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How to Select Electric Guitar Strings
 

How to Select Electric Guitar Strings

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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.
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