This is How We Do It

Making the world's finest guitar strings isn't just our job, it's our craft.

Making Guitar Strings at Stringjoy

Great guitar strings start with great materials, and at Stringjoy we use only the best. Our high-carbon steel core wire is drawn to exacting tolerances right here in Tennessee. We source our wrap wire from different drawers depending on the material type and the particular strengths of each source, but the vast majority of our wrap wire is also sourced from within a 150-mile radius of our Nashville shop.

Every spool of wire is inspected for gauge accuracy, strength and finish quality when it gets to our shop. Even though we only work with drawers that do consistently excellent work, when it comes to our strings we leave nothing to chance.

Perfection
with a Twist.

Each string is first ball-ended on sophisticated machinery that ensures every string is perfectly uniform and is secured with a variable series of twists that is dialed-in perfectly for each gauge to offer the greatest stability while minimizing stress on the wire itself.

Too loose of a twist can cause a string to come undone, too tight of a twist can cause the wire to break, so we’ve perfectly dialed our ball-end processes to account for each gauge’s tensile strength and torsional durability so we can make a perfect string, every time.
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Quality Takes Time

Excellence Takes a Little Longer.

Without a doubt, our winding process is what we’re most proud of. Winding a perfect string is an art. At Stringjoy we wind strings one at a time, through a manual and time-consuming process that heavily relies on the skillset of our expertly trained staff.

Depending on the gauge, our strings are made up of as many as 7,700 turns of wire per wind (round wound gauges .064 and under are made with one wind, higher gauges such as you see in bass strings consist of up to four different winds). Our winders’ job is to ensure that each of these turns of wire occurs at the exact right place, and at the exact right tension. Doing this right takes time and requires tremendous focus, but it’s what truly makes a string a Stringjoy string, so it’s worth every second.

Because we’re more obsessive about this process than many string companies, Stringjoy strings feature tighter, closer-together winds, which gives our strings a smoother feel, increased output due to their higher mass, and added durability since these tight winds keep dirt and oil away from the steel core wire—the part of the string most susceptible to corrosion.

Signed, Sealed,
Delivered.

While the most important quality control occurs during the ball-ending and winding process, every Stringjoy string goes through an additional quality inspection before it is coiled. 

Coiling strings may seem simple, but it is also an important part of the string-making process. When coiled too tight, strings can deform before they ever make it to your guitar. 

A properly coiled string remains somewhat loose inside its envelope and uncoils easily when removed.

Once coiled, Stringjoy strings are placed in individual gauge-specific envelopes that are made with Vapor Corrosion Inhibiting paper, assembled into a complete set, and sealed into an air-tight pouch. This process ensures that Stringjoy strings are always as fresh as the day they were wound. 

The Stringjoy employee that performs this final check and assembly signs their name to the inside of the package before sealing it up. Because at Stringjoy we always stand by our product (check out our ironclad guarantee and see what we mean). 

Our mission is simple: we want to make the best strings in the world. As you can see, it takes a lot of steps to get there. But to us it’s worth the extra effort, because we know that when you get our strings on your favorite instrument they’ll inspire you to play more, and play more like you.

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