Looking For The Best Acoustic Guitar Strings For Beginners?
Here’s a look at our favorites, including our top pick the – Ernie Ball Earthwood Light Phosphor Bronze Acoustic String Set
Choosing the right acoustic guitar strings is vital if you want to achieve a full & warm acoustic sound. If you’re a beginner, it’s hard to know which strings are best because you haven’t had time to play all the different brands yet.
We’ve played countless acoustic guitar strings, and have chosen our personal favorites based on play-ability and overall great tone. You’ll also notice that many of the acoustic guitar strings on our list are of the ‘light’ gauge category, meaning these strings are thinner than average.
Personally, we prefer light gauged string packs because they’re more versatile & better suited for both leads and rhythm sections. Light gauged strings just sound better & are also easier on your fingers in our opinion.
In our opinion Ernie Ball makes the best and most affordable strings in the industry. The Ernie Ball Earthwood Light are strong string with a full and natural sound. These strings are excellent for bends and other lead guitar playing techniques.
The Ernie Ball Earthwood Light’s are built to maintain their structure and tuning even under the hardest playing conditions, meaning you won’t be snapping your G & high E strings constantly like with some other acoustic string packs.
Ernie Ball makes strong strings at a decent cost, and that’s why we recommend The Ernie Ball Earthwood Light’s as our top pick. These acoustic strings are made in California, USA from 92% copper, 7.7% tin, and 0.3% phosphorus wire. The string gauge from low to high E is 52, 42, 30, 22, 15, and 11.
Next up are the D’Addario EJ16-3D Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings. Like the Ernie Ball strings, these strings are also in the light gauge family. As the packaging states, D’Addario strings are well known for their warm, bright, and balanced tone and the Phosphor Bronze Light’s are no exception.
D’Addario strings are made in the U.S.A. to ensure the highest quality and performance from each pack. The string gauges from low to high E are 53, 42, 32, 24, 16, 12 and are phosphor bronze wound made from plain steel.
The D’Addario phosphor bronze series of strings are the brand’s most popular acoustic strings.
The Martin M140 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings are a great choice for beginners because of their reliability and overall sound. From high to low E the string gauges are 12, 16, 25, 32, 42, 54 making this string pack an obvious choice for players who prefer a thicker low E string.
Martin strings are known for having a very rich sound but tend to wear out quicker than other brands because they lack any special coating. This means that you’ll be changing your strings more often than other brands. However, this may be worth it for you if you’re really into the Martin M140 Acoustic string tone.
The Elixir Strings 80/20 Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings NANOWEB Coating, Light (.012-.053) are well known in the acoustic guitar community. The nanoweb coating provides all the benefits of coated acoustic guitar strings, without the coated string feel.
Elixir bronze acoustic guitar strings are known for their crisp bright tone and rich presence. Additionally, their patented nanoweb coating protects against standard string corrosion from everyday use, extending tone life longer than most other brands. The Elixir acoustic guitar strings are constructed with 80% copper & 20% zinc.
Last on our list are the Fender Acoustic Guitar Phosphor Bronze Ball End Strings, 11-52. The Fender Acoustic Phosphor Bronze series strings are known for their warmth and richness. These are coated strings so they’ll typically last longer than non coated strings.
The particular thinness of the Fender acoustic guitar strings gives your chords a much brighter sound compared to thicker gauged strings. These Fender strings are the same gauge as our top pick the Ernie Ball strings, so both string sets can give you a similar bright acoustic tone.
As the old adage goes, you simply can’t go wrong when you’re playing anything Fender.
No matter which acoustic guitar string pack you select from our list you’re going to get a great acoustic guitar tone. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. The only way to figure out what your favorite brand is to try out all the different acoustic strings available.
You really can’t go wrong with Ernie Ball strings for acoustic guitar. We use Ernie Ball strings on all our acoustic guitars and recommend them for anyone who loves to play lead guitar because Ernie Ball makes some of the thinnest strings on the market for acoustics.