What to expect when change to medium gauge strings?

I had been playing guitar for about a year and had only use light gauge strings. I’m now thinking to try out some medium gauge strings. What should I expect to discover?


You might encounter a couple of scenarios:

  • It will be more difficult fretting due to it’s higher tension.
  • Fatter tone all round.
  • Better tone when playing dropped tunings.

In short, you will get more tone, more volume but less string flexibility. And the most obvious changes – expect your fingertips to hurt more until you get used to the fatter strings.