Will a Heavier Gauge Guitar String Increase Acoustic Volume?

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Guitar volume is a result of a lot of different factors. Find out if a heavier gauge guitar string will increase the volume on a guitar with help from a Los Angeles-based guitar player in this free video clip.

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I'm Marcus Gerakos. I'm a Guitarist based here in the L.A. area. I do a lot of work on film and television projects. And today's question is will heavier gauge guitar strings increase acoustic volume. First of all, volume is a result of different factors; how the guitar is made, your attack while playing. Although, let's say if you took a, if you compared a very very light gauge set of strings with a very heavy gauge set of strings, you would notice the difference in, in the volume. So, the answer to that is yes. It's one of many factors involve in increasing volume, but the answer is yes; the heavier strings will increase the volume. Also, I would recommend a higher ratchet for heavier gauge strings. They're going to probably work against you a little bit as far as if you like to play a lot of fast runs and things like that, unless of course if you go the other direction and you use a very very light pick, in which case you can get away with it. So, in answer, yes, the heavier, the heavier the gauge strings generally your volume and sometimes your, your degree of sustain will increase. I'm Marcus Gerakus and this has been, "Will Heavier Gauge Strings Increase Volume on an Acoustic Guitar."

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