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Argentine tension compared with classical nylon strings

Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others

I recently bought a nylon D hole made by Jean Louis Alves de Puga. Just a thought, but how close are hard tension nylon strings to Argentine 10s? I don't want to cause any excess stress on the neck and the bridge, but I'm curious to know what it would sound like with argentines on. It's a great guitar and I love playing all sorts on it!

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  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited February 27 Posts: 833

    Try Thomastik Infeld KR 110, I put them on that old Höfner classical guitar.They do not cause any neck issue and sound quite right: https://youtu.be/ljLxAcfwpIQ.


    Edit: I am a bit confused now. I was quite sure about the strings. In the Video I wrote "KR 110", and those surely were 0.10 roundwounds, but I do not find them on the Thomastik website. Only the 0.10 flatwounds KF 110 mentioned above. Thomann sells KR 116, but never in my life I had played the tune on a set of 0.16 strings.

    Jangle_Jamie
  • guitarmikeguitarmike Montreal, Quebec✭✭ Old French Gypsy Guitar
    Posts: 112

    I once had a J.P. Favino nylon string Gypsy Guitar about 10 years ago.

    I was just as curious as you. So I send a message to JP Favino asking him If it would be à good idea to try on a set of .010 Argentine on it. He strongly suggest that I should not.

    But Hey ! It’s only me.

    Jangle_Jamie
  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 201

    Are those Thomastik strings noticeably lower tension than Argentines Willie? As Guitarmike says, it's not something I would unless I was absolutely sure I wasn't doing any harm. I often see classical guitars in junk/antique shops strung up with steel strings, and they almost always have terribly warped necks or bridges about to ping off!

  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 201

    Hofner sounds great by the way Willie!!!

    Willie
  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 833

    I think the Thomastik Infeld strings are made for having a steel sound on a nylon string guitar. The tension in any case is lower.

    Jangle_Jamie
  • pdgpdg ✭✭
    Posts: 470

    Another possibility is silk & steel, though those usually substitute for regular steel strings.

    Jangle_Jamie
  • Jangle_JamieJangle_Jamie Scottish HighlandsNew De Rijk, some Gitanes and quite a few others
    Posts: 201

    Ok, I've gone for the flat wound KF110 set. £28! That's by far the most I've spent on strings (apart from my very posh tape wound Rotosound bass strings)

    Willie
  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 833

    Yes, that's expensive, but they seem to sound good rather long.

  • Posts: 4,777

    If you start spending money on strings instead of guitars you'll make your wife very happy.

    billyshakesJangle_Jamie
    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc et.al. // Guitars: Gerome, Caponnetto, Napoli, Musicalia, Bucolo, Sanchez et. al.
    Posts: 601

    those KR 110 might be the answer to my steel-strings-on-an-acoustic question I was asking re. the rhythm guitar in Portuguese Fado

    Jangle_Jamie
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