Acoustic Guitar Strings Buying Guide

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

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Need help choosing the best strings for your acoustic guitar? Let the experts at Musician's Friend help!

The strings on your acoustic steel string or nylon string classical guitar have a major impact on its sound and playability. If you’re trying to figure out which strings will be best for your guitar, you’ve likely realized that there’s a lot to consider. We’ve written this guide with the details you need to find the strings that best match your guitar and playing style. Read on for helpful advice about choosing the right strings for acoustic or classical guitar.

Acoustic Strings

Whether you play a steel-string acoustic or nylon-strung classical guitar, you'll find a huge assortment of strings to choose from at Musician's Friend.

Table of Contents

Acoustic Guitar Strings
Acoustic vs. Classical Guitars
All About String Gauges
Acoustic Guitar Steel Strings
Acoustic-Electric Guitars—Do I Need Different Strings?
Classical Guitar Nylon Strings
Signs That it’s Time To Change Your Guitar Strings
How Often Should Guitar Strings be Changed?
Some Other String Tips

Acoustic Guitar Strings

Because there are no pickups or amplifiers that contribute to the sound of acoustic guitars, strings have a relatively bigger impact on their overall sound. Thus, the composition and gauge of acoustic guitar strings should be carefully considered. The acoustic guitar’s body type is also an important factor.

Acoustic Guitars vs. Classical Guitars

The first basic distinction to make is the difference between classical and flamenco guitars fitted with nylon strings versus steel string acoustics—the type associated with rock, folk, country, and blues. In most cases their strings are not interchangeable. Using steel strings on a guitar built for use with nylon strings can seriously damage it. The neck construction and top bracing of classical and flamenco guitars are not designed to handle the far greater tension produced by steel strings. Using the wrong strings can also damage the bridge and saddles.

Acoustic & Classical Guitar


All About String Gauges

Before we dive into the specific characteristics of various types of acoustic and classical guitar strings, let’s address the question of gauges since it applies to both types. Strings are manufactured in a range of thicknesses or gauges. These gauges are designated in thousandths of an inch. The lightest strings are typically an .010 and the heaviest a .059. String gauge has a big influence on playability and sound.

Note that classical guitar strings are also designated according to their tension. We will discuss the effect of tension on classical guitar playability and performance below.

Lighter gauge strings:

  • are generally easier to play
  • allow easier bending of notes and fretting
  • break more easily
  • produce less volume and sustain
  • are prone to cause fret buzzing, especially on guitars with low action
  • exert less tension on the guitar neck and are a safe choice for vintage guitars

Heavier gauge strings:

  • are generally harder to play
  • require more finger pressure to fret and bend notes
  • produce more volume and sustain
  • exert more tension on the guitar neck

Elixir Nanoweb Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

A set of Light Elixir Nanoweb Acoustic Guitar Strings have gauges that range between .012-.053 and a special polymer coating that greatly extends their life while producing bright, punchy tone. Want a lighter gauge? Check out Elixir's Custom Light Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with Nanoweb Coating, which come in at .011-.052.

Acoustic Guitar String Set Gauge Designations

Most acoustic guitar string manufacturers identify the string gauges in a set using terms such as “extra light” or “heavy.” While the exact gauges may vary slightly among manufacturers, here are typical gauge ranges for acoustic and electric guitar string sets:

Acoustic Guitar String Set Gauges

  • “extra light": .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
  • "custom light": .011 .015 .023 .032 .042 .052
  • "light": .012 .016 .025 .032 .042 .054
  • "medium": .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056
  • "heavy": .014 .018 .027 .039 .049 .059

Acoustic Guitar Steel Strings

Acoustic Guitar Steel String Gauges

In deciding which string gauges to use, consider the following factors:

Body Style: A general rule of thumb is to string smaller-bodied acoustics with lighter gauges and larger bodied instruments with heavier gauges. A big dreadnought or jumbo will generally sound better with medium-gauge strings that take fuller advantage of their relatively larger sound chambers. Smaller grand auditorium and parlor guitars will sound better with lighter gauges.

