The 10 Best Nylon Guitar Strings

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Don't let the price difference between a guitar and its strings trick you into believing the latter aren't that important. To a large degree, the tone that your instrument produces comes from the quality and physical properties of their cores and the materials that coat them. Our curated picks reflect the needs of students, casual hobbyists, studio musicians, and gigging performers alike. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best nylon guitar string on Amazon.

10. Martin M160 Silverplated

9. Ernie Ball Earthwood Folk

8. Godin NTC Classical

7. Ernie Ball Ernesto Palla

6. Augustine Acoustic Red

5. Savarez Accordion Accessory

4. Legato Classical

3. D'Addario EJ27N

2. Augustine Regal Blue

1. D’Addario Pro-Arte

Editor's Notes

February 21, 2019:

Considering how to appropriately approach a best-of of list for guitar strings is difficult given the subjectivity of such a subject, as well as the sheer disagreement across the board about which strings reign supreme. One person might say of the Ernie Ball Earthwood Folk, for example, that they sound dull, lifeless, flabby, whereas another equally qualified ear-having person may say, well, no, actually, that sounds quite balanced, pleasant, and unassuming to me, and I adore it. Regardless, through research, one can detect patterns: like the near unanimous agreement that the Savarez Accordion Accessory have a long, satisfactory sustain, or that the Augustine Regal Blue will last longer than most nylon strings without needing to be changed. Then we have the D’Addario Pro-Arte, the crowd-favorite, a high-quality set barely more expensive than a set of plastic guitar picks. What gives? Well, as noted, not everyone agrees on these ones, but overall, they are sonically pleasing, reliable, and economic without skimping on quality. Compare them with the equally-priced Martin M160--which themselves are not shabby--and you'll see that there are differences, some not so subtle. The type of metal used to coat the strings' nylon core affects the quality and resonance of the string, as does the tension, and of course, the instrument itself. You may love what the relatively costly Augustine Blue Regals do for you on your primary guitar, whereas the sound on a Martin Backpacker may totally fail to impress you. Regardless, the best way is to experiment, using this list as a jumping off point.

Daniel Goldstein
Last updated on February 23, 2019 by Daniel Goldstein

Daniel is a writer, musician, and frequent traveler with a bachelor’s in creative writing from the State University of New York. In recent years, his writing chops have developed alongside his musical skills, thanks to a rich double life. During the day, he apprenticed with “Rolling Stone” journalist and critic Will Hermes, and when the sun set, he and his NYC-based, four-piece band gigged at high-end venues across the northeastern United States. His affinity for sharing things he's passionate about has culminated in nine years of experience as a music teacher at elementary schools, where he honed his ability to simplify and elucidate concepts to the uninitiated. All considered, he feels most at home writing about instruments, audio electronics and backpacking gear.

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