There are an overwhelming amount of options when buying strings. You can pick different gauges (thickness), materials, types of winding, cores, coatings, brands, etc. WTF is even slinky? Or regular? Or "cobalt"? Nickel or steel? What string should I buy for my Djent shovel ? Hopefully these articles shed some light.
Normal Everyday Strings Tho?
Did you read a couple of those and think, "Too many options, homie. I just do the normal stuff, what are the most common strings?"
If so, you probably want a set of roundwound, "regular" 10 - 46 (.010 - .046 gauge) nickel strings.
Regular 10 - 46 strings can be hard to bend if you're trying to nail those Jimi solos and don't have major finger strength yet. So it's worth trying a couple other gauges of roundwound, nickel strings:
- 9 - 46: lighter high strings, "regular" low strings
- 9 - 42: lighter high strings with lighter low strings
Tuning to EADGBE (from the largest string to the smallest) is standard tuning, and anything else is an "alternate tuning". If you've ever listened to Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine, you've heard alternate tunings. Here are a couple articles to help you experiment with alternate tunings.
You've discovered the beauty of Drop C or another low tuning, but now the strings slap the fretboard when you get into it. If thats the case, you should look into different string gauges. Alternate tunings and the string gauge you choose are intimately related because of string tension.
On to the meat; learn all about pickups in part 5 →