What make and which gauge of guitar string should I use for my electro-acoustic guitar?

I have an electro acoustic guitar (Ashland by Crafter) and the high e string broke when I was tuning, so I need to replace it.

I’m fairly sure the strings are bronze but I have no idea what gauge or make they are.

What is the standard gauge for this type of guitar?

Also, I’m thinking I might as well replace all the strings, what is the best make and gauge for an electro acoustic guitar?

Chosen Answer:

I’ve always used either Martin SP (80/20 bronze) or D’Addario strings on my acoustic guitars. Elixir strings are really good too but cost a lot more. If you want a brighter tone you could get phosphor bronze strings. Light gauge (.012) are probably what’s on there now, but mediums would give you more tone/volume but, being a heavier string, will have more tension and be harder to play on. I have a dreadnought Guild that has plenty of volume and bass response, so I use light strings. You can also get light/medium strings which have light treble strings but medium bass strings if you want more low end from our guitar. The choices are almost infinite, so you might need to experiment over time to find strings you like and that work well with your particular guitar (every guitar is different).
The guy who said to get 9’s or 10’s must have mistakenly thought you had an electric guitar. Those would be way too light on an acoustic guitar.
by: OnTheRock
on: 4th August 11

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4 Responses to What make and which gauge of guitar string should I use for my electro-acoustic guitar?

  1. Mikey, just Mikey says:

    It’s really up to you. I use and recommend Elixir Nanoweb light gauge strings but you might very well prefer some other brand and gauge. There are tons of good strings out there. Martin strings are also excellent.

  2. OhOh-Hotdog says:

    Martin strings, gauge 9 if you don’t strum too hard or if you do a lot of finger picking, gauge 10 if you’re a hard strummer.

    You can also go with elixir, cleartone, or D’addario

  3. OnTheRock says:

    I’ve always used either Martin SP (80/20 bronze) or D’Addario strings on my acoustic guitars. Elixir strings are really good too but cost a lot more. If you want a brighter tone you could get phosphor bronze strings. Light gauge (.012) are probably what’s on there now, but mediums would give you more tone/volume but, being a heavier string, will have more tension and be harder to play on. I have a dreadnought Guild that has plenty of volume and bass response, so I use light strings. You can also get light/medium strings which have light treble strings but medium bass strings if you want more low end from our guitar. The choices are almost infinite, so you might need to experiment over time to find strings you like and that work well with your particular guitar (every guitar is different).
    The guy who said to get 9’s or 10’s must have mistakenly thought you had an electric guitar. Those would be way too light on an acoustic guitar.

  4. Robert says:

    I use D’Addario EXP16 in my Gibson.

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