Which acoustic guitar string gauge to buy as a beginner ({.009-.045},{.010-.050},{.011-.052})?



Asked by: Tracy Smith

What gauge acoustic guitar strings should a beginner use?





Here at Strings Direct we always say that a lighter gauge set is best for beginners. Our recommendation for a good gauge for beginners would be 10-47 or 11-52. Of course, if you feel these are too heavy, there are a handful of brands who also produce sets beginning with a 9.

Which acoustic guitar string gauge should I use?

Typically, we recommend Super Light (11-52) or Light (12-54) gauges for most players, with Medium (13-56) gauge working well for those that need as much projection as possible, and Extra Light (10-50) gauge working well for those that want as much flexibility as possible.

What guitar strings are best for beginners?

The best guitar strings for beginners: electric

  • D’Addario XL. Colour-coded ball-ends make string changes easy. …
  • Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky. A great hybrid set, ideal for drop D tuning. …
  • Martin Authentic Acoustic Custom Light. …
  • La Bella 710L Silk And Steel. …
  • Ernie Ball Ernesto Palla. …
  • D’Addario Pro-Arté


What gauge guitar strings do I want?





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.



Popular Guitar String Brands

  • Extra Slinky: 8-38.
  • Super Slinky: 9-42.
  • Regular Slinky: 10-46.
  • Power Slinky: 11-48.
  • Beefy Slinky: 11-54.
  • Not Even Slinky: 12-56.


Are light or medium guitar strings better?

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.

Does string gauge matter acoustic?

The lighter gauge sounded better. Yeah i definitely performed better on the tens. Because it's more way more comfortable. Yeah account for the tonal differences with with eq. And production.

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.



What gauge are light acoustic guitar strings?

An average light acoustic set runs between . 012 and . 053. So how does gauge come into play when you’re choosing strings?

How do I know what gauge my strings are?

There is no easy way to identify the gauge of strings on your guitar unless you purchase a caliper or micrometer to accurately read your strings’ thickness. As a general rule, If you are playing electric guitar, you are most likely playing with extra light or light string set gauges (either 10’s or 11’s).

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.



What is the difference in guitar string gauges?

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.

How thick should my guitar strings be?

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 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.

How do I choose guitar strings?

Get heavier strings for larger bodied acoustic guitars.



Heavier strings will typically sound better on larger body guitars, while lighter strings sound better on smaller instruments. If your guitar’s body is big, medium to heavy gauge strings will sound better in its larger sound chamber.



Can I put any gauge strings on my guitar?

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.