Guide to Electric Guitar Strings

Electric Guitar String : What is it?

Electric Guitar Strings

Electric guitar strings are steel cored strings that usually come in a set of six--the standard (higher) E, B, G, D, A, and (lower) E strings. They are stretched over the neck of the electric guitar and tuned appropriately. Electric guitars strings made with seven to 12 strings are also available, but they are used for specific types of guitar playing.

Electric guitar strings are replaced regularly because they are prone to corrosion and snapping, especially the higher and thinner strings. Boiling guitar strings that have developed some form of corrosion helps is a good way to clean them and refresh their sound. Replacement electric guitar strings are readily available in music stores.

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Types of Electric Guitar Strings

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Kinds of Electric Guitar Strings include the following:

Standard steel electric guitar strings

  • Standard steel electric guitar strings are roundwound.
  • They vary in thickness (gauge) depending on the playing style.

Flatwound electric guitar strings

  • Flatwound electricguitar strings have a smoother tone when amplified.
  • They are very comfortable to play.
  • They are preferred by most jazz guitarists.

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Choosing Electric Guitar Strings (Buying tips)

Gauge: Choose electric guitar strings in a gauge appropriate to your playing style. If you are into rock or metal music, choose those in gauge 10 to 12 because they provide a heavy and lower sound.

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