3 Guitar String Problems We Fix

3 Guitar String Problems We Fix

Guitar strings have remained largely unchanged for many decades, and there’s a reason. They got a lot right when they came up with the modern guitar string—nickel plated steel wrapped around hexagonal cores—but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. And improvement is what we’re all about here at Stringjoy.

That’s the good thing about being a newcomer to the guitar string world. Because we’re not set in old ways, we’ve been able to approach our strings fresh, with no preconceptions—and in doing so, we’ve been able to improve upon some long-standing problems with guitar strings. Here’s three of the fixes we’re most proud of.

Problem #1: Strings still lose their tone too fast.

We’ve all strung up guitar string sets that lose their tone after a few days… Yet the only solutions available are coatings that kill the output and sustain of your guitar. Well, we’ve got another approach:

How long do guitar strings last? Not as long as they should. | Stringjoy

The Fix:

  • We use a high nickel content wrap wire in our guitar strings, which holds its tone better, for longer. Much the way Pure Nickel strings last longer than regular Nickel-Plated Steel strings, except you get that longevity without losing all your top end.
  • We ship our strings to you fresh. They don’t sit around on a shelf in a warehouse for months (years even!), they head straight to you. By the time you get them strung up, they’re typically not more than a few weeks from being wound.

Problem #2: Most string gauges are unbalanced.

I know it’s hard to believe, I mean everybody uses the same gauges. Well, they’re wrong. Okay, maybe not wrong, they’re just not perfect. Fortunately, there’s a solution:

What are balanced guitar strings? | Stringjoy

The Fix:

  • Every guitar string set we sell is internally balanced for even tension and smooth playability. We approached every set of strings we make with a fresh eye and built them based on tension math, not tradition. The differences in gauges are minimal, but having a set that is perfectly balanced across the entire fretboard makes playing a joy. I mean, if you can have perfect balance, why wouldn’t you?

Problem #3: There’s no one there to help.

Who hasn’t broken a string, or gotten the wrong gauge on accident? When that happened, was there anyone there to help you? An email you could write to where someone would work with you to make sure you were happy? Doubtful.

But fear not friend, those dark days are over:

We care about you. No, but like, really. | Stringjoy

The Fix:

  • We work directly with our customers, so you have access to expert advice whenever you need it, you don’t have to go through a middleman that may or may not know what he or she is talking about.
  • We care about you, and we want to make sure you’re happy. We don’t make money from selling you a set of strings that sucks and you never coming back. Our business model is based on making you so happy that you choose to work with us—and to earn your loyalty we’ve got to take care of you. So, we do.

We’d love to have you in the Stringjoy family.

If all that sounds like something you can get behind, grab a set for yourself and join the Stringjoy family. We’d be proud to have ya. See all our string options HERE, or have a look at a few of our most popular sets:

MOST POPULAR OPTIONS

ELECTRIC GUITAR STRINGS

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  • Stringjoy Balanced Light Gauge (10-48) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

    $11.90

    I know what you’re thinking: 10 to 48? I thought Light strings went 10 to 46? Yeah well, let me explain…

    We do a lot of experimenting around here with different string gauges — I know, we’re nerds — and we love to run the tension math to see how certain sets perform. Through all that, we’ve discovered two inherent problems in a typical 10-46 “Light” set: there are big dips in tension on both the 2nd and 6th strings (.013 and .046, respectively). So, with our Balanced 10s, we fix all that by using a .0135 and a .048 instead.

    The result is a set of strings that plays evenly across the entire fretboard and intonates better. So if you’ve been a classic 10s player, you have to give these a try. Seriously.

    Sound good? Rad. Hit the blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .010 – .0135 – .017 – .026w – .036 – .048
    Want to customize? Load these gauges in our Custom Set Builder.

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  • Stringjoy Balanced Super Light Gauge (9-42) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

    $11.90

    So these might look like a typical set of 9s (or Super Lights, or Extra Lights—everyone seems to call ‘em something different…), but trust me, they’re not.

