What are the Best Classical Guitar Strings?

Finding the best classical guitar strings takes a bit of experimenting, as its all very subjective to the player and their ears. This article will help you figure out which classical nylon strings are right for you.

Low-Tension vs. High-Tension
If you have purchased classical strings before, than you have probably noticed that there are different tensions available. But what does the tension have to do with the sound. Use this guide to figure out the tension right for you:

Low Tension: Easier on the fingers, Softer Sound, Low Volume

High Tension: More Volume, More of a Rounded Tone, More Sustain

Personally, I’ve used all tensions and High Tension sounded the best with my classical. Again, its good to experiment as different guitars take strings differently. If you can’t decide, Medium Tension is a good middle-ground. If you are really unsure, then go with Low Tension.

Most brands of classical strings will be good, but if you are looking for some good ones, I can recommend ones that I’ve personally used and like. They are D’addario, Augustine (great for flamenco!), Savarez (expensive), and Sevilla (also expensive).

String Materials
While you can get all steel classical strings, I recommend nylon if you want the real classical sound. There are different kinds of nylon from rectified to clear. Both sound good, its just a matter of taste. As for the bass strings, you can get gold, silver and copper wound. They all are different in their own right. I would recommend to try them all and see what sounds best to your ears.

So there you have it. Use this guide when finding out what the best classical strings are for you.

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