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Best Guitar Tuner App

One of the many questions I’ve been getting is what is the Best Guitar Tuner App?

First, lets talk about Guitar Tuner Apps. To me they are an excellent alternative to an actual guitar tuner, however; I wouldn’t completely substitute an app for a tool that is built for specifically making sure your guitar is in tune. Having your guitar in tune is the most important aspect of playing the guitar, especially as a beginner. Call me old fashioned, but I always find my guitar isn’t fully in tune after using a tuning app, however; if I was a beginner they would be nice to have in a pinch. It’s not always practical to have your tuner with you (or batteries for your tuner) but we always have our phones with us. I strongly suggest that you learn how to tune your guitar by ear, but if you dont have that ability yet, an app will you get by.

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What is the best guitar tuner app?

For IOS(Apple) I suggest Guitar Tuna.

Guitar Tuna is an excellent app, and most important it is free. It gets the job done and is fairly reliable.

For Android (Google) I suggest Guitar Tuner Free also by Guitar Tuna

Best Guitar Tuner App

Guitar Tuna Interface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Again, very similar to their Apple app, they obviously have perfected the automatic tuner via phones, and they have proven it.

Here is a video of Guitar Tuna in action:

Best Guitar Tuner App Mini Games

An often overlooked part of apps with a function is the ability to also incorporate a “fun” aspect to it. Guitar Tuna does this as both apps include a mini game and tuning for the following: Metronome, Bass, Banjo, 12 String and 7 String Guitars, Balalaika and Mandolin.

 

If you have any suggestions for other apps I should try Contact Me.

Best Acoustic Guitar Strings

Best Acoustic Guitar Strings

Type
Gauge
Product
 
Rating
AcousticExtra Light
Martin M170 80/20 Acoustic Guitar Strings, Extra Light 3 Pack
5.0
AcousticLight
Elixir Strings Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Strings NANOWEB Coating, 6-String, Light
4.7
AcousticMedium
Thomastik AC113 Plectrum Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings
5.0
AcousticHeavy
D'Addario EJ18 Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings, Heavy, 14-59
4.6
AcousticExtra Heavy
Rotosound RS88LD Black Nylon Flatwound Bass Guitar Strings (65 75 100 115)
4.7

These are the best acoustic guitar strings I recommend. I have played all of these, and more and through my trial and error I have come to the conclusion that these are the best. I hope this makes it easy to choose the best acoustic guitar strings to purchase and filters out all the legwork and research you would otherwise have to do. Over my 20 years of experience, these are the strings that I have found that work best for me. I hope this serves as guide and makes picking out strings idiot proof, or at worst, gives you a place to start when choosing the best acoustic guitar strings for your style of play.

Best Electric Guitar Strings

Best Electric Guitar Strings

Type
Gauge
Product
 
Rating
ElectricExtra Light
D'Addario EXL120-3D Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Super Light, 9-42, 3 Sets
4.6
ElectricLight
Elixir Strings Electric Guitar Strings, 6 String, Light POLYWEB Coating
4.8
ElectricMedium
Fender 3250R Super Bullets Nickel Plated Steel Bullet End Electric Guitar Strings - Regular
4.7
ElectricHeavy
Cleartone Electric .012-.060 Drop C Strings
5.0
ElectricExtra Heavy
Cleartone Drop Tune Electric Guitar Strings Drop C (13-70) NPS
4.9

These are my choices for the best electric guitar strings. You cant go wrong with any of these strings, they are all at the top of their class. This review is to be used as a guide, I cant pick the gauge that fits you as a musician, only you know what type of music you are going to play. Musicians that play a harder style (punk rock, heavy metal, rock) will want a heavier gauge string. Musicians that play softer music will want a string that is lighter, and finger picking friendly. Other than making that decision, this chart should prove as an easy way to narrow down your options when choosing the best electric guitar strings for you!

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What is the Best Acoustic Guitar?

