How To Choose Guitar Strings – A Simple Technique

Guitar strings play an important role in affecting the tone and play-ability of a guitar. They come in different sizes and types. Whether your guitar is acoustic, classical, or electric also determines your options for choosing strings. But there are way too many types of strings, how are we supposed to know what strings to pick? This article will guide you through the way on how to choose guitar strings.

So, How to Choose Guitar Strings?

Good question. The answer, however, lies with you.

First, you have to determine what type of guitar you are playing with. Classical guitars use nylon strings. Acoustic guitars use steel strings. Electric guitars use metal strings. There are a couple of pros and cons for each.

Nylon strings, for instance, are more easier and softer on fingers than their thicker and harsher metal counterparts. Nylon strings, however, do not give off a strong and deep sound as metallic strings do.

Set up your mind on which type of strings you want to play with.

String Gauges

Strings also come in different gauges, or thickness levels.

Lighter gauge: Lighter strings are typically used by beginners because they  are, obviously, lighter on the skin. They are easier for finger-picking. One downside, however, is that they are prone to breaking more easily than heavier strings.

Sizes: .012, .016, .025, .032, .042, .054

Medium gauge: This gauge is thicker than lighter gauges. They are used for heavy strumming, and they are not prone to breaking as easily as lighter strings.

Sizes: .013, .017, .026, .035, .045, .056

Heavy gauge: They have a deep and thick tone. Like medium gauge strings, they are also used for heavy strumming.

Sizes: .014, .018, .027, .039, .049, .059

Extra heavy gauge: These gauge of strings is often used for a bass tone.

Lighter gauges are also used for small-bodied guitars. Heavy and medium gauges are for large-bodied guitars.

String Material

Strings also have materials, some of which include:

Bronze: Clear and bright tone. They are tend to rust quickly, however.

Brass: They have a more metallic and deeper tone.

Steel: Bright and clear tone.

Polymer-coated: They are corrosion-resistant. They cost more than un-coated strings because they are more durable.

Of course, you won’t be able to decide which type is the best fit by just reading about them. If possible, try and play with different types to get an idea on what strings will suit your level.

Although this was quick, it is still important. Strings are quite important when it comes to playing the guitar. Choose wisely and carefully.

Happy Playin’!

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