Stringjoy Custom 6 String Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings


You’re an individual. You don’t want to play the same strings as everybody else, because you don’t play like everybody else. Well my friend, you’ve come to the right place.

Using the drop-down menus below, you can built out a set that’s exactly what you need to sound and play even more like you — and that’s what really counts, isn’t it?

You choose the perfect strings for you, we’ll inspect, coil, and package them by hand. Soon you’ll be playing the perfect set of strings for your playing style — and you’ll never want to go back to playing the same strings everybody else gets off the rack.

Once you’ve settled on the right gauges, just hit the blue button below to add ’em to your cart. Need some help finding the right set up? No problem.

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.


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.

Questions? Email us!


  1. I never would have guess what a difference a custom set of strings could make for me. Once I dialed in the right setup, it was night and day. Thanks for all you do, Stringjoy-ers.

  2. i just strung 4 out of 5 of my instruments with various sized Stringjoy strings and im very satisfied. Normally buying strings for me is a huge pain in the tailstock and i often let my strings go dead and get really worn out simply because i dont wanna spend a week trying to find a compromise for my strings. since i play a lot of different genres, my favorite being heavy metal…i have keep a guitar tuned to drop A, Open B, Drop C, D standard, a bass in low A and a bass in Drop C so i never encounter a song i cant play on one instrument or another. the problem is that finding strings for all those is near impossible. no other brands seem to grasp what drop-tuning means. The “heavy metal” gauge of most brands is usually an anemic little 60-11 pack that doesn’t compensate for that dropped low string being a step lower than the rest. bass stings are always horribly unbalanced and you end up with either floppy low end and a comfortable high end or a mediocre snug low end and the highs are to tight you can cut cheese. you end up buying 2 sets of bass strings for each bass, mixing and matching to get a beefy, even tension across the instrument. for my electric guitars i always had to buy a pack of lights, throw away the 9 and bump them down a slot, buy a pack of bass strings or rob one off the spares from my bass packs to artificially make a super-heavy balanced set for my low tuning. its irritating to have to buy ten packs of strings to string 5 instruments and have a chart on what to string where. its always a week-long event that i dreaded. i was very happy to find Kalium brand who offered the “make your own custom set” until i clicked “checkout”. long story short: had to re-order it 4 times, and i had to write 2 very angry letters just to get my strings 2 weeks late and when i put them on…super disappointed. nothing was what i paid for. I did the same exact order with Stringjoy…10 times easier to order, got here on time, no unexpected tapering or undersized strings. exactly what i paid for, no compromises, no hassle, no disappointment. great sound, balanced tension, correct scale and i am never going back to mix-matching packs or driving to 5 different stores. this is the best experience i have ever had stringing my collection and i ended up saving a lot of money. for custom tuning: Stringjoy is by far the best rout to getting what you need. 4 of my 5 instruments will be exclusively running Stringjoy strings and the only reason its not 5/5 is because Martin makes a custom set for standard D that sounds exactly like Asking Alexandria’s lead guitar and i buy those when they go on sale. i am considering even switching that next round just for the convenience of it all. i’m rating string-joy 9.9 out of possible 10, and i am a perfectionist to the point of ridiculousness. im debating on what to put the stickers on, first time i ever got string-brand stickers i didnt just immediately throw away.

  3. (verified owner)

    These strings are so crisp and fresh it’s hard to handle. If you wanna improve your tone and make those pickups pop and squeel, then buy these damn strings.

  4. These really are good strings. Good feel, good tone, and they have nice longevity, which is always a plus. I bought a few packs a couple weeks ago to try since I use a custom gauge anyway and this seemed like a really convenient way to order some. So far, they play and sound just as good (if not better) than the strings I was using previously. The only reason that I give these a less than perfect score is because I had a few of the high E strings come unwound from the ball end during installation. I always have a bunch of various strings laying around, so it was no big deal. Despite that though, I would certainly order more sets, can’t beat the convenience, and the bulk discounts and free shipping are also big pluses!

