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this might be a stupied ?? but can you use acustic strings on an electric

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TheEbida  
14 Feb 2010 16:38 | Quote
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can you use acustic strings on an electric
TheEbida  
14 Feb 2010 16:39 | Quote
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med light strings?
MuseFan  
14 Feb 2010 16:46 | Quote
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my friend used to use acoustic strings on his electirc a while ago
sounded terrible though but saying that the guitar sounded awfull anyway
Musical_Magic  
14 Feb 2010 22:01 | Quote
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No - Because the magnetic pickups will not pickup the acoustic strings.

Schecter_player  
15 Feb 2010 01:51 | Quote
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i think thats wrong. It will pick up the acoustic strings, because they're essentially the same thing. However, nylon strings are a completely different ball game. You aren't talking about nylon strings are you? There was a thread awhile ago where it was proven that nylon strings wouldn't work.
TheEbida  
15 Feb 2010 06:16 | Quote
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not nylon...
BodomBeachTerror  
15 Feb 2010 12:20 | Quote
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yeah i already asked this haha
Afro_Raven  
15 Feb 2010 15:03 | Quote
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You certainly can use acoustic strings on an electric - however be prepared for the fact that they will either sound much louder or give a far more pronounced bass response. As for nylon strings - I dont know - it won't do any damage to your guitar, so why not buy a cheap set and see?

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Phip  
15 Feb 2010 18:52 | Quote
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Well now, the way i understand it the pickups are "picking up" the vibrations of a METAL string. moving a wire through a magnetic field produces a voltage. this is how they basically work. moving a piece of plastic through a magnetic field produces nothing. I'd say the experiment will bear no fruit. I wouldn't waste the money on nylon strings.
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BodomBeachTerror  
15 Feb 2010 19:05 | Quote
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but technically you could buy a nylon string guitar pickup and put it in an electric guitar right?
Phip  
15 Feb 2010 19:29 | Quote
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@BBT,
hmmmmmmmmm wellllllllll hmmmmmmmmmm
i think the pickups you are thinking of are sort of a microphone that picks up the sound produced in the cavity of a nylon guitar. so, where would you put it in an electric guitar if it's a solid body? might give you some response if it was a hollow body electric but i don't think it would be very satifactory since there is no sound hole directly beneath the strings on a semi hollow electric. Might be a fun experiment but i wouldn't get too excited about it. Someone probably would have done it already if it produced a dynamic sound. I don't see it happening to be honest.
Just thinking out loud........
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nater2  
15 Feb 2010 22:17 | Quote
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yea, as far as i know phip has nailed it but you could put some heavier electric strings on an acoustic and that might be interesting. but, you could put nylon string on an acoustic electric because it's not an actual pickup it's just a microphone and preamp
carlsnow  
16 Feb 2010 06:54 | Quote
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NO, to both Ac and Nylon on Elecs, for differing reasons.

main = (any decent) Ac Git strings are metl, yes, but 'behave poorly' on an Elec due to the combination and characteristics of the metals involved.

RAWK!
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gx1327  
16 Feb 2010 07:49 | Quote
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Phip says:
@BBT,
hmmmmmmmmm wellllllllll hmmmmmmmmmm
i think the pickups you are thinking of are sort of a microphone that picks up the sound produced in the cavity of a nylon guitar. so, where would you put it in an electric guitar if it's a solid body?


basically you are right. electric guitar pickups are coiled wires which create a magnetic field, and a vibrating string will create a voltage in that field.

the pickup in an acoustic/electric guitar sits inside the cavity of the acoustic guitar and very much like a microphone, the pressure of the sound waves cause a diaphragm to vibrate, which creates a voltage. the signal from an A/E guitar is amplifying the "sound" if you will, and the electric guitar it's the "vibration" of the strings translated into an electric signal


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