How to Tell What Gauge of Strings for a Guitar Are Needed

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Guitars need a certain gauge of string in order to be playable without damage to the strings or guitar. Learn what gauge is right for your guitar with help from a professional electric guitar instructor in this free video.

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Hi, this is Wesley Winford, and today I'll be showing you how to pick what gauge strings for your guitar. Alright so I have a Telly here and I'm using just standard you know 10s, 10 gauge on this, this Telly right here. And I find that it's this gauge is pretty useful for the style of music I play. And the 10s are they're not too, they're not too heavy not too light. But it kind of in the middle. And they are good for solos and stuff or bending the strings. And they're most likely not going to break on you. If you are playing a style music that requires lots of bends then, then I would suggest you know around the 10, the 10 range for gauge of strings. And if you are playing more like jazzy type music where with thicker gauge, the strings that you are not bending you know around the 13 or 11 or something like that range would be good for that type of guitar. So here is, here's a bend on like the, I'm using these 10s on my Telly. So it's not too, it's not too hard to bend that string and it's not it's usually not going to break on you with right on the 10 range on a Telly. And that was how to choose the right gauge strings for your guitar.

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