We’re here to help! Call 1300 858 395

Free Shipping on orders over $50*
Free Shipping Icon Orders over $50 ship free. Anywhere Australia wide*
Price Match Icon Price Match Guarantee. Better price? We’ll match it*
Easy Returns Icon 30 Day Easy Returns. Buy from us with peace of mind*

Guitar Strings

Guitar strings, or rather strings in general, were originally made of the intestine, or gut, of domesticated animals such as sheep and cattle. The ancient Greek word for string, "khord?", actually means gut. Animal intestines are highly flexible, which makes them good conductors of sound, but they also readily absorb moisture in the air, so they don't hold tune very well.

These problems were solved in the 20th century with the introduction of nylon and steel (and other metal) strings. Nylon strings, which include pure nylon and nylon covered in wound metal, have a mellow tone that suits classical and folk music styles. They also produce a lot less tension that steel strings, but don't work with magnetic pickups.

It's this fact that has made steel strings so synonymous with electric guitar and bass. Not only do they have a bright, clean tone, but their full-metal construction means they can interact with the magnetic field of a pickup to produce a signal. Interestingly, it was the development and miniaturisation of piano string technology that finally lead to the invention of steel-strings for guitar.

Close-up of guitar strings on an electric guitar
Show/Hide Filters
Select a Subcategory
Filter By
Currently Filtered By...
    Filter By
    Currently Filtered By...
      Sort

      Hear about it first!