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A guide to buying your guitar strings at the best price

By Kelsey, published on 22/05/2017 Blog > Music > Guitar > How much do guitar strings cost?

After purchasing a guitar and using it a bit, there will surely come the time when you need to buy new guitar strings for your musical instrument.

• Take into account the type of guitar you have: classical, acoustic or acoustic-electric, electric

• Buy strings according to your level and the style you want to play

• Expect to pay between $5 and $30 for guitar strings, regardless of model or style

• Last piece of advice: avoid low-end guitar strings (less than $5) that may quickly detune or even break while playing.

Choosing your strings wisely is essential! Before tuning your guitar, buying a capo or pulling out your pick, you should read this article 🙂

To start your guitar lessons off on the right foot you need to have the right strings for your instrument!

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Before you choose your strings

Now that you know all the tips to buying a used guitar and you know how to choose your guitar strings, let’s take a look at the price of these strings.

Generally, when you buy a guitar, the strings are original and do not necessarily match your level or style of play.

Do you know the expression “worn to the bone”?

Yes, even guitar strings wear out and change.

So what is the best technique to adopt when it comes to the price of strings?

Should you buy low-end and inexpensive strings and change them regularly? Or, on the other hand, buy expensive ones and change them less often?

To help you make your choice in the jungle of guitar strings, here are some tips that every guitar player will find useful.

Which strings go with which guitar?

It may be time to replace your guitar strings... It may be time to replace your guitar strings…

It is, of course, necessary to take into account the model of your guitar before choosing your strings.

If you’ve bought an acoustic guitar (including classical and folk guitars), you can see that it will not require the same strings as an electric guitar and vice versa.

So which strings go with which guitars?

The classical guitar

Are you a beginner guitarist and don’t know which strings to choose?

Good news! You cannot go wrong! There is no “wrong” guitar string to speak of.

It should be known that the most common material for classical guitar strings is nylon. It gives a brilliant sound.

The nylon string has a very high elasticity and must be manufactured with precision.

The folk and acoustic-electric guitar

Two types of strings are mainly used for folk and acoustic-electric guitars: steel strings and alloys such as phosphor bronze are most commonly used, but you can also find nylon strings.

If you’re afraid of making the wrong choice, look at your folk guitar manufacturer’s website and you will find the type of strings installed (usually “light”).

Steel strings have particularly strong tension so check to see if there are any contraindications for the installation of the truss rod.

The biggest disadvantage of steel strings is that they oxidize due to sweat from hands. Therefore, it is necessary to wipe the strings well after playing the guitar so that they do not rust.

The electric guitar

Electric guitar strings are generally made out of nickel plated steel, the steel is used to make a stronger sound and the nickel improves the durability and the touch. There are also strings only made out of nickel or stainless steel. The nickel gives a more vintage sound, while the stainless steel produces a brilliant sound and will be chosen for its longevity.

If you’re just starting out playing the guitar and don’t know what to choose, pick regular strings (.010/.046) regardless of your goals or style. When you are more experienced, you will know your needs and desires better.

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Also, check out everything you need to know about the guitar strap…

Which string set according to my budget?

Whatever your budget and your level may be, choose a string set from a well-known brand.

After purchasing a classical guitar, go for La Bella strings, Savarez, D’Addario or even Augustine.

For folk guitars, there’s La Bella and D’Addario, but also Elixir or RotoSound.

After buying an electric guitar, choose brands like Ernie Ball, D’Addario, Elixir or Fender.

I’m a beginner, I have a small budget

I have a classical guitar

Should you choose nylon strings for a classical guitar? Should you choose nylon strings for a classical guitar?

You have the possibility to choose nylon strings with high tension. These strings are shiny and D’Addario is a very good quality brand. They will not let you down if you’re on a tight budget.

Strings: .029/.045

$6

Ibanez’s silver-plated bass strings are a good idea! Ibanez’s silver-plated bass strings are a good idea!

Ibanez is another brand to choose a string set from. The sharp strings are made out of nylon and the low strings are silver-plated. They require normal tension and adapt to all classical guitars.

Strings: .028/.043

$15

I have a folk guitar

If your strings oxidize too fast, choose D’Addario If your strings oxidize too fast, choose D’Addario

These strings are made of 85/15 bronze and are very durable. They have good resistance from oxidation over time, but they lose their shine as they age. The sound is balanced. Their monetary value is quite good for a beginner guitarist.

Strings: .010/.050

$5

Bronze guitar strings? Anything is possible! Bronze guitar strings? Anything is possible!

These phosphor bronze strings will give your folk guitar a rich and complex sound. They have good resistance to sweat from hands. The material of the strings allows for great versatility: from simple rhythmic playing to finger picking.

Strings: .011/.052

$7

I have an electric guitar

Coated strings or not? That’s for you to decide! Coated strings or not? That’s for you to decide!

