Stringing Your Guitar

Stringing Your Guitar

Fresh strings yield the best tone. Guitar strings lose their sustain after more than a few hours of hard playing. It is best to change your strings before each gig.

It is best to restring a guitar one string at a time, be it acoustic or electric. This keeps the tension on the neck at a constant and may help keep your neck from warping over the life of your instrument.

Strings come in a wide number of gauges, or thicknesses. The thicker the string, the fatter your tone will be, but the tension on the neck is greater. Using thicker gauge string to learn is in my opinion, a good idea. This will help develop the muscles in your hands and forearms. Thin strings are easier to chord and play, but they yield a thin tone. This is true especially on an acoustic guitar. It is wise to make a note of the strings and their weight that are installed on your guitar when you buy it.

Generally speaking, the more expensive, or the better quality the guitar, the more sensitive it will be to factors such as string weight and humidity.