What Are the Best Acoustic Guitar Strings For Beginners?

The best acoustic guitar strings for beginners are strings that will help with making it less demanding to play the guitar and that will limit finger soreness.

This doesn’t imply that you need to run with nylon strings. There are sure kinds of steel strings that you can pick that will be appropriate to the entry-level guitarist.

This post will cover three primary things to pay special mind to in your strings.

  • String Gauge
  • String Material (not all strings are made of a similar stuff)
  • Construction technique

In any case, first, we should check whether you ought to go nylon or not.

Don’t use nylon strings if you don’t want to.

A few people suggest getting a classical guitar as a tenderfoot as the nylon strings are less demanding to play. However, in the event that you don’t expect on playing the styles of music that the classical guitar is most appropriate to than this implies you’ll need to purchase another guitar soon.

You can’t put steel strings on a nylon string guitar on the grounds that a nylon string guitar (classical guitar) isn’t intended to deal with the additional pressure that is applied by steel strings. You will harm the neck and bridge of your guitar in the event that you do.

So in the event that you need to play the styles of music that are most appropriate to steel string guitars (pop, rock, blues, country and so on) at that point you ought to get a steel string guitar.

There are various ways you can make your steel string acoustic more comfortable to play.

In the event that you are hoping to get into classical, flamenco, folk (folk once in a while utilizes steel, once in a while nylon) and similar then you ought to run with the nylon strings.

As I have specified, there are a couple of decisions you can make to make steel strings less demanding to play when you first begin.

It’s imperative that your strings (and your guitar) are anything but difficult to play as a novice. The less demanding it is to play, the more you play. The more you play, the better you get.

In addition, if the strings you are playing on are excessively troublesome it will slow down your progress regardless of the amount you play.

What’s more, the most exceedingly terrible thing that could happen is that you wind up hating playing the guitar and surrender altogether.


The gauge of string you get is likely the most vital factor for the amateur.

This is because the lighter the gauge, the less demanding it is to press the string to the fretboard. This is on the grounds that lighter measure strings are under less strain than the heavier gauges.

You can see the distinctive measures in the table beneath.

Extra-Light Custom Light Light Light-Medium Medium Medium-Light Heavy-Medium Heavy
E .010 .011 .012 .012 .013 .013 .016 .014
B .014 .015 .016 .016 .017 .017 .018 .018
G .023 .022 .024 .024 .026 .025 .028 .027
D .030 .032 .032 .035 .035 .032 .035 .039
A .039 .042 .042 .045 .045 .042 .045 .049
E .047 .052 .053 .056 .056 .053 .056 .059

Try not to go any heavier than ‘light’.

On the off chance that you are playing on a dreadnought guitar likewise, don’t go any lighter than ‘light’ so you don’t influence the sound excessively.

On the off chance that you are on a grand auditorium or concert guitar, at that point run with ‘extra-light’ as they will be the most straightforward to play on.

Dreadnought shape = Light Gauge Strings

Grand Auditorium or Concert shape = Extra-Light Gauge Strings


Steel strings have a tendency to have steel at the center yet the bass strings have an additional material wound around them. This winding material comes in a couple of various materials.

The most widely recognized are Bronze, Phosphor Bronze and Silk and Steel. The most well-known out of those three are Bronze and Phosphor bronze.

Anyway as a tenderfoot you should begin with silk and steel. Why? Basic, they are easier on your fingers.

Every single new guitarist will get finger soreness until the point when they develop enough calluses. This can decrease the measure of time you play and put you off playing.

While any string you get will cause a type of soreness (yes even nylon strings) silk and steel strings will limit that soreness compared with the bronze assortments.

Silk and Steel strings have steel as their center yet are enveloped by either nylon, silk or copper that is silver plated and has silk going through it. This makes for a smooth playing background and is less demanding on your fingers.

Construction method

There are a couple of various techniques makers use for winding guitar strings – round wound (rounds), flatwound (flats) and semi-flatwound (semi-flats, a.k.a. flat tops or half-wounds).

The Best Beginner Construction Method

Rounds are the most well-known type yet they aren’t really the best for fledglings.

Flats have a compliment surface which makes them easier on the fingers so more suited to tenderfoots. Flats additionally lessen the string sound that is made when your fingers slide over the strings. This can make it simpler for the novice to make a cleaner sound.

Flats are harder to twist yet this shouldn’t be something that a learner is doing yet so this isn’t an issue.

The most concerning issue with flats is that they can sound somewhat dead on most acoustic guitars. That is where semi-flats come in. They have the same or if nothing else comparative advantages as flats yet sound brighter.

It’s additionally vital to take note of that you likely won’t discover any flats or semi-flats that are likewise silk and steel (see materials above). I’m not certain if anybody even made them.

This isn’t an issue, however. Pick either silk and steel or semi-flats. You don’t require both.

One additional thing about semi-flats is that they have a tendency to be more costly than rounds. Be that as it may, they are more solid so that cost ought to even out, at least somewhat, over the long haul.


Ideally, you now know more about picking the best strings for a beginner – whether that be you or somebody you are investigating for.

To sum up:


  • Either Silk and steel material or semi-flat strings
  • In a lighter gauge string (‘light’ for a dreadnought and ‘extra-light’ for a grand auditorium or concert guitar)