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How to Select Electric Guitar Strings

How to Select Electric Guitar Strings



Learn how to choose the bets electric guitar strings for your needs.

Learn how to choose the bets electric guitar strings for your needs.



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    • Electric Guitar Strings How to Make the Best Selection
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com If you are new to guitar playing, you may find it incredibly difficult when it comes to buying your first set of new electric guitar strings.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com As you may have already noticed, there are a huge number of different types of electric guitar strings available.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com They have various alloys and different gauges, not to mention the specialist strings.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com This guide is designed to help you find the best strings for you and your instrument by explaining some of the jargon connected with guitar strings.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Here are just a few of the terms that you might see or hear.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Phosphor bronze strings
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com These are made from 92% copper and 8% tin.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com The small amount of tin is added to the string to increase the sustain of an instrument's note.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Stainless steel strings
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Just like cutlery, some strings can be made from a stainless steel alloy, which is incredibly hardwearing and will prevent corrosion.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com The sound produced is usually very crisp.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com However, due to the toughness of the strings, you may notice excessive fret wear.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Nickel wound strings
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com These actually have a covering of only 8% nickel - the other 92% is steel.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com This alloy offers great magnetic properties.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com The nickel wound strings are durable, but the small proportion of nickel softens the string enough to provide a more gentle sound and reduce the chance of fret damage.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Round wound
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com A vast majority of strings are round wound.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com This simply means that the core wire, which is usually a high carbon alloy steel, has a round cross section.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Flat wound
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com These are most commonly found on fretless bass guitars.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Instead of the round cross section, flat wound strings have been wound, perhaps unsurprisingly, with a flat surface.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Ballend
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Almost all electric guitar strings have a ballend, which is simply the small ring, known as a ferrule, that makes it easier to restring the instrument.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Another important facet is the gauge.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com This simply refers to the tension held in the strings.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com A heavy gauge (one with more tension) will provide a loud and strong sound.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com On the other hand, a light gauge (one with less tension) will produce a lighter and less sustained sound.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com When learning to play, lighter gauges are recommended, because they are easier on the fingers.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Typically, when buying an electric guitar the string will be 9-42 gauge.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com If you wish to select a higher gauge, you may need to consider having your instrument adjusted to compensate for the increased tension.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Conversely, if you wish to lower the gauge, you will notice that the strings position themselves lower on the instrument and this may result in buzzing.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com Of course, there are many more things that you should consider before purchasing new electric guitar strings.
    • Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com However, this information should help you to begin to differentiate between the available products.
    • For More Information Visit Learn-HowTo-Play-Guitar.com