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Nylon String vs Steel String Guitar! – Which One Should You buy?

October 15, 2019

hey guys it’s Darryl here welcome back to the channel for this week’s video we are going to be comparing a nylon string versus a steel string acoustic guitar now if you’re looking to purchase your first guitar or perhaps you’ve been playing electric guitar for three or four years and you want something different or you’re a parent or grandparent looking to buy a guitar for your kids you’ve come to the right place so what we’re going to do is just take a brief walkthrough of the instruments to talk about the differences and how they feel to play and then we’re going to do some playing examples one of the biggest differences between these guitars is the string spacing or the nut width on classical instruments you have a wide spacing so as a new player it’s actually really great because as you play either single notes or chords you just have a little bit more room for your right hand and for your left hand to make your chord shapes or your notes without accidentally hitting other strings so if you’re learning a D chord oftentimes new players have a hard time getting that first string to ring because your fingers are touching it or if you’re playing a C getting the third string to ring through all your fingers is very difficult and on a classical instrument because you have more spacing and more room it becomes easier for the new player so that’s one of the big advantages I guess one of the downsides to the spacing is when you’re making three string or three fret chords rather like a D minor an F or that C it’s a little trickier because you have to reach out plus you have to reach a little higher so it’s kind of got its advantages and disadvantages but generally I think for the new player the width is an advantage overall another advantage to this design is the nylon strings are under less tension than a steel string guitar so the notes are easier to press down and that goes for Barre chords especially you know they can they can be quite tricky and require a lot of pressure on a steel string on a classical instrument they’re quite a bit easier to play and the diameter of the strings themselves they don’t kind of cut into your fingertips the same way as a really thin light steel string does you’ll still have to build up calluses obviously but because the surface area is a little bit greater on the nylon and the tensions a little less it’s a little bit easier to play at first all right so let’s take a listen to these guitars what we’re going to do is play them back-to-back in three different genres so you guys can really get a feel of yeah the tonal differences between these two instruments and then we’re going to play them in a mix so I’m just going to do a little bit of soloing all right enjoy you you you you you some final thoughts on these guitars I think if you’re looking for a guitar that’s versatile something that can play pop rock blues bluegrass country whatever genre you’re into the steel string guitar is going to be a little bit more versatile so if you just have some fun saved up for one guitar that’s probably the way to go now if you just like the mellow tone of the nylon strings I know I do or if you’re into classical music or you want to learn flamenco or something like that yeah the nylon string produces a really wonderful tone and I think for the new player it is easier to learn on initially but you will lose some versatility thanks so much for watching you guys I hope you enjoyed this video please subscribe to the channel if you haven’t done so already and like the video that helps me out a ton and we’ll see you guys next week take care


  • Reply Said W NL September 16, 2019 at 12:33 am

    La música de fondo porfa, me relaja mucho ~_~

  • Reply Guitarpangolin September 16, 2019 at 5:32 am

    So you are saying that i need skill to sound good in both.

  • Reply Rahul Dev Lenka September 17, 2019 at 11:38 am

    5:04 name?

  • Reply theadore100 September 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Nice video and I like your pup behind the glass door 😁😁

  • Reply Rafael Vázquez September 17, 2019 at 4:27 pm

    Loved the "Flatpicking" chords, which ones where they?

  • Reply Victor Huggo September 18, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Nylon is better

  • Reply Marcus Thomas September 18, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Playing Spanish Romance on a steel guitar is like when you use a spoon to open a can of paint.

  • Reply Rubén Hernández September 19, 2019 at 4:25 am

    thanks a lot!!! great master class!!!
    regards. from Buenos Aires.

  • Reply Tahir Qureshi September 19, 2019 at 4:27 am

    What am I doing hear when I don't even know how to hold a guitar? 😅

  • Reply #Nukhoe //Hanis September 19, 2019 at 9:03 am

    I play trumpet and trombone, keen to play guitar for times when my lips are tired and I still have a bit of time to make music, but I’m worried splitting time could not yield results for any mastery.

  • Reply WinterFuzz DivisoN September 19, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Playing nylon string guitar for me basically feels like playing a guitar with a solid Noise Gate..

  • Reply S A N S September 19, 2019 at 1:43 pm

    Can they not just design a guitar that can handle the pressure of steel strings and if you put nylon it would sound good as well. And obviously you would be ably to change them easily.