These nickel-plated steel strings may not be coated, but they are not lacking in quality! They have a long life and are the best compromise between sound quality, holding a chord, resistance, and price.

Strings: .010/.046

$5

For a brilliant and metallic sound, buy these strings! For a brilliant and metallic sound, buy these strings!

Ideal for beginners who need help setting up their strings, this set offers a color code from the sharpest to the lowest string. They offer a brilliant and metallic sound and have good resistance, provided that they are wiped after each use.

Strings: .009/.042

$6

I’m an amateur player, I have an average budget

I play a classical guitar

Remember to wipe your strings! Remember to wipe your strings!

If you don’t want to take any risks, choose La Bella 2001 strings! The nylon 202 treble set offers a clear sound, while the silver-plated bass wire brings sound consistency and regularity. Think about wiping them after each use to avoid oxidation. Their lifespan is longer than that of conventional strings.

$7.25

Nylon is the perfect anti-perspiration material! Nylon is the perfect anti-perspiration material!

These strings offer great playing versatility. From classical to bossa nova, to simply passing the guitar around a campfire. Made out of nylon, these strings are perfect for guitarists with sweaty hands.

Strings: .028/.042

$15

I play a folk guitar

Sensitive fingers? Choose silk strings! Sensitive fingers? Choose silk strings!

If you have sensitive fingers, choose La Bella Silk & Steel strings, that are made out of, you guessed it, silk and steel. Yes, yes, there’s silk in these strings, which makes them softer on fingers and ideal for finger picking. The sound is warm and soft.

Strings: .011/.051

$9

The perfect nickel and bronze alloy for your guitar! The perfect nickel and bronze alloy for your guitar!

D’Addario is a high-quality brand and offers nickel and bronze strings. These strings bring clarity, resonance, and projection to the sound of your guitar. The harmonics are rich and balanced, so you get the best out of your instrument.

Strings: .010/.047

$12

I have an electric guitar

The comfort of strumming above all! The comfort of strumming above all!

What do we ask for from our strings? To be comfortable and pleasant to touch of course! Elixir strings perfectly fulfill this role and have a longer, brilliant sound. They slide well, especially after applying Fast Fret (string cleaner/lubricant).

Strings: .009/.046

$9

I am a professional and/or I do not want to change my strings too often

I have a classical guitar

Strings for finger picking like a professional! Strings for finger picking like a professional!

Ideal for professionals, these La Bella strings have gilded alloy basses and nylon trebles. Every professional will find what they want, from classical music to finger picking. Consistency, precision, and sound projection are ensured thanks to these strings.

Medium strings

$16

Want perfect strings? Look no further! Want perfect strings? Look no further!

These strings are near perfection. The bass strings are polished in silver. They require standard tension and are very durable. Their touch is pleasant and the strings are good for sensitive fingers. The slides are very easy to make and are made without parasitic oscillation.

$34

I have a folk guitar

Buy strings that last a long time! Buy strings that last a long time!

Elixir is known for the long life of its strings. These are made of phosphor bronze and have a soft touch, as well as a pure and precise sound in addition to its longevity.

Strings: .010/.047

$16

Use sheathed strings for more comfort. Use sheathed strings for more comfort.

We haven’t yet talked about RotoSound, which is another good brand for guitar strings. This set is sheathed thanks to a polymer resin, which prevents unpleasant filaments that can be formed, like on Elixir strings for example. The sharp strings are plated in platinum.

Strings: .011/.052

$16

I have an electric guitar

Probably the best electric guitar strings! Probably the best electric guitar strings!

The Vapor Shield technology present in these strings is unique. It allows them to have the same resistance as the Elixir strings, but without the sheathing. The strings are more flexible and their lifespan is very important. They were voted 2015’s best electric guitar strings in the United States.

Strings: .009/.046

$14

Where to buy guitar strings?

If you’re just starting out playing the guitar and you need advice and help installing your strings, head to your favorite music store. The salesperson will be happy to help you.

If someone can help you with installing your guitar strings or if you already know how, you can simply order them on the Internet.

You will have quite a few choices. Strings and Beyond, Just Strings, and Super Strings are some popular websites to buy from.

If you want to keep it simple, you can find your material on a guitar string website like Strings and Beyond. We highly recommend it!

Prices in store and on the Internet are roughly the same, you will not see a big difference.

To the question of whether it’s better to buy entry-level strings or to spend more, you are left to make your own decision!

• Consider your guitar model: classical, acoustic or acoustic-electric, electric

• Buy guitar strings according to your level and the style that you want to play

• Expect to spend between $5 and $30 for guitar strings regardless of model or style

Guitar strings are an essential guitar accessory

• Last piece of advice: avoid low-end strings (less than $5) that may quickly detune or even break when laying.

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