Best guitar strings for beginners

Hi all   :}

Here are some of the best guitar strings for beginners in my opinion

After many years of playing and teaching guitar I have found the best strings for me and would like to share my findings along with a few links of where you can grab some below.

When to replace strings and how to know when it’s time ?

I often have students come in with guitars their parents just bought at a hock shop or were given by a family member. Sometimes they’ve been sitting in a basement or have not been played for years or maybe just since christmas..lol

To do a quick check, I usually just run my finger down the strings and if they feel ‘dry’ and have lost their coating and shine then they likely need to be replaced. The strings will be playable but will lack volume, bend and sustain compared to a new set.

String types

The type of string you need all depends on what kind of guitar you have and or your playing style. As I play around town and teach both kids & adults, I need to be versatile and so I’ve been trying different brands.

Acoustic guitars generally take steel strings, classical guitars take nylon strings and electrics take steel strings as well.

My top picks :

Here are some of my all time fav strings over the years for electric guitar players. Most of us know how great these brands are for reliability, feel & price ! I can highly recommend the following strings to beginners and beyond :

Electric Guitar

The Ernie Ball Slinkies are my first choice for electric guitarists as they’re both affordable and reliable. I discovered them at age 14 in a local music store back in the UK, and they’ve never let me down! 😮

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B0002M6CVC

B000EEJ91I

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Here are some of a lighter gauge, which some people like for easier bends during solos. They also facilitate speed, for those of us who like to zip around  :p

https://amzn.to/2DFQcWO

D'Addario EPS520 ProSteels Electric Guitar Strings, Super Light, 9-42

Acoustic Guitar

On acoustics I like 12 gauge but you can experiment as you go with thicker strings, if that’s what you’re after.

I find these to be right in the sweet spot for me as they have lovely tone and sustain. I’d consider these a must do upgrade if you have a first acoustic with old strings on it.

D'Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light, Pack of 3

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The Martin Flexible core strings are pretty neat too & play great on my .. umm .. Martin    :]

Martin FX740 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Light

https://amzn.to/2VFxJn

Classical Guitar

I have been playing these Augustines on my Yamaha ntx 700 for a couple years now and they’ve been excellent. They also come in blue I think which is of a lesser tension.

https://amzn.to/2UPTUTj

D'Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte Nylon Classical Guitar Strings, Normal Tension

https://amzn.to/2DFUrBI

These also feel great under the fingers. More D’addarios!

So that’s my string round up. I know there are many more out there to try out but these are the brands I would likely recommend to any childs parent or beginner at my studio.  If you are looking for some of the best guitar strings for beginners, I would look no further as these brands are all widely available and pretty well known.

I’m always happy to try new guitars & gear so I’ll update the page with new discoveries as I go through more packs !

All comments and suggestions for future brands welcome :}

Paul