Using steel strings on a guitar built for use with nylon strings can seriously damage it. The neck construction and top bracing of classical and flamenco guitars are not designed to handle the far greater tension produced by steel strings. Using the wrong strings can also damage the bridge and saddles.
Some string makers also offer extra-light and extra-hard tension strings as well as middling sets with designations such as medium-hard. One recommended way to find the tension that’s right for your playing style and guitar is to first zero in on your preferred brand and wound string material.
D'Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under several product divisions: D'Addario Fretted and Orchestral Strings, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario Accessories.
D'Addario's most popular acoustic set, EJ16 delivers the ideal balance of volume, projection and comfortable playability. Phosphor Bronze was introduced to string making by D'Addario in 1974 and has become synonymous with warm, bright, and well balanced acoustic tone.
There are over 200 choices of electric guitar strings, combining Ernie Ball's diverse selection of materials, string gauges, and styles. Ernie Ball electric guitar strings come in a variety of different high quality materials including M-steel, cobalt, nickel, stainless steel, titanium, and bronze.
Like all the Martin SP Studio/Performance Series strings, the MSP4150 SP Phosphor Bronze Light/Medium acoustic guitar strings are ideal live, in the studio, or wherever maximum string life is desired. The creation of these high-performance Martin strings is a result of research done in cooperation with specialty steel producers.
Before we get started, it’s worth pointing out that if you are using a bass guitar you will want to check out our page on the best bass strings, which includes recommendations for bass strings made specifically for heavy rock and metal. Back to guitar strings, and the gauge is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to strings for metal.
What exactly is a coated guitar string? It is a guitar (or bass) string that has been treated with a polymer coating. The polymer is often a Teflon PFT (Polytetrafluoroethylene). Typically the wound strings are coated. The polymer coating was originally developed to prevent string corrosion.
Gauge refers to the string’s physical size. The most popular string gauge set for 6-string, electric guitar is .010–.046. The .010 gauge string is the smallest, referring to the first string and the .046 is the largest or sixth string. The other strings are gauged accordingly for the most even tension, feel, and sound.
Strings need to be anchored securely at the bridge and at the tuning machines to insure they do not slip. When strings slip they loose tension and the guitar goes out of tune. This is one method of winding the strings around the tuning machines to eliminate string slippage.