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Thread #50347   Message #763400
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
11-Aug-02 - 12:15 PM
Thread Name: Nylon strings on a Martin 00016
Subject: RE: Nylon strings on a Martin 00016
I tried a set of Martin ball-end nylons on one of my steel-string guitars and was totally unimpressed. The wound strings sounded okay, but the nylon unwound strings sounded dull and had no volume. I guess steel-string bracing patterns make the top too stiff to respond to the nylon strings.

Extra-hard tension strings might help. You can't get them in ball-end, but you can just tie a knot in the end.

I use silk-and-steel strings on my 0015 Martin. They're a nice compromise between regular and nylon strings. Have you tried them? I think they're almost as comfortable to play as nylon.