How do stings goes?
There are many essential aspects to getting a great guitar tone. You have the amplifier, loudspeaker, cables, control pots, effects guitar pedals, pickups and guitar body / neck. A simple change to any one of these elements will result in a completely different kind of sound from your guitar.
When most of us go out with buying a new amplifier in mind, we try out as many as possible to try to get the right one for our sounds. Tube or solid state, number of channels, effects loops, power, look and weight are all aspects over which we ponder for days and sometimes weeks of the best guitar amplifiers browsing. I can tell guitar buying can be even worse. Even two Stratocasters from the same year and factory can sometimes feel just slightly different to each player, and many serious guitarists will try out every axe in many shops in search for ‘the one’.
While everybody realizes that such things are very important for your overall sound, is it possible that one very important thing is overlooked? How important are the actual strings that you choose to put onto your guitar?
Basically, a guitar without strings would be pretty hard to get a good sound out of, so they are obviously essential to your playing. To go deeper, they are actually the point of contact between the player and the guitar. How heavily to you press down for your fingering? What’s your style when it comes to vibrato, tremolo, harmonics and sliding? These are the things which really distinguish one player from another, and that means every guitarist is truly unique and individual. No two players will play the same song in the same way, because everyone has their own stylistic quirks. And good strings allow for these quirks to really come through when you play ur music.
Bad strings can snap easily, wear down your frets and turn black, dull and lifeless in a matter of days. Good ones will stay clean and bright for longer. Many guitarists – and I myself am guilty of this – tend to change strings when one breaks. The ‘snap the high, change your strings’ tendency is very popular because when your strings lose quality, it doesn’t happen suddenly. U know, with a good set of strings it will happen in such barely noticeable increments that your tone can become dull and lifeless without you even realizing it. Clean, new, high-quality strings add so much to your sound with regard to sustain, brightness and clarity, and in order to get the best tone out of your rig, you first need to get a great tone from your guitar into the pickups.