13 Best Guitar Strings & Bass Strings

List Updated November 2020

Bestselling Guitar Strings & Bass Strings in 2020


Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set, .050 - .105

Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound Bass Set, .050 - .105
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Most popular bass string alloy
  • Well balanced
  • Good all around sound

D'Addario EXL170 Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 45-100, Long Scale

D'Addario EXL170 Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 45-100, Long Scale
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • D'Addario's best selling bass guitar set
  • Round wound with nickelplated steel for a distinctive bright tone with clear fundamentals
  • Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches
  • String Gauges: Wound .045, .065, .080, .100
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance

D'Addario EXL170BT Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Balanced Tension Light, 45-107

D'Addario EXL170BT Nickel Wound Bass Guitar Strings, Balanced Tension Light, 45-107
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Balanced Tension sets allow the player to apply the same amount of fret hand pressure to each string
  • Round wound with nickelplated steel for distinctive bright tone
  • Environmentally friendly, corrosion resistant packaging for strings that are always fresh
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Nickel Wound .045, .060, .080, .107

Fender 9050 Stainless Flatwound Bass Strings

Fender 9050 Stainless Flatwound Bass Strings
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Fender stainless steel flatwound 9050's are anexcellent choice for jazz, country, r & b and reggae.
  • The first electric basses were made byFender, andthose basses came with flatwound strings.
  • Today, manyplayers use stainless steel flatwound 9050's to add adifferent character to their tonal palette.
  • From smoky jazzclubs to r&b venues, from reggae parties to countrymusic halls, 9050's have you covered.
  • By the way, the stainless steel construction also givesyou longer life, and the flatwound construction reducesfinger noise.

DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties - Extra-Life, Black-Coated

DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties - Extra-Life, Black-Coated
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Gauge: Medium
  • Hand-made with black polymer coat
  • Signature crisp tone, clarity, and volume of DR's traditional handmade strings
  • Super-thin coating on the plain strings and on the wrap wire
  • Extended string life

D'Addario ETB92 Tapewound Bass Guitar Strings, Medium, 50-105, Long Scale

D'Addario ETB92 Tapewound Bass Guitar Strings, Medium, 50-105, Long Scale
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Engineered to provide optimal tension and gauged to fit properly on standard bass saddles and nuts
  • Flattened black nylon wound for a warm, deep tone
  • Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Wound .050, .065, .085, .105

D'Addario ECB81S Chromes Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 45-100, Short Scale

D'Addario ECB81S Chromes Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 45-100, Short Scale
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Short scale version D'Addario's best selling flatwound bass guitar set
  • Ribbon wound and polished for ultra-smooth feel and warm, mellow tone
  • Fits short scale basses with a string scale length of up to 32 inches
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Wound .045, .065, .080, .100

Thomastik-Infeld JF344 Bass Guitar Strings: Jazz Flat Wounds 4-String Long Scale Set; Pure Nickel Flats G, D, A, E Set

Thomastik-Infeld JF344 Bass Guitar Strings: Jazz Flat Wounds 4-String Long Scale Set; Pure Nickel Flats G, D, A, E Set
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Used by Students and Professionals around the world
  • Long Scale 34"
  • Genuine Thomastik-Infeld Product

Planet Waves Bass Pro-Winder String Winder and Cutter

Planet Waves Bass Pro-Winder String Winder and Cutter
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • High-Quality peg winder with built-in string cutter
  • The ultimate bass guitar restringing tool
  • Ergonomically designed for efficient and comfortable use
  • Fits both vintage and modern basses
  • Fits easily in any case accessory compartment

D'Addario EPS170-6 6-String ProSteels Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 32|130, Long Scale

D'Addario EPS170-6 6-String ProSteels Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 32|130, Long Scale
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • 6-string version of D'Addario's most popular ProSteels bass guitar set
  • D'Addario's brightest and most magnetic bass strings offering harmonically rich, deep and penetrating tone
  • Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Wound .032, .045, .065, .080, .100

D'Addario EPS170-6 6-String ProSteels Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 32|130, Long Scale

D'Addario EPS170-6 6-String ProSteels Bass Guitar Strings, Light, 32|130, Long Scale
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • 6-string version of D'Addario's most popular ProSteels bass guitar set
  • D'Addario's brightest and most magnetic bass strings offering harmonically rich, deep and penetrating tone
  • Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Wound .032, .045, .065, .080, .100

DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties BASS Black Coated Nickel Plated Bass Guitar Strings on Round Core

DR Strings Bass Strings, Black Beauties BASS Black Coated Nickel Plated Bass Guitar Strings on Round Core
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Gauge: Medium (5-String)
  • Hand-made with black polymer coat
  • Signature crisp tone, clarity, and volume of DR's traditional handmade strings
  • Super-thin coating on the plain strings and on the wrap wire
  • Extended string life
  • The wrap wire is coated before the string is wound
  • This coating includes a corrosion inhibiting lacquer for extra protection against damaging substances such as perspiration, dirt

D'Addario ENR71 Half Round Bass Guitar Strings, Regular Light, 45-100, Long Scale

D'Addario ENR71 Half Round Bass Guitar Strings, Regular Light, 45-100, Long Scale
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • 45-100 gauged set with the benefits of an exclusive "Half Round" manufacturing process
  • Brightness and tension similar to standard round wound strings with smoother feel
  • Fits long scale basses with a string scale length of up to 36 1/4 inches
  • Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance
  • String Gauges: Wound .045, .065, .080, .100

Guitar Maintenance Guide: How to Change Your Acoustic Guitar Strings

This is a walk-through guide to help new guitar players learn how to change their strings on their acoustic guitar, in 7 easy steps.

Learning the basics

This is a walk-through guide to help new guitar players learn how to change your guitar strings for your steel string acoustic guitar. For those that are new to playing the guitar, we will first go through some quick terminology so that you will know what you will be looking for. Starting from the top of the guitar and working our way down there is:

Changing your guitar strings

Important Note: The reason we first loosen the strings is so that they aren't tight with a lot of tension when you take the bridge pins out, otherwise the tight strings may pop out and hit you in the eye. So loosen the strings first, then take the bridge pins out and remove the string

Important note: The tuning posts are about an inch and a half apart from each other, which means you will need about an inch and a half worth of extra string before tightening it in place.

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