ACOUSTIC GUITAR STRINGS

Acoustic guitars strings are available at AH Music Grantham from brands like Rotosound, Ernie Ball & Elixir. We stock both coated & uncoated sets in Phosphor Bronze 80/20 Bronze. Single strings are also available instore only.

What guage acoustic strings do I need?


Strings are manufactured in a range of thicknesses or gauges. These gauges are designated in thousandths of an inch. String gauge has a big influence on playability and sound. Note that classical guitar strings are also designated according to their tension. Lighter gauge strings:

  • are generally easier to play
  • allow easier bending of notes and fretting
  • break more easily
  • produce less volume and sustain
  • are prone to cause fret buzzing, especially on guitars with low action
  • exert less tension on the guitar neck and are a safe choice for vintage guitars
Heavier gauge strings:
  • are generally harder to play
  • require more finger pressure to fret and bend notes
  • produce more volume and sustain
  • exert more tension on the guitar neck




What's the difference in string materials? Phosphor Bronze & 80/20 Bronze


Acoustic Guitar String Construction Materials Here are the sound characteristics of the most popular string types:

  • Bronze: They have clear, ringing and bright tone, but age quickly due to bronze’s tendency to oxidize.
  • Phosphor Bronze: Warmer and darker than bronze, their sound is still quite crisp and the phosphor in the alloy extends their life.
  • Aluminum Bronze: Pronounced bass and crisp highs with greater clarity than phosphor bronze.
  • Brass: They have a bright, jangling, metallic character.
  • Polymer-coated: Less sustain and brightness than equivalent uncoated strings with good presence and warmth; corrosion-resistant. Some include colorants for visual appeal.
  • Silk and Steel: These steel core strings have silk, nylon, or copper wrap wire on the lower strings producing a softer touch and delicate tone. Popular with folk guitarists and fingerstyle players.





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