When most guitarists think of 013 gauge electric guitar strings, they think of the B-string (2nd string from the bottom) in a light or medium set. But for players who want a thicker sound (or play in drop tunings), the 013 gauge is often used for the high-E string (1st string). During the '60s and '70s, using this gauge for the high-E was not common outside of the jazz world; most rockers at the time used 008 gauges. But when Stevie Ray Vaughn came bursting onto the scene with his signature fat tone, guitarists quickly changed their tune. Today, 013 gauge electric guitar strings are preferred by many jazz and metal guitarists.
Speaking of drop tuning, DR Strings has a best-selling string set that's perfect for such a playing style. The DR Strings Drop-Down Tuning Mega Heavy Guitar Strings are extremely popular among metal guitarists for their exceptional stability and top-notch intonation. No doubt, you'll be amazed by how crystal clear your favorite heavy riffs sound when your axe is decked out with these strings. Another top-rated choice that headbangers love are the Cleartone Monster Heavy Series Nickel-Plated Drop C Electric Guitar Strings. Featuring heavier gauges (including the 013 gauge) for that extra tension you need, these strings are applied with the "No Feel Coasting" EMP treatment to ensure a long tonal life through countless hard-hitting plucks and strums.
As for all you jazz virtuosos, there are plenty of sets with the 013 gauge for you here as well. For starters, there's the D'Addario EJ22 Nickel Jazz Medium Electric Guitar Strings, which deliver a very distinctive tone that's bright and expressive. Or, if you play a baritone guitar, turn your attention to the Ernie Ball 2839 Baritone Electric Guitar String Set. Boasting a punchy tone and optimal clarity, this set works wonderfully for A-A or B-B tuning combinations.
If a string set with the 013 gauge is what you're on the prowl for, then it's probably obvious to you by now that you'll find it here. 013 gauge electric guitar strings are offered by the most respected guitar string manufacturers in the world - all you have to do is consider your tastes and budget, and the right string set will be found in no time.
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