Michael Watts Acoustic Guitar Lesson: Why String Gauge Matters

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Have you ever wondered what effect your choice of string gauge has on the sound and playability of your acoustic guitar? In this video, award-winning acoustic guitarist Michael Watts compares three string gauges of Elixir Phosphor Bronze Strings on the same instrument to find out!

Using gauges 11-52 (custom light), 12-53 (light) and 13-56 (medium), Michael plays through a series of beautiful musical examples including singer-songwriter fingerstyle playing, strumming with a 1mm pick and fingerstyle in DADGAD tuning.


0:00 Intro

0:51 Custom Light fingerstyle standard tuning

1:28 Custom Light strumming

2:17 Custom Light fingerstyle DADGAD

3:10 Custom Light Recap

3:22 Light fingerstyle standard tuning

4:23 Light strumming

5:14 Light fingerstyle DADGAD

6:12 Light Recap

6:49 Medium fingerstyle standard tuning

7:24 Medium strumming

8:11 Medium fingerstyle DADGAD

9:02 Medium Recap and Conclusion

There is a huge sonic range to explore among the custom light, light and medium gauge sets and we recommend listening on headphones to get the best of these detailed recordings.

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