Even though we do offer the Classical version of the B-Compact it is to say that the whole concept works much better with Steel strings due the stretchy nature of the Nylon strings.
While the Steel strings stay nicely in tune after assembling, the Nylon strings take quite a while to settle and then to stay in tune. For this reason I honestly don’t sell many of the Classical models, but we quite often sell classical necks as a second exchangeable neck on a regular steel string model. You can find more info under B-C multi-neck option. If the guitar is meant to have a Classical neck only, the top is built much lighter to maximize the sound.
If you are okay with the mentioned disadvantages with Nylon strings and also with the following handling differences, I’ll be happy to build a Classical B-Compact for you!
Handling differences compared to the B-Compact Steel string models
Bringing tension to the strings
The nylon-string stretches much more than the steel string to reach the same tension. Therefor it is recommended to loosen at least the three highest strings a quite a few turns (or even all strings), to avoid the neck-angle being too steep when the neck is inserted on the body. This will make assembly much easier, especially before you are used to it. Even then the neck angle will be much steeper than with the steel strings.
Applying a capo
Before you disassemble the guitar, a capo needs to be applied at the first fret to avoid the strings from getting too loose on the tuner shafts when the neck is taken off. You also need to detune the three high Nylon strings to make the disassembly and assembling process easier. For putting it together, the capo needs to stay on until the guitar is fully reassembled.
On the slotted Classical head stocks we use the very elegant Schertler tuners with Ebony knobs, but we also still offer the previous version with the special steel string tuner adaptors, if you prefer the non-slotted head stock.
To change the strings on the Schertler tuners I recommend to keep the string holes flat in head plate direction. Then I insert the string from the top side through the hole and pull it tight. Then do a single or double loop knot while keeping tension on the string. This way the winding on the tuner shaft will be kept at a minimum which is important for when the neck is removed (as explained above why we apply a capo). The same priciple applies with the tuner adaptors, except there you have two holes to pull the string through.
I recommend using high-tension nylon strings. On the short scale models the string tension is lower than usual and this needs to be compensated with heavier strings to avoid buzzing and to increase the volume. For best sound and good playability we recommend Carbon high tension strings which have even more tension than normal nylon strings. These work also fine for the full-scale models.
The B-C Classical is available with either the Small or Full-size body.
For more detailed specs on either size please these links:
Here some samples of B-Compact Classical Models.
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B-C Full-size Custom Classical
Swiss Spruce top
Quilted Poplar body
Walnut bindings and bevels
5-Piece Walnut neck
Ebony fretboard and bridge
B-C Full-size Classical Custom
Western Red Cedar top
American Walnut body
Flamed maple bindings and bevels
Ebony fretboard and bridge