Every electric guitarist has their preference when it comes to string gauge - but more often than not, rock guitarists opt for sets that feature the 011 gauge electric guitar string. These sets are typically labelled "Medium" or "Medium Plus" and the package itself specifies the lightest and heaviest gauges in the set (ex: 011-059). Basically, 011 gauge electric guitar strings are usually used for the 1st string (high-E) - although "Super Light" strings use the 011 gauge for the 2nd (B) string.
Before making any brisk decisions, it helps to understand how different string construction materials can impact your sound. Common electric guitar string materials include: nickel-plated steel (which produces a bright, balanced sound); stainless steel (these are corrosion-resistant and have a crisp tone with killer sustain); and pure nickel (warmer than nickel-plated steel but not as bright). If nickel-plated strings are your bag, check out a top seller like the Ernie Ball 2220 Power Slink Nickel Electric Guitar Strings. Prefer stainless-steel? Try the D'Addario EHR370 Guitar Strings Half Rounds Medium. As for pure nickel, the Fender 150M Original Pure Nickel Electric Guitar Strings are very popular.
And those aren't the only string types that feature the 011 gauge. Chrome strings are often favored by jazz and blues guitarists, and the D'Addario XL Chromes Jazz Light Electric Guitar Strings ECG24 are mellow, long-lasting flatwounds that stay in tune extremely well. Another string set that deserves your consideration is the Dean Markley 2562 Blue Steel Cryogenic Medium Electric Guitar Strings. By cryogenically freezing their strings down -320 degrees Fahrenheit with a blast of liquid nitrogen, this process removes any transient frequencies that cause muddy lows and harsh highs.
Now that you know what awaits you in this section, the next move is yours. 011 gauge electric guitar strings can be found on the guitars of players ranging from heavy rock shredders to intricate jazz strummers and soulful blues pluckers. No doubt, the perfect set to match your tastes will be all stringed up on your axe and ready for action in no time.
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