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D'Addario Auto Lock Strap 01/09/2020
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Introducing the D’Addario Auto Lock Guitar Strap

As guitar players, we’ve all had this recurring nightmare…. you wake up in a cold sweat as you dreamt your brand new guitar slipped off your strap and crashed to the floor! Well, for many us, unfortunately this nightmare has been a very real experience. Whether you’re a keen bedroom player or love to play live (well, that’s a sore subject for a lot of us at the moment!) keeping your guitar strap on your guitar may seem like a pretty insignificant problem! That is, until it happens to you!... Read More

Bronze wrapped Silk and Steel string 05/07/2020
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What’s the deal with Silk and Steel?

For many acoustic players, when it comes to making a choice on which strings to play, it’s often a toss up between opting for a set of 80/20 bronze or phosphor bronze strings. However, did you know that there are several other lesser known options out there, one in particular being silk and steel strings. The seasoned acoustic players amongst us may have come across these sets before, but for many, silk and steel strings will be a completely new concept. So what exactly are they? How do they sound... Read More

Are all strings the same - featured image 04/06/2020
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Are all guitar strings the same?

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in your guitar playing career, we’ll be the first to admit that choosing a set of guitar strings can be quite baffling at times.  There are so many brands out there… and a lot of the time, many sets look the exact same as one another. You’d be forgiven for asking the question “what’s the difference between all these sets?… surely they’re all the same!?!”  Well, whilst many sets’ main attributes are the same, there’s plenty more that goes into making... Read More

21/02/2020
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How Eco-Friendly are your Guitar Strings?

There’s little doubt that our planet is facing a climate crisis and nowadays there’s no shying away from doing your bit to help. This is especially true for businesses, with every industry having a key role to play in helping to become more eco-friendly and save our planet for generations to come. So where do our guitar strings fall into all of this? What can the brands do to help and what areas can they focus on to help improve their carbon footprint?  Below we’re going to discuss what the... Read More

Martin Monel Wound Acoustic Guitar Strings 29/05/2019
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What are Monel strings?

Monel….wasn’t he an impressionist painter? Hhhmm, close, but not quite! You’d be forgiven for asking what on Earth Monel strings are exactly? Well, below we’ll be running you through what these lesser-known strings actually are and see what all the fuss is about… so, let’s get cracking! So what is Monel? There are plenty of alloys that dominate today’s guitar string market so there’s a good chance many players will never have tried (or even heard) of Monel strings before. Monel is an alloy made from a mix of Nickel... Read More

Glass Bottleneck Slide 02/05/2019
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Slidin’ into the weekend like….

Forget the scorching temperatures of the 4-Day Easter Bank Holiday weekend, this past weekend was the one the Strings Direct team had been looking forward to for some time. Why’s that you may ask!? Well, a few weeks ago saw the return of the fantastic Tedeschi Trucks Band playing two sold out nights at the London Palladium and a few of the staff here were lucky enough to head there on Saturday night…. It was a real treat! Whilst these guys are no doubt a world class band, the real... Read More

Fender Bullet End Guitar Strings 17/04/2019
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What are Fender Bullet strings?

If you’ve scoured our site in the past and taken a look at our electric guitar sets section, you may have come across Fender’s range of electric guitar strings and in particular their Bullet strings. You’d initially be forgiven for thinking the term ‘Bullet’ is yet another adjective adopted by a string manufacturer to help describe the “Punchy”, “Penetrating” or “Explosive” tonal power of their strings, however, if you open up a set, you’ll soon see that there’s more to the Fender Bullet strings than just a name. So what... Read More

DAddario Electric Guitar Nashville Strings 14/03/2019
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What is Nashville Tuning?

Have you ever wanted to achieve the unique sound of a 12-string guitar but don’t actually have a 12-string to hand? Or, perhaps you often find yourself wanting to add unique guitar parts to your recordings to help create something a little bit ‘different’. Well we may just have the solution for you. Allow us to introduce you to ‘Nashville Tuning’. So what exactly is Nashville Tuning? In a nutshell, Nashville tuning takes the octave strings within a 12-string set and puts them on a 6-string guitar. This particular tuning... Read More

Paige Cradle Style Capo 18/02/2019
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The ultimate guide to buying your next capo

Next to plectrums, capos are probably one of the most common guitar accessories that we hear are either lost (or stolen) from gigs. We’re convinced that what your local pub loses in pint glasses, they are almost certainly gaining in their stockpile of picks and capos!! Whether you’ve lost your capo, have never used one or have no idea what that crazy contraption does, we’re here to help you navigate the capo landscape. Buckle up! So what exactly is a capo and what does it do? If you’ve been playing... Read More

Acoustic guitar player with soundhole pickup 24/01/2019
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What acoustic strings are best for a magnetic soundhole pickup?

When it comes to making your acoustic guitar louder, there’s a whole host of pickup options available on the market including magnetic pickups, microphones, soundboard mounted, piezos and in some cases a combination of two or more of these things. A magnetic soundhole pickup is a popular solution for many acoustic players (We’re sure you would have all seen these before… these are the ones that are mounted across the soundhole and sit just beneath the strings). Due to their relatively simple design, many are priced well and can be... Read More