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When choosing strings for your electric guitar, the first thing you’ll need to decide on is what gauge, or thickness, of strings, would suit your requirements the best. The gauge of strings is displayed in numbers that represent their thickness. For example, a 10-gauge string is 0.010 inches thick. When you buy a set of strings, they will usually be identified by the gauge of the high E-string - the thinnest string in the pack. For example, a standard set of “10’s” will contain strings with the following thicknesses - .010, .013, .017, .026, .036,  and .046 of an inch.

A 9-gauge string is considered super-light, a 10-gauge is light, 11-gauge medium, and so on. Thinner strings require less tension and so are more flexible, making them ideal for fast lead solos and expressive bends. The high tension of heavier strings results in a louder, meatier sound ideal for down tuning your instrument. If you seek the best of both worlds, hybrid string sets are also available and provide you with light-gauge top strings and heavy-gauge bottom strings.