Playing Style: Fingerpicking styles are much easier to play with lighter-gauge strings. If most of your playing involves hard strumming, medium-gauge strings will likely be a better choice, though they may prove a little more challenging to new players’ fingers. If your playing is a mix of strumming and fingerpicking, a light-medium string set may be a good choice. These sets have heavier gauges on the bottom three strings, lighter gauges on the top three.

Desired Tone: As you’ve probably figured out by now, heavier-gauge strings will accentuate your guitar’s bass register, producing the deep and strong tones that dreadnoughts are prized for. Comparitively, lighter gauges will provide more emphasis on treble notes and can help bring out subtle picking and strumming techniques.

Instrument Age and Condition: Vintage guitars are often frail, and the greater tension of heavier strings can cause necks to bow and shift and bridges to lift. If you’re not sure how heavy a gauge is safe for your guitar, consult the manufacturer, or in the case of vintage instruments, talk to a trusted guitar tech or luthier.

D'Addario Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Perennial bestsellers at Musician’s Friend, D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings get great reviews for both their tone and playability.

Acoustic Guitar String Construction Materials

Here are the sound characteristics of the most popular string types:

  • Bronze: They have clear, ringing and bright tone, but age quickly due to bronze’s tendency to oxidize.
  • Phosphor Bronze: Warmer and darker than bronze, their sound is still quite crisp and the phosphor in the alloy extends their life.
  • Aluminum Bronze: Pronounced bass and crisp highs with greater clarity than phosphor bronze.
  • Brass: They have a bright, jangling, metallic character.
  • Polymer-coated: Less sustain and brightness than equivalent uncoated strings with good presence and warmth; corrosion-resistant. Some include colorants for visual appeal.
  • Silk and Steel: These steel core strings have silk, nylon, or copper wrap wire on the lower strings producing a softer touch and delicate tone. Popular with folk guitarists and fingerstyle players.

GHS Silk and Steel Acoustic Strings

GHS Silk and Steel strings have silver-plated copper wrap on a core of silk and steel that produces a mellow tone and is easy on the fingers.

String makers such as Martin produce phosphor bronze strings with different alloy compositions, often designated with names such as 80/20 Bronze and 92/8 Bronze.

Other acoustic string variations include polymer-coated strings which offer longer life (typically with a brightness/sustain trade-off) and those with silk wraps on the ball ends of the strings, which reduce wear and tear on the guitars bridge, end plate, saddle and pins.

Some of the more popular phosphor bronze strings include D'Addario EJ16-3D strings and Elixir's Nanoweb Coated Phospher Bronze strings

Martin Lifespan SP Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Martin equips many of its acoustics with Lifespan SP Phosphor Bronze strings that have Cleartone coating for longevity and an alloy that’s slightly warmer than 80/20 phosphor bronze.

John LeVan of D’Addario Strings demonstrates how to restring an acoustic guitar.

Acoustic-Electric Guitars—Do I Need Different Strings?

Most acoustic-electric guitars, including a few nylon-string models, are equipped with under-saddle piezo pickups. String vibrations are converted to an electrical signal with a small on-board preamp. Since piezo-based systems are non-magnetic, string materials may have less impact on your sound and ordinary acoustic guitar or classical guitar strings will work well. A few manufacturers produce strings expressly designed for acoustic-electric guitars, and you may want to compare their performance to standard strings.

In the case of acoustic-electric guitars equipped with both piezo and microphone or magnetic pickups, as well as acoustics with soundhole-mounted magnetic pickups, follow the string recommendations of the guitar and/or pickup manufacturer.

Classical Guitar Nylon Strings

Nylon String Characteristics

Nylon string guitars are generally used to play classical, flamenco, bossa nova and folk music. That said, their softer, mellower tone and excellent touch response has been used to good effect by all kinds of guitarists including jazz and country players—Willie Nelson being a prime example.

