All About String Gauges Guitar Lessons

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All About String Gauges Guitar Lessons
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This lesson is designed to give you all of the basic information that you need to know about different types of acoustic and electric guitar strings. …

Thislessonisdesignedtogiveyouallofthebasicinformationthatyouneedto knowaboutdifferenttypesofacousticandelectricguitarstrings.Wewilltalkabout stringgauges,typesofacousticstrings,typesofelectricstrings,coatedvs.non coatedstrings,nylonstrings,flatwoundvs.roundwound,whatstringsaremadeof, differencesintoneandmuchmore. Hopefullyyouwillusethislessontoeducateyourselfaboutthedifferentkindsof stringsoutthereandmaybeevenusesomeofthedifferenttypesofstringsthatyou learnabouttoexperimentwithyourownpersonalguitartone.

StringGauges

OverviewTheGaugeofastringissimplythethicknessofthatstring.Thisis usuallymeasuredinthousandthsofaninch.Typicallyasetofstringswillbenamed afterthethicknessofthe1storthinneststringintheset.Youmayhearsomesay thattheyuse"10’s".Thatjustmeansthattheyareusingasetofstringswherethe1st stringis.010ofaninchthick. AcousticStringGaugesAcousticguitarstringsusuallycomeinsetsanywhere from.010.013.Themostcommongaugeisconsideredtobelightor.012gauge. Anythinglighterthan.012isconsideredtobeacustomlightoranextralight. Typically,theheaviestacousticstringsthatyouwillseewillbemediumor.013 gauge. AcousticStringGaugePros&ConsThickergaugestringssoundfullerandlouder buttheyarehardertoplay.Thisisgreatifyoulikeareallythicktoneorneedalot ofvolumeoutofyouracousticguitar.Usingathinnergaugeofstringswillmake yourguitareasiertoplaybutyouwillsacrificesometoneandvolume. ElectricStringGaugesElectricguitarstringgaugesusuallyrangefrom.008.013. Youcanfindsetsthickerthan.013buttheyareusuallyflatwoundsetsorfor baritoneguitars.Typicallyyouwillfind.009or.010gaugestringsonmostelectric guitars.Jazzguitarswilltypicallyhavethickerflatwoundsetsonthem. ElectricStringGaugePros&ConsThickergaugestringssoundfullerbuttheyare abithardertoplay,justlikeontheacoustic.Ifyouaremoreconcernedwithhaving afattonethanyouarewithplayabilityyoumightwanttousethickerstringson yourelectric.Thickergaugeelectricstringsarealsogreatifyoudowntuneyour guitar.Usingathinnergaugeofstringswillmakeiteasiertoplayyourguitarbut youwillsacrificesometoneandthestringswillbeabitlooserfeeling.



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