Steel Strings on a Classical guitar?How to string a Classical guitar

Some one asked me if it's ok to put steel strings on a classical guitar.Actually he said that the guitar has been already stringed using steel strings and he is not sure whether it's a classical guitar or not.My answer to this question is a big NO.

Never ever use steel strings on a calssical guitar.It will spoil your guitar.Steel strings need relatively high tension to sound in tune.Classical guitars are not made to meet that tension.So if a classical guitar is stringed and tuned to standard pitch using steel strings guitar neck will warp in no time.

First you need to understand what is your guitar type.Classical guitar is characterized by the round sound hole, nylon or gut strings, and a rather wide neck. strings, and a rather wide neck. 
You can read more about guitar types here.

Another myth about classical guitar strings is that the treble strings are nylon and bass strings are steel.No it's not.



The three treble guitar strings are plain gut, while the three bass strings are made of a silk thread core wound with gut.

Now let's learn how to string a classical guitar.First you should know how to unstring.

  • Loosen the string by turning the tuning peg.

  • Then at the bridge push the string back into the hole a little, this will loosen the "knot" enough to  unknot and pull the string out of the hole.

  • Then feed the string around the peg loop by loop until the last hoop which is inserted through the hole in  the peg is available, push the string out of the loop, then pull the loop out of the hole.

Stringing your classical guitar

  • When changing the strings on a classical guitar it is best to change one string at a time. It is not good for    the neck of the guitar to have a sudden release of tension and then to have it applied forcefully later. This can lead to distortion of the neck and permanent damage.


  • Bend about an inch of string at one end to form an open loop, push that through the peg hole, wrap the other end of the string around the peg and through the loop, then pass it down the guitar body to the bridge and into the hole there.

  •  Loop back to the neck (about two or three inches) and twist back around the string, then you can put two or three twists in which should end up on top of the bridge, pull the string from the middle of the guitar to draw the twists taut.

  • Then wind the peg to tighten the string. You should take it easy when tuning up for the first time to give the string time to "settle in", you may also find that the string may go out of tune easily for a day or two as it beds in.