After buying a dream acoustic guitar, you may wonder “what are the BEST acoustic guitar strings for BEGINNERS?” Below are tips to help you have some ideas before making a purchase.
1. String size or string gauge: If you are a complete beginner, I highly recommend using LIGHT string gauge (.012 – .054). This is a standard string size for beginners. The medium gauge and heavy gauges are best suited to experienced players.
You can use extra-light string gauge (.010 – .047) if you like, the sound, however, is not as good as light strings, but it is very easy to hold chords.
2. String materials and tone: The phosphor bronze and 80/20 bronze are two popular choices. The 80/20 bronze has brilliant tone whereas phosphor bronze has rich and warm tone.
So, which one is best suited to your taste? It depends on your favorite genre of music you like to play. I think you should try both on your guitar,then you will have more exact answer.
3. String brands: Elixir, D’Addario, Ernie Ball, Martin are four popular brands that you can trust. I have tested all them on the Washburn D10S, and I was satisfied with the sound of Elixir and D’Addario most.
The top 6 acoustic guitar strings & reviews – best practicing strings for beginners
These strings are the light gauge; you can choose extra-light if you want, it’s ok. But again, I recommend light string gauge as the best choice not only just for practicing but also for performance as well, because they are easy to play for beginners and don’t have too “thin” sound like the extra-light strings.
1. D’Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze
The D’Addario EJ16 has been my favorite for many years.
It has the balance between warm and bright tone, and it is very smooth to slide up and down on the fret-boards.
The great strings at an inexpensive price!
2. D’Addario EXP16 with NY Steel Phosphor Bronze
The D’Addario EXP16 is similar to the D’Addario EJ16 in sound and tone (just my feeling), but EXP16 is micro-coated which makes their lifespan longer than uncoated strings.
In short, the D’Addario EXP16 with micro-coated keep more long-lasting tone than D’Addario EJ16 do, and its price is a bit higher too.
3. D’Addario EJ11 80/20 Bronze
If you like bright treble with rich, deep bass, the D’Addario EJ11 80/20 Bronze is cool.
It is a good choice for country, bluegrass, jazz, folk music.
Note: D’addario EJ vs. EXP series, which one is best for the sound and tone?
It is very hard to answer because it depends on each individual feeling. Maybe you like the sound of EXP coated while I love the tone of EJ uncoated. That is why you should try them by yourself.
As for the lifespan, the EXP strings with micro-coated are better than EJ strings.
4. Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze with NANOWEB Coating
I tested Elixir Strings 80/20Bronze- NANOWEB Coating on my Washburn D10S, the sound is very good and balanced from low to high.
However, I, myself, don’t like the bright sound so much.
5. Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze with POLYWEB Coating
The Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings with POLYWEB Coating has the sound similar to Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze with NANOWEB coating above but the tone is less bright and a little bit warmer. I like it.
6. Elixir Phosphor Bronze with Nanoweb Coating
Just like D’Addario EXP16, the Elixir Phosphor Bronze with Nanoweb Coating has bright and warm tone for a longer period.
Feeling good for the fingertips, but I don’t like its price 🙂
More details about acoustic guitar strings
The additional information is necessary and helps you know more about the acoustic guitar strings.
How to replace the acoustic guitar strings correctly?
This video shows you: How to change your acoustic guitar strings.
When to replace your guitar strings?
Experienced guitarists know when it is time to change their guitar strings based on the sound of the guitar. However, it is hard for beginning guitar players to know when they need to change their strings because they are not familiar with the sound of the guitar.
Here are the cues to replace new strings:
- Difficulty in getting stay-in-tune than before;
- The sound gets flatter and duller than usual;
- Getting more rust or discolorment on your strings;
- The last time you changed your strings was along time ago.
How to make your acoustic guitar strings live longer?
Some tips to make your acoustic guitar strings last:
- Keep your hands clean & dry when playing, that prevents string oxidation;
- After playing, using a clean-cloth to wipe strings and guitar body;
- Putting your guitar into a case to avoid dust.
The guitar strings affects playability and tone quality. That is why choosing the best acoustic guitar strings are important for you and your guitar.
If you’re beginners, I recommend you to choose light gauge or medium gauge because they are easy to practice and don’t have too “thin” sound like an extra-light gauge.
Thanks for stopping by, and hope these information and reviews help you.