Vintage Steel

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What strings go on this old guitar?

So I found this really old looking guitar at my grandpa's warehouse. It had strings that were snapped off that seemed to be steel strings. However, on the headstock, it has the two rows for the guitar strings, instead of tuning pegs sticking out of it, the former being what most classical guitars have. On the inside, it says:

Classic Guitar by Kay
famous for fine guitars since 1890
Model No. K4020
Kay Musical Instrument Co. Elk Grove Village. ILL.

I can't feel or see on the inside a truss rod adjustment, but I don't know if that means there isn't a truss rod.

My question really is, does this guitar use steel or nylon strings? And if it does need nylon, could it have been damaged by the steel strings, and how can I tell.

The fretboard is thicker than my acoustic steel string. It measures across 2" at the nut, and 2 1/2" at the sound hole. The fretboard is 16 1/8" long, and 24 1/2" from nut to bridge. The body is 18" long. The overall length is 37".

I couldn't find much info about your guitar. Here is a photo of one that's came up at auction:
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/16607/lot/13/ (it's worth reading the history of this particular guitar)

This guitar is clearly a classical guitar designed for nylon strings....yet the one in the photo is strung with steel. Considering the stoners that owned it, I'm not surprised.... You sometimes see slot-head guitars that are designed for steel strings, but on this one the giveaway is the bridge. It is unmistakably a classical guitar bridge.

USE ONLY NYLON strings on this guitar. The 3 bass strings will look like steel/bronze strings, but they have a nylon core. Before investing much money in this guitar, check it over for damage. If it had steel strings on it for any length of time, it might be warped beyond repair. Classical guitars generally don't have truss rods, so if the neck has warped from the higher tension steel strings that had been on it, the guitar's not worth fixing. Check to make sure the bridge hasn't lifted, or the guitar might have developed a "belly" from the extra tension pulling the bridge forward and up.

BTW, some vintage steel string guitars have embedded non-adjustable truss rods so the lack of a visible truss rod isn't a definitive way to determine string type.

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