We’re big believers in custom guitar strings—heck, it’s our heritage as a company. But with all the hype that can build up about them, we wanted to have an honest discussion about the advantages and the disadvantages of custom guitar strings, so that you can better decide whether or not they might be right for you.
We cover everything from the history of Nashville Tuning, to its uses, the best guitar string gauges to use, and how it sounds in different genres.
What are the best Les Paul guitar strings? That depends on a lot of different factors, but today Scott shares his favorite gauges of guitar strings for Les Paul style guitars.
If you’ve been following us for long you probably know that I’m a big fan of Open E tuning, so naturally I’ve got a lot of experience in experimenting with different gauges of guitar strings for Open E. Here I tell you how to customize any gauge set of strings to build the perfect set for Open E, in my opinion anyway.
People ask us all the time what gauge we recommend for a given guitar, and the truth is, there’s no one correct answer. String gauges depend way more on the player than they do on the guitar. That said, of course we have our favorite ways to set up different guitars for different purposes, so in this series, Scott is sharing his favorite string gauges for a couple of different types of guitars, and today he’s going over his favorite strings for semi-hollow and hollow-body guitars.
Locking tuners help strings stay in tune, but by how much? Are there any trade-offs? Are they worth it? How do you change strings with locking tuners? Let’s talk about it…
Everyone is different, so how do you know how often you should change your guitar strings? In this video we cover the general range of string change frequency, as well as what you can do to change your strings less often than you currently do.
People often describe guitar strings as “rusty”, but is that the right word? How can you tell rust apart from tarnish? Are they the same thing? Let’s talk about it…
Today we look into a long-standing home remedy for guitar: using toothpaste to clean your guitar’s hardware. Does it work? Is there a better way? Should you try it for yourself? Let’s find out.
Plain Steel Strings don’t get nearly the attention of their wound counterparts, but they’re definitely worth talking about! In this video, we cover the most common questions and misunderstandings related to plain steel strings.
Most guitar string sets are designed for standard tuning, so what do you do if you play in drop tunings? Well, you watch this video, that’s what!
We talk a lot about Balanced Tension guitar strings, but what does it actually mean? We take a deep dive to explain what balanced tension is, and how it applies to a few popular guitar string sets.
How does your guitar’s scale length affect guitar string tension & playability? We talk about the effect of different scale lengths as well as how to adjust your strings to balance it out.
Do guitar strings actually stretch? Like, do they literally, actually, seriously stretch? Or is it a misnomer? Let’s talk about it…
From country to metal to classical, there is a guitar out there for everyone. Check out this interactive graphic to listen to some of the most common (and some of the most outlandish) types of guitars from music history.