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john.j.vogel7

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Brand new player, need to change the strings in my acoustic/ electric. Looking for advice on what the best type of strings to get as a beginner? Thank you

JV

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Brand new player, need to change the strings in my acoustic/ electric. Looking for advice on what the best type of strings to get as a beginner? Thank you

JV

manXcat

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Can you be more specific about your guitar model?

Is it an e-acoustic or hollow body electric?

Assuming the former, I'd go with a set of 12-53s in any reputable brand.

My own predilection is for D'Addario EJ-16s or Alice AW430s, both in 12-53. The latter are coated, at a fraction of the price of D'Addario or Elixir. Both are very good and both are available in the lighter gauge of 11-52 if you prefer as a beginner.

Key is buy what you can afford to change strings often.

♪A little better all the time♫

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Can you be more specific about your guitar model?

Is it an e-acoustic or hollow body electric?

Assuming the former, I'd go with a set of 12-53s in any reputable brand.

My own predilection is for D'Addario EJ-16s or Alice AW430s, both in 12-53. The latter are coated, at a fraction of the price of D'Addario or Elixir. Both are very good and both are available in the lighter gauge of 11-52 if you prefer as a beginner.

Key is buy what you can afford to change strings often.

♪A little better all the time♫

john.j.vogel7

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E-acoustic. Thank you for the advice, I'm definitely taking it. Another question, what do the numbers represent when it comes to string type. Just trying to understand why and what I'm buying . Thanks again.

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E-acoustic. Thank you for the advice, I'm definitely taking it. Another question, what do the numbers represent when it comes to string type. Just trying to understand why and what I'm buying . Thanks again.

manXcat

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String gauge, thinnest to thickest 1 to 6. Strings come in standard and custom gauge sets. A 12-53 standard set which would be considered light gauge. 11-52 would be a lighter gauge standard set, ergo less tension to fret.

Watch this. It'll bring you up to speed.

You'll also want a string winder and something to snip off the excess string if you're doing it yourself. With a single guitar only changing occasionally a simple $2 hand winder type is fine, and any respectable pair of pliars you might have in the garage will have a cutting edge adequate suitable for snipping surplus string ends at the tuners. If you want to spend more on a string winder, quality, functionality and versatility of this beats anything D'Addario and other high profile brands make at a fraction of their cost.

♪A little better all the time♫

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String gauge, thinnest to thickest 1 to 6. Strings come in standard and custom gauge sets. A 12-53 standard set which would be considered light gauge. 11-52 would be a lighter gauge standard set, ergo less tension to fret.

Watch this. It'll bring you up to speed.

You'll also want a string winder and something to snip off the excess string if you're doing it yourself. With a single guitar only changing occasionally a simple $2 hand winder type is fine, and any respectable pair of pliars you might have in the garage will have a cutting edge adequate suitable for snipping surplus string ends at the tuners. If you want to spend more on a string winder, quality, functionality and versatility of this beats anything D'Addario and other high profile brands make at a fraction of their cost.

♪A little better all the time♫