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can you use regular electric guitar strings on an acoustic with a pickup? Answered

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Little_Buster
Little_Buster

10 years ago

Only if its a steel string. If it a Nylon (classical) guitar, you may break the bridge as well as other stuff. -Buster

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gmoon
gmoon

10 years ago

If it's a steel-string acoustic, yep. If it's a nylon-string classical guitar, no. They aren't designed for the tension of steel strings.

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smcgrady
smcgrady

10 years ago

thanks for the info

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

10 years ago

. I've done it and it works well. . As a rule of thumb, electric strings are lighter gauge than acoustic strings and will have a "brighter" sound, but you can get "heavy" electric and "light" acoustic strings - a lot of overlap. Through the pickup, they will sound a little different than the same strings on an electric. With all the variations in strings of different styles/weights/manufacturers/&c, if you have to ask, it won't make any difference.

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago

Similar to Xellers if you're using pickups you need steel strings, they're part of the pickup technology. The acoustic sound will be different, but acceptable.

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Xellers
Xellers

10 years ago

I believe that you can. The pickup will still register the vibrations of the strings because they are still made out of metal, and the vibrations of the strings should also be good enough to take advantage of the guitar's acoustics. It will work.