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Ask Bob: Why do steel-string guitars have a compensated B string and NS models the A string?

Friday, November 19, 2010
By: Bob Taylor

Question: I recently bought an NS32ce, my first Taylor and my first guitar with a compensated saddle. Why do steel-string guitars have a compensated B string and NS models the A string?
Jay Smith
Jacksonville, Florida

Answer: Jay, the simplest answer is each string needs what it needs, so we give it what it needs. The B string on a steel-string guitar is a pretty big string, compared to the others, because the core of the fatter strings is small compared to the B. B strings on classicals aren’t the same thing. It has to do with how the string is made, not what note the string is playing. Also, wound strings and unwound strings all work differently. 

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