Stringjoy Signatures Nickel Wound Electric Guitar Strings
Balanced Super Light Gauge (9-42)
So these might look like a typical set of 9s (or Super Lights, or Extra Lights—everyone seems to call ‘em something different…), but trust me, they’re not.
The standard for 9s is typically 9-11-16-24-32-42, and while the gauges on the bottom end are solid, the top is all kinds of messed up. Why some other companies make them that way, I honestly couldn’t tell you—but never fear! We’ve fixed all that for you.
See, the issue on most sets is that the .011 has far too little tension to balance with the .009 and the .016 has far too much tension. So, with our Balanced 9s we fix all that by using a .012 and a .015 instead.
The result is a set of strings that plays evenly across the entire fretboard and intonates better when set up properly. If you’re typically a 9s player, these are definitely the way to go.
Balanced Super Light Plus Gauge (9.5-46)
Here we’ve got our Balanced .0095s, otherwise known as our Balanced Super Light Plus Gauge strings. Yes, we know that name is a mouthful, but the idea is a pretty easy pill to swallow…
These are going to be perfect for anyone who wants the fullness of a set of .010s, but with the flexibility of a set of .009s. With this set, you can bump the size up just a little bit without having to commit to a full leap. And if you think about it, your shoes come in half sizes, so why shouldn’t your guitar strings?
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Balanced Light Gauge (10-48)
I know what you’re thinking: 10 to 48? I thought Light strings went 10 to 46? Yeah well, let me explain…
We do a lot of experimenting around here with different string gauges — I know, we’re nerds — and we love to run the tension math to see how certain sets perform. Through all that, we’ve discovered two inherent problems in a typical 10-46 “Light” set: there are big dips in tension on both the 2nd and 6th strings (.013 and .046, respectively). So, with our Balanced 10s, we fix all that by using a .0135 and a .048 instead.
The result is a set of strings that plays evenly across the entire fretboard and intonates better. So if you’ve been a classic 10s player, you have to give these a try. Seriously.
Balanced Medium Gauge (11-50)
So 10s aren’t quite enough for you, is that right? Don’t worry my friend, you’re in good company.
11s are the perfect middle ground—enough tension to get a nice meaty tone out of your guitar, but not so much that you can’t bend at all. Well, our Balanced 11s are just the thing for you then.
The biggest tweak we make on these gauges is to go for a slightly heavier 6th string (a .050) to balance the whole set out better—giving you enough fullness on the bottom to complement the .011-.014-.018p top end.
Overall, this is a powerful but very flexible set that works great for everything from post-rock to praise & worship.
Drop Tune Medium Gauge (11-58)
These are the strings I most often recommend for Drop C, and they work well for lower tunings as well if you don’t mind your strings being a tad slinky. If you’ve never played a set optimized for drop tunings, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Finally, you’ll see what it’s like to have balanced tension, even when you tune down.
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