Although my site primarily revolves around guitar strings, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what is the best acoustic guitar. The first thing that I would focus on is the “playability” of your guitar. We want to find an acoustic that is easy to play, and that fits your musical style. This will allow you to implement the proper technique in order to give you the highest rate of success to becoming an accomplished guitarist. I would also suggest that you not buy a cheap acoustic, even if it’s your first guitar. Guitars generally hold their value if they are well maintained and it pristine condition. Buying a guitar that you’re proud of and take a great pride in will also motivate you, which in turn will make you a better guitarist. While I recommend the Squier, I think its imperative to go to your local guitar store and try a variety of different guitars. Looking at a guitar online and handling one in person is a completely different experience. A guitar is a personal choice; there are a lot of factors that goes into choosing the correct acoustic guitar for yourself.

And the Best Acoustic Guitar is….

The Squier by Fender Acoustic.

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Not only does the Squier have GREAT ratings, but it is a quality built guitar, that is versatile and good for all levels of skill. This is a guitar that is easy to learn on, but will also last a long time. If you happen to order the Squier, I’d love to hear your feedback, PLEASE leave a comment below my post!.

Order of Guitar Strings

So you’ve come to my site, and specifically this page of my site because you’re struggling to figure out the order of guitar strings. You may be learning the guitar, or stringing a guitar for the first time. Either way, you will learn  in a quick, simple and efficient way. I know this may seem like a silly topic, especially for the experienced guitarist but some people seem to struggle with this when they are reading music. I believe a lot of the confusion is because the 6 string is closest to the ceiling and we want to refer to this as the 1 string. Another reason is that because both the 6th string and the 1st string are referred to as the note E. Hopefully that description didn’t confuse you more! If it did, I have laid it out below in the simplest terms possible below.

Pick up your guitar and assume the position like you would be ready to play.

The string that is closest to the ceiling is referred to as the #6 string.

The string that is closest to the ground is referred to as the #1 string.

The following strings in between these two strings should go from thinnest (the #1 string) to thickest (the #6 string).

 

Order of Guitar Strings:

Note: The letter beside the string number is the musical note for that corresponding string.

String 6 – E (Thickest, closet to the ceiling when holding your guitar)

String 5 – A

String 4 – D

String 3 – G

String 2 – B

String 1 – E (Thinnest, closest to the floor when holding your guitar)

Order of Guitar Strings

A diagram that illustrates the Order of Guitar Strings

Now that you’ve figured out which way the strings go on your guitar its time to figure out how to properly change guitar strings.

I have two seperate guides for changing guitar strings one for acoustic guitar strings and one for electric guitar strings.

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The Guide to Buying Guitar Strings

Buying Guitar Strings

Buying guitar strings can be an overwhelming task. If you’re anything like me, when I broke my first guitar string, I was lost. I barely knew the string numbers, or the musical name for each string. I had no idea what brand, what string, when to replace guitar strings or where to go in order to get help. I decided to write a guide in order to make these problems that I encountered, simple for you.

First we need to focus on when a guitar string needs to be replaced. There are the obvious reasons, and then the not so obvious ones.

A Guitar String Broke – An obvious one! You cant play the guitar without a string!

Buying Guitar Strings, a broken string.

A Guitar String has Stretched – This is a not so obvious reason. Guitar strings can stretch, as this happens the string will lose its tone, vibrancy and the ability to sustain a note for a long period of time.

Dirt and Oil Penetrate the String - This is probably the hardest string problem to realize. The process of a string being penetrated by dirt and oil is slow. A musician will have to be fairly experienced to realize when this is happening. However; after the string has been replaced it will become painfully obvious that the previous one was damaged and inadequate.

You may or may not have had one of those problems. If you haven’t you probably do not need new guitar strings, however; strings do have a shelf life. Refer to my post “How often to replace Guitar Strings” in order to determine if you’re guitar is overdue and needs a guitar string replacement!

Alright! Lets get to the meat and potatoes of this post, buying the best guitar strings for you and your guitar.

Clearly you know there are two main types of guitars, Electric and Acoustic. Each guitar requires a specific type of string. Strings are made with a variety of different materials, different gauges and are also wound differently. I will break these up, to make it as easy as possible to determine the correct guitar string for you, we are all unique musicians with different tastes.

