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Where to buy Guitar Strings (and other instrument strings)

Guitar StringsI rarely purchase guitar strings from local merchants anymore. One reason is there are fewer local merchants still in business. I do have a Guitar Center nearby and another music store located less than 10 minutes from the Guitar Center. The problem with both stores is they rarely have the strings I want in stock. I might be able to get the strings from the website, but even they don’t carry some of the strings I like.

There is one very nice thing you can do if you have a nearby Guitar Center and are desperate for a specific string. Go online, find the string at their website and then check local availability. Enter your zip code and it the website will list nearby stores that have that item in stock. This can save you a trip to the store only to discover they don’t carry it or it is out of stock..

I’ve been purchasing almost all my instrument strings online for over a decade. Although and other online music stores carry strings and I’ve occasionally purchased strings from them, particularly when the strings were part of a larger order, most of my string purchases are from merchants that specialize in instrument strings. There are a number of online string specialty stores. I’ve dealt with several.

Until recently my preferred string site was They have a well organized website making it easy to find the strings you need by instrument, type of music and other criteria. It’s difficult to find a brand or type of string they don’t carry. However, I’ve recently stopped ordering from them because of their shipping charges and policy. They charge a flat $6.95 for any sized order. Considering how easy it is to find free shipping, this is a lot. Maybe they think their shipping policy will encourage you to buy more sets of strings at a time. But sometimes I only need or want one or two sets of strings.

I recently purchased classical guitar strings for my new classical guitar from I had bought from them more than a decade ago. They have a good selection of strings. Their shipping charges are $3.95 for any sized order and free shipping for orders over $35. Considering the strings I purchased were priced identically at and, Strings and Beyond is a better deal. My complaint about their website is it isn’t as easy to find different types of strings. For example not all of their flat wound electric guitar strings showed up under a Jazz Guitar category.

A third online store is I noticed several items that were not available at For example D’Addario Pro Arte Carbon (EJ46FF) and Dogal Diamente sets are not carried at Strings and Beyond but are available at carries D’Addario but not the EJ46FF Carbon sets. has the EJ46FF from D’Addario but neither they nor carry Dogal Diamente classical guitar string sets. Shipping charges at are similar to

Another category for guitar strings on the web is They supply strings made by others and branded for their website. In other words, these are OEM generic strings. They are probably made by one of the large guitar strings manufacturers you’ve used. The advantage is they can keep the price down. I’ve used several strings For some guitars all you need is something generic.

Examples (prices subject to change).

Example 1. Common electric guitar string you can find anywhere.

String Musician’s Friend Just Strings Strings and Beyone Strings by Mail
D’Addario EXL115W 11-49 Nickel Wound set $4.95 $3.98 $4.49 $3.95
Shipping Free $6.95 $3.95 $3.99
Total $4.94 $10.93 $8.44 $7.94

Conclusion: If you can find free shipping, one of the big musical instrument retailers is your best bet. Better still, you can probably find these strings at your local store at about the same cost.

Example 2.

String Musician’s Friend Just Strings Strings and Beyone Strings by Mail
D’Addario EJ46FF Pro Arte Carbon Classical strings N/A $12.60 N/A $12.60
Shipping N/A $6.95 N/A $3.99
Total N/A $19.55 N/A $16.59

You can’t buy these new D’Addario classical strings at two of the merchants I’ve listed. You save the most at Strings by Mail.

Example 3.

String Musician’s Friend Just Strings Strings and Beyone Strings by Mail
Dogal Diamante Classical Strings N/A N/A N/A 17.99
Shipping N/A N/A N/A 3.99
Total N/A N/A N/A $21.98

This brand of classical string, which is getting good reviews from classical guitar forums, is only available at Strings by Mail.

Example 4.

String Musician’s Friend Just Strings Strings and Beyone Strings by Mail
RotoSound Flat Wound Monel Guitar RS200 N/A 7.42 N/A N/A
Shipping N/A $6.95 N/A N/A
Total N/A $14.37 N/A N/A

RotoSound monel flat wound strings for guitar are only sold at of the merchants I’ve reviewed. Each store has some things you can’t get elsewhere. RotoSound Monel flat wound strings can be found for basses at several merchants and you can also get round wound Rotosound guitar strings at several merchants. But the Monel flat wound guitar strings are difficult to find.

Ukulele, mandolin, banjo and other instrument strings are even more difficult to find at local stores and if you want anything other than the most common type of string, difficult to find at the big online merchants. The specialty stores listed above are more likely to carry these strings. Another merchant that I recommend for unusual strings is That’s where I found Worth fluorocarbon ukulele strings.

2 thoughts on “Where to buy Guitar Strings (and other instrument strings)”

  1. Good article–thank you! Would appreciate notice of whether the info. is still current (almost 6 years old) as am searching for a good vendor.

    Background: Requested assistance in finding specific strings on and received a prompt but incorrect link from Jim Clark. Because I didn’t notice his error, my 6/30/20 order was not correct and didn’t realize until after receiving the order. Continued via their preferred method of communication,, on 7/11 and 7/19 with no response. Tried calling their 800 phone number and another shown on the invoice, on 7/7 and 7/20 respectively. Both numbers had the same recording about the phone not being operational due to COVID-19. That has become a fairly common practice this year, thus understandable. However, am doubting the sincerity of the “100% satisfaction guarantee” (touted on a full page on the Web site). The key words there = “may return any unopened merchandise in resalable condition within 30 days of the original ship date” (minus $6.95 shipping). With no procedure there for a return/exchange, the natural next step = contact Customer Service. Perhaps COVID has put them short-handed/busy, yet not responding to communication after the sale is not good.

    1. I’m sorry about the problems you’ve had with I have no connection to any of these stores other than being a customer. I checked my most recent string orders to see where I purchased them. I ordered strings from Strings and Beyond twice last month and from Strings by Mail 6 months earlier. Even in this 6-year-old post, I indicated I stopped using Just Strings, though not because of any problems such as yours.

      My impression (i.e., I don’t have much of a basis for saying this) is all of these online string merchants are small operations. COVID may have had more of an impact if they have only a few employees. However, my recent orders from Strings and Beyond came quickly without errors or problems.

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