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

$11.90 – subscription plans available from $11.90 $10.71 / month

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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Wondering what P and W stand for? String length questions? Click to expand...

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.

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3 Problems Our Strings Fix

Because we’re newer to the game than a lot of the string companies out there, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Questions? Email us!

“In terms of construction they seemed to surpass most of the other strings I’ve used . . . Tunings also held firmly right out of the gate, lasting several hours of playing on Sunday morning (two church services). Having brand new strings hold a tuning that well isn’t typical.”

“Stringjoy’s custom strings sound and feel like a good set of strings . . . the tone is well balanced and there’s no odd texture or coated feel to the string.”

“Stringjoy is committed to bringing you a high-quality string with a custom, handmade experience.”

“Stringing these up, I immediately liked the feel . . . Good tone, good life and no breakage.”

“High-quality, handmade strings with the added benefit of allowing customers to customize the gauge of each string they order.”

“Hand wound, custom gauge strings for your guitar . . . made just the way you like it . . . so you can shred faces like never before.”

“Low-end really did feel more balanced and the higher end seemed more comfortable to play . . . Overall they seem to be top notch strings.”

“So far, I haven’t had any of the strings break. They sound great, very clear tone…”

“A lot of buyers tend to look for the USA made products, which usually come with the extra quality that the extra checks and balances buys, whether it be a Gibson Les Paul, a Fender MIA strat, or an original NYC Muff. This is where Stringjoy fits in, an American builder in the USA, with all the quality that you can assume comes with that.”

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!