Some new players choose nylon string guitars in the belief that they will be easier on their fingers. Due to their softer material and lower tension, that is generally true. However, all new players will experience some tenderness in their fingertips regardless of the guitar they choose. Provided the guitar’s action is properly adjusted for optimal playability, the new player should soon develop enough calluses so that tenderness is no longer an issue. A nylon string guitar should be selected on the basis of your musical interests, not because of initial ease of play.

Because nylon strings tend to stretch more than steel strings, they require more frequent tuning, especially when newly installed. They are also more sensitive to atmospheric changes caused by humidity and temperature.

Classical Guitar String Tension Designations

While classical guitar strings are sold in sets with specified gauges, they are also marketed according to each set’s tension ratings. Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut standard for these ratings, so a certain amount of experimentation among different string brands may be necessary to find what works for you. Complicating matters further, some packaged string sets mix and match tensions among the strings while only listing a single tension designation on the package. Here are the more common designations and their characteristics:

Low Tension (also sometimes called Moderate or Light Tension)

  • Easier fretting, especially on guitars with a higher action
  • Less volume and projection
  • Less pronounced attack with more note “body”
  • Best for smooth legato techniques
  • Greater tendency to cause buzzing on frets

Normal Tension (also sometimes called Medium Tension)

  • Usually strikes a balance between the characteristics of Low and High Tension strings

High Tension (also sometimes called Hard or Strong Tension)

  • More difficult fretting, especially on guitars with high action
  • More volume and projection
  • More pronounced attack with less note “body”
  • Best for strong rhythmic playing
  • May cause issues with necks, bridges, and top bracing on fragile instruments

Some string makers also offer extra-light and extra-hard tension strings as well as middling sets with designations such as medium-hard. One recommended way to find the tension that’s right for your playing style and guitar is to first zero in on your preferred brand and wound string material. After those factors are established, try a set of each tension available in that string set to determine which works best with your ears and fingers.

It’s considered a good practice when using strings with higher tensions to detune the guitar after playing to reduce the possibility of damage caused by sustained tension.

Savarez Corum New Cristal Classical Guitar Strings

This Savarez Corum New Cristal classical guitar string set has high-tension basses and standard-tension trebles for an optimized tonal balance.

Tension is a cause for much debate among classical guitarists. As with string gauges and wound string materials and techniques, there is no pat answer. Experimentation is the key to finding what works best.

Nylon String Materials

It should first be pointed out that calling them “nylon” strings is a bit misleading. As noted below, there are several different materials that go into what could more properly be called classical guitar strings. You’ll also notice that the bass strings are constructed differently from the trebles.

Until the 1940s, classical guitar strings were made using the intestines of cows or sheep. The treble strings were made from plain gut while the three bass strings had a silk thread core wound with a gut wrap.

Modern classical, folk and flamenco guitars use plain nylon, fluorocarbon, or other synthetic filaments on the treble strings (G,B, high E) and multi-filament nylon cores wrapped with various metals or nylon windings on the bass strings (E, A, D).

D'Addario Pro-Arte Classical Guitar Strings

These Pro-Arte Classical Guitar Strings from D’Addario with 80/20 bronze wound on basses and clear nylon trebles get high marks for their consistency.

Classical Treble String Materials and Tonal Characteristics

Clear Nylon: Most popular, they’re made of clear nylon monofilament in note-specific gauges and known for their richness and clarity.

Rectified Nylon: Also made of clear nylon, they are then precision-ground to create a very consistent diameter along the string’s entire length. They have a mellower, rounder tone than clear nylon.

Black Nylon: Made from a different nylon composition, they produce a warmer, purer sound with more treble overtones. Popular with folk guitarists.

Titanium: Brighter than traditional nylon with a smooth feel. Often used on guitars with darker voices.

Composite: Made with a multi-filament composite, they have pronounced brightness and strong projection. They’re popular for use as G strings offering a smooth transition in volume between bass and treble strings.

