So many questions...I'm thinking of building something that resembles a miniature lap steel guitar . Here's what I'm thinking -
* 6 string instrument tuned open D
* very short scale length (roundabouts a concert/tenor ukulele size - around 23 - 26"
* no electrics, just a deep resonator box made from very thin plywood.
It's more of an experiment than anything else but I'm really stuck with what gauge strings to use. I've always used medium-light strings on my guitars but would these still be too heavy for such a small instrument? Would I have to use ukulele or classical guitar nylon strings to get the right tension without snapping the thing in half?
My thinking is that steel strings are better at sustaining the note played on them than nylon - especially important with a small acoustic instrument.
Am I mad or is this imaginary instrument do-able? :P
If anyone could share any insight on any of this I'd be very very grateful!!