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Guitar strings – what there is to know?

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Guitar strings are made up of a center core. There are wraps of wire around it. The center core is usually round or hexagonal shaped. The windings come in three shapes: half-round (polished or ground-round) round-wound, (also known as wound), and flatwound. The most common of all strings is roundwound and makes for the nicest richest sound.

Flatwound strings have a smooth outer wrap to provide the best surface for easy squeakless finger sliding. They have a flat dark sound.

A half-round string is made from a round-wound string that has the wrap ground down to create a more even and flat surface. The smoother surface allows the hand to glide easily along it with very little squeaking. They are not as bright as round-wound.

Material for the windings on electric guitar strings must have stronger magnetic properties to be able to sound good with the guitar’s pickups.

Plain strings are usually made of steel and are suitable for electric and acoustic guitars. Acoustic guitar strings do not need magnetic properties since the tone is not created with a pickup. They do need to have resonant properties to produce a good sounding tone.

Guitar strings   what there is to know?

Changing old strings is the best and easiest way to improve your quality of sound. If you’re not pleased with the sound of your guitar you may want to replace your strings. Remember, the string is really where the sound of your guitar begins. It’s the sound of the string that determines how you will sound when playing.

Some preferred types of strings are:

  • Acoustic and electric guitarists: usually prefer nickel plated because of its magnetic quality.
  • Stainless steel: usually steel guitar
  • Chrome: mostly preferred by blues and jazz guitar
  • Bronze Wound: Best in acoustic guitars They have a rich tone.
  • Brass: Good to brighten acoustic guitars.

The gauge or thickness of the string determines its pitch or tone. The sixth string is the thickest and so on down to the first which is the thinnest. You will see that the size of the string in millimeters is printed on the package when you buy them. When you buy strings you should buy them as a set unless you break one that’s fairly new. This is because the strings are commonly sold as a matching set.

As a rule, normally the thicker the string, the deeper the sound. The sound of the guitar sounds better with new strings.