Light Strings Or Heavy Strings?

Should I use light guitar strings?

I get asked this question often. Heavier gauges give you more tone, and is better for metal, etc. Light strings allow you to play faster and is better for guitar soloing, etc.

So the best thing to do is to try all different strings. I recommend Ernie Ball Strings

A good trick is to use heavy strings for practicing, and then in a few months (or years) make the transition to lighter strings. The reason for this is so you ‘condition’ your hands to use difficult and heavy strings, so that songs are easier to play when you play light strings. The same goes for acoustic to electric guitar: practice on acoustic guitar, and therefore playing on electric will be easier.

Try as many strings as possible. There are more than simply heavy strings and light strings. Period. For example, Ernie Ball makes skinny top and heavy bottom strings. Its the only way of knowing what’s out there and what works best for you. Try different gauges, companies, action, guitars, and even musicians :)

All these things effect how you perform, and your comfort level.

What is Action on Guitar Frets?

Action refers to how high or low the string is in relation to how far it is from the fretboard. High action is more difficult to play because its further away from the fret. (I heard Stevie Ray Vaughn played with extremely high action – but that was his preference) Otherwise, guitar players like Joe Satriani use extremely light strings and low action to play at blazing speeds. Obviously, lower action is easier to play because you don’t have to push down on the string as far.

Here are 2 great posts about Gauges:

Related Posts:

Donate Become A Fan
Join My Youtube Listen To My Music


  1. Katelyn Sturdivant

    I was looking into getting new strings for my guitar that I got for Christmas (only a few days ago). I think the strings I have on the guitar might be medium gauge, so I was going to switch them for light gauge strings and also try some coated strings since I prefer to use my thumb over a pick when strumming. After reading this page, though, I saw that you suggested beginners start with higher gauge strings and move to light stings after a while of playing, so I am not sure what I should do about my strings. I was thinking of bringing my guitar to the local shop and seeing if they could lower the action. I’m having issues with buzzing when I play some chords, so I figured I could benefit from having my strings lowered. Do you think I should keep the strings I have and just lower the action?


  2. Hey Katelyn! Hmm, good questions all around, I would start with light strings in your case. The reason I used heavy strings and moved to something lighter is because it helps with my electric guitar playing and shred guitar etc. But I only play nylon guitar strings now – they’re easier to play, feel great, and sound beautiful

  3. yea keeping the strings and lowering the action would help a ton. Just make sure your neck doesn’t bend over time (get a humidifier). If it bends ever so slightly there won’t be room for the string to give, and it will rub against the frets by default – so keep that guitar in great condition!

  4. The best advice I could give you is: Practice. If you find it hard, keep prticacing and don’t quit! Because winners never quit and quitters never win!Find and learn some songs that are easy to sing while playing guitar. I can give you a lot of them. E-mail me if you’re interested:

  5. Good blog you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality
    writing like yours these days. I really appreciate individuals like you!

    Take care!!

  6. ハロー。私は学生のころからダイエットをやっていました。体重は痩せてもまた太ったりで結局たいしてあまりかわらずでした。ですが、年を取ってくると昔よりも少ない食べる量でも太りやすくなってきたと思っています。そのため、今からでも本気で減量をしようと決めたんです。しかも夏になります。ですからダイエットブログを見て調べたんです。どんな方法のダイエット法があるのか、こんな方法のダイエット法がおすすめとかの知識が増えました。最近は酵素を使ったドリンクのダイエットが話題になっていますね。美容も気にしながらダイエットできるようです。また、エステサロンなどで人気の高い痩身ですね。これも美を意識した痩せる方法ですね。その痩身エステにもサロンによっていろいろあって効果が期待できそうです。しかも最近は体験コースというものが安く受けられるので、まずは体験コースからやって効果を試してみてください。そして食べものも大事です。また、野菜野菜が苦手な方は野菜ジュースやトマトジュースなどでしっかりと栄養を摂ってダイエットしましょう。

  7. I delight in, cause I discovered exactly what
    I was taking a look for. You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt!
    God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  8. Plus, you can find particular reward features out there that are included in a great after-shave and also toothpastes.
    ” The portal words to pick up on here are “crazy
    day. The Author is a professional writer, presently writing for Cheap Tee Shirts and Short Sleeve Shirt.

  9. You really make it appear really easy with your presentation however I find this topic
    to be actually one thing which I think I might never understand.
    It sort of feels too complicated and very large for me.
    I am having a look forward on your subsequent submit, I will
    try to get the cling of it!

  10. 中古車が今どんな感じで査定されるか分かりますか?車査定の価格の調査にはポイントが存在します。さて価格というのはひとつではないわけです。次に、店舗によって同じ車でも評価基準が変わります。という理屈で、ひとつのディーラーを鵜呑みにすると得しないです。最後に、中古車には売るタイミングがありますよ。評価が大きく変わるので観察が必須です。買取店の評価額は常に流動的ですから好評価のタイミングに売却です。そんな方法を伝授します。

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.