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Best electric guitar strings for beginners

Ernie Ball Super Slinky

It's something most new guitarists don't think of until they break their first string - "what are the best guitar strings for me?". There are a bewildering range of guitar strings available, with terms like Nickel, roundwound, gauge, light, medium, skinny top etc to confuse the uninitiated. So here's some simple advice for the beginner: read more »

Are Pure Nickel guitar strings better than Nickel Plated?

DR Pure Blues - pure Nickel guitar strings

In the 1950s, when electric guitars started to become mainstream brought new requirements for guitar strings - not only did they need to have great tone and longevity, that also needed good magnetic properties to work with magnetic pickups. The requirement led string manufacturers to experiment with different metals and alloys including Monel steel, stainless steel 430, chrome, nickel, and others. These had better magnetic properties than the traditional bronze and brass used in acoustic guitar strings. read more »

Guitar Tech anounce lightweight universal capo

Guitar Tech capo

Guitar Tech (best known for their wide range of guitar accessories) . has introduced a new lightweight capo for acoustic, electric and classical guitars. Unusually for a 6-string guitar capo, it is also said to be suitable not only for 12-string guitars, but also for banjos and mandolins.

Capos are popular with beginners and experienced players alike, whether changing the key of songs to suit a singer's vocal range or experimenting with different tonal qualities and chord inversion. The GT capo is designed for easy one-handed operation and with no sharp edges, and soft rubber parts that touch the instrument shouldn't leave any marks on your favourite guitar's neck. Ease of use should also mean that the user can place the capo accurately, essential for avoiding fret buzz with the capo fitted. read more »

What strings does James Dean Bradfield use?

Optima Chrome 11 - 50 Electric Guitar Strings

Although choosing the best strings for our own musical style, guitar and personal preference is largely a matter of trial and error (having considered some basic guidelines), a useful starting point is to consider what your own guitar heros use. Many famous guitarists endorse a particular brand, or even have their own Signature Series (such as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Signature Series of GHS Boomers for example), so a good starting point are the websites of major string brands (see "Guitar String Manufacturers" for a list). read more »

Best Guitar Strings for the Blues

Gibson BB King Signature strings

Playing Blues guitar is all about feel and tone... so what are the best strings for the Blues? Not an easy question to answer (along with "what is the best guitar for the Blues?"), but we'll try to give some tips and look at what strings the best blues guitarists use...

Do you need Heavy Strings for Blues?

Conventional wisdom is that you need heavy gauge strings for a great Blues tone. Certainly early Blues players would use heavy strings, read more »

Sfarzo launch new alloy strings - EMPYREAN and NICKELANIUM

Sfarzo guitar strings

With their hook line "Superior guitar strings for superior guitarists", Santa Rosa California-based Sfarzo Strings are launching two new sets of strings in January 2011. According to Sfarzo, both the EMPYREAN acoustic guitar strings and NICKELANIUM for electric guitar give an outstanding bright sound and more sustain than conventional strings.

The NICKELANIUM Nickel Strings are advertised as Outstanding for Screaming Leads and Chomping rhythms. Excellent for live performance and studio sessions.. In addition to conventional sets of 9, 10 and 11 gauge, the NICKELANIUM strings are available in an additional 7 sets of different string gauge combinations - great for guitarists who like to experiment. read more »

Elixir launch "Pro Packs" for guitarists who change strings often

Elixir Strings Pro Packs

Serious guitarists who gig regularly can get through a lot of packs of strings... and he cost can start to be significant. In recognition of this, Elixir Strings has unveiled the "Pro Pack", a cost effective solution for guitarists that get through a large amount of strings. read more »

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