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How to understand which bass strings are best for my Yamaha RBX 170?

I need to do my first strings change on my RBX 170 and I don't know which kind of strings I have to buy. How can I understand which one are best for it?
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Acoustic strings on electric guitar

new here. I needed new strings, being a newbie I just told the clerk that I needed some 11's, one pair for my electric and one for my acoustic western. When I came home I saw that I got two pairs of ...
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Violin squeak during chord caused by old strings?

I am preparing to take the ABRSM violin test, grade 5. One of the pieces, Allegro (4th mvmt Sonata in E, HWV 373) by Händel (A:2), has a chord (measure 22, F♯, a♯, e) where my violin inevitably ...
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Is it safe to use any tension and tune to standard E?

When I replaced strings in electric guitar from .9 to .11 I had to adjust truss rod. Classical guitar has no rod so is it safe for guitar neck to put high tension nylon strings and tune It standard?
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Stringing my Kala Concert Banjolele

I have a new Kala Concert Banjolele. I am intrigued by the tones of the device but I'm afraid that I will break the strings if I try to tune to a tone too high. Our local banjo store (with no banjos ...
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Yamaha G-String keeps breaking

I have a Yamaha F335 acoustic guitar, and, about two weeks ago, I restrung it using Ernie Ball Silk & Steel Regular strings. However, about a week ago, the G-string snapped around the 3rd fret, ...
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Guitar buzz gets louder when strings are touched, goes away when I touch both the strings AND either pickup

I have a semi-hollowbody Epiphone Casino, single coil pickups. Granted some hum is to be expected with this setup, however the hum I have is unusually loud. When I am not touching anything there is ...
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E string of guitar broken so every wire will be replaced with new?

During tuning a new set of strings, my top E string snapped. My colleague says that you have to buy a complete set of strings because it does not come alone and every set have its own frequency so: ...
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What are the best strings for playing metal on an electric guitar? [closed]

I'm a newbie and want to play mostly thrash metal. My guitar is Dave Mustaine VMNT-X and amp is a Fender 10g (I know, not a great choice but money issues at the time). I've looked at Ernie Ball ...
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Which type of strings to use on an inexpensive mandolin?

I just received an inexpensive mandolin to see how I would like playing it before I buy a better quality instrument. I am sure that the strings that came on this instrument are of poor quality and ...
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what is the difference between 135B Violin String and 135 Violin String?

I need to buy a string and my instructor has recommended me to buy a dominant string. I noticed there are at least two types, Thomastik Dominant 135B Violin String Set 4/4 Size Thomastik Dominant ...
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Is there an advantage to medium gauge over light if I'm not adding tension?

I recently got a 12 string acoustic, and due to availability, put a set of D'addario mediums on (they had light, the store owner recommended meduim). It sounded great, however that's my first time ...
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Garritan Personal Orchestra 4: Strings Quality

How can I create realistic sounding string sections in Garritan Personal Orchestra 4?
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What do you think of attempting to tune an Acoustic 12-string one full step up?

Many like to tune a 12 string 1/2 to 1 full step down. I understand it reduces tension, reduces breaking the high G string and/or allows you to run thicker gauges for a fuller sound. However I ...
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weird intonation problem on the highest string

i just changed my strings for the first time in about 8 months (really long time. i know) and the highest string is not intonating properly. at the 12th fret the string is flat but at the 24th the ...
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Should I change my guitar strings?

I received my guitar a few years ago and haven't changed the strings. I don't know when the previous owner had last changed the strings, but it seemed as though it had just been sitting around for a ...
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Is a slight amount of fret buzz acceptable when lowering the action on a guitar

I recently took my Ibanez RG into the shop for new strings (same gauge as original) and asked them to lower the action. It came back with a significant amount of fret buzz (pretty much all over the ...
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Violin String snapped, and so did spare. Will I damage my violin if I leave it with 3 strings?

So, my A string snapped last Saturday and as a result I re-strung it with one of my spare strings. I should note that at this point, after tuning it, the sound was coming out a little strange (or ...
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Should a new player start with flat or round wound strings?

This question discusses the differences in sound between flat/round bass strings: Flat-wound vs round-wound strings However as someone who doesn't yet play bass this doesn't help me too much. Are ...
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guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months of play

i have been practicing my guitar for over 6 months , i use extra light gauge and also built calluses , but strings still hurt my fingers ! Any tips please ?
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Are there any fancy options for the “plain (unwound) strings”?

Guitar strings come in myriad variations of wrapping shapes and materials. But I'm always surprised to find the top ones (without windings) are just "plain steel"? Are there any other options there?
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How can I play my Venus Special without hurting my fingers?

I have a Venus Special. It looks good but it is hard to play. My fingers hurt while playing the guitar. What is the solution?
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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String vs Percussion - What is a Piano?

Online, I have researched what a piano is, and it says it is a percussion instrument. But when you look inside a piano, there are many strings, which are hit to give the piano its noise. Also, you can ...
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Problem with choosing the right string gauge - switch from medium to extra light?

