With all the different brands and types of guitar string available it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. Have a read our rough guide and hopefully we can help to point you in the right direction the next time you need to change strings!

There are three main types of guitar: Electric, Acoustic and Classical. Each has a different kind of strings.


  • Nickel wound strings are used for the majority of the time on electric guitars.
  • Often the three bass strings are wound and the treble strings are unwound.
  • The two main types of winding included are ‘Round’ and ‘Flat’ wound.
  • Round wound strings are the standard for most guitars and offer a bright clear tone.
  • Flat wounds are mainly used by Jazz players wanting a warm and slightly dulled tone.

Click here for our range of Electric Guitar Strings

Acoustic – 80/20 Bronze & Phosphor Bronze

  • 80/20 Bronze includes 80% Copper/20% Zinc.
  • Phosphor includes 8% Tin & a small amount of Phosphor.
  • The two terms above refer to the 4 wound strings included in a standard set of acoustic strings (the other 2 being plain steel which are exactly the same as found in an electric set).
  • In essence, 80/20 will sound a little brighter whilst Phosphor produces a warmer, richer and more complex tone.
  • Think about the tone of your guitar and select a winding to suit.
  • The core of the string is also important too – Some strings have a hexagon shaped core instead of round, which can add more presence and clarity to the tone.

Click here for our range of Acoustic Guitar Strings


Classical Guitar – Silver wound & Tensions

  • The go to string set for Classical will include 3 plain nylon and 3 silver wound strings.
  • Making the mistake and using acoustic or electric strings is a bad idea and can damage the guitar due to the tensions involved.
  • Classical strings are available in low, medium, hard and extra hard tensions.
  • My advice would be stick to either medium or hard and get a feel for both on your guitar.
  • Low and extra hard can be used on certain guitars but for standard use and playing they are not required.

Click here for our range of Classical Guitar Strings

For bespoke advice, custom setups and restrings, please contact our guitar department on 0161 445 4466 or send us an email

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