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There are many factors to be considered when deciding which strings to buy. The characteristics of your guitar, your playing style, and the sound you're trying to achieve are the most important. String Basics is a list of general guidelines which will help you with your decision. I've purposely avoided technical jargon and advertising hype and concentrated on information that is general in nature and will apply to all strings. It is important to realize, however, that these are generalizations and there will always be exceptions. You can be secure in knowing that I will not carry strings that I know to be inferior in quality or have a bad reputation among a majority of classical guitarists. Everyone has their preferences, you must cut through the hype and decide for yourself which string is best for you. In most cases you'll have to experiment with different brands and even mix basses and trebles from different brands until you get the best one.
1. Differences in string brands, or differences in types within a brand, are usually the result of manufacturers trying to bring out a particular characteristic in the string (bright sound vs. mellow sound for example). They do this by altering the material put into the string (less or more silver in the basses, different types of nylon in the trebles, etc.), and the processes used to make the string. String making is not an exact science. There are always positive and not so positive aspects to every brand of string. Each of the string brands have their own unique personality. No one manufacturer has the "perfect string".
2. Getting advice about which string is "the best" is a good idea. But be careful. Different people will have different criteria for evaluating strings. For example, a luthier will probably favor a string that is neutral in tone (neither noticeably bright nor noticeably mellow) to allow the guitar's characteristics to come through unimpeded. A player, however, may have preferences for a certain sound (earthier basses, brighter trebles, etc.). These preferences aren't just aesthetic, it will depend on the guitar and on the player's style as well. Therefore, a neutral string may not always be the best choice.
3. Much has been said about string tension. Tension is the amount of force that must be put onto the string to bring it up to pitch. Generally speaking from a classical guitar point of view:
This comprehensive tuning chart compiled by Tobe A. Richards features each string reading from left to right as if the instrument was standing up vertically in front of you. The note names are listed in scientific pitch notation as used by The Acoustical Society of America. When discussing the configuration of an instrument’s stringing arrangement, you’ll find they are often referred to by the number of strings or by the number of courses. A course is simply a... To continue, Click Here to download the Tuning Chart!