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.
Blues guitar is some of the most iconic there is – there isn’t a person alive who hasn’t heard of the late and great B.B. King. This guide will help you decide the best guitar strings for blues so you can emulate the greats!
Now as I’ve said in the other best string guides, the right strings are very important for getting the right feel when your playing and getting the right sound.
Whether you love Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters or even Eric Clapton you want to get yourself some heavy gauge strings to get a great blues sound. Comfortable playing is still hugely important for blues, so the best strings for blues let you play effortlessly with seamless bends and smooth groove so you don’t want to use strings so thick they are uncomfortable.
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