Choosing the right set of strings to put on your guitar will vary depending on what kind of guitar you have. The style of music that you’re playing will also have an impact. This blog will guide you through the choices you have and our recommendations for the different types of guitar.
Classical & Spanish Guitar:
This type of guitar always uses nylon strings. Never put metal strings on a classical guitar as the extra tension will break the instrument. The lack of truss rod means the neck will bend and distort.
We Recommend: D’Addario Pro Arte Classical Strings (Available In Two Tensions).
Acoustic & Electro-Acoustic Guitar:
Acoustic guitars usually use metal strings and these come in various gauges. A lighter gauge will be easier to play as they are thinner and less resistive under your fingers. They will, however, compromise the sound quality. A heavier string will resonate more and get the full potential of the instrument that you are playing but will feel harder to play. Often a string somewhere in the middle proves to be a nice balance. Some acoustic players prefer to use ball-ended nylon strings, such as D’Addario Folk Nylon sets. These offer softer strings that are easier to play and give a more mellow and softer tone. Some strings offer coatings that keep the string from corroding as quickly and make the string last longer. D’Addario’s EXP and Elixir strings are the two most popular examples.
We Recommend: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Strings (Available In A Range of Gauges).
All of the things that apply to the acoustic guitar in terms of string gauge and playability also apply to electrics. If you play blues or rhythm guitar, use a slightly heavier gauge string. If you want to play lead guitar, however, a lighter string will be better. Unlike acoustic guitar strings, which are usually made up with two steel and four phosphor bronze strings, electric sets tend to be nickel wound. This is due to the magnetic pickups that electric guitars use. Flat-wound strings are available and these offer a very good blues tone and a different feel under your fingers. Again, some strings are coated so that they last longer.
We Recommend: Elixir Nanoweb Electric Guitar Strings (Available In A Range of Gauges).