Are there any nylon type strings that stay in tune better than others?

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  1. Yr Blues

    Yr Blues Member

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    I love the tone of a good nylon string guitar, but they don't stay in tune as well as steel.
     
  2. Tony Done

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    I've had nylon alongside steel just about the whole time I've been playing, and my impression is the opposite. - Once nylon strings have settled in, which takes a lot longer than steel, they are more stable. Other materials might have a shorter settling in period, that would be interesting to know.
     
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  3. DGrig

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    No they don't do they. FWIW, the absolute best, most consistant nylon strings I ever used were D'Addario Pro-Artes. Extra hard tension yeah!
     
  4. corbetta

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    Try tuning the trebles half a step up overnight. Speeds up the stretching/settling process considerably.
     
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  5. corbetta

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    Also: the basses can and should be stretched upon changing strings by tugging them (gently) at the twelfth fret until they stop dropping in pitch.

    Don’t stretch the trebles that way: they easily get deformed and the intonation goes out of the window
     
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  6. Thumpalumpacus

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    Be gentle if you've had to knot the strings.
     
  7. corbetta

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    IME you'd be hard pressed to undo a wound string knot by tugging at the twelfth fret, unless you really botched the knot. I could see it happen on a plain nylon string, but you'd still stretch it past the elastic point before slippage.
     
  8. mattthehoople

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    I prefer Savarez Alliance Corum 500AJ, which are high tension w/ carbon trebles. They really make a cedar top come alive if you find it too dark with regular nylon. Also double looping the bridge tie helps the stretching a little bit, doesn't take as long for the strings to settle in. But remember classical guitars don't have near the bracing that steel string guitars have, and I would caution against too much up tuning.
     
  9. Yr Blues

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    Thanks for the recommendations. Lots of good information.
     

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