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What are the best acoustic guitar strings for me?

There is a wide variety of acoustic guitar strings, and choosing the most appropriate is essential for the sound of our instrument.

The thickness of the strings, especially of the light ones, varies a lot between one manufacturer and another. You have to also keep in mind that the acoustic guitar strings have a larger gauge than the electric strings. That’s why it is worth knowing that the most popular electric guitar strings size is what is known as 11, and that it corresponds to sizes starting with this figure, such as 11-52, referring to the thickness of the first and sixth strings. These would be some recommendations to choose the right thickness:

  • Body: If you play with a small body guitar, this will sound better with narrow strings. Otherwise, try with medium or heavy strings if your guitar has a large or jumbo body to take advantage of its large soundbox.
  • Tone: The thicker strings are better at emphasizing the bass, while the thin strings provide a sweeter sound.
  • Style: Choose your strings depending on whether you usually play chords or punctures. The thinner strings are easier for fingerstyle or bending, while the thicker strings have more resistance to withstand a strong guitar chord. If you play in every possible way, do not hesitate and choose a medium or hybrid size.
  • Age of the instrument: If you’ve got a vintage guitar, try to put some strings that add little tension to the neck. Light strings are more suitable than heavy strings.