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Classical Guitar Strings

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Which classical guitar strings to choose?

The strings of acoustic instruments such as the classical guitar are of vital importance since, after the performer, the woods and the construction, they are the most important element for the character of the sound.

The peculiarity of classical guitar strings is that the first three strings (E,B,G) are usually made of a single filament or thread (either nylon, carbon or titanium) while the last three are called “multifilament” because several strands are used, usually wound to an inner core constructed of some flexible material.


Nylon is the most used material and usually the cheapest. It is a relatively stable material, although after prolonged and hard use they tend to deform and wear, which prevents them from tuning correctly. The tone they produce could be defined as classic, with little volume compared to other materials, but sweet, with a very soft touch that facilitates playability.

  • Carbon strings are very similar to nylon strings. They are harder to the touch and take longer to set the tuning, but once they do, they are very accurate. Its tone is more metallic, less sweet, than nylon.
  • Titanium strings are modified for a brighter tonal response. One of the main advantages is that they are very similar to nylon to the touch and the tuning sets very quickly.
  • Composite strings, in terms of brightness, are between of nylon and carbon. The touch is similar to that of nylon and the tuning is the one that settles the fastest, but when new, they produce a greater squeak than that of other strings.

Finally, the last three strings (D,A,E) are typically multifilament, and the variety is enormous since, practically each manufacturer has its own formula. This is why we advise to refer to the manufacturer, who usually report the characteristics of their strings, as well as try different packs until you find the one you like the most.


When choosing the type of tension (basically the force exerted by the string from the bridge to the nut) we must analyze our playing technique and the characteristics of the instrument in which we are going to use them.

The harder the tension, the fuller the sound, but it feels harder to the hand. The softer the tension, the duller the sound but it feels smoother to the hand. A rule of thumb is usually to reserve the high tension strings for performing life or when playing percussive styles such as flamenco. We can use soft or medium tension to study or practice, or in case we do not have enough strength in the hand, which can prevent injury. But, as always, the best is to try different ones until we find the one that best suits our needs.