Augustine Gold Label Classical Guitar Strings

From the company that first introduced nylon strings, Augustine Gold Label classical guitar strings have crisp treble response and mellow bass tone.

Classical Bass String Materials and Tonal Characteristics

Classical guitar bass strings have multi-filament nylon cores and are wrapped with a variety of metal winding materials. The most common winding materials are:

80/20 Bronze: Made of 80% copper and 20% zinc, it is sometimes referred to as brass. This alloy has pronounced brilliance and projection. Some manufacturers call them “gold” strings.

Silver-Plated Copper: The silver plating offers a very smooth feel while the copper produces warm tone. Some manufacturers refer to them as “silver” strings.

Roundwound strings are by far the most popular and common winding method found on classical guitar bass strings. Some manufacturers polish roundwound strings to flatten the top of the winding, resulting in a smoother feel and less finger noise.

Most classical guitar strings have straight ends and are designed to be tied on to classical guitar bridges. A few nylon strings have ball ends that are preferred by some folk guitarists. Unless ball ends are specified, you can assume classical strings have tie-ends.

Ernesto Palla Strings from Ernie Ball

For those who prefer easy-to-change ball-end strings, these Ernesto Palla Strings from Ernie Ball fill the bill nicely.

Martin Guitar demonstrates how to restring a classical guitar.

Signs That it’s Time to Change Your Guitar Strings

  • Getting your guitar in tune and staying in tune is more challenging than usual.
  • You’re strings are showing rust or discoloration.
  • String wraps are unwinding exposing the core.
  • Your tone sounds “flat” or “dead.”
  • You can’t remember the last time you changed strings.

How Often Should Guitar Strings be Changed?

If you're wondering "How often should I change my guitar strings?", there's no stock answer. Here are some factors that shorten the life of your strings:

  • You sweat a lot when playing; your perspiration is acidic.
  • You play aggressively with a lot of bending and/or hard picking.
  • You play frequently.
  • You change tunings frequently.
  • You smoke or play your guitar in smoky environments.

Some Other String Maintenance Tips

  • Keep a clean cloth handy and wipe down your strings after every playing session to prolong their life.
  • Washing your hands before playing will help prevent string oxidation.
  • Invest in a string winder; they’re inexpensive and speed up string changes.
  • Note the date you changed strings on the package, then put it in your case to keep track of the age and type of strings you’re using.
  • Buying single strings in bulk can be a smart, budget friendly move, especially where light gauge strings you tend to break more frequently are concerned.
  • Keep an extra set and a few high-register single strings in your case for emergency changes you or a bandmate may need.

If you’re still unsure which strings are right for you, we invite you to call our friendly, knowledgeable Gear Heads at 877-880-5907.

Learn more with Musician’s Friend’s expert Acoustic Guitar Buying Guide.

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# Tim Rosenberg 2017-01-09 11:02
what scientific proof do you have, that shows the life of your strings being reduced playing in smoky environments?
# Anna 2016-12-04 12:49
im a newbie and have a Savannah SGD-10 Dreadnought acoustic. I have lots to learn and strum a lot. What are the best strings to use?
# Aceswild723! 2017-01-28 15:23
Please get D R strings for your
acoustic guitar. They stay in tune
longer which is very helpful to
new players. They last longer with
Even when your guitar is
not frequently played.
# AirMaxBelly 2016-12-28 15:35
My advice is to experiment. Strings aren't that expensive. Some like Elixirs because they last longer. I do not like the sound of them. I would try Martin or D'Addario light gauge phosphor bronze. You can always move up or down in gauge or different materials to suit your ears (and fingers). Stay with it, and if you are a small person, look for a smaller body guitar.
# Hi 2016-10-30 12:46
# mariana skota 2016-10-01 10:21
# PickerDad 2016-09-28 18:07
If you're an everyday steel string player, but once in a while, you need that special nylon-string sound that makes the girls all sappy, consider your choice of guitar. Changing from a folk steel-string to a classical nylon-string can really mess up your touch. Fortunately there are some nylon-string guitars with neck width and string spacing more like a folk steel-string, For the same reason, use heavier-tension nylon strings. After playing a steel-string until your fingers bleed, a slinky little nylon thread is going to put your hands in shock.
# PickerDad 2016-09-28 17:47
Another rule of thumb for how often to change your strings: a LOT MORE frequently than you think!

