The Fender Stratocaster is perhaps the most popular electric guitar in the world. Known for its double-cutaway shape, its elegant design was revolutionary in the 1950s and remains to this day one of the most recognizable guitars on the planet.
Created by Leo Fender (and others) around 1952, it’s immediate success is in the marketplace has allowed it to remain in mass production. Today, many guitar players have at least on Stratocaster in its repertoire of guitars.
Stratocasters, also knowns as “the Strat” are made with a variety of body types that gives each design a different sound. Made from either alder, ash, poplar, basswood, or mahogany, each strat has a direct and distant sound with a 3 or 5-way switch for a flexible tone.
What To Look For When Purchasing Strings
Since the Stratocaster’s are best known for their rhythmic and clean tone, it’s important to get the right strings. There are two major elements I believe you should consider when deciding on the right strings; the string type and the gauge level.
There are two important ingredients used in stings: steel and nickel. Inside the steel or nickel wiring, there are various types of coating and layers. These types of layers allow for several types of tone. Pure Nickel, for example, has more sustain and is often used by metal players because it plays with less brightness.
Outside of the actual strings, the gauge level is very important. If you are a new player, having a lighter gauge level will help you practice better and longer. The strings gauge refers to the overall thickness or thinness of the string. Thicker strings are more difficult to press down to chord and shape. Thinner strings are easier to make chords.
Although some have various opinions about this, in my experience, the gauge levels do affect a guitar’s overall tone. Thicker strings have more resonance and sustain because of the strings’ ability to hold the vibrations from the guitar. Naturally, this will produce a warmer tone because of the length of the resonance. Thinner strings are the opposite. They produce a lighter tone because of the shorter length of sustain from the individual strings.
Overall, if you are an experienced player, I believe a happy medium between the type of strings and gauge level will go a long way in selecting the best electric guitar strings for your Stratocaster. Now that we have tackled some of the things to look for, let’s check out some strings.