Is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music?



Asked by: Sarah Gilmore

What string gauge should I use for a standard?





Guitar Strings

Tuning Fender Scale (25.5″) Gibson Scale (24 3/4″)
Eb Standard 10-52 (tigheter feel on low strings) 11-48 (normal tension)
Drop C# 11-48 +52 (normal tension) 11-54 (normal tension)
D Standard 11-54 (higher tension) 11-48 (normal tension)
C Standard 12-56 (regular tension) 12-56 (normal tension)

What is the most common guitar string gauge?

Most acoustic guitars will come standard with 12 gauge strings. While 12’s are a great choice, you always have the option to go with a heavier string like 13’s or a lighter string such as 11’s.

What string gauge does Ed Sheeran use?

According to his guitar tech, Sheeran only uses Elixir Acoustic Nanoweb light 12-53 strings.

Do higher gauge strings sound better?

Thicker strings will be louder than thinner strings without an amplifier because they have more mass, But that does not necessarily mean they sound better. Thinner strings make guitar soloing easier and are actually preferred by some of the heaviest sounding famous guitar players.

What strings did Les Paul use?





Answer: Gibson Les Paul guitars ship with a standard set of . 009-. 046 gauge strings.

Do thicker strings hold tune better?

So generally speaking, if all other factors are the same in terms of how the strings are made, how they were stored, how long they’ve been on your guitar, how heavily they’ve been played—all that sort of stuff—heavier gauge strings are going to hold their tune a little bit better than lighter gauge strings.

Are lighter gauge strings easier to play?

Lighter gauge strings are easier to play since they hold less tension, require less pressure to fret, produce less friction against the fingers, and offer less resistance to bending and vibrato. However, seasoned players may find them loose, flimsy and easier to break, making them “harder” to play.

Are thinner guitar strings easier to play?

Thinner strings are easier to bend on an electric, but they tend to sound brighter, and they are also susceptible to breaking easier. Thicker strings will put more tension on your guitar’s neck due to the extra tension needed to bring the thicker material up to pitch.

What gauge strings did Jimmy Page use?

009 – . 042” as mentioned on the Ernie Ball website.



What gauge strings did Hendrix use?

Jimi Hendrix used Fender Rock ‘N’ Roll Standard 150 light gauge strings.

What strings did Stevie Ray Vaughan use?

Stevie used real heavy strings – . 013 (high E) to . 058 or even . 060 (low E).

What string gauge does Metallica use?

Strings and Picks
011-. 048 (as shown on Ernie Ball site) and . 013-.



What gauge does Kirk use?

“The three top strings are from a . 010 set, and then the bottom three strings are from a . 048 set,” he explains. “And the reason for that is, as a lead guitar player, I need to be able to bend the light strings, and if I have .

What gauge pick does James Hetfield use?

Hetfield currently uses custom Jim Dunlop picks in 1.0mm and 1.14mm gauges. His custom Black Fang pick is based on a vintage tortoise-shell pick (which he used for the first 20 years of the band), while his White Fang is based on a Dunlop Flow pick.