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  • Posted by AntPagan_ on October 7, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Hi, just starting…for a beginner what type of string should use ? feel when I do the chords the small finger suffer a lot especially on 1st thinner string E. I know need to build callus but an idea of string thickness would help

    AntPagan_ replied 2 years, 6 months ago 4 Members · 6 Replies
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  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    October 7, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    @AntPagan_ Try Light strings or Extra lights if you don’t mind giving up a little tone and volume. You could also lower the tension of your strings by tuning down 1 whole step (DGCFAD) and capo 2nd fret. This works really well if your setup is on the high side. It puts your strings closer to the fretboard. Hang in there…it only hurts for a little while.

    Extra lights are 10- 47’s

    • AntPagan_

      Member
      October 8, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      thank you!

  • tailsawaggin

    Member
    October 7, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    I play 11-52s on my guitars — even the little one — so I second the vote for light strings. Guitar is hard enough without the strings biting your fingers all the time. 😁

    Along with that, it might be worth spending a few $$ on getting a setup done. If your guitar has too much neck relief, or the action is too high, it’s a lot harder to fret the strings and a lot more tiring to play.

    • AntPagan_

      Member
      October 8, 2021 at 2:46 pm

      thank you!

  • N-lightMike

    Member
    October 7, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Hello @AntPagan_ , I second the above comments. Use light/extra light strings and get a set up. I use 10 -47s as @jumpinjeff mentions. And I do use 11 -52s on one or two guitars as @tailsawaggin mentions. That gauge is still not too bad but does give a little more umph to your sound. But I didn’t use the 11s until I had built up my callouses.

    MG 😀

    • AntPagan_

      Member
      October 8, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      thank you!Super appreciated from all 😉

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