How to Tell What Gauge the Strings Are on Your Guitar

It’s time to change the strings on your guitar, but you have no idea what gauge they are. What do you do? There are a few ways to approach the problem:

First, if you just bought your guitar and this is the first time you are changing the strings, then you should know that most manufacturers will put a set of 9’s (Amazon) on an electric guitar and a set of 12’s (Amazon) on an acoustic guitar. There is no harm in purchasing a set of strings and seeing if they fit.

Second, you may be asking this question because you are not sure if your electric guitar is strung with a set of 9’s or a set of 10’s. If this is the case, then try buying a single low E string of each set and seeing if one fits. A set of 9’s has a .042 gauge string (Amazon) and a set of 10’s has a .046 gauge string (Amazon).

Finally, if you still are not sure, then purchase a caliper (Amazon) and measure the thickness of your strings with it.

3 Best Guitar Amp and Effects Software in 2017

Guitar amp and effects software has come a long, long ways and presents many advantages over it’s analog counterparts. The main advantage of using amp and effects software is that it is much less expensive then purchasing separate amps and effects pedals, and you can use the software to get an idea of which analog versions you would like to purchase.

Also, you can record your sound without having to be concerned with microphones, room acoustics, and outside noise.

Last but not least, some companies have released free versions of their amp and effects software. This is how I got hooked; I downloaded the free version of Guitar Rig Pro 5 and couldn’t stop playing it.

Guitar Rig Pro 5


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Native Instrument’s Guitar Rig Pro 5 is a solid guitar amp and effects software package that is jam packed with options. In my opinion, they have the best free version because you have full access to the software for 30 minutes at a time. I was instantly hooked after playing through some of the artist presets.

AmpliTube 4


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AmpliTube 4 is far more comprehensive than Guitar Rig Pro 5, but their free version is structured differently. Ik Multimedia will allow you to download the AmpliTube Custom Shop. This gives you access to a handful of basic amp and effects software, but you will have to buy the rest piece by piece.

Bias FX


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Bias FX feels a lot like AmpliTube to me, but with a better interface. It’s up to you to decide which is the better guitar amp and effects software. My suggestion is to download their free demo and give Bias FX a try before purchasing a full version of the software.

5 Easy Classic Rock Songs for Beginner Guitar Players

Being a beginner guitar player can be frustrating. Songs need to be both easy and fun to play in order to keep you engaged and practicing. Lucky for you, I have compiled a list of 5 classic rock songs you will be thankful that you learned! These classic rock songs can be played with either an acoustic or electric guitar and all of them use an E Standard tuning.

Deep Purple – Smoke on The Water


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This classic song has it all; an easy-to-play and iconic intro, a manageable solo, and some simple movements up and down the neck to get you used to moving your fingers around.

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The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction


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Guess what!? Arguably the most legendary classic guitar riff in history is also one of the easiest to play. Don’t believe me? Check out the guides below.

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Led Zeppelin – Misty Mountain Hop


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Who isn’t a fan of Jimmy Page’s work? If you are, then you quickly realize that covering a Led Zeppelin song is no easy task. Misty Mountain Hop has an easy-to-learn guitar riff and will have you saying, “Yea, I know how to play some Led Zeppelin,” in no time.

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Van Halen – You Really Got Me


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This classic rock song was originally made famous by The Kinks in 1964 and covered by Van Halen in 1978. It is often preceded by a performance of another Van Halen classic, Eruption. But, don’t let that scare you. The song consists of all power chords and is easily learnable by a beginner.

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Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door


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Consisting of four beginner chords (G, Am, C, and D) and a steady rhythm, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” is a perfect beginner song. The best thing is that it has been covered in dozens of different styles. Find your’s and make it your own!

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What do you think? Are there other classic rock songs that should be on the list? Please add your suggestions below.