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The Best Strings for Fingerstyle

The Best Guitar Strings for Fingerstyle Playing: Acoustic and Electric

What guitar strings should you use for fingerstyle playing on electric or acoustic? Here's how to find the best strings for fingerpicking.
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Beginners Guide to Guitar Strings

Guitar Strings for Beginners: Everything You Need to Know

Strings play a key role in the feel and sound of a guitar, and you can’t play a guitar without ...
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Metal Guitar Player Playing Guitar Strings

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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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, ...
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Guitar String Gauges in Millimeters

Guitar String Gauges in MM: A Helpful Guide

What are Guitar String Gauges in MM? This short guide will help you convert any guitar string gauge you see into millimeters in a flash.
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Phosphor Bronze vs 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Phosphor Bronze vs 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Without question, phosphor bronze and 80/20 bronze are the two most popular acoustic guitar string alloys—but what are the differences between them?
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Wound G String (or Wound 3rd): Is It Right For You?

Wound G String (or Wound 3rd): Is It Right For You?

Is a wound G string or a wound 3rd the right move for you and your guitar? We look into the history, usage, advantages and ...
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Can You Use a Plain 4th Guitar String?

We see enough people ordering plain 4th strings in custom sets of Stringjoys that we thought we'd try out a plain 4th ourselves.
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Guitar Action: The Complete Guide

Guitar Action: The Complete Guide to String Height & Action Adjustments

Setting the perfect guitar action is the key to get your instrument sounding and playing how it should. Here's everything you need to know about ...
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David Gilmour’s Guitar String Gauges

David Gilmour’s Guitar String Gauges

For the axe-slinging rockers of the world, guitar string gauges simply can't be overlooked. Cue David Gilmour, guitarist and co-vocalist of Pink Floyd, who – ...
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In Defense of Heavy Guitar Strings

Top 6 Benefits of Heavy Gauge Guitar Strings

Are heavy strings right for you? Maybe. Maybe not. There are always tradeoffs with lighter or heavier guitar string gauges, ...
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How High Can You Tune a Guitar String Before it Breaks?

How High Can You Tune a Guitar String Before it Breaks?

Is Up is the new Drop? Definitely not. But what's wrong with tuning up above the highest E on a guitar? We talk about what ...
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Pure Nickel vs Nickel Wound Guitar Strings

Pure Nickel Guitar Strings vs Nickel Wound Strings

It’s shootout time! Pure Nickel vs Nickel Wound or Nickel-Plated Steel Guitar Strings. We had our buddy Jay Leonard J ...
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Why Old Guitar Strings Go Dead

Why Old Guitar Strings Go Dead

Have you ever had a guitar string suddenly sound dull, not intonate properly, or become unable to stay in tune? ...
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Why Do Guitar Strings Lose Intonation as They Age?

Why Do Guitar Strings Lose Intonation as They Age?

We’ve all been there. You get a new set of guitar strings installed, get your intonation set perfectly, and then ...
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