Best Guitar Strings

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Best Guitar Strings for the Blues

Gibson BB King Signature strings

Playing Blues guitar is all about feel and tone... so what are the best strings for the Blues? Not an easy question to answer (along with "what is the best guitar for the Blues?"), but we'll try to give some tips and look at what strings the best blues guitarists use...

Do you need Heavy Strings for Blues?

Conventional wisdom is that you need heavy gauge strings for a great Blues tone. Certainly early Blues players would use heavy strings, read more »

Best electric guitar strings for beginners

Ernie Ball Super Slinky

It's something most new guitarists don't think of until they break their first string - "what are the best guitar strings for me?". There are a bewildering range of guitar strings available, with terms like Nickel, roundwound, gauge, light, medium, skinny top etc to confuse the uninitiated. So here's some simple advice for the beginner: read more »

Best strings for Classical Guitars

Nylon classical guitar strings

Nylon classical guitar strings are very different to strings used on steel-strung acoustic or electric guitars and with dozens of brands and types available it can be difficult choosing the best nylon strings for your classical guitar. read more »

Best guitar strings for Heavy Metal

Drop D Heavy Metal Guitar Strings
Generally, heavy rock = heavy strings. Heavier (or thicker) gauge strings tend to give a fuller more bass-rich sound when played hard and also take the pounding of heavy strumming. The downside is that they're harder on the fingers, especially for beginners, and are more difficult to bent when playing lead. 11 gauge string sets are the most popular for pro Heavy Metal. (See here for discussion of what gauges mean!)  read more »

Best guitar strings for detuning

Guitar strings for detuning

Many guitarists use alternative tunings like drop C or drop D, or even detune the whole guitar. But which are the best guitar strings for detuning?

The problem with detuning is that most 'regular' guitar strings are designed to be played on a standard-length neck with standard E tuning. When you detune, the string loses tention and can feel 'floppy' and lead to fret buzz. read more »

Best acoustic guitar strings for beginners

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When new guitarists start to learn to play, they take their strings for granted - after all, they came with the guitar! But when the strings start to sound dull, tarnish or break, every beginner has to learn how to choose a replacement set of strings. This is not always as easy as it sounds, because the variety of makes and types can be overwhelming... read more »

Guitar String Gauges

Guitar string guages

What does string gauge actually mean?
If you're new to the guitar scene you may be confused by people saying things like 'I always use nines'. Guitar string gauges are usually described by their thickness in thou' (thousands of an inch). When guitarists talk about 'nines' or 'eights' etc they are referring to a standard set of guitar strings, with the first string being nine thou' or eight thou' thick. read more »