How to choose guitar strings. 

Learn how to choose guitar strings: the right ones for you! Guitar strings are the lifeblood of a guitar. They are normally made of hard metal and come in various thicknesses. You’ll notice that they are around 3-4 feet long and have a small ball on the end of each string. You can purchase them with or without coating. Coating is a protective layer of material laid over the metal on the string and is said to increase string life. As you touch your strings your fingers leave acid residue which builds up over time. That residue causes the strings to become dull. You can actually feel the string itself and tell that it has built up too much residue. That means it’s time to change strings. Depending on how often you play, that could mean you need to change your strings as often as each month or as little as every six months. I recommend not letting your strings go longer than six months. 

I recommend purchasing a set of light strings. That means that the thickness of each string will be in what is considered the guitar string light class. Typically that means your highest string 1 [e] will have a gauge of .10 – .12 mm. Light strings are easier to push down on the fretboard than medium strings, but not as easy as super light strings. For beginners, in my opinion, they are just the right size. 

While there may seem to be about 100 brands and styles, simply choose a package or two of strings that meet your budget. A normal package of professional, non-coated acoustic guitar strings should cost around $6. Coated strings, which may last longer, should cost $10-$13. I use coated strings because I play so often. For your first sets of strings, you may consider buying regular strings and then upgrading as you get better; especially as you play more often.