Acoustic Strings

 

Tips for Choosing the right Acoustic Strings

- When looking at replacing your strings, take a look at your guitar and determine what type of strings you need: Acoustic, Electric or Classical. These strings are seldom interchangeable. ie: you cannot use steel strings on a nylon string guitar. Check your bridge to see if it uses ball-end strings, or needs strings that tie at the end. Most of the time, steel string guitars use ball-end.

- Strings come in a variety of gauge ranges: this is the "thickness" of the string. Thickness, determines the sound, and playability. Lighter gauge strings are easier to play, easier on the fingers, but also can break easier. Heavier strings, sound louder, have a fuller tone, and usually last longer. 

So how do you know which is best for you? 

  • If playing a jumbo or dreadnought guitar, you may want to consider a heavier string to take advantage of its bold sound
  • If playing a smaller guitar, like a parlour or folk, lighter strings will feel and sound better. It will have a more treble-y and sweet sound
  • If you’re a fingerplucker, then lighter strings are much easier on your fingers.
  • If you’re a strummer, then heavier strings are more suitable.
  • If you play a vintage instrument, a lighter set is puts less tension on the neck.

What material should your strings be? 

  • Bronze strings are typically 80%copper and 20% zinc. Used for all types of playing, they have a clear, bright tone, but tend to age quickly
  • Phosphor Bronze strings have phosphor added to the bronze. They sound warmer and darker than bronze strings.
  • Brass strings have a bright, jangly, metallic sound.
  • Silk and steel strings have a soft, mellow sound. These come in lighter gauges so they are excellent for vintage instruments. They are easier to play, but are quieter and less durable.
  • Nylon strings are generally for Classical guitars. They are made in different tensions – from low to hard or high.
  • Bass strings are generally mad of bronze wire or silver plated copper wire wound around a core of fine threads

How often do you need to change strings?

Probably more often that you do. Guitars sound so much better with new strings. If you play a lot, you may want to consider changing them every week. If you are more of an occasional player, then try once every 2 months.

Strings come in a variety of sizes and prices, also in eco friendly 10 pack.
Try a few until you find which ones work best for your playing.