String Considerations

The types of strings to choose from is extremely vast and can vary due to availability, scale length of the instrument and tuning/timbre of sound desired. S

Some points to remember when selecting strings for your Lap Steel Guitar are as follows:

  • Strings can be stretched only so far before breaking to achieve a note  (Tuning/string pulling technique)
  • Steel strings are used as Nylon strings WILL NOT produce a sustained note.
  • The best gauge strings will be closer to the desired note/tuning and stay in tune longer
  • Quality of string means it will need to be changed less often. “Buy Cheap buy Twice” Rule stands
  • Type of string produces less “noise” – scraping sound of the bar across the strings.
  • Strings need to be looked after and cleaned regularly with a cloth.

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