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Old 12th June 2005, 04:30 AM   #1
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Default Classical guitar string and capo recommendations

I just bought a used La Patrie, "Presentation" model, classical guitar. I am looking for string and capo recommendations. I have very short fingernails on my plucking hand and I won't being growing my nails. Also, I like to use capo's and my standard Kyser works poorly on it.
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Old 13th June 2005, 04:44 PM   #2
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i have short fingernails too so i use high tension d'addario's to get the extra volume. i do not use a capo so i can't help there sorry...
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Old 13th June 2005, 06:43 PM   #3
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many sources for travel guitars

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Old 14th June 2005, 01:30 AM   #4
Enzo is offline Enzo  United States
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I work with musicians for a living. I recommend you contact my friends over at and ask what they think. Tell them Enzo from SHiawassee Technical sent you. (I do much of their electronic service.) My brother in law is a professional classical guitarist, and he likes Saint Augustine Reds or maybe D'addario hard tensions depending on his mood. But that may not be your choice. I was discussing capos with him and it seemed he liked any kind that worked and was otherwise not all that picky. The folks at Elderly Instruments are very knowledgable and pretty friendly too.
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Old 16th June 2005, 04:30 AM   #5
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Thanks for the considered responses. I picked up a set of D'Addario Pro-Arte Hard Tension's, EJ46. I'm curiuos about the Aquila Nylgut's, as I like gut strings on my upright bass. I'll pick up a Kyser "Classical" or "12 String" capo when I hit the music store next.

having fun with the new guitar,
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Old 17th June 2005, 10:54 AM   #6
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I don't play my nylon string enough to warrant changing the strings at this point but I've always wondered what strings Alvaez Yairi provided on their older higher end guitars such as the CY-117. For some reason, their G strings always integrated very nicely with the rest. Of the five sets or so that I've gone through, the G string always sounds distinctively less vibrant than the rest.
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Old 19th June 2005, 05:46 PM   #7
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Default Classic capo

The wide, flat Kysers are OK if you need to move the position fast. The old elastic band and surgical tubing capo is a booger to shift but they play nicer with the nylon/hybrid strings. They are getting harder to find.
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Old 1st July 2005, 07:55 PM   #8
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Shubb capo's are quick to move and seem to work well on about any neck. As a bonus they are not costly.

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