What Are The String Names On The Guitar: Must Know!

It is essential to know the string names on the guitar, and it is one of the first things that beginner players learn. If you want to learn any songs, you’ll have to know the order & if you have to comminate your musical ideas with anyone else, it’s extremely helpful in order to be on the same page.

In this article, we will discuss what the guitar string names are & guitar strings order order. Additionally, we’ll cover some basics & frequently asked questions

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What are the String names on the Guitar?

Here is the short answer & the basic names of the strings:

  • E (Low) String – 6th String

  • A String: Fifth String

  • D String: 4th String

  • G String: 3rd String

  • B String: 2nd String

  • E (high) String: 1st String

Please keep in mind that the thickest string is the Low e string, and the thinnest string is the High e string. The names & order are also in standard guitar tuning (E A D G B E).

Related: Tuning a 12 string acoustic

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How to remember Guitar string Names?

You’re probably thinking that there is no way you can remember the guitar string names. Most players think that it is impossible to remember the string names, but there is a way you can remember the names.

Try to devise a memorable phrase such as ‘Eat all day, go to bed early’; while they may sound silly, it will help you remember all the string names. That said, you must remember that both the outside strings are E, so you only need to remember the guitar strings names on the inside.

You can also come up with other rhymes to remember the guitar string names in standard tuning:

  • Eddie ate dynamite, goodbye Eddie

  • Eat a dog, get big ears

  • Every apple does good being eaten

  • Every acid dealer gets busted eventually

  • Eat all dead gophers before Easter

Why is it important to remember the Guitar String Names?

It is essential to know the name of the strings because not only will the names help you fully understand your guitar, but it will also make it easier for you to learn chords, play songs, & master the fretboard.

Once you memorize all the guitar notes of the open strings, you’ll have no issues remembering & playing the rest of the fretboard notes.

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What is the String Name Game?

This is one of the best ways to remember string names and will help you learn the names quickly. All you have to do is play a string on the guitar and say its name.

You can do the plucking on your own and turn it into a game. While it may take a while for you to get a grasp of this technique, you will only get better with time.

You will notice that once you use this technique, you will start saying the string names quickly, and soon the names will become second nature.

What are Bass Guitar String Names?

Typically, the bass guitar has only four strings, and they mirror the lowest four strings on a typical guitar. The strings on this guitar are known as E A D G, with g string being the top string and e being the thickest one.

Related: Can Guitar Cables Be Used on A Bass?

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What are the Electric Guitar String Names?

Usually, the guitar strings in terms of sizing, are given a numbering mechanism. This mechanism shows the gauge of the string.

The most common gauges are .9s & .10’s which are extra light & light. The number shows the string diameter in thousands of an inch.

While this numbering system is initially tricky to understand, the process is straightforward. Once you understand this numbering procedure, you will easily remember the strings on an electric guitar.

If you want to change the strings on the electric guitar, just be aware to stick with the same gauge or you might have to adjust your guitar to accommodate other sizes.

The Six Guitar Strings Order?

The string of a guitar is usually numbered from the 1st string (thinnest string) to the 6th string (thickest string). So, in order from the thickest to the smallest string, the strings are named first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth.

Most guitarists learn to string play from the 6th string to the 1st string, and you should learn the open strings that are used in guitars. Since the smallest string is the 1st string, the strings are generally counted in descending order.

If you can learn the string names by heart, you will be able to remember them effectively in the future.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What Is The Name of The Thickest String?

The thickest guitar string is the “low e string”, it’s #6 in order.

What Is Known As An Open String?

A string is known as open when the guitarist is not pressing the string. So if you pluck a guitar string without pressing it down on the frets, you are playing an open string.

What Are Bottom & Top Strings?

The skinny string, the first string in a guitar, is at the top of the guitar. That said, if you sit where the guitar is across your body, this string will become the bottom string.

The thickest string, the sixth string in the guitar, is typically called the bottom string. However, this string is known as the bottom string if you are sitting strumming.

The best way to think of bottom and top strings is based on the note pitches. The sixth string is the lowest open note you can play on a guitar. The highest open note you can play on a guitar is the first string.

Does Classical Guitar Have Different String Names Than Acoustic Guitars?

No! Classical and acoustic guitars have the same string names.

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What Are Alternate Tunings?

While it is essential for guitarists to start learning to play guitar in the standard EADGBE tuning, once you have learned this tuning method, you can learn several alternate tunings such as drop D tuning, half step down tuning, D standard tuning, and more!

Regardless of your preferred music style, you can even create alternate tunings to use on the guitar that have yet to be popularized.

You can find one of our articles on tunings here

What Is The Thinnest String On A Guitar?

The thinnest guitar string is the “high e string” & is #1 in the order. Just remember that there are two E strings, 1 high & 1 low.

What Are The Names Of The Guitar Strings From Lowest To Highest?

The guitar string names on a 7-stringed guitar are B–E–A–D–G–B–E so basically only a low b string is added to the equation.

For more information on extended range instruments & 8-string tuning, check out this article

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In this article, our focus was on the guitar string names. We listed the names of all the guitar strings and explained why it is essential to remember them in order to master the fretboard.

We also covered the guitar string order and emphasized the importance of learning the numbering system.

Lastly, in the FAQ section, we discussed a few questions related to the topic, which will give you some much-needed clarity.

That’s it for our short guitar lessons, if you have any other questions, feel free to comment below. Until next time, stay tuned & lets start playing!

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