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


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.

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What do the P’s and W’s mean?

  • All gauges lighter than .018 are plain steel, all heavier than .026 are nickel wound.
  • On gauges where we overlap, a “p” signifies plain steel, a “w” signifies a wound string.
  • So, if you see a .020w, that’s a wound string. A .020p is a plain string. If it doesn’t have either letter we only offer it as a wound string (if it’s heavier than .026) or a plain steel string (if it’s lighter than .018). Got it? Good.

How long are your strings?

  • All our strings are at least 41″ from ball-end to tip. They’ll fit extended range and baritone guitars no problem.
  • Gauges heavier than .062 have a slight taper at 37″ from the ball end, and can also be unwound to fit into smaller tuning pegs, with a pair of needlenose pliers. If you’re having to do that often, it’s better to have a tech file out your tuning peg.


These are honest reviews of our electric strings in action from real users.
No monetary compensation was provided for these reviews.

To put it simply, fresh strings, made with quality materials and genuine care just sound and play better.

  • Stringjoy guitar strings are made by a small team in the USA, out of all American materials: top quality nickel alloy, hand wound around a high carbon steel core wire.
  • The combination of better materials and more careful craftsmanship creates a more natural-sounding, longer lasting string, without the tone-deadening effects of string coatings.
  • We’re known for our quality control. Our strings are wound in small batches, and we use real human beings at every step of the process: the winding, the coiling, the packing, you name it.
  • Every string is inspected individually before it goes into your set. If anything is wrong with a string, from the way it’s secured around the ball end, through the entire winding, it doesn’t make the cut.

What does a higher quality set of guitar strings mean for you?

✓ Better tuning stability for the life of the string
✓ Longer string life and less breakage, when cared for properly
✓ Smoother, more balanced playability across the neck of the guitar

Our guarantee is what we say it is. If anything does not perform to your satisfaction, return it for a replacement or refund. No hassle, no worries.

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  1. (verified owner)

    Just received my first set of StringJoys the other day. These strings were much clearer than the strings I have been using on all of my other guitars. Not only was the feel more consistent, but the actual sonic balance across the strings was much more even, I could tell the difference before I plugged the guitar into an amplifier. The service was very good as well. I received my strings only a couple of days after I ordered them. I’ll definitely being ordering from these guys again!

  2. (verified owner)

    I recived the blanced light set about 2 weeks ago, and I just put em on, the first thing I noticed was the comfortable feel, & the tone was so crisp & has a very nice chime, and I haven’t even plugged the guitar in yet. I’m looking forward to airing it out this weekend. So far I’m really dig em’ fantastic! I’ll definitly be ordering more sets soon. Keep up the good work!

  3. I pretty much exclusively play custom sets from Stringjoy but these are the one exception. They’re just like a typical Light set, but evened out. And that .048 on bottom makes a big difference, no more do I have a floppy unbalanced low E string, and my guitar has never sounded as good.

  4. (verified owner)

    After years of buying mainstream strings i found these guys, and glad i did. Finally a business that appreciates the customer and delivers more than just a product. A company with great business ethics and nothing says we appreciate your business more than the personalised hand written note in the package!! On top of that the strings are awesome, thanks guys!!

  5. (verified owner)

    Fantastic strings, fantastic service. I’m in Ireland and it didn’t take them long to arrive. Packaging was excellent. Hand written thank you note was a really nice touch. I put a set of these on my 2011 Gibson SG 60’s Tribute. In the past I had some issues with certain other manufacturers where after a few days of playing my natural hand oils and sweat caused the strings to dull. These strings definitely go into the list of ones that don’t go dull. They are as stable as any other string I have ever tried. Great feel especially the slightly heavier G and low E strings. I will be suggesting these to everyone I know.

  6. (verified owner)

    Best strings I’ve ever put one my guitar! So playable, don’t take ages to wear in, each string is clear and defined when playing big chords. Would recommend to everyone you will not be disappointed

  7. (verified owner)

    I love these strings! Finally a string that holds tune and works in all my extreme playing conditions. I played my set of Stringjoy Strings for over three weeks before changing them. I am very happy and have made Stringjoy my strings for all my guitars. I play light gauge on my electrics and light gauge on my acoustics and love them! Thank you Stringjoy Strings!!!

  8. Just right. I switch between drop D and standard and the extra bit of tension on the 6th strings really, really helps things not to get too limp when I do. Won’t every play another brand of string.

  9. it’s been about 6 days since installing my stringjoys, and I love them. Definitely going to be my new “go-to” string company. I’m looking forward to trying out the other gauges.

  10. Finally got a change to try the light gauge set, and it sounds and feels great! I personally light a fatter gauge (I was mixing things up) so the next set I may choose individual gauges to suit my needs. The hand written note with these is a quality touch you don’t see often anymore. There might be plenty of companies and places that do this, but have you thought of a repeat shipment service? Like, ‘x’ amount of packs per month, ship out on ‘x’ day…

    Reason being, I’m terrible neglectful of changing strings out, especially lately with work. Anyway, I think it would be great for folks who are neglectful for various reasons because the enduser won’t have to remember to go out and pickup strings or place an order.

    Great product, and great service! Thank you again, I’ll be ordering for my future needs.

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How much does shipping cost?

All US orders ship free, so long as they’re over $8. Alaska and Hawaii too. Simple as that. No tax (except for our fellow TN residents), no extra handling charges, nothing.

We do ship internationally as well, though unfortunately we can’t do it for free. There’s some more info on all that at the bottom of this tab.

How long will it take for my order to ship?

All string and pick orders ship within 2 business days, most within 1 business day (Monday – Friday, minus postal holidays). We want to get your gear out as quickly as possible, but we will not rush the process.

The most important thing to us is that everything in your order is perfect, and that’s why we take the time to put together and inspect each individual order by hand.

Do you ship outside of the US?

We’ll ship most anywhere in the world. Our site will automatically calculate the shipping costs on the checkout page. Typically, when shipping internationally it’s best to order a few things at a time to better spread out the shipping cost over the whole order, rather than paying to ship one set of strings halfway across the world.

Due to the wealth of country tax and tariff codes, any import duties or fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.

International orders can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks to arrive. We will ship every order with a tracking code, but not all countries update the tracking once the package arrives in its destination country. But as always, if you have any trouble with your order, we’re here to help.

Questions? Email us!