Welcome to the Acoustic Guitar Strings department! Here at Guitarbitz we stock a vast variation of strings that are for sale at great prices! We are one on the cheapest string retailers online! When you buy in bulk the stings are even cheaper again! So, if you need cheap acoustic guitar strings that are excellent in quality then buy from Guitarbitz Guitar Shop!
Finding a string that suits you, your guitar, your style and gives you the sound you want is a bit of a journey.
There are a lot of different strings out there. Just make sure that when you replace them you opt for acoustic guitar strings.
Choose between Phosphor Bronze which gives a mellow, rounded tone, or 80/20 Bronze which gives bright, crisp tones.
The gauge of the strings is related to the thinnest string. Gauge 12, aka 0.012, aka 12 thousandths of an inch, is the standard found on most acoustic guitars. Heavier gauge strings (e.g. 13, 14, etc) are harder to play as they have more tension but give more bass tones and volume. Lighter gauge strings (e.g. 11, 10, 9, etc) have less tension and therefore easier to play, but have more treble tones and less volume.
Each brand makes their strings in a slightly different way, which means there is a slight tonal difference between them. Choose from brands such as Ernie Ball, D'addario, Rotosound, Elixir, Martin and more. We sell strings in all different gauges for your perfect sound and feel.
If you don't know which size string you should buy then don't panic. Most acoustic steel strung guitars come with guage 12 Phosphor Bronze.
When should you change strings on an Acoustic Guitar?
Here are a couple of questions to answer:
1) Have you had the same strings on for over 2 months?
2) Are your strings rusty?
3) Are your strings rough?
4) Do your strings sound dull?
5) Had a string break recently?
6) Do your strings smell?
If you answered yes to any of the above, its probably time to replace your acoustic guitar strings.
Because of moisture on your fingers and in the atmosphere, strings corrode and rust over time and their ability to vibrate diminishes. This not only causes the sound to dull but even worse, the feel of the strings becomes rough and will hurt or even damage your fingers.
Strings can also become brittle from too much vibration, just think of how a paper clip snaps if you twist it too much, the same happens to strings.
If you play a lot, say for 2 hours a day every day, then you should look at changing your guitar strings every month.
If you play less, but still strum most days, the max you should leave them on the guitar would be 2 months.
There is an alternative to changing your strings this often. You can buy coated strings. These last longer due to a coating on the strings that prevent dirt build up and corrosion. Coated guitar strings tend to last 3 to 5 times longer than normal strings, so you can leave them on for longer. These still need to be changed though. At least every 6 months these should be changed as they are also prone to breaking because of the vibrations of the string as explained earlier using the paper clip analogy.
Coated strings do cost more, but last longer, so can work out more cost effective.
If you need any more help buying acoustic guitar strings, then feel free to call us on 0845 2222 603 and we will be happy to help.