Electric Guitar String Materials

First you need to determine what type of music you will be primarily be playing. This shouldn’t be hard, as we all have specific tastes.

Nickel Plated Steel – This is the most common guitar string. They produce higher volumes and a brighter tone. The nickel plating causes a reduction in finger noise.

Stainless Steel – Typically a stainless steel string is preferred by the guitarist that plays hard rock, or punk music.

Pure Nickel – A softer sounding string, they produce soft mellow notes, preferred by the guitarist who enjoys playing jazz type music.

Chrome – They feel ‘instantly broken in  and have a lush, warm, buttery tone.

Acoustic Guitar String Materials

80/20 Bronze – For an acoustic guitar, this string “dazzles” the best, however they lose their tone quickly. They are made of 80% Copper and 20% Zinc.

Phosphor Bronze – Has a deep, has a bright edge and is a longer lasting tone. They are made of 92% Copper and 8% Zinc.

Stainless Steel - A more combative tone.

Nickel Plated Steel (Nickel Wound)- They produce higher volumes and have a luminous tone.

Silk and Steel – They have a mellow tone, and lack the twang that steel strings have. Guitarists that do an abundance of finger picking prefer these.

Nylon - They emit more of a soft sound, they are gentle on the fingers. These strings are preferred by someone who might play classical music.

 

Guitar Winding Types

There are three different types of electric guitar winding types, round wound, flat wound, and half wound(semi-flat). These apply to both acoustic and electric guitars.

Round Wound – The most common wrapping style.

Flat Wound – Creates a mellow tone, preferred by jazz type musicians.

Half Wound (Semi-Flat) - Theses strings emit a sound that is more luminous than a round wound string, however; they have the added comfort benefits of a flat wound string.

 

Electric Guitar Gauges

Light gauge – .009-.42 - A gauge that is known for its versatility. Lead guitarists prefer the lighter tension as it translates to faster play. This gauge is also best for beginners as it makes techniques such as string bending easier.

Medium gauge .010-.56 – The heaver gauge means a denser string which leads to more volume and a deeper tone. Their chunky tone will works well for rhythm players.

 

Acoustic Guitar Gauges

Extra light gauge – .10-.46 – This is lightest available gauge and therefore friendly to beginners. The light tension translates  to a slightly loose or floppy feel and volume will become a problem.

Custom light gauge – .11-.56 – They produce slightly more tone than the lighter strings and work well on small bodied guitars. These are good for a guitarist who prefers finger picking.

Light gauge .12-.54 – This gauge is the most common and is known for its versatility, works for most playing styles.

Medium gauge – .13-.56 – A heavy gauge which will create the most volume.

 

Buying Guitar Strings:  Conclusion

I know, its a lot to take in however; I’ve laid out the easiest way possible to buying guitar strings, based on the descriptions you should be able to determine what string is best for you. Once youve bought some strings, its time to learn how to become an expert at Changing Acoustic Guitar Strings

April 3, 2014

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How to tune a Guitar

How to tune a guitar:

Step 1: The E String

Tune the low E string (the thick one) as precise as you can. The odds are that it is in tune anyways, as it is the thickest string and least likely to become out of tune. It might not be exact, but what matters is that the guitar is tuned to itself.

Step 2: The A String

Place your first finger of your left hand just behind the fifth fret on the E string (the one you just tuned). This is your A note. Leave your finger on that fret. Now pick the fifth and six strings in turn, while doing this adjust the fifth string tuning peg until the two notes are identical.

Step 3: The D String

Take the first finger of your left hand and put it just behind the fifth fret on the A string. This is your D note. Now, tune the 4th string (the D note) to that.

Step 4: The G String

Take first finger of your left hand just behind the fifth fret on the D string. This is your G note. Now, tune the G string to that note.

Step 5: The B String

Take the first finger of your left hand and put it just behind the forth fret, this is your B note. Now, tune the B string to that note.