    The standard for 9s is typically 9-11-16-24-32-42, and while the gauges on the bottom end are solid, the top is all kinds of messed up. Why some other companies make them that way, I honestly couldn’t tell you—but never fear! We’ve fixed all that for you.

    See, the issue on most sets is that the .011 has far too little tension to balance with the .009 and the .016 has far too much tension. So, with our Balanced 9s we fix all that by using a .012 and a .015 instead.

    The result is a set of strings that plays evenly across the entire fretboard and intonates better when set up properly. If you’re typically a 9s player, these are definitely the way to go.

    Sound good? Rad. Hit the blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .009 – .012 – .015 – .024w – .032 – .042
    Want to customize? Load these gauges in our Custom Set Builder.

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  • Stringjoy Heavy Bottom Light Gauge (10-52) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

    $11.90

    Ah, so you like a set of strings that packs a punch, do ya? You like to pick heavy on the bottom but still want to be able to bend up top? Well then, our Heavy Bottom 10s are just the strings for you.

    This set addresses the two tension issues that arise in typical 10-52 sets: the 2nd string is too light, and the 5th string is too heavy. We fix the top end by subbing in a .0135 for the typical .013, bringing perfect balance to all the plain strings. Then on bottom, we drop the gauge of the 5th string to a .040 (from the typical .042) to pull everything evenly together down there.

    These two tweaks give our Heavy Bottom 10s great balance on both the plain and wound strings, with extra tension on the bottom for heavier players—or just those who are after a thicker bottom end sound.

    Sound good? Rad. Hit the blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .010 – .0135 – .017 – .030 – .040 – .052
    Want to customize? Load these gauges in our Custom Set Builder.

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  • Stringjoy Balanced Medium Gauge (11-50) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

    $11.90

    So 10s aren’t quite enough for you, is that right? Don’t worry my friend, you’re in good company.

    11s are the perfect middle ground—enough tension to get a nice meaty tone out of your guitar, but not so much that you can’t bend at all. Well, our Balanced 11s are just the thing for you then.

    The biggest tweak we make on these gauges is to go for a slightly heavier 6th string (a .050) to balance the whole set out better—giving you enough fullness on the bottom to complement the .011-.014-.018p top end.

    Overall, this is a powerful but very flexible set that works great for everything from post-rock to praise & worship.

    Sound good? Rad. Hit the blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .011 – .014 – .018p – .028 – .038 – .050
    Want to customize? Load these gauges in our Custom Set Builder.

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  • Stringjoy 7 String Balanced Light Gauge (10-60) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

    $13.90

    I’m sure you know this by now, but a typical seven string light gauge set goes 10/13/17/26/36/46/56 (or 59). But whoever came up with those gauges was, to put it bluntly, wrong.

    There are some major tensions issues that arise, specifically with the 13 and the 46. If you’ve played one of those sets, you’ve probably noticed a dip in tension on those two strings, making them feel all loosey-goosey.

    On our set, we use a 13.5, a 48, and a 60 for the 2nd, 6th, and 7th strings, respectively, in order to bring the tension up on those strings to match the strings around them.

    This results in a set that feels tighter, sounds powerful, and stays in the tune better. Who wouldn’t want that?

    Sound good? Rad. Hit the blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .010 – .0135 – .017 – .026w – .036 – .048 – .060
    Want to customize? Check out our Custom 7 String Guitar String Sets.

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  • Stringjoy 8 String Balanced Light Gauge (10-80) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings

    $15.90

    All of our 8 string electric guitar strings are carefully crafted in the USA from all-american nickel and steel.

    Once you find the perfect strings for you, we’ll inspect, coil, and package them by hand. Soon you’ll be playing the best strings you’ve ever played — the perfect set for your playing style — and you’ll never want to go back to playing the same strings everybody else gets off the rack.

    The most frequent comments we hear about our string sets? How balanced they feel across the fretboard. How warm and consistent they sound fresh out of the pack. How well they hold tune right from the first time you tune up.

    The best part? We offer an ironclad guarantee on all of our strings. Your guitar will sound and play better than ever before. If not, return your strings for a replacement or a refund. You have nothing to lose, and a world of tone to gain!