  • Reply crazyeYesgaming September 19, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    A great guitar player insisted I start learning on steel string saying if I could play on that electric guitar will be butter. I think he was right. If you really want to work out your muscle memory and your up for the challenge start with the steel string.

  • Reply Big Space September 20, 2019 at 1:25 am

    I like Nylon sound

  • Reply WuzNab September 20, 2019 at 5:56 am

    The pain is temporary, but the music is forever.

  • Reply Mannie de Leon September 20, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    if this is how you play, no matter what strings you use will sound awesome

  • Reply WB . Music September 20, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Steel strings got me like :"My fingers are telling me nooo, but my ears are my ears are telling me yesss." 😂👂

  • Reply Bernardo Cutamora September 21, 2019 at 6:30 am

    If you love flamengco music, use nylon. But if you love folk music, use steel. But for me i love both nylon and steel.

  • Reply xᴅ xᴅ sᴘᴀʀᴋɪᴇ September 21, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Stell hurts but, worth it.

  • Reply Adolfo Garza Chaires September 22, 2019 at 6:21 am

    I personally like both, and my fingers don't hurt while playing steel strings

  • Reply Abhay Singh September 22, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I fell in love with music you are playing in last

  • Reply J4ckD4n13lds97 September 22, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Por que el titulo sale en español pero el video es en ingles?

  • Reply MC FEK September 23, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Nylon for fingerpicking steel for strumming

  • Reply Julian Cris Ortiz September 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    It depends on how you are comfortable with the guitar

  • Reply Richard Fox September 23, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you, thank you for this video, which I show to my students who are thinking about guitar as an instrument . . . they all end up playing trumpet (only joking).

  • Reply Baltpit 243 September 24, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Steel is too shiny for me

  • Reply nightowl2244 September 24, 2019 at 6:34 am

    I like the sound of a classical guitar. I'm going to buy one.

  • Reply Rachel Lel September 24, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Well I got steel strings as my first guitar
    The pain of playing it was unimaginable
    But the result of my skills today is fruitful

  • Reply Jan D. September 24, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Steel is supereior soundwhise. but what is the song at 4:08

  • Reply Anakin Shark Suerink September 25, 2019 at 2:43 am

    Can we all just appreciate how beautiful that sounds?

  • Reply Crantrex September 25, 2019 at 5:07 am

    I think the best nylon strings guitar song is blackbird

  • Reply Hillz Mang September 25, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Buy both

  • Reply محمود صلاح الدين September 25, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Beautiful and wonderful video and more than useful, I want to buy the first guitar and you helped me a lot to choose the right guitar, thank you.

  • Reply Rafael Valderrama September 26, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Whats the Name of the song he plays on minute 5:07

  • Reply xYottaByte Gaming September 26, 2019 at 4:18 am

    My mind is telling me "Steel"!
    But my fingers, my finger's telling me nylon!

  • Reply mralex070 September 26, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Solo sounds better with nylon. I always found it harder on my Nylon to learn as frets so far apart and I didn't like the gaps. But i do occasionally get my fingers in the way with hammer ons on accoustic.

  • Reply Dalphy September 27, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    the answer is a classical hybrid

  • Reply Austin Chan September 27, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    If the pain is turning you away from acoustic, my tip to you is find a song you really love and try learning it. I was so into that sing that I practiced 4-5 hours a day and in only 1 week of pain my fingers got a nice set of calluses that the pain was barely noticeable anymore. Also after starting to get the hang of the song where I could memorize it, I started watching YouTube and movies while playing the song to distract myself from the pain and it worked really well.

  • Reply J. mZagf Anonimo September 27, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    When i play fingerstyle, Nylon strings sound much better, but for another song i prefer the steel strings.

  • Reply lucas rf September 27, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    It depends on what music you want to play. If yoy just want to play rock and pop songs, use steel. But, if you like many different genres as latin american folklore, classic music, flamenco, and also rock and pop, use nylon.

  • Reply Samuel Morris September 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    I have been playing a steel string for 3 years. It does hurt after a while
    But definitely worth it

  • Reply Master Pearl Gamimg September 27, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Well nylon is mostly played on classic guitar while steel is one acoustic or electric

  • Reply XxEnderAwesomexX September 28, 2019 at 1:00 am

    I have both..