Step 6: The E String

Take the first finger of your left hand and put it just behind the fifth fret on the B string. This is your E note. Tune the E note to this.

 

If this proves to be too complicated then you are in luck as there are many auto tuners that you can buy or utilize for free online, via the computer. However; it is always beneficial to learn the skill of tuning your own guitar, these tools wont be available at the camp fire when you’re trying to win over a girls heart.

Tuning Your Own Guitar

Here’s a video explaining the process.

If you have a smartphone and want some assistance it would be wise to look at my article best guitar tuner app

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The best Guitar Switch in History? – Stevie Ray Vaughan with assistance from his Guitar Tech, Rene Martinez.

Best Guitar Switch in History?

Since we’ve been covering everything guitar strings, and that tends to get boring I figured this would be an appropriate time to post a video I came across of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing with a broken string. Listen to him still hit every note, remarkable stuff. Watching Stevie play minus a string is impressive enough, but seeing his roadie Rene Martinez make maybe the best guitar switch ever just shows us how polished these two are at their individual crafts.

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The History of Guitar Strings

The History of Guitar Strings

The history of the guitar began many eras ago, but the idea of a musical string began prior to the invention of the guitar. The most primitive stringed instruments date as far back as the Egyptian period. Eastern instruments have existed since the early part of the 8th century. The concept of these instruments were to have strings made of various materials, as you can imagine the materials back then were limited, they consisted of hair, and livestock parts (primarily animal intestines. As time went on, the preferred material of strings moved solely towards animal intestines. The guitar then emerged in the 13th century, using sheep intestines as strings..

History of the Guitar String - A bowl harp.

A bowl harp.

Over the years that the guitar has existed, the amount of strings being used has changed. The “first” guitar used a “quadra-pairing set”. The quadra pairing set consisted of 4 pairs of strings, coming to a total of 8. The 16th century saw the string sets expand with “penta-pairsings” or ten strings. The challenge was achieving tonal range and volume. The 17th century saw the invention of thicker strings, deriving from overspun piano strings. This removed the need to have numerous pairings to mimic the extended range and fullness of the instrument. Finally in the later years of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century a 6 string set became the go to guitar construction.

The 20th century saw guitar strings shift over to how they are today. The string materials were primarily made of steel and nylon. This resulted in an improvement in every characteristic of the guitar, mainly tone improvements. The electric guitar then emerged as a major player and had the manufactures focusing on the magnetic portion of the string. Today the guitar strings history is still being improved upon, mainly to prevent tarnishing and improve string packaging technologies.

Now that you’re caught up on the history of the Guitar String it might be a good idea to learn the guitar strings order

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How to Change Electric Guitar Strings

Alright, so we’ve picked out the perfect electric guitar strings (Note: If you havent picked out a set of electric guitar strings, refer to my reviews). Now its time to learn a simple, easy step by step way on how to change electric guitar strings.

How to Change Electric Guitar Strings

Step 1: Loosen the strings by turning the tuning pegs.

Step 2: Once the strings are loose enough, remove or cut them from the tuning peg.

Step 3: Remove the strings from the bridge.

  • On a floating bridge and pull the strings out of the back of the bridge
how to change electric guitar strings

A floating guitar bridge.

  • On a regular bridge, remove the strings through the back of the guitar’s body.
Changing Electric Guitar Strings - A regular guitar bridge.

A regular guitar bridge.

  • On a wrap-around bridge, pull them out of the underside of the bridge.
Changing Electric Guitar Strings - A wrap around guitar bridge.

A wrap around guitar bridge.

Step 4: Slide them in, the same way they were prior to removing them. Anchor the strings to the bridge, you do this by passing the string through the hole until the ball stops. Feed the guitar string in the direction of the neck of the guitar.

Step 5: Turn the tuning peg so that the hole in the post is perpendicular to the neck.

Changing Electric Guitar Strings - Setting up the tuning peg.

Setting up the tuning peg.

Step 6: Pull the string through the tuning peg, and leave about 3 inches for winding.

Changing Electric Guitar Strings - guitarstringsordertuningpegwind

Step 7: Bend the string in the opposite directing that you will be turning when tuning.