No one should leave strings more than 3 months. If your usage is sporadic, you probably need new strings every time you pick up the guitar. Busy professionals will change them ever few weeks. A lot of pros I know change them routinely on the first of every month. That way they always know how old the strings are. If they have recording session or a critical concert coming up toward the end of the month, it's time to change strings. If you get paid at all for playing, even tips in your guitar case, it makes sense to allocate some of that to keeping your guitar sounding its best.

Some old-school rockers will insist that you never need to change electric-guitar strings, 'cause it's always amplified and distorted anyway. They're wrong, of course, but don't waste your time trying to convince them that anyone could possibly know better than they do.
# Andrew Cotterell 2016-09-24 15:17
love your article. Bit technical-okay I'LL learn as I go along. Have a FENDER Jumbo Acoustic. Want to play Everly Brothers songs-please recommend most suitable strings. Do have a generic acoustic/electric with steel-reinforced neck-plan to use steel strings. Your advice is valued--thank you.
# Sheila boyce 2016-09-13 03:18
Which are the heaviest gauge strings to put on my Martin triple knot 28 guitar .
# Sheila boyce 2016-09-13 01:34
Can you please tell me which is the heaviest gauge strings recommended for my Martin triple knot 28 Eric Clapton model guitar .
# PickerDad 2016-09-28 18:23
Just so you don't get razzed by know-it-all jerks, that's 'triple-nought'. 'Nought' is an old-fashioned usage for 'nothing' or 'zero', still popular in Britain. Same root as "dreadnought" (fear nothing), which was what the British called their enormous Battleships of the early 20th century. (and yes, one of the Mr. Martins was an anglophile and named his new guitar shape after the Battleships. "Fear nothing" really is a cool name, even 100 years later.

Extreme sizes, or gauges, of machine-shop things
are still known as nought, double-nought, triple-nought, etc.
# nic 2016-08-05 07:43
# nic 2016-08-05 07:41
I have excellent copy of a Martin 045 (12 fret).Can anyone tell the best strings to use?
# ram 2016-08-04 05:21
can anyone tell me the strings suitable for fender cd 60 acoustic guitar...................I appreciate your help
# Ben 2016-08-09 07:41
I have the fender DG-60-CE. Same as yours but its a Dreadnaught cutaway version. On mine I use Elixir and they do sound really nice. I went for medium lights. My next set will be medium gauge. I have also used a few other strings but I like the elixir strings although they're a little more expensive
# PickerDad 2016-09-28 17:29
Elixir strings are a bit more expensive, yes, but they last MUCH longer than other strings (some say 3x as long). It's because the conformal coating thoroughly seals the strings from air, sweat, and hand-oils. The main killer of strings is corrosion, which occurs in any metal exposed to oxygen and water (sweat). The second most important string killer is gunk caught in the wrapping (i.e. wire wound over the bass -strings). The in the wrap wire is usually a combination of dust, tiny particles of fingertip skin, hand oils, and sweat. No matter what strings you're using, wipe them frequently to prevent build-up of gunk.

Dirt buildup on the cables of a suspension bridge adds so much weight to the structure that bridge engineers have to allow for it in their design calculations.

Corrosion can accelerate quickly, and will continue even while you're not using the guitar. Any amount of corrosion - tiny pits in the metal - exposes more of the string to the air, moisture, It only takes a few hours to get visible corrosion, and that causes more corrosion, faster, and so it continues. Not unlike 1960s automobiles we used in Canada that you needed to drive quickly to get enough miles out of it before it's all rust.

