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How do I know what size guitar strings I need?

I'm about to buy strings and begin playing my acoustic guitar, but I don't know if there are different sizes of strings.
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Which electric guitar strings have the least (pitch) bend

When playing my electric guitar, the pitch of notes varies depending upon how exactly the strings are fretted; this is particularly a problem with strings that are barred by the first finger, since ...
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How do Tape-Wound strings compare to metal Flatwounds?

I recently discovered that the nylon-coated Tape Flatwound strings, which have long been available for Bass, are available now in guitar sets (with plain b and e). How do these compare in tone, scrape ...
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what's the difference between light rosin and dark rosin?

I see two basic kinds of rosin available, light rosin and dark rosin. What's the difference between these?
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Is it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?

For a piece I am performing with a local school orchestra, a final open A is to undergo an "insane" crescendo to a Fortissississimo, which our conductor interprets as "as loud as possible." A fellow ...
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How do I use string gauge tables?

I have seen that string manufacturers publish tables of string gauges and tensions. For example, this one. How can I use these to choose a set of strings for my instrument?
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12 String Guitars - Some Information?

So I've been playing the guitar for a while, and I'm comfortable with different styles of music (classical, blues, a bit of jazz, folk etc.) and I have a few different guitars (an acoustic steel ...
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Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?

The answers to this question have led me to wonder: if you string a guitar with a differently-shaped string, would it have interestingly different sonic properties? And of course, since I can't just ...
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Can I split guitar string gauges?

I want to know if I can split guitar string gauges, ie. using 12s on the bottom and 10s on the top, both for standard and drop tunings.
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How to keep guitar strings from breaking so quickly?

I have a takamine g350 acoustic-electric guitar (not that it really matters for this quesiton), and my strings tend to break every two or three weeks. I do like to experiment with different tunings, ...
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Why does the quality of the sound of guitar strings decay over time?

Particularly, on classical guitars, strings 4, 5 and 6. At the beginning, the sound is very metallic. After a few weeks, it's like playing on coton.
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My high E string broke after one week of replacing my guitar strings. Could that be an installation issue?

I'm not sure if it's even possible for the string to break based on how it was installed. The only reason I can think of is that it was installed on a loose tuning peg, which it wasn't (I made sure to ...
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What strings can I use to get a high-quality sound out of a travelling guitar?

I've just purchased a Washburn Travel Guitar. I know I'll never get full guitar sound out of it, but I was wondering what strings I could / should get to (perhaps) maximise this little guy.
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Is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music?

Generally speaking is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music? E.g. Will the fingerpicking folk player choose one gauge and the rock lead guitarist another gauge, how about the ...
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Strings too stiff on a recently purchased acoustic guitar | Cort AD880CE

I have been playing acoustic guitar for almost 5 years and I wanted to upgrade to a better guitar. After some research and hands-on testing I purchased a Cort AD880CE. But after 2-3 days practice I ...
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How can I prevent loss of tuning when changing strings set from 0.11 to 0.12?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and it's tuned in standard C and my playing style is mostly Desert Rock. I'm using a set of 0.12 strings and considering changing to a 0.11 set to have less tension ...
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Incessant Buzzing on Third String (Classical Guitar)

I've had an ongoing issue with my classical guitar. The third string (nylon) always buzzes on first, second, and third fret. While we're at it, the sixth string (wound metal over nylon core) buzzes on ...
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Is there some type of classical guitar strings that have uniform tone across all six?

Whenever I try to adapt music for classical guitar I actively try to avoid transposing any note to the first string (High E) because it sounds so much more twangy than the other five. I understand ...
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What are the optimal string gauges for drop C tuning on electric guitar?

What are the optimal gauges of strings for Drop C tuning (C G C F A D) for electric guitar? Since this involves lowering the pitch of all the strings, heavier string gauges would be helpful; I need to ...
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Should I take the weather into account when I replace guitar strings?

I have been told that the strings in a guitar should be replaced at least every six months (I know this can be subjective). I have a classical guitar which has been several years with the same ...
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Acoustic Guitar | How to adjust the gap between the strings and the fret board

I have a 2 year old acoustic guitar . Over the period of time there's a huge gap that has appeared between the higher frets and the strings. What has caused this gap? and How do i fix this.
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What electric guitar strings are the most rust-resistant?

I constantly have to return to the music store with the same problem: My strings keep rusting within a day of playing. I used Ernie Ball and the first four strings rusted on me, then I tried ...
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The details behind proper string slack for new strings

So this question covers string instruments with tuning pegs (eg. guitars, bass guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, etc). When you are installing a new string and you pull it tight for the first time, you ...
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Should I choose strings differently depending of type of guitar?

I own both a dreadnought and a parlor acoustic guitar. On the dreadnought I use extra light elixirs. On the parlor I still have the original phosphor bronze light that came with it. Is there ...
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Is it good/bad to play guitar with low tension string?

When I started playing my acoustic(at an early age) I tuned the guitar just by matching notes. Like, matching the note of 5th fret of 6th string to open fret of 5th string and so on. I didn't used ...
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What is the correct way to modify a bass bridge to accept thicker guage strings?

