Electric Guitar Strings

There are three main types of electric guitar strings used today. Before buying any strings, you will want to consider string wear, sound, and price. How often you play, the tone you desire, and the extent of your budget, should all be considered when comparing electric guitar strings.

The first and most popular type are nickel plated strings. These strings are composed of steel covered by nickel plating. The nickel plating serves as a protective seal for the steel. Nickel plated strings are a good provider of volume and magnetic pull. The nickel plating helps to decrease fret wear and also eliminates a good deal of finger noise.

Stainless steel guitar strings have a very strong durable texture. They provide a quality electronic volume and are very shiny in appearance. Aside from an increase in fret wear, stainless steel strings will generally outlast other types of strings.

Pure nickel strings have a weaker volume output but are appropriate for certain types of music. The nickel causes the strings to have a lighter sound which is preferred in some instances.

Proper Gauge for Electric Guitar Strings

In addition to string composition, the gauge of your electric guitars strings is also an important factor. While novice guitar players may want to try different types of strings, altering the gauge of the strings is not recommended unless you have prior experience or knowledge.

Whether an electric guitar has light, medium, or heavy gauge strings can greatly affect the sound of the instrument. If you are interested in learning how to adjust the gauge and tension of guitar strings, many guitar retailers offer guides that can assist in choosing the proper adjustment.

In order to calculate the proper tension for electric guitar strings, the frequency of the string along with the length and weight of the instrument must be considered. This same formula can also be used to find the correct tension for other string instruments.