Nylon strings on steel string guitar?

Question:

I started my acoustic guitar lesson and I’m practicing hard everyday. My fingers become sore & very painful. Can I change my steel strings with nylon strings, so that it is easier to play and won’t hurt me that much?

 

Answer:

This is not recommended. Nylon strings are under less tension and are larger in diameter, which make you think it would be “easier” to play. However, acoustic guitar (steel strings) and classical guitar (nylon strings) are both different in design. The nut, saddle & tuning gear design of acoustic guitar are not suited to nylon strings.

 

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