13 Best Electric Guitar Strings

List Updated November 2020

Bestselling Electric Guitar Strings in 2020


Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Sets, .010 - .046 (3 Pack)

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Sets, .010 - .046 (3 Pack)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • 3 individual sets enclosed in a single, flow-wrap package
  • Recipes and Popular gauges created by industry icon Ernie Ball
  • Played By Legends around the world including Slash, Jimmy Page, Metallica, Eric Clapton, and more...
  • Element Shield Packaging Prolongs string life and keeps strings as fresh as the day they were made
  • Made in California, U.S.A. Featuring the finest and freshest materials.

D'Addario EXL110-3D XL Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Regular Light Gauge - Round Wound with Nickel-Plated Steel for Long Lasting Distinctive Bright Tone and Excellent Intonation-10-46, 3 Sets

D'Addario EXL110-3D XL Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings, Regular Light Gauge - Round Wound with Nickel-Plated Steel for Long Lasting Distinctive Bright Tone and Excellent Intonation-10-46, 3 Sets
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Gibson Brite Wires Electric Guitar Strings, Light 10-46

Gibson Brite Wires Electric Guitar Strings, Light 10-46
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Bright crisp attack
  • Nickel plating for long life and added warmth
  • Swedish steel hex core
  • Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46
  • Brite Wires are from Gibson are specially formulated to give your electric guitar a crisp attack, with the nickel plating adding warmth to the overall tone

Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Pink Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack

Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Pink Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • 2223 Nickel Super Slinky Pink Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack
  • Three-pack of Ernie Ball 2223 Nickel Super Slinky electric guitar strings
  • Gauges 9-11-16-24w-32-42
  • Nickels are the most popular of the Ernie Ball Slinky guitar strings
  • They're made from nickel-plated steel wire wrapped around tin-plated hex-shaped steel core wire

Fender 150R Pure Nickel Electric Guitar Strings, Regular

Fender 150R Pure Nickel Electric Guitar Strings, Regular
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Fender original 150's are an excellent choice for blues,jazz, and classic rock.
  • Fender original 150's are based on our tried and truedesigns that produce classic, round, full tones.
  • We startwith the highest quality wire available and use state-ofthe-art manufacturing to bring you vintage tone withmodern-day quality and consistency.
  • We startwith the highest quality wire available and use state-of the-art manufacturing
  • Vintage tone withmodern-day quality and consistency.
  • Fender original 150's are an excellent choice for blues.
  • Fender original 150's are based on our tried and true designs that produce classic tones.
  • We start with the highest quality wire available and use state-of the-art manufacturing to bring you vintage tone.
  • Brings you vintage tone withmodern-day quality and consistency.

Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack

Ernie Ball 2221 Nickel Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings 3 Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Gauges 10-13-17-26-36-46
  • Three-pack of Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings
  • Ernie Ball 2221 Regular Slinky Electric Guitar Strings feature nickel-plated steel wire wrapped around tin-plated, hex-shaped, steel core wire
  • Slinky strings provide vibrant, bright, lasting tone and reduce fret wear

Elixir Strings Electric Guitar Strings w OPTIWEB Coating, Light (.010.046) (19052)

Elixir Strings Electric Guitar Strings w OPTIWEB Coating, Light (.010.046) (19052)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Electric guitar strings constructed with nickel-plated steel wrap wire
  • Played for the same crisp tone as an uncoated string
  • OPTIWEB Coating provides a natural feel
  • Our coating technology protects against common corrosion and debris buildup, extending tone life longer than any other brand's coated or uncoated strings (Elixir Strings player survey)
  • Anti-Rust Plating on plain steel strings ensures longer tone life for the entire set

DR Strings NMCE-10 DR NEON Electric Strings, Medium, Multi-Color

DR Strings NMCE-10 DR NEON Electric Strings, Medium, Multi-Color
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • DR NEON Multi-Color Strings makes learning guitar fast, easy and fun
  • 6 Strings, 6 different colors
  • Features NEON K3 Coating for volume, clarity and durability
  • 10 13 17 26 36 46

Ernie Ball Classic Pure Nickel Super Slinky Set, .009 - .042

Ernie Ball Classic Pure Nickel Super Slinky Set, .009 - .042
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • Vintage Tone
  • For electric guitar

Ernie Ball Power Slinky Nickel Wound Sets.011 - .048, Bundle of 3 Sets

Ernie Ball Power Slinky Nickel Wound Sets.011 - .048, Bundle of 3 Sets
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Convenient and great value 3-pack
  • Gauges .011, .014, .018p, .028, .038, .048
  • Power Slinky Electric Strings are a perfect match for those who like chunky rhythms for rock and roll or blues

D'Addario NYXL1046 Nickel Plated Electric Guitar Strings, Light

D'Addario NYXL1046 Nickel Plated Electric Guitar Strings, Light
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • NYXL electric guitar strings feature D'Addario 's exclusive high carbon steel alloy for unprecedented strength
  • Improved tuning stability compared to traditional guitar strings - get in tune faster, stay in tune better
  • Wound strings with enhanced mid-range frequency response in the 1 - 3.5 kHz range - more presence and crunch to cut through the mix
  • NYXL1046 offers an ideal combination of playability and electric tone: Plain Steel .010, .013, .017, Nickel Wound .026, .036, .046
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh

