String Gauge......What's the Deal?

String Gauge......What's the Deal?

We've all heard the stories but what's the deal with string gauges?  Do bigger strings sound better?  Well, that all depends.  Many legendary players allegedly used lighter gauge strings including Jimmy Page (8's), Billy Gibbons (8's), Jeff Beck (early days were 8's), and many more. But we hear of Stevie and others using 13's?  The truth is that string gauge totally depends on the player.  If you over-bend your notes, you need to move up a gauge.  If you have trouble bending to pitch, you should lighten up a bit.  It really is that simple.  There are tonal differences but ultimately it comes down to what you need.  Stevie was a brutal player and needed heavier strings to get through the gig.  Others have a lighter touch.  Heavier strings only sound better if that is what the player needs.  Experimentation is key to finding your perfect gauge.  You may even find you have to custom build your sets like another Austin virtuoso.......

String gauge is totally personal.  Discovering your perfect set is part of the journey.