So you love to play metal. As a fellow metalhead who’s been rocking out since a young teen, I don’t blame you! With the crazy intricate solos and heavy booming rhythms what’s not to love! Well, to play proper metal guitar you need to get yourself the right strings. Guitar strings for metal need to be a heavier gauge to help deliver that really thick heavy sound. They also need to retain the right tension when you tune down.
Sure having looser strings makes fretting easier so can speed up your playing dramatically but it comes at a cost. Loose strings cause you to lose sustain in your playing, they can cause fret buzz on your guitar and they can fall out of tune easier. This is why you’ll want to stick with a heavier gauge.
But a heavier gauge makes your playing a bit harder and slower, right? And more than a few metal guitarists love speeding around the top-end for solo’s, shredding at speeds that would leave an amateur with fingers like confetti. This is where the heavy bottom skinny top comes in. Having a heavy bottom will allow you to have punchy rhythm while having a light enough top to tear up the fretboard while soloing.
Which leaves us with two options, go all heavy and accept that you might not be able to play as fast in solos and that bending will be harder. Or you can go heavy bottom and light/medium top, so can still play down low thrashing out disgustingly heavy metal riffs while playing lightning fast solos that would make Michael Romeo weep. Now there’s no one size fits all so I’ve picked out the three best guitar strings for metal.
There are a lot of conflicting opinions about the different types of guitar fretboard oil so I put together this guide to the best fretboard oil available. Now I don’t believe there is ever a one size fits all when it comes to anything to do with guitars. With fretboard oil, you need to think about a lot of things, Is the neck rosewood or ebony? Do you need a cleaning product or do you need fretboard conditioner? I put together the best 4 fretboard oils on the market right now. You can see them in the table below and what they’re various uses are. Read on to find out what one will fit your needs!
|Music Nomad MN105 F-ONE Fretboard Oil||Gerlitz GGH Guitar Honey Fingerboard Oil||Planet Waves Hydrate Fingerboard Conditioner||Dunlop 6554 Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil|
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|Base Oil||Tree and seed||Mineral||Mineral||Lemon|
|Size||2 fl oz||2 fl oz||2 fl oz||4 fl oz|