The strings on the guitar play a major role in its sound clarity and easiness to play the guitar. Choosing the right strings for the type of guitar is very important for any player. It is not an easy task. There are a lot of parameters to consider while choosing the strings for your guitar. Strings vary according to the guitar type and make. The use of nonsuited strings can seriously damage the instrument; which you have to be careful about. Here let us look at what are the best possible options for a classical guitar string and what are the best-suited strings for them.
Classic guitars use nylon strings and are not made for handling the string tension generated out of the steel strings used in acoustics guitar. So the first point is to be noted is that never use a steel string on the classical guitar.
Strings are classified with the thickness or gauge of the string. They normally come in the range starting from 0.010 to 0.059. The gauge defines the sound while playing so need to understand the gauge of the string before using is very important. Now generally the best classical guitar strings can be divided into two – light gauge strings and heavy gauge strings.
Let us analyze light gauge strings first. Light gauge strings are easier to play and allow the bending of notes pretty easily. They produce less volume and give lesser string tension to the instrument. On the other hand, they break easily and more inclined to be the reason for upset buzzing. Heavy gauge guitar strings are harder to play and requires more pressure from hand and fingers to play it. Heavy gauge strings make more sound and put more pressure on the instrument.
In earlier days guitar strings were made out of intestine of cows and sheep. Later days nylon strings replaced these animal strings. In earlier days three bass strings were made with a combination of animal intestine material and pure silk threads. Now they are made with nylon filaments and silver plated or brass plated strings. During the time of world war two, the non-availability of animal strings made Albert Augustine Ltd, an instrument manufacturing company based in New York in the United States of America, develop new strings. Hence they started producing nylon strings made in replacement for animal strings. Nowadays fluorocarbon strings are also being used in place of nylon strings.
Some of the best-selling strings for your classical guitar are D’Addario EJ45 Pro-Arte nylon string, D’Addario EZ 890, D’Addario EJ46 Pro-Arte nylon string, D’Addario EJ27 Student nylon string, D’Addario EJ88B Pyle tech Ukulele strings, and Ernie Ball Earthwood Folk Nylon ball end string set. One can choose any string of their choice and requirement; the only thing to remember is the suit to the instrument.