If you want to know which guitalele strings are best for your situation, this post is for you!
Basically, the best strings for your guitalele depend on the type of guitalele you have and which tuning you are using.
I’ve created a simple tool to help you choose the best strings below.
But I’ll discuss these string options in greater detail below.
Strings for Standard Guilele Tuning: ADGCEa
Like I mention in my guitalele tuning post, standard tuning for the guitalele is in the same intervals as a guitar but pitched up a 4th from A to A as if you were capoing the guitar on the 5th fret: ADGCEa.
If you are using this tuning and your guitalele has bridge pins, I recommend these strings.
If your guitalele doesn’t have bridge pins, I recommend Aquila’s strings made specifically for the guitalele with this tuning.
Guitarlele Strings for High G Tuning: ADgCEa
I recommend substituting a lighter gauge G string for the G string in your standard guitalele tuning set when you try out high G guitalele tuning.
Otherwise, if you try to tune the standard G string up an octave, you may break the string, and you will put unnecessary tension on the instrument.
Ukuleles have light gauge G and A strings that make for great substitute G strings for high G tuning.
On the ukulele, the G string is typically the same gauge as the A string.
So you can either buy a single G or A string or you can take the G or A string from a ukulele string set.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to find a single G or A string.
(It’s actually common to find a single low G string for those who want to tune their ukulele more like a guitar with a low G).
And if you do find a single G or A string, it’s usually not much less expensive (or not less expensive at all) than a full set of ukulele strings.
That’s why I typically recommend taking a G or A string from a ukulele string set.
Plus, if you buy a full set of ukulele strings, you will get two high G strings (the G and the A string because they are the same gauge).
Again, the ukulele string you use depends on whether your guitalele has bridge pins.
If your guitalele has bridge pins, I recommend this set for the high G tuning – it’s what I use in the above video.
If your guitalele doesn’t have bridge pins, I recommend using a G or A string from this set for high G tuning.
Guitalele Strings for High E/Octave Tuning: eadgbe
Aquila is the only manufacturer I know of that makes strings specifically for this guitalele tuning.
For this reason, I recommend them.
That said, Aquila doesn’t make ball-end strings.
So if your guitalele has bridge pins, you’ll need to use a work around to install loop or tie end strings.
Guitarlele Strings for Standard Guitar Tuning: EADGBe
If you want your instrument to function more like a travel guitar, you can tune your instrument just like a guitar with standard guitar tuning.
I hope this post has helped you find the best strings for your situation.
Let me know if you have any further questions in the comments!