Stringjoy Balanced Super Light Gauge (9-42) Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings
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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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.
OUR GUARANTEE IS SIMPLE.
If you don't love it, we'll replace it. No hassle, no fine print, no questions asked.
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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“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 $20. 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, but we get as close to it as we can. There’s some more info on all that at the bottom of this tab.
How long will it take for my order to ship?
Most string and pick orders ship within 2 business days, many within 1 business day (Monday – Friday, minus postal holidays). We want to get your gear out as quickly as possible, but quality is important to us above all, and 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. We’ve worked really hard to get international shipping costs super low (they start below $3 an order, depending on weight and destination country), and we do subsidize them substantially to keep them that way.
Due to the wealth of country tax and tariff codes the world over, any and all import duties or fees are the responsibility of the purchaser.
Typically, international orders arrive in 1-3 weeks, though occasionally packages will take a bit longer and still arrive safe and sound, so we don’t consider a package to be “lost” until 6 weeks from the shipment date. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or trouble with your order, we’re here to help.