essentially a classical guitar made for 
steel strings. 

But what if you want a big bodied guitar or even an electric guitar with a 
wide neck?  They don't make 'em. 

Or do they? I experimented by stringing only 6 strings on an old, cheap
Guild 12 string guitar. It panned out to be a successful procedure yielding 
a wide neck guitar with steel strings, and 2 frets above the body more 
than a classical guitar. On this particular guitar, the tuning keys were rather 
cheap, so I removed them and installed 6 Martin tuning keys. This slight
modification can also be done on electric guitars. 

1 comment:

Nia said...

People should read this.