Elixir stops corrosion in its tracks by sealing in the string. The stings also play more easily without as much finger - squeak because they are just plain smoother. Reduces dirt buildup, too.
# Ed 2016-07-06 21:12
Anyone recommend a good brand with .014s?
# shrey 2016-06-11 10:38
i have a Epiphone dove natural acoustic guitar. what strings should i buy? i usually play fingerstyle and soft songs and dont go for hard strumming.
# Ken Ramsey 2016-08-09 17:52
Those Doves are steel string acoustics, and you do fingerstyle, so medium to light strings would be best. One thing to look out for is the action on those strings (i.e., how high up off the fingerboard they are). Usually manufacturers ship guitars these days with the action set pretty high. Too high if you ask me - especially for fingerstyle playing.

A good rule of thumb used be measuring the action at the 12th fret with a quarter. If you could just fit a quarter in between the string and the fretboard at the 12th fret, that was ideal. It will make the guitar easier to play than a higher action, at the cost of some loudness and some bass.

You lower the action by taking the strings off and working with the saddle. The saddle is that little white plastic or bone piece on your bridge that the strings flow over. You take it out, then sand down the bottom using 60 gauge sandpaper.

Check out videos on how to do it, or take your guitar into a shop and see if they will lower the action for you. It really does make these steel string acoustics much easier to play, especially for fingerstyle pickers.
# Bill Foster 2016-05-29 13:26
I have a 60 year old Martin O15 in excellent condition. I have medium gauge D'Addario strings on it. Should I be using light gauge strings instead? The neck has no signs of warping, but I don't want to be putting undue stress on it.
# AirMaxBelly 2017-01-12 12:04
Unless you are tuned down one whole step, get those mediums off a guitar that old. Depending on conditions the instrument has been exposed to, the wood on an old guitar may not hold up to the stess of mediums long term. Stick with lights or extra-lights and even then tuning down a step would be prudent.
# Jane Auster 2016-06-01 20:14
it depends on the frequency of your playing. If you have not been playing that guitar for a while , I suggest that you start with light gauge strings for about 6 months before working you way up to medium gauge so as to allow the guitar to get used to the tension.
# Steven R 2016-05-11 08:40
Hello to all, I have a 1990 Fender San Miguel which has a single cut-away body and a Strat. type neck.(all tuning pegs on one side). I am a bass player(Rickenbecker 4001) but I have been really into acoustic guitar and loving it. I like to play Rolling stones,Led Zeppelin,Peter Gabreil,Bad Company artist along that line.I am hoping someone could point me in the right direction on which types of strings to use. Sorry for rambling, just trying to give insight on what type of music I like. Thank you all, Respectfully, Steve
# Hans F. 2016-05-15 15:07
Hi Steve, use steel acoustic guitar strings. Start with some mediums and work your way around that. Cheers.
# Chiara C. 2016-01-18 10:06
Hello everyone, I need to perform live both classical and acoustic pieces and I would avoid to carry on both the classical and acoustic guitars with me. Is there any possibility to make a classical electric guitar sounds like an acoustic with a proper preamp? I mean, if I buy a classical electric guitar, could I set up its EQ as it sounds more similar to an acoustic one? Thank you so much in advance and sorry for my English. Chiara
# Hans F. 2016-05-15 14:47
Hi, Chiara. You could also try an coustic guitar stompbox, like the ones from boss/roland, zoom or digitech. There are a lot of apps and audio interfaces for tablets, cellphones or laptops, too. It depends on your personal preferences. You'll have to try different things and let your ear decide. Don't worry about your english. It's fine, but dont, use the term "in advance". It's not very polite. Cheers and good luck!
# Dad J 2016-02-27 03:26
The app called Amplitube has a setting that digitally changes the sound of guitars from classical to dread or 12-string. I do not know how true sounding these settings are except dread does sound boomier. A free version is available for download.
# Rafun 2016-01-08 06:59
is the nylon string that is available in the mall is different from the one in hardware store. just curious cause one of my friend use the nylon that is available in the hardware store as string in his guitar.
# Stu 2016-01-05 04:21
Just got a 1940 Harmony acoustic archtop. I've gotten the floating bridge's action as low as I can, removing the thumb wheels and sanding down the top petart of the bridge... , no buzz.

