The Biggest Tuning
guitar string? Tuning problems are often resolved by a series of
adjustments to an instrument. There is often a misunderstanding
about what exactly is being adjusted, and what cannot be
adjusted. There is a rule of thumb that states: The instrument
is adjusted to the string. Many musicians often have this rule
of thumb backwards. They think the string is actually being
adjusted to the instrument...more.
The Five Things You Must Know About
Coated Guitar Strings
Perhaps the largest emerging market
in guitar strings continues to be coated strings. The coated guitar string is
still new to many players, and yet widely used. We are going to take a closer
look at this type of string and touch on some subjects that rarely get mentioned
about this specialty string...more.
Is Guitar String
Over the past forty years,
there have been only a few major breakthroughs in guitar string
design. This excludes the introduction of various mixes of
alloys. Adding more nickel, using copper, or mixing more
phosphor into a base alloy is fundamental metallurgy. It is on
the same par as adding different pigmentation to paint, and
getting a different color. When one takes a look at string
construction, there appears to be very few breakthroughs...more.
What's the real scoop on
archtop guitar strings?
have written before, the guitar string market has become a
complex maze of hype and technology. Even the professionals get
confused about the various string terms being used lately. We
are going to get to the bottom of what archtop strings are all
about in this article. But first, here is a real world example
of what is happening out in the music stores...more.
Green Strings: Can
the planet be saved by a set of guitar strings?
first clear up a couple of things. Green strings are not
actually green in color or appearance. Not even the ball-end is
green in color. The focus of green guitar strings is about
recycling, conservation, and eliminating waste...more.
Mystery Behind Acoustic Guitar Strings
Fundamentally, acoustic guitar strings have been around longer
than any other type of guitar string. They have evolved into one
of the most critical components of the acoustic scene. We are
going to discuss the most misunderstood aspects of acoustic
guitar strings in this writing...more.
Strings: A Secret?
What comes to mind when
you hear about guitar and bass strings made by hand? To most
folks, it conjures up images of somebody holding some wires
together in one hand, while trying to wind them together with a
pair of pliers in the other hand. In reality, that's not how
handcrafted strings are produced...more.
Tuning Lubricants: Can they damage
The short answer to this question is: Yes! We are
going to show some of the pitfalls of these products in this
article. Over the past few years, the guitar and bass string
market has seen a number of various manufacturers start to offer
Do thick gauge strings take a toll?
What do chips and salsa
have to do with heavy gauge strings? If you like eating chips
and salsa, then surely someone has asked you about your
preference in salsa. At the top of the list would be the
question: How hot do you like it?...more.
Want to put some heat on your tone?
Try some Frozen Strings.
Strings have become one of the hottest things in guitar and bass string design.
It's no pun! We are talking about cryogenically tempered strings. Some of the
first sets of cryogenically tempered strings hit the market about two decades
ago. But they really did not get into the mainstream of visibility until about a
decade ago. We are going to take a closer look at this
innovation mostly misunderstood by many and often mistaken as another string
The Notorious Guitar String Grabber
There is a unique
fret problem, common to players who use a thin (less than
0.011") gauge E string on their guitar. If you have experienced
this problem, then you will surely get a grin on your face once
you remember it. Here is the problem...more.
Poisonous Chromium Contamination
Recently Found on Imported Guitar Strings.
With all the products
coming from China and abroad, the dangers of imported products
have taken a spotlight. We have seen contaminated pet food,
toothpaste, and children's toys. The product recalls have cost
billions of dollars...more.
Guitar string problems at outdoor gigs? Here
are some tips.
Playing an outdoor
gig can be fun. Most guitarists spend their time playing and
practicing indoors. So, when the opportunity arises to get some
outside fresh air and sunshine, many guitarists will jump on it.
This is especially true for players with short summers like
Minnesota and Michigan. If you have played at an outdoor
concert, then you are probably familiar with the issues that can
Playing Guitar with a Hand or
"When he smashed his
finger, shit squirted out the end of it!" - That was something I
once overheard a band member mention to someone at a local
concert. Apparently, their lead guitarist severely injured his
finger while setting down an extremely heavy speaker cabinet.
