Help: Beginners String Guide
We've put this guide together to help you choose the correct strings. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and we'll be very pleased to advise you.
You'll notice through our strings range numbers such as (12-54). This refers to the string gauge. For example; the '12' is the thinnest/high string and the 54 is the widest/bass string. If you click on the product detail you will see the gauges of all the strings but product titles include the the top & bottom strings as a guide.
Heavier gauge strings tend to be louder and can last longer but they are harder on the fingers.
(Warning: Heavier gauge strings also have higher tensions which can damage sensitive instruments. Please check with the manufacturer or contact us if you are unsure)
Some string brands label their strings as light, medium, heavy and so on but we have found it varies from brand to brand which is why we use the (12-54) format.
Acoustic Guitar Strings
Acoustic Guitar strings are generally made with a steel core and an outer winding. The most common winding is either Bronze or Phosphor Bronze.
(Warning: Never put Steel Acoustic Guitar strings on Classical/Spanish Guitars)
Classical/Spanish Guitars use Nylon (traditionally gut) strings. These are usually 3 (treble) plain nylon strings & 3 (bass) nickel wound nylon strings. Unlike other strings, nylon string gauges are usually referred to as soft, medium & hard tension.
Electric Guitar strings are generally Nickel wound and lighter than acoustic Guitar strings; (9-42) & (10-46) being the most popular gauges.
|Other Instruments||We are still putting this guide together so if you would like help choosing strings for other instruments please contact us.|
When/why should I change my strings?
I keep breaking strings!
This could be an issue with your instrument such as a sharp nut/saddle. Contact us and we'll talk you through the options.