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    D'Addario EXL110-7 Lite 7-String Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $7.99
  2. D'Addario EXL110-E Light Electric Guitar Strings 3-Pack with 3 Bonus High E Strings (10-46)
    Your Price $16.49
  3. D'Addario NYXL1149 Medium 3-Pack Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $32.99
  4. D'Addario NYXL1164 7-String Medium Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings (11-64)
    Your Price $15.99
  5. D'Addario NYXL0946 Super Light Top/Regular Bottom Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $12.99
  6. Dean Markley 2562 Blue Steel Cryogenic Medium Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $5.13
  7. Ernie Ball 2725 Cobalt Extra Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $9.95
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    Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with POLYWEB Coating, Super Light (.009-.042)
    Your Price $12.99
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    Thomastik GB112 Medium Light George Benson Custom Flatwound Guitar Strings
    Your Price $36.99
  10. D'Addario NYXL0980 8-String Super Light Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings (09-80)
    Your Price $17.99
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    Fender 3150R Original Bullets Pure Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings - Regular
    Your Price $9.99
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    D'Addario XL148 Nickel-Wound, Drop C Tuning Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $5.95
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    D'Addario EXL110W Nickel Regular Light Wound 3rd Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $4.95
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    GHS Boomers Medium Electric Guitar Strings 10-Pack
    Your Price $40.99
  15. D'Addario NYXL1059 7-String Light Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings (10-59)
    Your Price $15.99
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    Ernie Ball 2621 Nickel 7-String Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $8.49
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    Ernie Ball 2722 Cobalt Hybrid Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $9.99
  18. D'Addario ECG26 Chromes Medium Gauge Electric Guitar Strings
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  19. Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with OPTIWEB Coating, Light (.010-.046) - 2 Pack
    Your Price $25.98
  20. Elixir Electric Guitar Strings with OPTIWEB Coating, Custom Light (.009-.046)
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  21. Ernie Ball 2240 Regular Slinky RPS 10 Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $5.38
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    GHS GBL Boomers Light 010 Electric Guitar Strings
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    Ernie Ball 2620 Nickel 7-String Power Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
    Your Price $8.49
  24. D'Addario NYXL1260 Extra Heavy Electric Guitar Strings
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    D'Addario EPN110 Pure Nickel Electric Guitar Regular Light Strings
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    EVH Premium Electric Strings 9-42
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    Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Pink Electric Guitar Strings 6 Pack
    Your Price $26.99
  28. Thomastik BB114 Medium Jazz BeBop Guitar Strings
    Your Price $26.99
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    Dunlop Heavy Core 7-String Electric Guitar Strings - Heavy Gauge
    Your Price $5.99
  30. Ernie Ball 2221 Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 3-Pack with Pro-Winder String Cutter/Winder
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Before the speakers and pedals, before the amp and even before the pickups, there are the strings, impacting everything that comes after them in line. Fortunately, there are lots of options to choose from, so you can pick out a set of strings that will produce exactly the sound you're looking to get out of your instrument. It's possible to change the strings one at a time, but one part of routine guitar maintenance is replacing the full set from time to time, so they're mostly sold in complete packs. If you're doing a regular re-stringing or upgrading from stock strings, that's a great way to get a full matching set. For a touring musician or prolific player, you might even consider stocking up with a bulk box to make sure you're ready with a long-term supply of on-the-road replacements as you need them.

One of the most important things to look at when choosing strings is the material, just like with an acoustic guitar. The difference is that an electric guitar's strings need to be made of magnetic alloys for the pickups to "hear" them, so bronze and brass are out. Instead, your primary options are stainless steel, nickel or nickel-plated strings. Nickel alloys have their roots in the early electric guitars of the 1950s, which makes them the preferred choice for authentic vintage sounds. Steel, on the other hand, has a stronger, punchier sound. Steel strings also stand up well to corrosion, which makes them good options if you live in a humid climate. For a hybrid of the two, check out nickel-plated strings, which combine the clarity and strength of steel with a softer nickel surface that's a bit easier on your frets, picks and fingertips. The other key characteristic of electric guitar strings is the gauge, or thickness. A heavier gauge needs more tension and produces higher volume with fuller sound and increased sustain. That makes it ideal for the needs of rhythm guitar. Lighter gauges, by contrast, are brighter-sounding, as well as more flexible, which allows fingers to work faster, making them great for complex lead and jazz guitar parts. If you're a beginner, it's a good idea to start with a lighter gauge, since the more bendy strings are easier to fret. A final thing to take into consideration is whether the strings are coated. Some guitarists prefer standard strings, while others like coated ones for their longer lifespan, smoother texture that produces less squeak and the choice of colors to personalize the guitar. Your electric guitar strings are a matter of individual preference, so trying out different strings is the only way to reliably decide which you'll like best. But it's worth every moment of testing, since your choice of strings can make an unbelievable difference in the sound of your guitar.

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