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Some basic applications:

A regular acoustic steel string guitar has four wound strings, and two plain steel strings:

A twelve string mixes 'em up a bit, pairing plain and wound side by side for the middle three pairs:

The low E pair has two wound strings, and the high E and B are all plain steel.

A classical guitar may look like it has both metal and nylon strings:

But we say it's a nylon strung instrument, because the three wound bass strings have nylon filament cores.

A five sorting banjo usually has four steel strings and one wound string:

The two bass pairs of strings on this mandolin are wound, where the two treble pairs are plain steel:

While this mandola has only one pair of plain steel strings:

This tiple really mixes up the strings:

From the left, wound, plain, plain, wound, plain, plain, wound, plain, plain, plain. It's just a matter of accommodating the tension and tuning.

Ukuleles have four plain nylon strings:

These are black colored nylon.

Not to worry, there won't be a test. I just wanted to give you an idea of the diversity of uses.


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