  5. (verified owner)

    I used a lot of strings, from Dunlops, GHS, D’Addario, Fender to Ernie Balls, ending on the regular slinky’s.
    But to me while playing on standard, there was a tiny little bit of tone missing on the first string, and when I’d tune it half step down, it didn’t have the tone I wanted at all (something like SRV’s Texas Flood)…
    So I searched for SRV’s strings and I put a set by buying single strings of the strings he used (with the 013 on the first), which was to hard to play for someone like me, who plays around 4-5 times a week, after the first hour.
    And then I found out about Stringjoy. I emailed the guys about the problem I was having, and after some discussions, we came up with a very cool set of 11.5, 14, 18p, 28, 38, 52.
    The gauge is just perfect to play on both the standard and half step down with a nice tone.
    As for the tone itself, is a little darker than the Ernie Balls, which is something I kinda like – gives a bit of Clapton’s kind of tone, just rolling the volume a little bit down for maximum and rolling the tone of a little bit.

    In general I’m very happy, and I’m going to compare them with the 011 from Ernie Ball, to see what’s going to be, but I got a feeling I’ll be coming back to this website.

  6. (verified owner)

    I have tried most other brands out there and have been switching between 10´s and 11´s to find what works best for me, but I really never been completely satisfied, either by the size (and feel) of the strings or the quality of the strings.

    So then I gave a ordinary 10´s a try but with the high E and B strings being 10,5 and 13,5, and man I was home. They felt just right for me and gave me exactly that extra tension I was looking for.
    But enough about the size, lets talk quality, and to be short these strings are amazing!
    They produce a clear and natural tone with a great response, and better yet, they last a very long time. I just changed my strings today, and the reason being the fretboard was to dirty, so trust me these strings will keep up!

    Being from Sweden I just hope the international shipping costs will stay this reasonable cause if the do, I won’t be trying anything new for a wile!

  7. (verified owner)

    Stringjoy is a great company excellent customer service they will help you until your satisfied, the strings are excellent they sound great i has a custom set made for me and it sounds wonderful I never had strings that sound like these. I never thought strings made a difference but I was wrong I give them 5 out of 5 thank you.

  8. (verified owner)

    Installed my first set of Stringjoy strings on my Jazzmaster a few days ago and couldn’t be happier. I designed a custom set (11-14-18-24-34-44) and I’m definitely getting the extra sustain and depth of tone from the top strings I was hoping for and a little brighter tone with more chime from the lighter bottom strings. I also have to comment as to the “slinky” feel of the top strings even though I went up in size. They play every bit as
    Comfortably as the lighter 10’s I was using. I have already placed an order for a couple more sets. These strings are unbeatable for the price. A set of Stringjoy’s is the best string decision you’ll make! Regardless of how satisfied you are with your current brand, you owe it to yourself to try a set! Well done, guys! Add me to your list of totally satisfied customers!

  9. (verified owner)

    Got a set of balanced 12s and custom 14s and they’re both great! Really tight and alive sounding – they rekindled my interest in a guitar I thought just sounded bad… now it sounds awesome! I put a Lundgren M6 in it but had only been moderately impressed with it until I put these strings on and they instantly made all the difference. It’s like I’m hearing the full potential of the M6 now – full without ever being sludgy with great mids and no piercing highs, just a great sound overall. I attribute this to the strings and the pickup together. Tuning stability is great too, even with Floyds they only need very minor adjustments before playing and then will stay in tune for as long as I want to play. Customer service is fantastic – I’ve never dealt with a friendlier company and I’m happy to say I’ll definitely be back for more. Thanks again guys 🙂

  10. (verified owner)

    Man let me tell you about Scott and these guys at StringJoy. I went from a custom set of 11s, to 11.5s and now I have went back to custom 10s. One reason I switched, Scott was kind enough to calculate the tension on my custom set of 11.5s for my SG, and he suggested a more balanced set. One word: WOW. And I am not exaggerating. The tone clarity is ridiculous, so for all you guys that play clean tones, you’re in great company. For all you guys that love sustaining solos, you’re in great company. I could not be more pleased with my new custom 10s. So much so, that I’m replacing all of my 11s on my other guitars with this new set I created last week. I dropped the D string down to a .26 instead of the .28 and I have a mild, crisp tone. Its PERFECT chime. My mids and highs are PERFECT, if you’re a tone chaser or ‘chord guy’ you know the importance of how strings affect chord voicing. If you have a compressor in your signal chain, plug in and enjoy the ride. I promise you, Scott and Stringjoy have struck gold here. If you’re not sold, I’ll buy you a pack myself. Sign up and take advantage of their promo codes while you’re at it!

