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Cheap guitar string 3-pack sets that are actually good

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When you play guitar, you buy a lot of strings. There's no reason to spend any more than you have to.

In places like Guitar Center, guitar strings are usually sold as single packs and it's not often you find 3-pack sets. I don't know why this is but that's the way they sell strings.

More often than not, most guitar players prefer to buy string sets in packs of 3 simply because you can actually use them before they rust. Sure, you could get a 10-pack or even a 25-pack, but will you use all those strings before rust sets in? Nope. This is why you buy in sets of 3.

Quick list of generally available 3-pack sets:

...and for the acoustic players:

Is it worth it to buy coated strings?

Coated strings are only good for guitars you play infrequently.

You don't buy coated strings for longer string life, because with regular play they don't really last any longer than non-coated strings do.

You buy coated strings for guitars that spend most of the time in storage. The #1 reason to buy coated is for corrosion resistance.

For electrics, sure, you can get coated electric string 3-packs in 9-42 sets or 10-46 sets. You will pay more for those. But again, I'd only get those for guitars that aren't played often and stay in storage most of the time.

For acoustic strings, you could get coated strings but don't really need to. The D'Addario Phosphor Bronze is already corrosion resistant and cheap to buy, so just get a 3-pack of those.

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