Get Your Guitar Strings In Order

Names Of Guitar StringsThis is very typical for guitar beginners – the tuning of the strings poses a rather big challenge and before you even know what’s going on: ziiinnnggg, and there goes another string. Also, it is not uncommon that the strings are being put on the instrument in the wrong order, especially if you are still fairly new to the instrument. Don’t worry it happened to most of us, including myself.

While the following may admittedly sound rather trivial, it is actually very helpful to follow these steps to ensure that you get your guitar strings in order of how they are actually supposed to be put on your instrument. This is especially true when the new strings are all wrapped together as a bulk in one and the same package as opposed to individually.  So here is what I used to do: first of all you need to know the actual order of the strings and what each string is actually called. Not too long ago I wrote a post “Guitar Strings Names and how to remember them” in case you want to read up on that.

Most of the common guitar models have six strings. The thickest, which is also the lowest sounding string, is the so called “Low E-String”. This one is very easy to identify, because it is significantly thicker compared to all the others. This string is the one that needs to go on the top (look at the image below). The next one is the A-String, which is the second thickest in the family, followed by the D-String, G-String, B-String and finally the High E-String which is the thinnest of all.

So in essence you can say to get your guitar strings in order, sort them by their thickness and then put them on accordingly. It makes perfect sense, by the way, as you take them out to the package to literally lay them down (on the floor, table, sofa, or wherever you find the space) in the way I just described BEFORE you put them on the instrument!


Guitar-String-Names – click to enlarge

Guitar Strings In Order (thickest to thinnest) Of How They Go On The Instrument:

1. Low E-String (thickest, and first one from the top)
2. A-String
3. D-String
4. G-String
5. B-String
6. High E-String (thinnest)


Published date: November 16th, 2014 by Ulrich Peise

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