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The tension of our acoustic guitar strings are compensated to deliver the best sounding guitar.
Most musicians say Straight Up Strings are the best guitar strings and they deliver compensated torque loads at the bridge.
The best sounding acoustic guitar strings with balanced bluegrass tone.
Our acoustic guitar strings features a unique phosphor bronze wrap wire for a well-balanced tone.
Straight Up Strings are designed to compensate for the string loads that impose a torque load on the guitar bridge.
ball-end guitar strings with secure double-lock twist
Straight Up Strings

Guitar Sampler 3-Pak

Regular price $ 28.95 $ 0.00

Our Guitar Sampler 3-Pak is the perfect way to evaluate which gauge is right for you and your guitar! Each Sampler 3-Pak is priced at a special try-me discount and is available in two options: 3-Pak Sampler L-M-H (one set each of guitar light, medium, and heavy), and 3-Pak Sampler M-H-EB: (one set each of medium, heavy, and enhanced bass).

Straight Up Strings is a paradigm shift in musical string design that features compensated torque loads to balance the twisting force at the bridge that drives the soundboard. String tensions are compensated for the relative tensions of neighboring strings as well as where the strings sit on the bridge (i.e., inner or outer strings).

Manufactured to our demanding specifications and quality control, these unique strings boast a phosphor bronze wrap wire and offer 5 key features:

1) Each string's linear tension is compensated relative to their location on the bridge as well as to the tension of adjacent strings to uniformly control the torque (twisting) action of the bridge that drives the soundboard.

2) Core-to-wrap wire combinations are engineered to improve brightness, sustain, balance, and tone color between the plain B string and the wound G string.

3) Compensated tensions deliver excellent string-to-string balance and improved intonation on all strings.

4) Compensated tensions ensure equal "feel" for picking choke-ing, bending, and fretting.

5) Tensions and torque loads are calculated on a bell-shaped curve to adjust for ISO 226-2003 equal-loudness contours.

• Our gauges are typically a bit lighter than comparable sets, such that our "lights" are a bit lighter than the average "light" gauge set, our "mediums" are a bit lighter than the average "medium" set, etc.

• Our Enhanced Bass (EB) set is an extension of our guitar-heavy set and is designed to enhance the bass response on new guitars or on guitars with rosewood backs and sides (both of which are typically a bit bright).

Straight Up String gauges for guitar are:

#2700-L, Light gauge: .011" .015" .0215" .030" .042" .0525" Compensated torque loads*: E 15.0  B 17.6  G 20.6  D 22.8 A  21.9  E 21.0 - Total torque: 118.9 inch pounds - Total tension: 138.5 pounds

#2700-M, Medium gauge: .012" .016" .0215" .030" .044" .0535" Compensated torque loads*: E 17.2   B 19.3   G 20.6   D 22.8   A 24.9   E 21.9 - Total torque: 126.7 inch pounds - Total tension: 146.5 pounds

#2700-H, Heavy gauge: .013" .0165" .0235" .034" .045" .0555" Compensated torque loads*: E 19.3   B 22.8   G 24.6   D 25.8   A 29.9   E 22.6 - Total torque: 143.9 inch pounds - Total tension: .167.5 pounds

#2700-EB, Enhanced Bass: .013" .0185" .026" .035" .0465" .0565" Compensated torque loads*: E 19.3   B 24.6   G 30.5   D 29.8   A 28.7   E 24.8 - Total torque: 157.7 inch pounds - Total tension: .182.5 pounds

*Torque loads are calculated in inch pounds for a bridge fitted with a saddle that is 7/16˝ above the soundboard.


Information Sheet – Straight Up Strings for guitar

Straight Up Strings Catalog (PDF) (or please email us with your address if you would like a printed copy of our catalog mailed to you).

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The right and easy way to change strings. (PDF)