Acoustic Guitar Strings

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Acoustic Guitar Strings

Acoustic Guitar Strings
Acoustic guitar strings are used in a wide variety of non-classical settings, most commonly folk, bluegrass, country, or acoustic rock. They are made of metals such as steel, bronze, phosphor bronze, or nickel and will have a core of metal, in a few unique cases a threaded material, or commonly a combination of those materials.

The sound of acoustic guitar strings vary extensively, depending upon the materials used and the manufacturing techniques involved. Softer metals such as gold produce the warmest and most mellow sound with less volume, while harder metals such as stainless steel produce the brightest sound with more volume. Wound strings with significant amounts of a soft pliant material involved in the core, such as silk, will have a warmer sound with less volume, while a guitar string with a solid metal core will produce a brighter and louder sound.

An example of a warmer sounding acoustic set is the GHS Silk and Steel strings, while the John Pearse 80/20 Bronze acoustic guitar strings are an example of strings with a brighter sound, since 80/20 is one of the harder bronze alloys.

Other factors involved in the manufacturing process will also have an effect on acoustic guitar strings. The Newtone Master Class Double Wound strings are an example of a string with a special manufacturing process involved, which in this case reduces string surface noise.

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