D’Addario Accessories Pro-Winder Guitar String Winder and Cutter – All-In-1 Restringing Tool – Includes Clippers, Bridge Pin Puller, Peg Winder – Designed to Fit Most Guitars

D’Addario Accessories Pro-Winder Guitar String Winder and Cutter – All-In-1 Restringing Tool – Includes Clippers, Bridge Pin Puller, Peg Winder – Designed to Fit Most Guitars
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinky Set, .010-.046

Ernie Ball Cobalt Regular Slinky Set, .010-.046
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Brand: ERNIE BALL
  • Product Code: P02721
  • Cobalt Regular Slinky - Electric Guitar Strings - .010-.046 Gauge

Electric Guitar Technology 101

It is a curious paradox of the music industry: guitarists, particularly rock guitarists, are often thought of as trendsetters when it comes to fashion and culture; but when it comes to their instruments, they are notoriously conservative.

Electric Guitar Technology 101

Electric Guitar Technology 101
By: Kenny Auyoung

It is a curious paradox of the music industry: guitarists, particularly rock guitarists, are often thought of as trendsetters when it comes to fashion and culture; but when it comes to their instruments, they are notoriously conservative. Innovations such as active electronics, guitar synthesizers and Steinberger's intrepid steps into the field of headless instruments in the 80's have failed to make much of a dent in the market. Gibson and Fender continue to dominate the electric guitar market much as they did in the 1950's and 60's. Even with the entry of new competitors into the market over the years such as Ibanez, Paul Reed Smith and Charvel/Jackson, the electric guitar has remained essentially unchanged with one to three magnetic pickups and a mess of wires connecting them to the controls. But things may be about to change!

In the last couple of years a few innovations have come along that have totally turned conventional wisdom - or at least conventional guitar electronics on its head. The first is the nylon string solid body electric guitar. I first saw one of these in the hands of metal ace Yngwie Malmsteen and was blown away by the sound. For any artist who is trying to incorporate elements of classical guitar in his or her repertoire, this instrument provides the mellow classical tone of a nylon stringed guitar with the comfortable feel and action of a traditional solid body axe. This has been made possible through the tremendous advances made in recent years in the field of Piezo pickup technology. Without going into too much technical detail, the Piezo differs from a traditional magnetic pickup in that the Piezo element vibrates with the string, sending an electrical signal of that vibration to a preamp within the guitar for processing, rather than capturing an electromagnetic representation of that vibration which can then be sent directly to an amplifier, or to an onboard preamp if further shaping of the signal is desired. The Piezo eliminates the need for steel strings, which would otherwise interact with the magnetic pickup, and also produces more satisfactory results for players with a lighter fingerstyle technique. Lest you think this is just another passing fancy, Parker has produced a nylon string version of their famous "Fly" model and another up-and-comer, Sadowski Guitars, is producing a Telecaster style model employing the same technology.

Another intriguing development is in the area of computer-guitar interface. This has been long time coming, and if you consider the explosion in the popularity of digital recording with Pro Tools and similar software, it's surprising it took as long as it did. Far and away, the leader in this field is Line 6's Variax model. Now, I will be the first person to admit that I know just enough about computer technology to be dangerous, but I'll try to tell you what I know from what I've read and from friends and acquaintances who have played the Variax. I should also state that I am in no way affiliated with Line 6 or any of their subsidiaries or partners. The Variax is, according to the Line 6 brochure a "digital modeling" guitar that allows the musician to switch between a huge array of potential sounds on one instrument. The sounds of a 12-string acoustic, Fender Stratocaster style single coils, Les Paul humbuckers, banjo, chimes and dozens of others are all available at the flick of a switch. The best part about it is that all of these tonal variations are available completely hum free. For the working musician, this means not having to lug around five to seven separate guitars to provide him with the all of the sounds he requires. The true test, however, is hearing one of these fine instruments in action, so if you'd like to check one out, a list of authorized dealers is available from the Line 6 website. At an MSRP of around $1000 for the mid-line Variax 600 - it's also available in the 300 and 700 - it's not cheap, but for the professional or amateur with money to burn, it may be a worthwhile investment.

There is so much more to be developed in the near future with the improvements in computer technology and miniaturization. Whole racks of effects can now be had in a box the size of a cigarette packet. This is certainly a boon for the musician in terms of both price and the effort necessary to move the equipment. I foresee a day when an entire guitarist rig, with the exception of the instrument itself will be contained within the body of the guitar itself. And while that may not be a comfort to the guitarist who finds himself at home amongst his racks of effects processors, time waits for no man, and he will eventually find himself at a crossroads in musical instrument development, much as those men did back in 1930's and 40's when the acoustic guitar was forced to make way for the first electric guitars.

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