I am beginner acoustic guitar player .. My current guitar' strings are "medium" ,, but I found them hard to play, they make buzzing sound, that's why I hate my guitar now -_- and i'm thinking of ...
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Would the induced tension be approximately equal on an acoustic guitar for electric and acoustic strings of the same gauge?

Consider a set of electric strings and a set of acoustic strings. If their gauge are the same, would the electric ones in general induce less tension than the acoustic ones? Moreover, if the acoustic ...
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How to approximate bowed sound on guitar

Not sure this is the right SE site, so please point out if there's a better one. It's also not quite the same as this question. My son the violist has found a string quartet piece that he would like ...
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Guitar String Width for Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought

I've a Fender CD-60CE Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar since 2008. It's not equal to the site, but it's the closest to mine in the site. I've changed the strings width of it so much I can't remember the ...
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Finger picking on a acoustic steel string

I recently bought a steel string and was wondering what would be the type of strings you should buy for finger picking. The strings that where on the guitar when I bought it was rather harsh on my ...
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How does the choice of strings impact sound and playability?

I recently bought a classic series '50s Fender Telecaster. Beautiful guitar with 2 peculiar vintage-style pickups and vintage-style machine heads. It's best when I play classic rock songs, with clean ...
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I have a Guitar with bridge without Pins. How can I change strings?

Strings need to be changed on Guitar with Bridge without pins
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Playing guitar with two identical strings

This is probably gonna sound a bit weird, but I'm stuck at my folks' place for the weekend with a guitar that the first two string are both B (no idea how that happened). I'd still like to play it ...
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Why are violin string so expensive?

What exactly is about violin strings that make them so expensive in comparison to guitar strings? Is there something about the manufacturing process that is just more expensive? Does it have ...
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Understanding the physics of bridge pins (ukulele)

After an ultimately unsuccessful and frustrating attempt at getting a newly-installed C string on a Martin 1T tenor uke to settle in, I've been taking a closer look at what the bridge and the bridge ...
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How long for uke strings to stretch?

Three or four days ago I had a set of low-G Aquila "Red Series" strings installed on a Martin 1T tenor ukulele. (I had it done at the store because the bridge pins were giving me fits.) I have new ...
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Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?

Why do pianos have different length strings, while guitars have the same length strings? According to the guitar, it would seem that the pitch of a string is determined based solely off of tension, ...
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Tension for nylon strings on Lyre

I'm currently in the process of restoring my [alto] Lyre, and I was wondering if there would be implications from using nylon strings instead of steel. There would be two reasons to use nylon over ...
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Is it an advantage for the headstock geometry to minimize the string deflection between slot and tuning peg?

Almost all of my guitars have the tuning post arranged either in a straight line like this: Or fanned out like this: This design requires the strings to deviate dramatically from a straight line ...
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Is a wind-string instrument (such as the one I will explain) acoustically possible?

I've always had this concept of an instrument, but I am wondering if such an instrument is even acoustically possible. The instrument is a tube, like most other woodwinds, but inside of the tube is a ...
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How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
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Lightest gauge strings for a 12-string acoustic?

I recently purchased a 12-string acoustic guitar. I've played guitar for 40-odd years, being very familiar with 6-string acoustics AND electrics and I also have played many a 12-string, both electric ...
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G, B, E strings buzzing?

While playing any chord that involves the G, B, and E strings on my acoustic I get a very noticeable buzz. Open, they're fine. I'm pressing down as hard as I can using my fingertips but nothing is ...
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Bending with the “super light” strings

I know bending technique is problematic with nylon strings. One has to pull them far to achieve the desired pitch change. Is it the same with "super light" electric guitar strings which have tension ...
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Who should use “super low tension” guitar strings for classical guitar?

I see "super low tension strings" on sale here. Which kind of players (or which kind of music) normally uses them? Do I assume correctly that such strings may be good for beginners as should bite ...
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Do I need to replace very old strings of my guitar if I just start learning?

I found an old acoustic guitar and am thinking of starting to learn it (as a complete beginner). The guitar still has steel strings on it. These must be very old, I think, twelve years at least if not ...
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Buying nicer violin Strings

I have been playing violin for a little more than a year now and plan to continue playing. I play for about 20-30 minutes a day. I want my new strings to make a marked difference in the sound of my ...
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After just one night of putting on new strings on my electric guitar, they sound dull

I've replaced the strings on my old electric guitar for the first time in, I think, 5 or 6 years. In that time, I haven't played my guitar at all. Now, when I put on new strings yesterday, the sound ...
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Are there any special strings for half-scale-length (nut to bridge) electric guitars?

I have bought a cheap Burwood childrens (?) electric guitar, but it goes out of tune VERY easily (all the time!); the tension in the strings seems to be way too slack when tuned in same way as normal ...
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Replace nylon strings with steel ones on a guitar made for steel strings

I recently bought a guitar from a friend and it has nylon strings. He said it originally came with steel strings, but for some reason he replaced them with nylon. I'd like to know if it will bring any ...
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What is the safest way to raise and lower action and adjust intonation?

I'm worried that taking my strings of every time to check whether the action or intonation is right will make them snap. So what's the safest way to remove new strings so I can change the intonation ...