Ouch! Nothing is more frustrating than having a hand or finger
injury for a guitarist...more.
What you should know about the
7th and 11th strings
By statistics, most of you who are reading this,
probably do not own a seven string guitar or bass. If you are a
bassist, there is a good chance you own a 4 string bass. If you
are a guitarist, there is a good chance you own a 6 string
guitar. Some years ago, production versions of extended range
instruments hit the guitar market by storm. At the time, several
well known guitarists and bassist...more.
Bulk guitar strings: A Good deal
If you have an
appreciation for television classics, then you are probably
familiar with the Saturday Night Live skits featuring the
Coneheads. Whenever it was time for the Coneheads to eat, they
would always declare it was time to "consume mass quantities" of
beverages and consumables...more.
Watch it! You could put an eye out
with that thing.
many tutorials on the Web and in books showing
folks how to change guitar strings. Yet, very
few of these tutorials advise people on how to
trim the string. This little step is often
glazed over by a basic instruction like, "Step
7: Trim away excess." Notice that this
instruction does not say how to trim the
If You Carry A
Spare Set Of Strings In Your Case...Beware!
In the days of yester
year and still today, virtually all individual strings came in
paper envelopes. The paper
envelopes were usually in a clear little plastic
jacket with a flap...
Are your guitar strings breaking at the wrong time? Here
are the fixes...
So you are in the
middle of playing one of your favorite tunes with your
band at a gig. Your solo is coming up, and it is going
to be super cool and awesome. The first measure of your
solo begins, and then *POP!* your second note vaporizes
into thin air with no sound...more.
The Guitar String Jungle. Are
You Judging A Book By The Cover?
If you have ever
taken a look at the wall full of string selections at a
major music store, then you are going to appreciate "the
secret" about to be uncovered. You might be asking
yourself, "What secret? I didn't know there was a secret."
Well, there is a secret. It is seldom discussed amongst
guitarists and guitar instructors. We are going to take
a look at it in this article...more.
Are Guitar String Reviews Really Honest?
So you picked up the
latest copy of your favorite guitar magazine and
they have done a review of many different sets
of strings. Or, maybe you clicked on a great
guitar news website and they did a huge
benchmark test on a bunch of guitar string
brands. Your curiosity drives you to read the
article to find out which brand did the best, or
Which string is better: Hand
Wound or Precision Machine Wound?
Many string manufacturers take
pride in how they make their quality strings.
There are some string company's who advertise
their strings being made by hand. Yet, there are
other string company's who advertise their
strings being precision machine wound. Both
Scenario I and Scenario II are represented in
this manner. So, which is better: Hand wound or
precision machine wound? The answer is...more.
A Guitar String Problem You Were
Never Told About
So you installed a new set of
string onto your guitar, and minutes later one
of the strings break. For a brief moment you
feel speechless. Then you find the words to
describe how you feel, and out they come. Aaaah!!!
Has this ever happened to you? Why did this
happen? What went wrong? There are a number of
issues that can be causing early string
What is The Guitar String Tone Curve Doing To Your
In this article, we are going to take a look at the
life cycle of a guitar string. As a guitarist or
bassist, you know as soon as a set of strings are
installed on your instrument, it sounds totally
different. There is a world of difference in tone with
the new strings compared to the old strings...more.
What do you think it sounds like?
One of the most exciting things
you can do in customizing your guitar is
changing the pickups. If you have ever done this
modification, then you know the difference can
be dramatic. In fact, you don't know what it is
going to exactly sound like until it is fully
installed and the instrument is plugged in...more.
Strings - Have You Tried String Soup Lately?
Have you ever heard of boiling your guitar
strings? I can remember the first time a bass
player came up to me and said, "I boiled my
strings today." I would have paid good money to
see the expression on my face when that was
said. Since that time, I heard from countless
players, particularly bass players, who boil
their strings. Is it fair to say that many
players are actually aspiring to be