Basic Guitar Strings

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If you just want to buy a basic set of strings, here's a list of the features you should be looking for.

Electric Guitar

  • Nickel-plated Steel Strings
  • Light or Medium Gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Hex Core
  • Not Coated

Acoustic Guitar

  • 80/20 Bronze Strings
  • Light or Extra Light Gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Hex Core
  • Not Coated
  • This advice also applies to electro-acoustic guitars.

Bass Guitar

  • Nickel-plated Steel Strings
  • Light or Medium Gauge
  • Roundwound
  • Hex Core
  • Not Coated
  • Be sure to check the length.

That's all you really need to get a decent set of strings without a ton of research and without paying for features you don't need.

If you want to know a little more about what these features really mean, see the extended version of this post.

This is one of a series of posts about guitar strings.

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