Stringing guitar

Hello all!

I'm sure this is a totally dumb question, but I need to know anyway. I have an old classical guitar - can one restring a classical guitar with steel strings, or is this just too weird?

I am getting back into music after a long hiatus (I play other instruments - piano, keyboards, dulcimer) but have always wanted to play the guitar. I intend to buy a new guitar at some point, but need to save up. In the meantime, I'd like to build up my calluses and if possible use what I've got for now.

Am I totally nuts? Thanks, Bev

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It's not advisable to re-string a classical guitar with steel strings as these guitars do no have reinforced necks nor truss-rods, so if you string it up with steel strings the tension will be too great for the neck. At best you'll get a horribly high action on it. At worst, the guitar will implode.

Thanks! That's what I needed to know. Guess I'll be borrowing a guitar for a while till I can buy a new one.

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