The electric guitar is probably the most popular instrument among novice musicians today. And this folk love is quite understandable: at a relatively low cost, you can get the opportunity to sound like dozens of different favorite bands (especially if you collect a large chain of effects or become the owner of a guitar processor), you can use dozens of techniques and additional accessories, assemble your own band, and much more.
It's no secret that strings for electric guitar – it is the element that has a decisive influence on how the instrument will sound. Even the most expensive wood and expensive guitar equipment will produce a muddy, hollow, and characterless sound when old and greasy strings are on the instrument. Therefore, the process of choosing a suitable kit should be treated very carefully – and now we will briefly tell you which strings for electric guitar you can buy on our virtual counters, as well as which ones are better suited for a certain style, instrument and for certain musical purposes.
Don't expect us to tell you exactly which strings for electric guitar are better than others: there is no optimal and universal set for everyone, and there are many reasons for this:
And so on – There are more than several thousand different types of electric guitar strings on the market now. And you, like all other guitarists, will have to experiment for some time to find the best option for you. And we will help you with this with a brief memo on the characteristics that you will find on a pack of strings and in the description on our website.
The most classic in terms of sound is the flat winding version. These strings provide a velvety and slightly "thick'' sound, they are usually made of a steel core and flat wire, which looks more like a tape and is wound around the core. The smooth surface provides the most pure sound and almost complete absence of overtones from the movement of fingers along the string – an added benefit is the slower abrasion of the frets.
Round Wrap is a favorite of modern musicians. In this case, an unpolished wire with a round (in some models elliptical) profile acts as a winding on the core. Easy to manufacture and affordable electric guitar strings that deliver the vibrant, punchy sound loved by many rock and metal artists.
They give more resonance and rustling when moving the fingers along the string, as well as wear out a little faster and gradually form cuts in the fret plates.
Semicircular winding – a reasonable compromise, which from the point of view of manufacturing technology is a round winding, ground from the outside. By sound – this is something in between the first two options, for the price – above average.
Today, three types of string production have received maximum distribution: the use of pure nickel, nickel in combination with a steel core and pure steel.
pure nickel strings provide the softest and most stringy sound – they sound deep and melodious on lead parts and with overdrive. These sets are usually chosen by blues, jazz and soft rock performers.
Nickel-plated steel (nickel winding + steel core) – this is the classic, the most popular and quite versatile option, from which we recommend starting the search for your sound.
Pure Steel is suitable for those looking for a bright and powerful sound: these sets are perfect for those musicians who need to sound at the forefront of the mix.
Finally, it remains to choose the brand and the gauge of the strings, that is, their thickness.
On our site you will find more than 500 types of kits from more than 26 brands, including electric guitar strings Elixir, D ’ Addario, Ernie Ball, La Bella, Dean Markley, Dunlop, etc. If you are confused by such a variety of brands – no problem! Contact us in any convenient way online or offline, and our managers will surely tell you about the differences between individual brands, why strings with protection are more expensive and which strings are best to start looking for your signature sound.
As for the thickness, we recommend starting with the standard build and the classic sets of 9-42 or 10-46. After playing them, you will be able to understand whether to change the structure of the instrument and look for thicker strings.
By the way, we have prepared a special memo for experimenters with formation: « Which strings are best suited to a particular tune?»
So, now you know a brief information about where to start choosing strings for electric guitar. If you still have any questions, please write or call us and we will be happy to help you with your choice!