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Old 09-02-2019, 10:40 AM
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I mainly play steel-string acoustic, but I also attempt to play my cheap Yamaha C40 classical. I play finger-style with bare flesh, and I like the tone produced.
I am using D'Addario Pro-Arte normal tension, and I love the sound of the three wound strings. However, I find the unwound strings rather quiet.
Any recommendations, please?
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Old 09-02-2019, 10:42 AM
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Many nylon string guitars are notoriously weak on the more treble frequencies.
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Old 09-02-2019, 10:59 AM
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I mainly play steel-string acoustic, but I also attempt to play my cheap Yamaha C40 classical. I play finger-style with bare flesh, and I like the tone produced.
I am using D'Addario Pro-Arte normal tension, and I love the sound of the three wound strings. However, I find the unwound strings rather quiet.
Any recommendations, please?
Thank you in anticipation.
You could try a set of fluorocarbon treble strings, maybe Knobloch Actives CX, to start; they will be brighter and louder, though the tone is a personal thing.
Or one of the Aquila Nylgut sets, like Alchemias.
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:07 AM
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Very easy to make a nylon string guitar that is good in the bass, but weak in the trebles. The better guitar make the treble excellent.

A remedy for a guitar with weaker trebles is to buy carbon strings instead of nylon strings. These should be brighter (because they are thinner than nylon strings), and louder (because they are tenser and have more density).

As you play steel strings you should be fine with the increased tension.

Popular carbon string brands:
Knobloch CX actives
Savarez Alliance
Hannahbach Goldin

Or, an alternate polymer with similar results:
Aquila Alchemia (nylgut & sugar polymer blend)
Aquila Rubino (nylugt + metal powder)
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