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Robb
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« on: May 06, 2004, 09:08:54 PM »

I have an Ibanez classical, Ive owned her for 5 yrs...anyone have any thoughts about putting light steel or silk and steel strings on her, will the neck or top take it ?  she's a cutaway AE 10 style....Robb
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2004, 11:29:59 PM »

Robb,

It's risky. A classical has very much lighter bracing that is usually oriented differently than a steel string. Steel strings are under a much higher tension when tuned to pitch. This extra tension will literally pull your lightly braced guitar apart over a period of time.

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2004, 01:25:04 PM »

The neck won't handle steel strings.
Not a good idea unless you don't care what happens to the guitar. :(
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2004, 02:09:19 PM »

well then she wont get steel strings.. it was just a thought....I'll just put another set of high tensions on her. thanks
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2004, 03:53:04 PM »

Robb,

Here is a link that gives a good visual of the different bracing schemes.

http://www.larrivee.com/html/steelstring.php

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