#1
I've played the acoustic guitar for about 1 year, very much self taught and I don't actually play too often. However, earlier today I decided to have a go at the guitar only to realise one of the strings has snapped. The missing string is the 'e' of EADGBe. Anyway, I decided to swap all 6 strings. For reference I am currently using NP 013(the broken string), NP 017, CGR 026, CGR 034, CGRU 046 and CGR 056.

I looked around and found these strings called "Ernie Ball Plain Strings - Single" at:

http://www.sheehans.com/products.asp?page=string&sort=AZ&prod=acoustic-guitar-strings-single

So, here's my questions are:

1) Does having lower guage strings reduce the 'bass' effect on the acoustic guitar? In other words, will having low guage strings give me a more 'metalic' sound?

2)If this is the case, what gauge of strings should I get? I was thinking of getting .011, .015, .024, .032, .044 and .054 strings. Basically a 2 step down from my current strings, however it seems "Ernie Ball Plain Strings" only go up to .024 .

To try and clarify, I'm trying to get a more metallic sound out of my acoustic guitar, similar to Radiohead's song "True Love Waits".

Thanks for any help!
#2
the ones you saw are ok

im guessing your talking about acoustic and not CLASSICAL guitar right?
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#3
13!s Thats hardcore man. lower gauges mean that the strings arnt as thick. Also, elixer strings are awesome for acoustic.
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#4
Well, basically, thick gauge strings give a much "warmer" and "fuller" tone than thin strings. Thin strings give a more brighter sound. I use .008s on my electric.


2) If you want to get acoustic guitar strings, you can get ernie balls in 5 different 6 different gauges. If your looking something around .011 gauge, try some super slinkys (acoustic). They have the gauges: 11-15-22w-28-40-50
(the 'w' indicates where the strings start winding, so in super slinkys, the wound strings are the G B and High E strings).

3) You generally get a more metallica sound from new strings.
Old strings usually sound "warm" and sometimes "dull". Some people like them because of the tone they give off though.
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#6
Thicker strings = thicker sound. A "thinner" sound isn't a bad thing in it self, it's just diffrent. 13's would classify as pretty thick, and you would get easier bends with a lower gauge. Try some diffrent gauges and see what you like.
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