    Gauges: .010 – .0135 – .017 – .026w – .036 – .048 – .060 – .080
    Want to customize? Check out our Custom 8 String Guitar String Sets.

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR STRINGS

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  • Stringjoy Extra Light (10-50) Natural Bronze Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings

    $14.90

    Our Extra Light Natural Bronze™ strings are the perfect set for the players that want a fantastic sounding string without having to feel like they’re pressing down on bridge cables in order to play a chord, which I’m pretty sure we can all agree doesn’t sound like fun.

    Natural Bronze™  is our take on Phosphor Bronze, which is great at bringing out the the authentic, woody characteristics of an acoustic guitar. It’s this rich copper alloy that gives these strings a distinctly warm, resonant tone. The strings also have a rose gold color so beautiful you’ll want to order an extra set just to frame and hang on the wall.

    As an added bonus, component agents in this alloy make these strings especially resistant to corrosion, meaning your strings will sound better, longer. Who wouldn’t like that?

    Hit the big blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .010 – .014 – .020w – .028 – .038 – .050
    Want to customize? Check out our Custom Natural Bronze Acoustic Guitar String Sets.

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  • Stringjoy Super Light (11-52) Natural Bronze Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings

    $14.90

    Looking for a string that sounds super good and plays super good? Then you need to check out our Super Light Natural Bronze Strings.

    With this set, you really get the best of both worlds, because they’re perfect for players who are looking for a flexible, but still full-sounding string. This has to do with the Natural Bronze alloy used, as it gives a warmer sound that’s normally associated with a heavier gauge string.

    Natural Bronze™  is our take on Phosphor Bronze, which is great at bringing out the the authentic, woody characteristics of an acoustic guitar. It’s this rich copper alloy that gives these strings a distinctly warm, resonant tone. The strings also have a rose gold color so beautiful you’ll want to order an extra set just to frame and hang on the wall.

    As an added bonus, component agents in this alloy make these strings especially resistant to corrosion, meaning your strings will sound better, longer. Who wouldn’t like that?

    Hit the big blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .011 – .015 – .022w – .030 – .040 – .052
    Want to customize? Check out our Custom Natural Bronze Acoustic Guitar String Sets.

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  • Stringjoy Light (12-54) Natural Bronze Phosphor Acoustic Guitar Strings

    $14.90

    Looking for a set of acoustic strings that have just the right amount of tension, the right amount of tone, and still have enough volume to annoy your neighbors? Then you need a set of our Light Natural Bronze™ strings.

    These are going to work great for most guitarists, since they provide excellent low-end and midrange volume while still being easy on those calluses.

    Natural Bronze™  is our take on Phosphor Bronze, which is great at bringing out the the authentic, woody characteristics of an acoustic guitar. It’s this rich copper alloy that gives these strings a distinctly warm, resonant tone. The strings also have a rose gold color so beautiful you’ll want to order an extra set just to frame and hang on the wall.

    As an added bonus, component agents in this alloy make these strings especially resistant to corrosion, meaning your strings will sound better, longer. Who wouldn’t like that?

    Hit the big blue button below to add these to your cart.

    Gauges: .012 – .016 – .024w – .032 – .042 – .054
    Want to customize? Check out our Custom Natural Bronze Acoustic Guitar String Sets.

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BASS GUITAR STRINGS

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  • Stringjoy Light Top / Heavy Bottom Gauge (45-105) 4 String Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings

    $29.90

    This Light Top Heavy Bottom set is the best of both worlds when it comes to bass guitar strings. The top ones will give you snappiness reminiscent of Indiana Jones’ whip, while the low strings will give you enough power to name your amp “The Temple of Boom” thanks to the round core-wire that we use in all of our bass strings.

    If you’re looking for a set that even Jonesy would be proud of, then I think it’s safe to say you’ve stumbled upon the Holy Grail of bass guitar strings. Oh, and you don’t have to worry about any ghosts or lightning bolts emerging from the box. We made sure to leave those out.

