Strings

Brian Vance and Brian Johnson of D’Addario: Building a Better Bass String

The brains behind FlexSteels talk about the genesis of a string that’s been winning more converts than a summer tent revival



Expert Review: DR Strings Multi-Color Neon Sets + Jamstar App



Video: Jim D'Addario Interview - Part 1

Jim D'Addario talks about his family's multi-generational involvement crafting strings for guitars and many other instruments.



All the Small Things: Strings, Pickups, and Other Gear

Many guitar players obsess over the major gear in their rig: guitars, amps, microphones, and effects. While those items do the heavy lifting, the smaller choices in gear can still have a major impact on the sound and performance of any musician. Sometimes it’s the way the strings react to the magnets in the pickups, sometimes it’s as simple as the texture of your guitar pick. Every piece of gear matters, and we all have our preferences—some even cause heated debate!



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Mandolin

Because different mandolins, playing techniques, and the music genres in which they’re used vary greatly, there’s no single answer to the question which strings are right for you and your instrument. In this guide we’ll walk you through the types of mandolin strings that are available and detail their playing and tonal characteristics.

One thing’s for sure though: a fresh set of well chosen strings will quickly and inexpensively restore the sound of a mandolin that has lost its sonic luster. Like a dirty windshield that you’ve grown accustomed to, putting on a new set of strings (or washing that windshield) will restore the clarity that you hardly had noticed was missing.



Hands-On Review: M-Steel Slinky Electric Strings

Steely Strings Fit for a King



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Ukulele

For a tiny investment, a fresh set of quality strings can improve or revive your ukulele’s sound. Many lower-cost ukes are shipped with less than optimal strings, and a better quality set can make a surprising difference in their sound. In this guide we will help you choose the set that’s right for your uke.



Hands-On Review: Ernie Ball Aluminum Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Ernie Ball brings a new sonic color to your acoustic palate.



Hands-On Review: D’Addario NYXL Electric Guitar Strings

Pristine, present tone that’s made to last



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Electric Guitar

The strings on your electric guitar have a major impact on its sound and playability. If you’ve taken a look at the huge Musician’s Friend guitar string assortment, you’ve likely realized that there’s a lot to consider in figuring out which strings are right for you and your instrument. Read on to find the strings that best match your electric guitar, music, and playing style.



Hands-On Review: Fender Bullets Strings

The Strings for Strats!



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Acoustic or Classical Guitar

The strings on your acoustic steel string or classical guitar have a major impact on its sound and playability. If you’ve taken a look at Musician’s Friends huge assortment of guitar strings, you’ve likely realized that there’s a lot to consider in figuring out which strings are right for you and your instrument. We’ve written this guide with the details you need to find the strings that best match your guitar and playing style.



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Banjo

The strings on your banjo have a big influence on your instrument’s sound and playability. If you’ve explored Musician’s Friend’s dozens of different banjo string choices, you’ve likely realized there’s plenty to think about when choosing the right ones. In this guide we’ll walk you through those choices to find the strings that’ll help you produce the banjo sound you’re after while enjoying great playability.



How to Choose the Right Strings for Your Bass Guitar

The strings on your electric bass have a powerful influence on the its tone and playability. If you’ve explored Musician’s Friend’s huge selection of bass guitar strings and come away a little confused, this guide’s for you. We’ll walk you through the ins and outs of choosing the bass strings that make sense for both your music and instrument.



Hands-On Review: Kerly Strings

Forging a new string from fire and ice



Hands-On Review: Martin Lifespan SP Guitar Strings

Get the most life from your acoustic guitar strings



Hands-On Review: D'Addario EXP Strings

D’Addario demonstrates their startling powers of EXP



Hands-On Review: Cleartone Coated Guitar Strings

Killer tone, incredible lifespan



Hands-On Review: Elixir Phosphor Bronze Nanoweb Strings

Extending the Nanoweb revolution to better guitarists everywhere



Hands-On Review: GHS Signature Strings

GHS custom-crafts the perfect sets for modern masters



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