How Much Do Acoustic Guitar Strings Cost?
Changing the guitar strings on your acoustic guitar will need to be done sooner or later. When using the instrument over a long period of time, dirt may sit on the strings, and this will affect the quality of the sound. Frequent stretching of the string can also be a contributing factor to the sound quality as well.
How much is it?
- A set of acoustic guitar strings can cost anywhere from $5 to $40 depending on the brand, quality, gauge and where its purchased.
- For instance, the highly rated D’Addario EJ16-3d strings cost anywhere from $15 to $35 for a pack of three light sets. A pack of Martin MSP4200 SP guitar strings will cost $5 to $17, while the Elixir Light Nanoweb strings can cost anywhere from $20 to $30.
|.010||$4 to $12|
|.011||$5 to $16|
|.012||$5 to $17|
|.013||$5 to $13|
|.014+||$7 to $16|
What is going to be included?
- Some brands may include string winders in a set. A storage tin may also be included.
- Common gauge sizes include 10, 11, 12 and 13. The gauge is how thick the string is, and for most acoustic guitars, experts will recommend either an 11 or 12 gauge. Higher gauges will be thicker and have more volume, generally creating a warmer tone. Lighter strings, on the other hand, may sound thinner and could produce a buzzing sound.
- String material will more than likely be a phosphor bronze, but other materials include 80/20 bronze (which is 80% copper and 20% zinc), copper, bronze, nickel plated steel, silver and stainless steel. All strings will be made from a variety of material, thicknesses and coatings to product a unique sound.
- Some strings will be made with a coating, which is designed to help the strings last longer and can help the strings prevent rust. Some players often avoid this coating because it can create a smooth texture that doesn’t feel right on the fingers. If the strings are coated, they can come in other colors, such as black and blue.
What are the extra costs?
- To have someone change the strings for you, a professional will more than likely charge $10 to $30 to complete the job.
Top brands to consider:
- DR Strings
- Ernie Ball
- John Pearse
Tips to know
- If you haven’t tried out the strings you’re about to purchase, see if a local music studio have some available for you to play. It’s always best to try different brands to find one that suits your style.
- Before buying acoustic guitar strings, check your owner’s manual, especially if you want to increase the gauge size. While some guitars can accommodate larger strings, some brands won’t be able to.
- The larger the gauge size, the more tension it will place the guitar. This, in turn, can potentially result in damage.
- When should you change your guitar strings? This will all depend on how often you play and how picky you are with the sound. Most players will change their strings when the sound begins to sound dull. Most players, however, will change their strings before a gig.
- Lighter gauge strings are recommended for a beginner since they are easily manipulated by the fingers. The distance makes a difference because if the strings are too high, it can be hard to press them down, essentially creating a buzzing sound.
How to string an acoustic guitar
How can I save money?
- Instead of letting someone change the strings for your guitar, consider changing the strings on your own.
- If purchasing from a larger retailer, look for a coupon code before buying.