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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.

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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.

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No monetary compensation was provided for these reviews.

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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!

Reviews

  1. (verified owner):

    Perfect in all sorts of ways. Chimey and clear sounding. Really makes my guitar sing the way I want it! The chords seem to just bloom in such a pretty way even with overdrive it just sounds classic and right.

  2. :

    Was using 10s for years – forgot about how nice it is to be able to bend as much as I like. These do that for me. Just what I needed (insert The Cars synth line here)

  3. :

    Nice and Slinky! I know some guys say that about they’re strings but these guys mean it!!! I was between these and putting together a custom set of 8s but I’m glad I went with these instead.

  4. :

    If you need a great custom set of quality guitar strings. I highly, HIGHLY recommend Stringjoy custom guitar strings. Great strings, great staff!

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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, 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!