Question about string gauges!?



Asked by: Derek Reynolds

How does string gauge affect tone?





The gauge of a guitar string affects tone in a very minor way. Thicker guitar strings have more sustain and a fuller tone due to the increased tension. Thinner guitar strings have less sustain and a slightly thinner tone.

Does string gauge affect tension?

As we learnt previously, the higher the gauge, the thicker the string. This is generally true for tension too. Typically you’ll find that the thicker the gauge of the string, the more tension it has when tuned to pitch.

What happens if you change string gauge?

Yes, If you change the gauge of the strings the tension on the neck will be different resulting in your guitar falling and staying out of tune. Take it in to a shop and that will show you what they are doing (try and find a local shop). The cost is generally not that bad and you will make sure it was done right.

How does string gauge affect intonation?

Ideally speaking, gauge does not affect the intonation of unwound strings which are made of the same material and tuned to the same note in the same string position of the same guitar. This is because although there is more tension in a thicker string, the stress is the same.

Why use thicker gauge strings?





Heavier gauge strings naturally have more tension in them when they are tuned to pitch. This means greater effort is required to play them in the form of fretting and bending, but it’s not just the player that feels the extra strain, the guitar is affected by the heavier gauge too.

Do different gauge strings sound different?

The thickness (or gauge) of your guitar strings affects the tone produced by your instrument. Thicker strings means a beefier tone, that’s darker and heavier. Whereas thinner strings produce a thinner and brighter sound.

Does string gauge affect tuning stability?

Heavier gauge strings may hold tune better than thinner strings due to increased tension, but the difference is minimal compared to the other factors that affect a guitar’s tuning: string stretching, how the strings sit or lock in the bridge saddles and nut grooves, and stability of the tuning pegs.

Do heavier 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.

How do you measure string gauge?

String gauge is the thickness/diameter of a guitar string. It’s measured in 1/1000th of an inch. For example, a 10-gauge string is 0.010 inches.



What is the heaviest gauge of guitar strings?

Well, we learned that you can use up to a 74 gauge string on at least an Epiphone tuning peg without any trouble.

What is the difference between guitar string gauges?

What makes one gauge different to another? The difference between one gauge and another is simply the thickness of the strings. So the higher the number, the thicker the gauge will be. For example, a set of 10-47 acoustic strings is lighter (thinner) than a set of 12-53 acoustic strings.

Can heavy gauge strings damage a guitar?

We recommend using only extra light through medium gauge strings on our guitars. Heavy strings can cause too much tension on the top which may cause irreversible damage.



What does string gauge do?

String gauge is the measurement of a string’s thickness and tells you the tone and feel you can expect. Standard sets for guitar range from super-light to heavy. While the gauge difference might seem minuscule, it can transform playability. To reach a given pitch, heavier strings need to be put under more tension.

Do higher gauge strings have more sustain?

Similarly, once the string is vibrating, a heavy-gauge string will take longer to die away than a light-gauge string. In a nutshell, higher gauge strings will result in a slower attack and increased sustain, whereas lighter strings have a stronger attack, but less sustain.

What gauge is heavy string?

011–. 048. This is considered a “heavy gauge” set of strings because the higher gauges create more tension but allow you to play harder. With this gauge of strings, it’s more difficult to bend the strings and push down on the frets.

What string gauge do you use?

A guitar’s string gauge refers to the thickness measured as 1/1000th of an inch of the high E string. For example a set of 10-gauge strings will have a high E string with a thickness of 0.010 inches. The best string gauge for most electric guitar players is either 9 or 10 gauge, and for acoustic guitars it is 12 gauge.



Can I mix different string gauges?

For the most part, it’s fine to mix different brands of strings. Strings will affect the tone of your instrument, and if you’re mixing old and new strings, this will be more noticeable. If you’re going to be mixing different gauges or types of strings, then make sure you know what you’re doing.

What are light gauge strings?

Light strings are easy to bend with good treble and suit short-scale guitars but are quiet and fragile. Heavy strings sustain longer with more low-end and suit larger guitars but are more difficult to play and may strain the guitar. Medium gauge strings fit somewhere in the middle.

What are medium gauge strings?

Medium: Medium-gauge strings start at .013 on an acoustic guitar and .011 on an electric guitar. They’re popular in blues and rock, and they provide a substantial tone while still allowing for some degree of string bending.

Are there different types of guitar strings?

Acoustic guitar strings come in two basic varieties: phosphor bronze or an 80/20 bronze. Phosphor bronze strings are bronze strings with phosphor added to the alloy. They produce a slightly warmer tone, and they tend to last longer.