What guitar strings do I need?
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When will my order ship?
99% of orders placed before 3:00 pm EST ship the same day and most of the other orders will ship within 2 days. You will be contacted by email or phone if there are any problems or extended delays with your order.
Can I exchange or return my order?
Of course you can! Just give us a call or drop us an email within 30 days of placing your order and we'll be happy to help you organize the return or exchange.
I opened at set of strings and I see some rust spots. Can you help?
Absolutely! Just drop us an email and we'll do our best to get you fixed up. If it's been less than 30 days since you ordered then we'll probably send out a replacement asap to you. If it's been more than 30 days then we might have you contact the manufacturer depending on the strings. We'll do our best to make the situation right.
What's the shelf life on the guitar strings that i purchase?
Guitar Strings that you purchase from Strings and Beyond are the freshest in the world. However, guitar strings do have a shelf life and we recommend that our customers use the strings within 1-3 months of purchase. Guitar Strings begin oxidizing the moment they come off the winding machine and depending on your environment they might have a long life or a short life. We don't want you to open strings with rust spots so please be sure to keep this in mind when ordering and try to use the strings within 1-3 months of purchase.
What Are Guitar Strings?
Guitar Strings have been around for quite some time. The first guitar strings were made from gut and installed on a guitar around 1265. The first guitars container 4 pairs of strings until around 1551 when the fifth pair of strings was added. In 1770, the pairs were replaced by single strings and changed to six strings in total.
The early guitarists used gut as their guitar string material until 1946 when nylon guitar strings were introduced. Finally, steel guitar strings were introduced adn the rest is history. Rock was born with the introduction of steel guitar strings, and the Fender and Gibson electric guitar. Guitar tablaturres were written and guitarists were learning chords to their favorite songs by their favorite bands.
A guitar string is made of a particular material, typically, gut, nylon, or steel, which is spanned over a wooden instrument or an instrument which has magnetic or piezoelectric pickups. The purpose of the string is to vibrate and produce a particular musical not. A standard guitar has 6 strings and is tuned in the following configuration, E-A-D-G-B-E.
For the wooden or acoustic guitars, the sound is produced by the vibration of the strings which is amplified by the wooden body of the guitar. For the electric guitars, the sound is produced by the vibration of the string which is transfered into an electric signal using piezo-electric pickups or magnetic pickups and is then amplified using basic signal amplification techniques.