Replacing strings

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robbrooks101

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Joined: 02/12/11

Posts: 22

Hi,
I'm about to buy an electro-acoustic guitar. What sort of strings should I use as replacements when I break them ?
Many thanks.

#1

Hi,
I'm about to buy an electro-acoustic guitar. What sort of strings should I use as replacements when I break them ?
Many thanks.

Guillermostaggs

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Joined: 03/17/12

Posts: 40

To be honest i have no idea what guage string acoustics use i would walk into the store and ask for acoustic guitar strings they should show you diffrent brands it uses acoustic guitar strings becuase its just a acoustic with built in pickups :-)
Dont stop keep going-frank zappa Find what your good at and exaggerate it-steve vai

#2

To be honest i have no idea what guage string acoustics use i would walk into the store and ask for acoustic guitar strings they should show you diffrent brands it uses acoustic guitar strings becuase its just a acoustic with built in pickups :-)
Dont stop keep going-frank zappa Find what your good at and exaggerate it-steve vai

robbrooks101

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Joined: 02/12/11

Posts: 22

Thanks.
The only thing is, I had a go on an electro-acoustic, and the strings seemed identical to my son's electric guitar.

#3

Thanks.
The only thing is, I had a go on an electro-acoustic, and the strings seemed identical to my son's electric guitar.

Ben Lindholm

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Hi! The main difference would be that the G string is wound, which it usually isn't on electric guitars.

The most common string gauge for steel-string acoustic guitars (doesn't matter if they have pickups or not) is what you would call "twelves", or .012s.

This just refers to the thickness of the top (thinnest) E string. Some beginners might think that's too heavy, and use .011s instead. If you strum really hard you might want to use .013s.

Hope this helps! /Ben
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#4

Hi! The main difference would be that the G string is wound, which it usually isn't on electric guitars.

The most common string gauge for steel-string acoustic guitars (doesn't matter if they have pickups or not) is what you would call "twelves", or .012s.

This just refers to the thickness of the top (thinnest) E string. Some beginners might think that's too heavy, and use .011s instead. If you strum really hard you might want to use .013s.

Hope this helps! /Ben
My newest tutorials:
Pentatonic Speedster
Funk Lick Library A2
Bat Country
Funk Lick Library A1
Tapping: Level 4
Tapping: Level 3
Alternate Picking: Level 2

Find all of my lessons here:
Complete Lesson Catalog

robbrooks101

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Joined: 02/12/11

Posts: 22

Thanks Ben,
Cut'n'pasted and stored for future reference !
Amazon shows my guitar arriving in a couple of days, no more borrowing my son's !
Move over Johnny Cash, there's a new kid in town and he chews his tongue between chord changes..........

#5

Thanks Ben,
Cut'n'pasted and stored for future reference !
Amazon shows my guitar arriving in a couple of days, no more borrowing my son's !
Move over Johnny Cash, there's a new kid in town and he chews his tongue between chord changes..........

Ben Lindholm

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 02/02/02

Posts: 980

#6

robbrooks101

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Joined: 02/12/11

Posts: 22

Oh yes,
Went for a cheap electro acoustic on Amazon, called a Lindo, the sticker inside says "Designed in the UK" !
Chopped the strings off and put on some good quality strings from the local music shop, and in my humble opinion, it sounds great.
My eldest son actually prefers it to his electric guitar so there must be something to it.
Bottom line, I love it and it should keep me going for a few years; next tough decision to face is blues, rock or country !
Best,

Rob

#7

Oh yes,
Went for a cheap electro acoustic on Amazon, called a Lindo, the sticker inside says "Designed in the UK" !
Chopped the strings off and put on some good quality strings from the local music shop, and in my humble opinion, it sounds great.
My eldest son actually prefers it to his electric guitar so there must be something to it.
Bottom line, I love it and it should keep me going for a few years; next tough decision to face is blues, rock or country !
Best,

Rob