The 'OOO' (Triple-'O') Guitar

(Image reproduced courtesy of Gilet Guitars)

Like most steel-string guitars, the fingerboard of this model joins the body at the fourteenth fret.

The sound produced generally accentuates higher frequencies than their nylon-stringed counterparts, and a range of styles tend to be played on the steel-stringed guitars. Players often utilise accessories such as plectra, slides, capotastas, or fingerpicks on these types of guitars.

General characteristics of steel-string guitars (with respect to nylon-stringed varieties) include:

  • Less rotund body, and slightly more elongated.
  • The fingerboard meets the body at the 14th fret.
  • Reasonably slim fingerboard (~40mm at the body.)
  • Top two* strings are metal wire**, the bottom four consist of wire wrapped in a tight helix*** about a wire core.
  • Usually has an asymmetric strut bracing geometry.

*Top three strings, for very light sets.
**Usually a bronze or steel alloy and occasionally plated with another metal, such as silver.
***Sometimes lightly filed parallel to length, or wound with a thin flat metallic ribbon ('flat-wound'.)

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