Are Guitar Strings Dangerous? (With 6 Safety Tips)
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Are Guitar Strings Dangerous? (With 6 Safety Tips)

Many beginners in the guitar-playing world are under the impression that handling guitar strings is a very technically demanding challenge, not only when it comes to playing them but also for other tasks such as tuning. Horror flicks at times depict scenes of strings breaking into people’s faces (such as in The Haunting, starring Liam Neeson, in…

How Many Strings Do Guitars Have? (With Examples)
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How Many Strings Do Guitars Have? (With Examples)

Guitars aren’t complete without strings, but how many strings do they have? The string is the means by which the soundwave is created and then resonated through the guitar’s soundbox after plucking. As is the case with any other instrument, guitars have many variants, as they have been evolving over time from other similar string…

Are Nylon Or Steel Strings Better For Acoustic Guitar?
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Are Nylon Or Steel Strings Better For Acoustic Guitar?

Strings are one of the most important components of a guitar. Acoustic guitars commonly come with metal strings (made from steel alloy core). However, it’s not necessarily unusual to find acoustic guitars with nylon strings attached. Are nylon or steel strings better for acoustic guitars? Though acoustic and classical guitar are technically both acoustic (they…

Differences Between Coated & Uncoated Guitar Strings
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Differences Between Coated & Uncoated Guitar Strings

The market provides a healthy variety of musical instruments and accessories, including a vast range of guitar string styles. When choosing a new set of strings, you may be wondering whether to opt for coated or uncoated strings. What are the differences between coated and uncoated strings? Coated strings are coated with a polymer layer…

Can I Store My Guitar Safely Without Strings?
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Can I Store My Guitar Safely Without Strings?

A guitar is never truly complete without strings. While it’s obvious that an unstrung guitar cannot be played properly, a more nuanced question is in relation to storing guitars without strings. Can I store my guitar safely without strings? Guitars can be safely stored with or without strings as long as they are kept safe…

Do Heavier/Thicker Gauge Guitar Strings Sound Better?
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Do Heavier/Thicker Gauge Guitar Strings Sound Better?

Guitar-strings gauge has been a discussion topic for guitar players since they were invented. They indeed change the instrument’s sound drastically, but do they make you sound better? Do heavier/thicker gauge guitar strings sound better? Heavier gauge strings produce darker, more sustained tones. More vibrating metal in front of the pickup’s magnetic field generates more…

Do New Guitar/Bass Strings Sound Better?
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Do New Guitar/Bass Strings Sound Better?

It’s always recommended that you change your guitar strings every 3 months (or after 100 hours of playing time) and bass guitar strings whenever they start losing their optimal tone. These norms are not always followed consistently, though. In fact, some guitarists may feel unsure about changing their strings out of fear that the new…

How Long Does It Take To Break In New Guitar Strings?
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How Long Does It Take To Break In New Guitar Strings?

Guitar strings tend to detune frequently upon first set up. The reason for this is because they are mostly made from a highly resilient material. By applying tension, the strings will try to revert to their previous position. However, as they are attached to the bridge and tuning peg of the guitar, being pushed in…

What To Do If You Break A Guitar String (Live, Studio & Practice)
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What To Do If You Break A Guitar String (Live, Studio & Practice)

The odds of a guitar string breaking while performing are largely dependent on your instrument, playing style, and the quality/age of the strings. Breaking a string is a real possibility in live, studio and practice environments, and it’s important to know how to handle these kinds of situations. What should I do if I break…

Should I Use Light Or Heavy Gauge Bass Guitar Strings?
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Should I Use Light Or Heavy Gauge Bass Guitar Strings?

The string gauge you choose to put in your bass will change your experience with the instrument. Moreover, it might be a game-changer for your tone and music, so what is the right gauge for you? Should you use light or heavy gauge bass guitar strings? Though lighter gauge bass strings don’t produce as much…

Does Guitar Action/String Height Affect Tone?
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Does Guitar Action/String Height Affect Tone?

Guitar action is an incredibly important aspect of a guitar setup. First and foremost, it affects comfort and playability but also plays a role in potential string gauge options and may even affect the guitar’s overall tone. Does guitar action/string height affect tone? Guitar action (the height between the frets and the strings) affects tone…

Can I Play Nylon Strings With A Pick Without Damaging Them?
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Can I Play Nylon Strings With A Pick Without Damaging Them?

Playing classical guitar with a pick could be considered almost the equivalent of a sacrilege for some instrumentalists. In recent decades, we have witnessed a good number of renowned guitarists using picks on classical guitars, to wit: Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, and Willie Nelson have all played classical nylon strings with a pick, to…