  • Reply Mahath Mangal September 28, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I think I am more of a man of steel myself

  • Reply Chandelier Frost September 28, 2019 at 5:13 am

    I’d go with steel string when its strumming.Fingerstyling is more of a nylon string because of how peaceful the tune is.

  • Reply Amke September 28, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    3:57 what song is this

  • Reply Y tu mama tambien September 28, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve had to change the strings on my electric guitars many times over the course of 2 years, and then there’s this acoustic guitar we have with nylon strings. My sister got it for Christmas around 8 years ago and it still has the same damn nylon unbreakable stings.

  • Reply Dag Bakka September 28, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    What is the song in the beginning

  • Reply Shuffler September 29, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Steel. It doesnt hurt that bad.

  • Reply NELSON넬손 에리논 September 29, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    steel is great in the stage when you singing alone and steel is variety… nylon is for classical who likes to play classic song nylon have limit unlike steel… thats my opinion

  • Reply Playnyx Gaming September 29, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    3:56 that does sound good but it doesnt have the same feel to the melody as the nylon one does

  • Reply De La Meme September 30, 2019 at 12:03 am

    doggo in the background at 7:10 oh my heart

  • Reply MR dabdidoo September 30, 2019 at 2:50 am

    People that prefer Steel one:

    My hands! !! They are in blood… Nevermind it sounds better

  • Reply John M September 30, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Good song, not enough classical nowadays.

  • Reply Lê Quân September 30, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    My teacher and one old man on the street – both had had 30+ years of playing – told that the nylon string sound are actually standard. It is suitable for beginners, yes, but it’s also for world-class. Steel works super well for modern pop music, or just really stylistic plays, or heated campfires. Nylon works well for classical performance, fingerstyle, chilled campfires. It’s really
    up to the kind of music you’re playing.

    Personally, I like the nylon more, warm and smooth sound, jazz and swing and bossonova, sound really harmonic on the nylon. I do get why people may love steel more but most importantly I appreciate that the guitar has this diverse genre choice.

  • Reply Ragnar Nielsen September 30, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Anyone know what song he was finger styling

  • Reply Oakship166 October 1, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Steal hurts but better sound

  • Reply fitri Sharif October 1, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Dat solo

  • Reply Skailbour October 1, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    What is the song in the beginning

  • Reply master kenfortress October 2, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    what is the name of the song at 3:16? Thanks

  • Reply NotAGod - October 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Steel for sure. They just sound more clean and the guitars look nicer

  • Reply Tangtangtang Eunha October 3, 2019 at 12:33 am

    I though playing guitar will hurt my hand. But they bought me nylon and they asked me are you hurt? I said doesnt feel anything.

  • Reply phonicwheel October 3, 2019 at 9:38 am

    They both sound equally good, but a completely different sound.

  • Reply Vinicius Demetrio October 3, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the video! Question: what model is that yamaha nylon guitar? Thanks again!

  • Reply momodery October 4, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Coming from someone who has really small hands, it is wayyyyy easier to play on a steel string guitar rather than nylon. The neck of classical guitars are wider so it’s harder to play certain chords. Still doable though

  • Reply TheJazzKing October 4, 2019 at 12:55 am

    I prefer steel

  • Reply Xetera October 4, 2019 at 3:09 am

    I have steel and my fingers feel like they are being cut each day but I love the sound of them

  • Reply DEE DOZA October 4, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Just get both they both are Just as good as the other

  • Reply Christopher Hinteregger October 4, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    GUYS a nylon spanish guitar sounds so beautiful

  • Reply Tanvir Kamal October 4, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    awesome! I loved the classical better!

  • Reply F B I HAH October 5, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Steel string may hurt, yes, but pains relative.

  • Reply Yesterday Music October 5, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Imagine playing John Mayer – Neon on classical guitar

  • Reply Amethyst Gacha October 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve been playing the ukulele for 4 years before I had got my guitar. So, my fingers were pretty much used to pressing down the string. My dad brought me a guitar, and I had no idea that there were different types of strings. My ukulele has nylon strings, and my guitar has steel strings. I felt pretty no pain, as my fingers have already gone hard for calluses. Of course there was some, but not much really. I really think that steel is better.

  • Reply Bathtub Barracuda October 5, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Gut strings sound the most tender.

