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Is this guitar steel string or nylon?

haii, i have this guitar thats quite old and im not quite sure whether to put steel strings on it. there were very thin badly worn steel strings on it when i got it, so i think its an acoustic


That's a very low-end Kay, maybe from the 60's or 70's. It has a weird mixture of steel-string and classical features that you often see in cheap imports from around that time, maybe because the factory didn't want to stock different parts for different lines. The tuners (one of which is missing) are made for steel strings. They will work with nylon but not well. The bridge is a generally classical type but appears to be bolted on and seems to have some compensation carved into the saddle, which indicates it may have been intended for steel strings. Probably it's ladder braced, which is not a great design for either type. It has a classical rosette and a steel-string pickguard. I am guessing the neck has steel reinforcement but unless there's a sticker there's no way to tell. Personally I'd put light or (preferably) extra-light steel strings on it. The short scale length will help keep the tension down. I'd keep an eye on the neck though. You could also try silk steel to be on the safe side, but the bass response will probably be lacking.
Sep 27, 2017
if you can get a good picture of the bridge i can tell for sure i thing steel
Sep 27, 2017

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