Step 8: Wind the guitar string around the peg in a neat coil.

Step 9: Tune your guitar, stretch the strings, and repeat until you’re satisfied or the string stops stretching.

Success! Now it’s time to play!

How to Change Electric Guitar Strings Conclusion

If you have any questions about my guide feel free to contact me. If you have an acoustic guitar, check out my post on how to change acoustic guitar strings as it is quite a bit different.

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how to change acoustic guitar strings

Alright, so we’ve picked out the perfect acoustic guitar strings (Note: If you haven’t picked out a set of guitar strings, refer to my reviews). Now its time to learn a simple, easy step by step way on how to change acoustic guitar strings.

If you dont know the correct order of the strings and you need to familiarize yourself refer to my post on the guitar strings order.

How to Change Acoustic Guitar Strings

Step 1: Get the correct tools. These tools include, pliers and a peg winder.

how to change acoustic guitar strings

Pliers and a peg winder.

Step 2: Get the correct strings for your guitar. If you’re unsure of the correct strings, refer to my buying guide, here http://guitarstringsorder.net/?p=12

Step 3: Loosen the string by turning the peg of the corresponding string.

Step 4: Remove the bridge. Pro tip: Use the pliers here.

Changing Acoustic Guitar Strings - Removing the string peg.

Removing the string peg.

Step 5: Get the new string and connect the string to the peg. Take the end with the ball and put it into the hole where the peg went.  Insert the string about an inch.  The guitar string end must be wedged between the peg and the bridge body so that when the string is tightened, the string end becomes more firmly wedged against the pin.

Changing Acoustic Guitar Strings - Attaching the guitar string to the peg.

Attaching the guitar string to the peg.

Step 6: Take the other end of the string and connect it to the tuning peg.

Changing Acoustic Guitar Strings - Attaching the guitar string to the tuning peg

Attaching the guitar string to the tuning peg

Step 7: Start turning the tuning peg, the string should make one complete coil.

Step 8: Take the pliers and cut the excess guitar string off.

Step 9: Tune the string.

How to use a Peg Winder

One of the confusing parts of my post was on how to use a peg winder. Below is a video which will teach you the proper way to utilize the handy peg winder tool!

How to Change Acoustic Guitar Strings Conclusion

That it for my guide, if you have any questions feel free to contact me. Also, if you have an electric guitar check out my guide on how to change electric guitar strings as it tends to be different!

 

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When to replace Guitar Strings?

Its not always obvious as to when a string needs to be replaced. The more experienced you become as a musician the easier it will be to tell when it is time to replace guitar strings. Everyone’s strings need to be replaced at different times.

Reasons when to replace guitar strings include:

  • How hard the musician plays the guitar.
  • How frequently the musician plays the guitar.
  • How much oil the musician has on their skin.
  • How much the musician sweats.
  • How often the strings are cleaned.
  • The class of the musician (Professionals will replace their guitar strings more frequently)
  • The atmosphere the musician plays, a smoky environment will affect the strings.
  • The brand of guitar string.

As you can see, the changing of strings is dependent on the individual musician. An average musician will require a string change from anywhere between 3-6 months. Training yourself on when its time to change a string is one of the hardest tasks for new guitarists, dont be alarmed as it takes time and patience.

Now that you know when to replace guitar strings you should know the proper way to do it.

Check out my guide on changing electric guitar strings and my guide on changing acoustic guitar strings.

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How to make Guitar Strings last longer

So you’ve bought a pack of guitar strings, or multiple packs, this adds up. We all aren’t professional musicians who can afford to change strings every gig, or even every week. I’ll share with you some tips and tricks to make guitar strings last as long as possible. The main reason that guitar strings break down is due to dirt, dead skin and oils from our skin working their way into the string. This is a gradual process and will become more evident the more experienced you become as a guitarist as the strings tend to lose their tone or sound dull. The most common strings that are affected by this process are the heavier ones as they have a larger surface area for oils, dead skin and dirt to build up on. Preventive measures should be taken in order to make our guitar strings last as a long as possible.

