Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings w NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053)
Martin MSP4150 SP Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light/Medium
D’Addario EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings
Martin MM12 Retro Monel Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, 12-54
Dean Markley Blue Steel Cryogenic Activated Acoustic Strings, 13-56, 2038, Medium
Ernie Ball Earthwood Silk and Steel Extra Soft Acoustic Set.010 – .050
D’Addario EJ17 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Medium, 13-56
Martin M540 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light
Ernie Ball Earthwood Light Phosphor Bronze Acoustic String Set.011 – .052
Understand String GaugeMost acoustic guitar string manufacturers identify the string gauges in a set using terms such as “extra light” or “heavy.” While the exact gauges may vary slightly among manufacturers, here are typical gauge ranges for acoustic and electric guitar string sets:
- “extra light”: .010 .014 .023 .030 .039 .047
- “custom light”: .011 .015 .023 .032 .042 .052
- “light”: .012 .016 .025 .032 .042 .054
- “medium”: .013 .017 .026 .035 .045 .056
- “heavy”: .014 .018 .027 .039 .049 .059
- are generally easier to play
- allow easier bending of notes and fretting
- break more easily
- produce less volume and sustain
- are prone to cause fret buzzing, especially on guitars with low action
- exert less tension on the guitar neck and are a safe choice for vintage guitars
- are generally harder to play
- require more finger pressure to fret and bend notes
- produce more volume and sustain
- exert more tension on the guitar neck
Understand Guitar String MaterialsSound characteristics of the most popular string types:
- Bronze: They have clear, ringing and bright tone, but age quickly due to bronze’s tendency to oxidize.
- Phosphor Bronze: Warmer and darker than bronze, their sound is still quite crisp and the phosphor in the alloy extends their life.
- Aluminum Bronze: Pronounced bass and crisp highs with greater clarity than phosphor bronze.
- Brass: They have a bright, jangling, metallic character.
- Polymer-coated: Less sustain and brightness than equivalent uncoated strings with good presence and warmth; corrosion-resistant. Some include colorants for visual appeal.
- Silk and Steel: These steel core strings have silk, nylon, or copper wrap wire on the lower strings producing a softer touch and delicate tone. Popular with folk guitarists and finger-style players.