Monday, April 20, 2009

Choosing the Right Guitar Strings

There are a million guitar string brands out there, and as far as I can tell, nobody out there has really come out and definitively said which ones are the best.  I will.  Right here.  First off, don't be fooled in to thinking that all strings are created equal.  And secondly, price doesn't always mean performance.

A couple other things to note:

  • Prices vary drastically from store to store, so shop around for prices, once you've settled on a string type that you like.
  • Another huge factor in buying strings is their gauge or thickness.  Heavier strings are harder to play, but give you a thicker, warmer sound.  I recommend 9 gauge strings for beginners.
Worst choice for strings: Ernie Ball.  I've never had a string brand break on me more, or feel so flimzy under my fingers.

Best choice for all-around playing on an electric: D'Addario Nickel Round Wound.  A good, hearty string that can take a beating.

Best choice for acoustics: Martin MSP's.  A great sound, great quality, and a great deal, depending on where you buy them.  Guitar Center isn't the ceapest either.

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