    Johnathan Nance

  11. (verified owner)

    I designed and ordered a custom set of 11s. What a difference it makes! I prefer warm, full, and clear tones out of my axes which are all humbucker equipped combined with a Vox amp. And with that tone, I also need to be capable of screaming solos and power chords if necessary. The difference is in the manufacturing. The difference is in the ability to tell someone that you’d like a smaller gauge E or D string so that your tone is mild and aggressive and not so bass-heavy. The difference is when I receive my strings via express priority mail, I’m greeted with a “Thank You” note that is every bit as warm as the tone I produce, from the founder of the company himself. These things are what matter to me, Stringjoy not only offers their guarantee of a quality string, but will go to great lengths to help you find the set you need. So in summary, from a gigging and studio musician, Stringjoy strings are on ALL of my guitars now. Period.

  12. Just got 4 sets (3 electric + 1 acoustic). So far I’m loving these strings. For my Fender Lead 1 (highly modified…) went with a custom set 11 – 40 (kinda based off the Mike Stern specs), and it feels great. My Epi Sheraton II has a custom 12-50 set suggested by the staff here, and it’s perfect. I use that one mainly for jazz, and the balance and clarity is great, used to use 11-49, or flats, but these are way better. The main problem I always had was a less pronounced high E, stock sets just didn’t seem to get the balance right. FIXED. Haven’t strung up the LP yet, but that’s next. Thanks for great strings and great input from the staff. Ordering again soon.

  13. (verified owner)

    I just got these strings today. Strung up my epiphone Dot and right away I could a difference. I got these custom as to the gauges that Duane Allman and Jimi Hendrix used. Really like these and I will be a repeat customer. Also the hand written thank you note was pretty awesome too. They take pride in their business and it shows.

  14. (verified owner)

    I’ve been playing stringjoy strings for a while now. I’m the kind of person who buys a bunch of packs of different strings to try ten all.
    I always end up coming back to stringjoy,their strings areally superior(to me at least) if I have a gig or studio time coming up its either string joy it boomers on my guitars.
    What’s even better than the strings is the customer service at the place. I’ve messaged them asking for help multiple times deciding what gauges to put on my guitar & they never steer me wrong.
    Buy the strings you won’t regret it

  15. (verified owner)

    I’m a jazz guitarist who has used flatwounds strings for a long time now. After getting a set of these strings, I’ll never need to use flats again to get a good jazz sound. They definitely sound great on my hollowbody and feel great too!

  16. Just ordered 3 more custom sets-your strings rock!

  17. More expensive than the strings I usually play. I was suspicious, I’ll admit, but I had to see what all the fuss was about.

    HOLY CRAP. These are worth the money and then some. I don’t know what sort of voodoo these guys are pulling, but damn. Damndamn damn. Lifelong customer over here. Stringjoy ROCKS.

  18. I’d just like to say…. I love these strings I got them because I had a discount it was cheap and I wanted to give them a go, and well I’ve never been more happy with a set of strings in my entire time playing guitar.
    You definitely have a very happy customer in me and I’m proud to be part of the StringJoy family smile emoticon
    Thank you to Scott and the team \m/
    (Btw the old strings are didario taking there rightful place on the floor xD)

  19. I got my set 4 days after I ordered it. Great timing. Strung everything up right away. Sounded great. Then, about two weeks later, my B string popped on me. I emailed Scott and he sent me another one, I haven’t had any problems with it and I’ve been playing on it for about 4 weeks now. I don’t know if the one I got was just a bad apple or if it was a problem with my guitar, that’s why I gave 3 stars. But I will purchase again because I don’t know of any other string company that cares enough to actually send a replacement string to you when you break one. That was pretty cool.

  20. Just got three sets of strings for three different guitars. So far I have only tried out the set for the Strat. I just finished building a Strat from a Squier body and a loaded, vintage pickguard with BrandonWound Pickups. I am extremely happy. Took the advice of Scott and he nailed it. I am really looking forward to getting the strings on the Dot and the LP. Thanks for the strings and I will be back for more electric and next up…acoustic gauge recommendations.

  21. Only reason for the four stars is that I did;nt get it right on the first try but the staff was really helpful in showing me what i had done wrong and putting together another set for me. Now I’m very happy indeed.

  22. Just strung my ernie ball jp11 with my first set of string joy’s and they sound fantastic! I love the 18 wound!

  23. Those strings sound freaking epic. Thanks for helping me get a better tone outta my guitar! \M/

  24. First impressions are everything!!! Stringjoy Strings ROCK!!!! Great out of package!! I will give more of overall review after this weekends gig! I’m thinking these strings just made me forget about my old favorite strings!!

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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.

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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.

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