rich menga books gear search about contact
***Secret FSR Fender guitars? Yes, they exist, and they're right here

Amazon links are affiliated. Learn more.

Sometimes guitar string brand does not matter

image

When all you need are strings that just work, brand really isn't a consideration.

Some guitar players spend a lot of money on strings. For example, one of the more popular expensive offerings is D'Addario NYXL. D'Addario claims that they stay in tune 131% better.

Do they? I have no idea. Maybe they do. But ultimately I buy whatever is cheap and readily available.

An example of this is seen above. I have a pack of Fender and Ernie Ball strings. Yes, they are both in 8-38 size because that's the string set size I like. But the point is the reason why I bought them. Cheap - for the moment.

I always go for the cheapest decent strings I can find since I know they will be used, wear out and need to be replaced. And it's usually true that the lowest prices (at least in the USA) are commanded by D'Addario, Fender, Ernie Ball and sometimes GHS.

When going cheap, catch a wave

I've learned over the years that guitar string pricing comes in waves.

A particular brand of string in the size you like will stay at a good steady low price for a year or so, but then suddenly become difficult to get and spike in price. I have absolutely no idea why this happens, but it does.

When the wave is good, the string is readily available and the price is low. When the wave has passed, availability drops and the price goes up.

Whenever a wave ends, I jump ship and catch a wave from another string brand. Rinse and repeat. I've been doing this for years.

Some waves don't return

Bigger string brands like D'Addario, Fender and Ernie Ball that are used widely by many guitar players all have pricing waves. Whenever a point comes when the price goes up for that brand, it will at some point come back down.

But then there are other times when a wave happens and it just never comes back.

I won't mention any specific brand here, but there are certain American string brands that were decently priced with good availability. These brands stopped doing that, started using fancier packaging, didn't improve the strings at all, then jacked the price up. You literally just pay for a fancier box the string set comes in.

Paying extra for packaging? Stupid. I don't do it.

Next Page ▶

image
A classy guitar t-shirt for classy people

image
Best ZOOM R8 tutorial book
highly rated, get recording quick!

200519

More articles to check out

  1. The classiest little Casio, AQ230
  2. Old internet humor has not aged well
  3. Where can a middle aged guy get plain sneakers these days?
  4. An HSS guitar I can actually recommend
  5. The 1,000 year disc, M-DISC
  6. The watch you buy when your smartwatch breaks
  7. This is the cheapest way to get guitar picks
  8. This is the Squier I'd buy had I not just bought one
  9. Plywood might be one of the best electric guitar tonewoods
  10. Why isn't The Whoopee Boys a cult classic?