  • Reply anomalous phenomenon October 5, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    spanish romance is illegal on a steel string

  • Reply Hoda Idelbi October 6, 2019 at 12:20 am

    All guitars use both Nylon and steel strings or some guitars use only nylon and the others only steel ?

    What does Pros use ?

  • Reply Pantsu Banana October 6, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Nylon sounds better overall and is smoother sounding.

  • Reply Tohma Seguchi October 6, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    I got biatch slapped by my steel guitar string… :((

  • Reply Bootus the Clown October 6, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I have always peferred nylon because the necks are so wide and my fingers are large.

  • Reply George Jensen October 7, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    This is like electric Vs acoustic or synth Vs acoustic for piano or whatever. It's just different. I prefer playing steel because I like to feel the strings but the difference is really negligible after a while.

  • Reply Tommy Maltipoo October 8, 2019 at 2:22 am

    What would SRV say? Anyone ?

  • Reply Sase Zezov October 8, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Can't wait to buy my first steel string acoustic guitar, still learning on a nylon cheap one..

  • Reply GOLEM October 8, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    i have nylon type guitar but with steel strings xD

  • Reply Twinz_Wraith15 YT October 8, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Damn I play that, it's called romance, it's so good

  • Reply visión Mecánica October 8, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Steel is a better

  • Reply Wave Shake October 9, 2019 at 4:35 am

    for strumming classical, for picking and lead acoustic

  • Reply Jenar Syahroni October 9, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    for newbie use nylon and if you pro you can use the string (if you want)

  • Reply Oscar Jesus Elias Lucero October 10, 2019 at 1:27 am

    The diference is not the nylon or steel.. The diference is the use and music style

  • Reply Gbremn Bremn October 10, 2019 at 9:50 am

    its easier to acheive higher speeds on a steel string guitar, in addition to being able to bend the strings more than a half tone. but sound-wise, given that one compare similar class (price/build-wise), I prefer the sound itself from a nylon string guitar.
    also, I dont understand why people always show those treetrunk necked classical guitars when talknig about nylon strings. there is such a thing as a crossover guitar, with slimmer neck, set up for high tension strings, that makes it a bit less different neck-wise, compared to a steel string guitar. in fact, furch (european stonebridge( make a very good crossover nylon guitar, that sounds an plays great. or the cordoba gk. or several alhambras.

  • Reply Acha Erlangga October 10, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Steel String all the way, but my finger still trying to bear that Nylon String. wish me luck

  • Reply CroX October 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    steel sound so rich and clear

  • Reply Noor Kabir Rashiq October 11, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    you are so polite, are you sure you are a guitarist? 😛

  • Reply mighty _quasar October 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Steel strings are better and sound great so steel is the way to go for me.

  • Reply Remy Lebeau October 11, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    spanish romance 😍

  • Reply Jim Camp October 11, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    I've seen acoustic guitars with hybrid strings, the fatter wound one's are steel and the skinnier strings are nylon. Are there acoustic guitars that are made for steel that can pull double duty as strung with nylon as an option ? The one's that are nylon only strings from the manufacturer, can they be strung with steel at any time ? I would think even acoustic electrics could also allow the flexibility of steel vs nylon if all one was doing was the acoustic aspect & not plugged in to an amp/PA system ?

  • Reply Porter Oliver October 12, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Did you see his thumb nail it looked like a velociraptor

  • Reply Doberman 123 October 13, 2019 at 9:39 am

    It sounds amazing when you mix them! First 3 strings steel the rest nylone

  • Reply Jelena Njezic October 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I've got a question. I have played violin for 3 years and of course you can't choose between nylon and steel when you work with that kind of instrument. So as a beginner can I just get a steel guitar? Beacuse my fingers are kind of used to having marks beacuse of strings.

  • Reply Cupcake Lover October 13, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I’m really haleine a difficult time choosing between nylon and steel. I like the sound of classic (nylon), but also like the design of acoustic (steel) ones. Helppppp what should I choose? I’m a beginner.

  • Reply udmbfck x October 14, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Hmm, I wonder what if you were to build a FRANKEN-Guitar….would it sound AWFUL?
    1) An acoustic guitar with the lowest action height possible. Of course the advantage of a wider neck. Yamaha CG122MSH
    2) Elixir Steel Strings , Extra Light (.010-.047)
    What would it sound like? Would it really be that much easier to play?

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