Guitars

Springfield Guitar Strings

Guitar strings are arguably the most important part of the instrument. Without guitar strings, the instrument is just a big piece of wood. Over a guitar’s lifespan, it’s also the item owners will spend the most money on, so picking the right strings cannot be underestimated.

At Mondo Mo Strings, we appreciate the importance of guitar strings, which is why when your guitar needs new strings, our team of passionate professionals can help determine what you need to get the best sound out of your Springfield guitar.

Signs You Need New Guitar Strings

Guitar strings don’t last forever. A couple of telltale signs include:

  • Getting in tune and staying in tune is more challenging than usual
  • Rust or discoloration is visible on the strings
  • String wraps are unwinding
  • Tone sounds flat
  • You can’t remember the last time you changed your strings

If you are still not sure if you need new strings, feel free to call (413) 562-2988 to speak with one of our string experts.

Lighter Gauge Guitar Strings vs. Heavier Gauge Guitar Strings

Guitar strings are manufactured in range of thicknesses or gauges. These gauges are measured in thousandths of an inch. It is very important to always check the gauges because light strings on an electric guitar will have smaller gauges than light strings on an acoustic guitar. Furthermore, light strings for any type of guitar can vary greatly between one manufacturer to another.

Selecting the right guitar strings can be tough even for experienced guitar players. Here are a few things to consider when selecting your gauge size.

Lighter Gauge Guitar Strings

  • Generally easier to play
  • Allow for easier bending of notes and fretting
  • Produce less volume and sustain
  • Prone to causing fret buzzing, especially on guitars with low action
  • Exert less tension on the guitar neck, making them a safer choice for old or vintage guitars
  • Break more frequently

Heavier Gauge Guitar Strings

  • Generally harder to play
  • Require more finger pressure to fret and bend notes
  • Produce more volume and sustain
  • Exert more tension on the guitar’s neck

Types of Guitar Strings

Once you have settled on which gauge of guitar string suits you best, then it’s a matter of choosing what material best suits your needs. There are three main types of guitar strings:

  • Nylon
  • Bronze
  • Steel/nickel

Nylon Guitar Strings. Traditionally used for classical music, the mellow tone and responsiveness of nylon strings are most commonly used on acoustic or classical guitars to play folk or country music. Because nylon is softer than bronze or steel, nylon guitar strings are slightly easier to push down than their metal counterparts. This same softness also means nylon strings tend to go out of tune more easily when there are changes in temperature and humidity.

Bronze Guitar Strings. Used for all styles of music, bronze guitar strings are typically made of 80% copper and 20% zinc. They produce a clear, bright ringing tone but they can age quickly due to bronze’s tendency to oxidize.

Steel Guitar Strings. Steel strings produce a soft, mellow sound and create less tension so they are good for vintage guitars that require special care.

If you’re still feeling unsure about what guitar strings you need, feel free to call us at (413) 562-2988 to take advantage of our extensive guitar string knowledge. You have the Mando Mo Strings’ guarantee that one of our staff members will steer you in the right direction.

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