What are the Differences Between Classical and Steel-String Guitars?

Classical guitars have three plain nylon strings (E-1, B-2, G-3) and three made from nylon filaments (threads) with metal windings wrapped around them (D-4, A-5, E-6). Steel string guitars usually have two strings made of plain steel (E-1, B-2) and four with a steel core wrapped with metal metal windings (G-3, D-4, A-5, E-6).

The tension or tightness of steel strings is considerably greater than of nylon, and thus, they can be hard to play for new beginners. At best, steel-string guitars usually delay the point where these students can play the instrument comfortably and fluently. In this respect, our view is to eliminate as many barriers as possible to achieving musical satisfaction in the early stages of lessons. Otherwise, many students quit before their guitar talent is evident, or before enjoyment is consistently experienced.

Therefore, we strongly suggest a classical guitar for a new beginner.

In addition, if a beginner who needs a child-sized guitar uses a classical, it allows them to produce a sweet, beautiful tone with minimal effort. In contrast, steel-string guitars in child sizes usually have a thin, wiry sound that’s hard on the ears.

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