Classical Nylon string vs Steel String Acoustic - whats the difference?
Author: Raul-Alvarez Date Posted:22 September 2012
This is a question that we get asked a lot, and is a very common question around the world...
"What is the difference between a Nylon String and a steel String guitar? I am a beginner and I don't understand!"
To start, the difference in tonality between classical or flamenco (nylon strings) guitars and that of a steel string acoustic guitar exists solely for the application that they are going to be used for. If you play a song on either nylon strings or steel string, the song always remains the same, but it is its 'voice' that's different.
"What does that all mean, as I am a beginner?!"
"Are they, Nylon string classical/Spanish guitars and Steel string guitars both acoustic guitars?"
They are both acoustic guitars because they both produce acoustic sound wave energy by strings resonating the the hollow body chamber and therefore don't not need an amplifier. As opposed to a 'Solid body' guitar (Electric Guitars) which doesn't resonate acoustically sufficiently to be heard and so require electronics and amplification to be heard.