I string it with medium bronze now. Is there a lower tension, medium string available to get a better action without compromising sound?
# Hans F. 2016-05-15 14:53
Thicker strings need higher tension to get to pitch. If you want lower tension, you could try custom light, light or extra light strings.
# Alfredo Sanchez 2015-11-12 10:17
I bought a guitar NXC 2000 Yamaha nylon string type recommended me.
# Me 2015-10-30 14:27
I bought the EJ16 Phosphorus Bronze acoustic guitar strings (light) and they are awesome. Whether I'm finger-picking or strumming as hard as I can, they always have the sound I want.
# O 2015-10-02 02:11
Who It may be concerns:


Assist me with best warmest años smoothest
Strings for acoustic nylon and steel string guitars,
And best pickups for amazing acoustic tone warmest
Electric guitar. thanks by al, and Greetings for all!
# Agtone 2015-09-09 12:59
I have an amazing acoustic guitar, and a electric Smith superb acoustic tone, send me The información about their mellowest strings, cable, mic and amps for.

# Bill S 2015-08-16 05:44
Hey I've been playing about 6 years off and on. Pretty good rhythm player. Looking for good strings for fingerstyle, I am just now getting into it. So beginner easy to play soft, mellow, strings for a Taylor GS Mini. Funny, I walked into Guitar Center with 2 grand cash on me for an acoustic about 6 months ago. The GS MINI is what I came out with $599. Amazing tone, playability, comfort. So please help me find the correct strings. Right now I use GHS medium strings, great for picking, but good loud strumming. I really want a mellow smooth "quiet" tone....
# Joe Thio 2016-06-25 19:33
I personally have a BT2, and Martin Retros sound great, but they might be a bit too bright for you.
# Al Riutort 2015-07-15 08:41
I have a Martin guitar DCPA4 I bought two years ago and started learning how to play this year. I like the way it sounds with the strings it came with. My teacher thinks, to make the guitar easier to play, I should switch to Martin Acoustic silk and steel strings. How will that affect the sound?
# Josh 2015-03-03 21:05
Can nylon acoustic bass guitar strings be fitted to a regular classical guitar without causing harm?
# PickerDad 2016-09-28 18:29
Not a good idea at all. I've never played with them, but I'd bet steel bass-guitar strings are at a higher tension than regular guitar strings, and could in fact overload the neck or the bracing. More importantly, bass guitars, whether electric or acoustic, have longer necks than standard guitars, so you'd probably never get them to tune properly, of if you did, you'd have to overtighten them
# Juergen Kraise 2015-02-22 10:03
Hi all,
Excuse me, I have a question. Could you please tell me, how to distinguish thickness of nylon strings: there must be a reference in inches or mm? Does the term "high tension" relate to more thicker strings?
# 2015-02-26 14:22
Should be on the back of the box or on the website of the strings box your looking at
Nylon strings but nylon strings are sized by soft med and heavy. Start in the middle
It's easer to go up or down.
# Toad Flats 2015-02-17 05:37
Sup Brah, a good read. Comprehensive.
# Justin 2015-02-02 15:05
Hey bro great blog. And very informative Can I put a link on my website that shoot them your way? You covered it all man.
# Vivian 2015-01-21 19:04
I'm new at this and have a folk guitar. I like a softer sound, so what kind and brand of strings should I get?
# Keven 2014-12-21 11:29
I use medium light 80/20 bronze strings on my Blueridge guitar and they sound amazing
# jerry orvis 2014-03-31 02:28
I'd like to see musicians gear offer an 80/20 bronze acoustic string in the 10 or 11, like the current 12 &13.
# jeff butler 2014-03-30 00:39
The latest thing is Aluminum Bronze man. They play great. Get with it....
# rob charlebois 2014-11-02 15:58
I find elixer to be the best with light guage or medium light.

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