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Which Guitar Strings Are Best For Me and My Instrument?


Classical

  • Harder materials i.e. carbon sound brighter
  • Softer materials i.e. nylon sound warmer
  • Higher tension has a louder attack
  • Lower tension has more sustain
  • Lower tension gives easier vibrato
  • Precious metal content i.e. pure silver gives fuller sound

Acoustic

  • Harder materials i.e. 80/20 Bronze sound brighter
  • Softer materials ie Phosphor Bronze sound warmer
  • Round cores give a more traditional mellow sound
  • Hex core strings have a more edgy modern sound
  • Lighter gauge is easier to play and has a lighter sound
  • Heavier gauge is harder to play and has a louder sound

Electric

  • Harder materials i.e. nickel wound or pro steel sound brighter
  • Softer materials i.e. pure nickel or gold sound warmer
  • Round cores give a more traditional mellow sound
  • Hex core strings have a more edgy modern sound
  • More magnetic metals i.e. cobalt & super alloy have more sustain
  • Less magnetic metals i.e. nickel or gold sound richer

Historically, strings were made of wound gut materials with the lower bass strings wound with various metals. There are several ...Read More

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