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Stringjoy Guitar Blog

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On The Stringjoy guitar blog, we write about guitar history, guitar gear, music theory, and yes, occasionally strings.

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History of Guitar Pick Materials

Guitar picks can seem fairly simple; you just need a little piece of some material that you can use to strum the strings. But most guitar players know first-hand that …

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Best Acoustic Guitar Strings for Beginners

Learning to play acoustic guitar is an endlessly rewarding pursuit. Being able to play your favorite songs, write songs, and connect with others is incredibly satisfying and fun. However, the …

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Best Guitar Strings for Metal

What are the best guitar strings for metal? Whether you’re drop-tuning, or playing a 7 string or 8 string, here are our top picks.

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Nickel Silver Frets vs Stainless Steel Frets

Nickel Silver Frets vs Stainless Steel Frets

We talk about fret material—nickel silver vs stainless steel—and what advantages and disadvantages come with each, as well as what role different types of strings can play when it comes to your frets.

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How to Use an Effects Loop

How to Use the Effects Loop on Your Amp

Effects loops can be incredibly useful tools when you understand what they are, how they work, and how to use them with your amp and pedals. 

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Guitar Pedal Order: How To Organize Your Pedalboard

There are few things more fun as a guitarist than buying new pedals and seeing what they can do. If you have gear acquisition syndrome like me and most other …

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The Surprising Origins of Fretless Bass

Fretless Bass: Surprising Origins and Famous Players

The fretless bass is one of the most iconic and easily identifiable sounds in all of music. The second you hear that woody, melodic sound, you instantly know it’s a …

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Stringjoy Rangers Stainless Steel Bass Strings

What Are Stainless Steel Bass Strings Good For?

At Stringjoy we love to talk about strings, and bass strings are no exception. When it comes to bass strings, there are more options than you might think—nickel, stainless, roundwound, …

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Why Guitar Strings Buzz

String buzz is an issue that nearly every guitar player runs into at some point. You get your guitar, go to play it, and you hear a buzzing sound that …

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Close up photo of an acoustic guitar, looking down from the neck.

Acoustic Guitar Bracing Types

Most guitarists probably don’t know much about the insides of their acoustic guitars, other than their inexplicable ability to make picks disappear into the ether. The focus is typically on …

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Acoustic Guitar String Gauges: Which Is Best For You?

While it may seem inconsequential to beginners, the strings you put on your acoustic guitar have a massive impact on your tone and playing. Unlike electric guitars where tone can …

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Best Strings for Acoustasonic

Though Fender’s Acoustasonic guitars had some doubters when they initially came out, they have proven to be a versatile and valuable tool in the guitar arsenal of many pros. Acoustasonics …

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Sonny Sharrock: An Overlooked Jazz Guitarist

Sonny Sharrock is one of jazz guitar’s most singular figures; he was one of the only guitarists in the first wave of free-jazz and one of the only jazz guitarists …

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Drop Tuning Guitar Strings: What Gauges Are Best?

Is there anything more satisfying than drop tuning your guitar and letting those low notes drone? Personally, I don’t think so. However, drop tuning your guitar opens up a whole …

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Best Guitar Strings For Sweaty Hands

If you’ve been playing guitar for a while, you’re well acquainted with the struggle of sweaty hands and corroded strings. You go on stage, play a great show, pack your …

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