How to make guitar strings last longer:

  • Wash hands prior to playing.
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Clean the strings after each use. Some preferred methods include: Using a cotton diaper or polishing cloth. Some people may also use isopropyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol wipes.

 

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A guitar string breaking down.

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DAddario EXL110-3D Review

DAddario EXL110-3D Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the manufacturer:

EXL110, D’Addario’s best selling set, offers the ideal combination of tone, flexibility and long life. The standard for most electric guitars.

XL Nickel Wound, D’Addario’s most popular electric guitar strings, are precision wound with nickel plated steel onto a carefully drawn, hexagonally shaped, high carbon steel core. The result, strings with long lasting, distinctive bright tone and excellent intonation, is ideal for the widest variety of guitars and musical styles.

  • D’Addario’s best selling electric guitar set
  • Round wound with nickelplated steel for distinctive bright tone
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Plain Steel .010, .013, .017, Nickel Wound .026, .036, .04

 

DAddario EXL110-3D Review:

Guitar strings are often over looked when we first get into the art, yet you soon realize that they are arguably the most important tool on a guitar. I remember when I first started playing, I wouldn’t even think about the strings. I was more infatuated by the design of the guitar than I was by the most intimate part of it, the part that makes the music, the one we share a relationship with, the guitar string. After trying a variety of different strings you realize that they all have their advantages and disadvantages, some are good for finger picking, and some are good for letting out your inner Slash. It’s a balance we have to find as an artist, however; I became set on the DAddario EXL110-3D’s due to their versatility. I’ve used many different strings and I always  find myself returning for the consistency of the  D’Addario EXL’s. They have an impeccable balance between slinky high strings and not too floppy low strings. They are durable and constantly amaze me  how they hold their sound longer than any other string. The best part about the D’Addario EXL’s aside from their sound, is that they are also provide the best bang for your buck, bar none. The link to get D’Addario EXL110-3D’s is below!

See where the Daddario EXL110-3D’s ranked in my best electric guitar strings reviews.

D’Addario EXL110-3D Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Regular Light, 10-46, 3 Sets

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Elixir Light Nanoweb Review

 Elixir Light Nanoweb Review

According to the manufacturer:

Elixir Acoustic Guitar Strings are covered with an ultrathin, space-age polymer tube that contacts the string on the tops of the windings only. This leaves the all-important winding-to-winding-to-core space free from the fear of the enemies of tone!

Elixir Nanoweb coating permits acoustic guitar strings with the feel, bright tone, and punch of traditional strings. Elixirs are the first major innovation in guitar strings in over forty years and they deliver what they promise: great tone and long life no matter what you put them on or how often you play.

Most players report that Elixir Strings keep sounding great 3 to 5 times longer than ordinary strings.

Elixir Light Nanoweb Review:

Admittedly I find myself playing my electric more than I do my acoustic, however; that doesn’t mean I cant recognize a flawless string when I come across one. I cant put into words how the Elixir Ultrathins nanoweb coating feels on my fingers, it allows slick transitions and faster finger movements. Usually strings rust out pretty quickly for me and the tone doesn’t last. Generally this leads to the pitch turning into a “thunk” and repetitive retuning of the guitar. I’ve had the same set of Elixirs on my acoustic for approximately 8-9 months now, yet I still haven’t encountered any rusting and the tone is still there. They have a bright and warm sound to them which is hard to replicate with any other string on the market. The sustain is top notch, with great depth and very little streaking on the strings. Truthfully, I haven’t had the Elixir’s off my guitar for more than week. I’ve checked out the competition numerous times, and nothing compares, I feel as if I’m sleeping with an ex girlfriend when I have another brand on my guitar. The Elixir’s are hands down the best acoustic string out there, buy them and don’t look back. You wont regret it. Follow the link below to get the Elixir Light Nanoweb strings! See what the Elixir Strings ranked in my best acoustic guitar strings reviews.

Elixir Strings Acoustic Phosphor Bronze Strings NANOWEB Coating, 6-String, Light

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