You may come across or ask yourself as a new player, which strings do I purchase when it comes to re stringing your guitar.

Honestly, string gauges are a personal preference once you have been playing a while and you are comfortable choosing your preferred gauge.

But for now lets just take it that you are unsure!

I would recommend choosing the lightest gauge string if you are a complete beginner the string gauges, this is because the lighter string gauge will be easier on the fingers. This will apply to both electric guitar and acoustic guitar, more so for acoustic guitar as acoustic strings are generally hasher on the fingers.

I like to think in terms of acoustic strings that they come in sets of extra lights, lights, medium and heavy gauges, so when looking at strings on line one of my favourite strings are Martin extra lights. I find these string really nice to play and are not generally hard of the fingers. But your fingers will get sore, regardless of string gauge, but lighter strings will give you more playing time before the fingers start to get sore.

Electric guitar strings

The easiest way when purchasing a set of electric guitar strings, is by selecting a set of strings starting with the lowest number string in the set you are choosing.

These start from gauge 08s and go up from 08 to 13s

Sets eights, nines, tens, elevens, twelves, and thirteens. the higher the thinnest string number the harsher the strings will be on the fingers.

So lets say you have bought your strings now you need to change them, firstly when removing the strings loosen the strings via the tuners so the strings become slack. Do not just cut the strings with some wire snippers while the strings are tight. One a flying string in full tension could be dangerous to the eye, plus with just cutting the strings under tension causes the guitar neck to release to quickly which is not good for health of the guitar neck or fretboard so therefore, loosen each string via the tuners, be nice to your instrument.

Once you have loosened the stings if you are using an acoustic guitar, you will either have white or black pegs on the bridge or strings through the bridge, if you have pegs you can pull these out either by a peg removal tool, or some pliers or side cutters. Remove the pegs so you can remove the eyeball end of the string from the guitar, if the strings are through the bridge take each string off the tuners first then feed the string out of the bridge to remove them..

Pegged Bridge
String Through Bridge

If you have a stratocaster or telecaster style bridge, the string usually feed from the back of the guitar, through to the front of the guitar.

Some times the string can get stuck, if this happens use a small hexagon key or Allen key by pushing the key from the front holes where the string goes through. With a little tap with a screwdriver handle this should release the string so you can pull the string out of the back of the guitar.

Fender style bridge

Now we have the new strings back in the bridge, on either your acoustic or electric. I have put a diagram below showing you how I put my strings around the tuner. With the way I put the string on using the diagram, this will lock the string in place by trapping the sting between the windings this should help with you guitar staying in tune.

However, when you first replace the strings on your guitar, until they have been tuned and played a little they may go out of tune slightly. This is because the strings will need to stretch in, once they have stretched in, your guitar tuning should be more stable.

Hopefully when you bought you guitar you where supplied with a clip on guitar tuner, if not you will need to purchase one so you can tune your guitar with the new strings on. If you have one brilliant you can now tune up your guitar.

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