Recently, I tried to restring one of my 5-strings and found out that the low B string wouldn't fit through the bridge. The bass is an LTD B55 I was thinking of drilling/boring the hole to be wider, ...
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Which one has more impact on the sound, the string or the body?

Which exactly affects more on the sound of the guitar? is it the guitar body? or the string? How much the sound improves if I use good string on an old guitar? I know it really depends on the ...
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How does string gauge affect a guitar's sound and playability?

Guitar strings are available in a variety of gauges. What effect does my choice of string gauge have on the sound of my guitar? What effect does it have on playability?
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What should be the tension for 0.010 inch strings for guitar

0.009 inch(diameter) strings are tuned as E3, A3, D4, B4, G4, E5. Question is, does 0.010 inch diameter strings should be tuned in this tension? When I try to set these like 0.009 inch ones, the ...
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What is the minimum break angle for strings on a guitar?

If I am correct, the reason for string trees on certain guitars are because the strings must be at a certain angle (the break angle) to the nut/saddle. Does anyone know what this exact angle is? And ...
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How can one minimise the percussive strumming sound on acoustic guitar and maximise the notes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prevent the noise my guitar pick makes? When we are rehearsing with the band it seems that the main thing that one can hear of our singer's acoustic guitar is the ...
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Can I play a regular guitar as a Lap Steel by replacing its strings with steel strings?

Is there any significant difference other then strings between "regular acoustic guitar" and an "acoustic lap steel guitar"? Is replacing the strings with steel strings enough?
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Violin strings breaking in fingerboard area

My violin's strings have been breaking every 3 to 4 weeks. I only practice about 10 hours a week. It is not normal for strings to be breaking constantly and though the problem could be an incorrect ...
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Why does the D string in a guitar breaks so often?

Well... that's about it. D strings (on acoustic nylon guitars at least) break way more often than the others. I guess there's a physical explanation but I wasn't able to found anything on the ...
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Is it possible for the unwound strings wear faster than the wound strings on a Guitar?

I have had my guitar for about 7 months or so now (this is my first) and i just learned a few weeks ago that you are supposed to change the strings every so often. well a couple of weeks before that i ...
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What is the proper action height when your guitar is tuned in standard C?

I've been using 0.0013-gauge string for my guitar (Epiphone Dot) and I tune it to standard C, however I noticed that the notes on the first string all sounded the same and kind of flat after the 12th ...
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Do you ever play a barre chord without you index finger on guitar?

I would think the only finger you'd ever use to play a barre chord is you index finger. is this right? As in the finger you'd use to make the barre.
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Which strings should I use for DADGAD tuning on my acoustic guitar?

I have recently switched to DADGAD tuning, before that I was using light tension strings ( 12 16 24 32 42 53 ). But because of DADGAD, to compensate for the lack of tension on the neck, I wanted to ...
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Why shouldn't I put electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar?

I've always found even the lightest acoustic (bronze) guitar strings to be a bit too heavy to play comfortably. Electric (nickel) guitar strings tend to be lighter. But nobody uses electric strings on ...
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What string gauge should I use for my 7th string on a guitar

As per this question, I bought myself a very nice Ibanez 7 string which I have tuned as A-D-A-D-G-B-E (giving a very nice fat sound which works with the kind of music the band plays) I didn't think ...
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Is there a chance for heavy violin strings to harm the instrument?

Is there anything like that that heavy or other kinds of violin-strings should break down the instrument?
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How do I change the strings on a double bass?

I have seen my double bass teacher change strings a few times, but I have a set of solo strings that I would like to learn how to put on by myself. I haven't been able to find much clear advice on the ...
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How often is it recommended to change bass strings?

With the risk of being a duplicate question of How often should I replace the strings on my guitar? I'd like to ask the same thing for bass guitar. Bass strings are pricier than guitar strings, so I ...
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What interval should frets be placed for the Tar (Persian Lute)?

I have recently come into possession of a Tar. But I have no idea how to place the frets on this instrument, which are made of gut (feels a bit like twine) tied around the neck. How do I determine ...
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Can I use nylon with steel string guitar?

I was wondering if it possible to put nylon strings on a steel string guitar. Is it possible? If not why?
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Soft sound strings for Fender bass

I'm looking for "soft sounding" strings for my five-string Fender bass (American Deluxe V). Default Fender strings are not for me, unfortunately. What kind of strings can give me this sound?
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Flat-wound vs round-wound strings

What difference can you expect when playing with flat-wound vs round-wound strings on an electric bass/guitar? I know that they feel different - I am asking explicitly in terms of sound.
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Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?

I've read that some people boil their strings from time to time to make them sound again like they were new (and save some money). Is this really worthwhile, or are there any disadvantages to this?
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Alternate violin strings for gypsy music?

I will be playing traditional/gypsy music on my classical violin, and would like to have a sound that is stylistically appropriate (deep/rich/warm/old/woody as opposed to brilliant/sweet/ringy). Can ...
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Is grease good or bad for guitar strings?

I was once told that playing a guitar with greasy fingers was actually good for the strings. However, this seems a bit counter-intuitive. Is there any truth behind this claim?