How to choose guitar strings

by Peterson Guitar Team

You might think of strings as a no-brainer purchase, but they are not all created equal. So whether you are about to string up your first instrument or frustrated with your current brand, here are four key factors to remember:

Choose coated guitars strings for tone that lasts 

Most strings are uncoated. Although cheaper to buy, they allow dirt from your fingers to build up in the exposed windings, inhibiting vibrations and killing tone. Coated guitar strings and coated bass strings will initially cost a little more, but they pay you back, thanks to a polymer coating that keeps gunk out and tone alive. Just remember, they are not all the same.

Great tones starts with the right string material

The metal alloy used for a guitar string's wrap wire has a huge impact on tone and feel, so find the material that suits your songs and playing style. Some alloys are naturally bright, while others are dark and warm. In terms of playability, stainless steel guitar strings feel very different beneath the fingers to nickel plated ones. Savarez Strings offer flexibility with wooded nylon core, offering outstanding nuance and colours of sounds with fast response like a stiffer strings.

Roundwound, half round or flat wound?

The 'plain' treble strings in a set are straightforward; the lower 'wound' strings are where things get subjective. At the center of each wound string you will find a metal core, around which the string windings are wrapped. The wrap wire comes in three profiles. Severez Strings are Roundwound, by far the most popular format with a comfortable ribbed texture and brighter sound. Half Round strings are ground down to give smoother feel and warmer tone, while Flatwound strings have an ultra-smooth surface and a vintage sound that makes them popular for mellow, jazzy playing. Experiment until you find the profile that is right for you.

String gauge is the measurement of a string's thickness and tells you the tone and feel you can expect. Standard sets for guitar range from super-light to heavy. While the gauge difference might seem minuscule, it can transform playability. To reach a given pitch, heavier strings need to be put under more tension. Although they typically give a bolder sound, it takes more pressure to fret and bend notes. With light strings, the reverse is true. When choosing the gauge that suits you, remember in addition to offering a range of standard sets. For classical guitars, Severez Strings are also available as single strings, so you can build your own custom set. For acoustic guitar, Lowden Strings enhance the true character of every guitar. The exceptionally thin treatment draws out the natural voice of the instrument, whilst providing the player with a traditional feel and extending playable life.

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