Electric Guitar Strings

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About Electric Guitar Strings

Electric guitar strings are an important factor in the overall experience you get from playing your guitar. Every guitarist has their own preference for make, gauge and material so in order to cater for everybody, we keep a large variety of strings for electric guitars in every guitarguitar store.

All standard gauges are available from manufacturers like D'Addario, Ernie Ball, Dunlop and Rotosound, plus we keep some specialist gauges in stock too: we stock gauge .008 Ernie Balls in every store for example, plus a D'Addario .012 - .060 set for all thsoe who down-tune their guitars. We also keep D'Addario .0095 sets in stock for players who really feel that middle ground between 9s and 10s!

We always keep 7 and 8 string guitar sets in stock as well as the custom made D'Addario strings for Strandberg guitars. We keep coated strings in stock too, for those who prefer that special feel and long lifespan. Whatever your string requirements are, guitarguitar has you covered.

Frequently Asked Questions about Electric Guitar Strings

If you are moving form gauge 9 to 10, you may not need to do much at all! If you plan on using heavier strings, there will be more tension in the neck and the strings will be pulling more. String height and intonation at the bridge may be factors that need checking. A truss rod adjustment may be required but we do not advise doing this unless you are experienced. We have trained repair staff on hand to carry out this work for you. If in doubt, give us a shout!
Drop D tuning is a simple alteration to standard tuning that makes your guitar sound heavier. All you need to do is detune the low E string by one whole tone, or two frets' worth, to take it from E to D. This means you can now play power chords with one finger. Lots of Grunge-era bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains utilised Drop D tuning to get more low end grind out of their riffs. If you want to try it yourself, you may want to try using a slightly heavier bottom E string. Manufacturers like Ernie Ball, Dunlop and D'Addario all sell sets of strings with heavier bottom E strings: 9-42 sets will have 9-46 strings whilst 10-46 strings will have 10-52 and so on.
The majority of electric guitars are strung with gauge 9 or 10 strings and these gauges are what most guitarists prefer. Gauge 9 is easier on the fingers. Gauge 10 strings are considered by some players to sound better but this is subjective. Guitars with slightly shorter 24.75"" scale lengths work well with gauge 10 strings. As always, experiment a little and find your own preference: there are no hard and fast rules.