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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.

String Gauges

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.
Lighter gauge strings are easier on the fingers but can have a thinner/quieter sound. Most people start off using lighter gauges.

(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.
Bronze is generally cheaper and fine for most players. Phosphor Bronze is often brighter and can retain tone a little longer. It is also less effected by corrosion than standard Bronze.

For beginners we recommend D'addario & Martin Acoustic Bronze Guitar strings.


Classical/Spanish Guitar

(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.

For beginners we recommend D'addario EJ27N or EJ45


Electric Guitar

Electric Guitar strings are generally Nickel wound and lighter than acoustic Guitar strings; (9-42) & (10-46) being the most popular gauges.

For beginners we recommend D'addario EXL120, EXL110 or Ernie Ball Super Slinky & Regular Slinky.

 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?

The more you play the faster strings will wear. Over time dirt & grime builds up on the string surface causing deteriation. If your strings sound dull & lifeless they probably need changing. You'll also find older strings have issues with tuning and intonation. Strings also tend to break after a while.

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.
If you have a heavy rhythm style and break strings often try a heavier gauge.

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