    Stringjoy bass guitar strings are roundwound from American nickel alloy windings and round steel core wire. They have a full, resonant low end and a medium top end—not too bright, not too mellow — giving these strings a balanced sonic profile with optimum output.

    The tapers on our bass strings are halfwound to better enable the string to wind around the tuning peg and hold tune once it’s there. The process is very similar to how “silked” end strings are made, but we leave off the silk.

    Unless otherwise noted, our bass strings have a 38″ winding length, ideal for both 34″ and 35″ scale basses.

    Gauges: .045 – .060 – .085 – .105
    Want to customize? Check out our Custom 4 String Bass String Sets.

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  • Stringjoy Light Top / Heavy Bottom Gauge (45-130) 5 String Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings

    $34.90

    Stringjoy bass guitar strings are roundwound from American nickel alloy windings and round steel core wire. They have a full, resonant low end and a medium top end—not too bright, not too mellow — giving these strings a balanced sonic profile with optimum output.

    The tapers on our bass strings are halfwound to better enable the string to wind around the tuning peg and hold tune once it’s there. The process is very similar to how “silked” end strings are made, but we leave off the silk.

    Gauges: .045 – .060 – .085 – .105 – .130 (34″ scale)
    Want to customize or get a 35″ scale option? Check out our Custom 5 String Bass String Sets.

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  • Stringjoy Light Top / Heavy Bottom Gauge (30-130) 6 String Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings

    $37.90

    Stringjoy bass guitar strings are roundwound from American nickel alloy windings and round steel core wire. They have a full, resonant low end and a medium top end—not too bright, not too mellow — giving these strings a balanced sonic profile with optimum output.

    The tapers on our bass strings are halfwound to better enable the string to wind around the tuning peg and hold tune once it’s there. The process is very similar to how “silked” end strings are made, but we leave off the silk.

    Unless otherwise noted, our bass strings have a 38″ winding length, ideal for both 34″ and 35″ scale basses.

    Gauges: .030 – .045 – .060 – .085 – .105 – .130 (34″ scale)
    Want to customize or get a 35″ scale option? Check out our Custom 6 String Bass String Sets.

    Add to cart

PICKS

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  • Stringjoy 1.0mm Sky Blue Classic Picks – 10 pack

    $7.00

    “This pick is best for players who want a heavier pick but prefer the rounded tip of a classic pick. If you’re used to playing Fender Heavys, this is the one for you.” – Scott, founder of Stringjoy

    These are the only picks you’re ever going to want to use.

    Here’s why: They have excellent grip, they’re tougher than nails, and they sound more natural against the strings than any other picks out there.

    Many players prefer the classic pick shape because it’s easy to grip, and the rounded point of the pick creates a balanced tone that works well for both picked and strummed sounds.

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  • Stringjoy 1.5mm Midnight Black Jazz Picks – 10 pack

    $7.00

    “This is the pick if you want maximum speed and maximum volume. The pick itself is small in body, but this much thickness gives it a nice, meaty feel perfect for single note players.” – Scott, founder of Stringjoy

    These are the only picks you’re ever going to want to use.

    Here’s why: They have excellent grip, they’re tougher than nails, and they sound more natural against the strings than any other picks out there.

    Many players prefer the jazz pick shape for its smaller size and more pronounced point, which makes playing faster feel easy and more natural.

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  • Stringjoy 1.14mm Grape Jumbo Jazz Picks – 10 pack

    $7.00

    “This pick is a great option for metal players—particularly those who can’t get used to the extra small size of regular jazz picks. The sharp point and thickness allow for precision speed picking, without the pick bending all over and messing things up.” – Scott, founder of Stringjoy

    These are the only picks you’re ever going to want to use.

    Here’s why: They have excellent grip, they’re tougher than nails, and they sound more natural against the strings than any other picks out there.

    Many players prefer the Jumbo Jazz pick shape because it combines the size of a classic pick with the sharper point of a jazz pick, making it a great option for both strumming and speed picking.

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the warm welcome Scott, I am a hobby Acoustic Guitarist mostly. I already am on about my fourth set, have 'em on all three of my Guitars. I think the difference is hard to miss, outstanding job. Frank

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