General

Strings are largely a matter of personal preference. It is worth experimenting with different makes and tensions (gauges) of strings to find out what suits you and your guitar.

Strings for acoustic guitars

Bronze wound strings usually have a brighter sound, however they generally do not last as long as phosphor bronze strings, which have a slightly mellower tone.

Tension or gauges of strings can make a big difference to the sound of the guitar, but again is largely down to preference. New guitars usually have medium or light gauge strings on them, as the higher gauge strings would give a stronger and slightly brighter sound. Lighter gauge strings will make the guitar easier to play as you don’t have to press down as hard, but as a result may not have a strong sound and it increases the likelihood of fret buzz. Continue reading “Basic Guide to Guitar Strings” »