Heavy metal is truly special genre and the equipment used to play heavy metal is different in many cases. All the different styles of heavy metal music have special signature sounds made from a mix of effects and guitar play. This is why is very important for the players of heavy metal to use the correct strings that suit better the heavy metal music. In this way you are able to play those special tones that you are searching from your instrument. Many times the usual strings that come with your guitar are not the best match for playing heavy metal music.
In general, for playing heavy metal you’ll need some heavy strings. Heavier and thicker strings will give a fuller sound that is more bass rich when the strings are played hard. The heavier and thicker strings are also more durable to heavy strumming. However, the disadvantage of thicker strings is that they are harder on the fingers and when playing lead they are more difficult to bend. The thicker strings are especially difficult for beginners.
For pro heavy metal the most popular sets are the 11 gauge string sets. There are also many other options for the guitarists playing heavy metal. Many brands of guitar strings offer hybrid string sets. The hybrid string sets are usually heavier at the low end, for the 4th, 5th and 6th strings, and they are lighter on the top 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings. This gives the possibility to have a driving rhythm sound but also to play lead easier. Dropped tuning can be made more easily on the heavier strings. The dropped D is one of the most popular options for dropped tuning.
Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky
A model of strings optimal for drop D tuning is the Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky model. Other good models of strings for heavy metal coming from the same brand are Ernie Ball Power Slinky and Ernie Ball Heavy Top Skinny Bottom.
D’Addario EXL 145
Heavy metal music is played in different tunings, such as drop D, drop C or drop A. If you are trying to tune down for your style of music than the thicker gauge strings are the best for this task. One good model of strings for heavy metal music is the D’Addario EXL145 model. This is a popular choice for heavy metal and rock music where you need heavier gauges. You can have more flexibility with a plain 3rd G string than you can have with the traditional 12 gauge electric strings.
The D’Addario EXL145 model of strings is optimized for down tuning. They are especially designed for those who are looking to tune their guitar down, unlikely the light strings or the regular strings. With the D’Addario strings model you can enjoy good quality heavy strings.
Dunlop Heavy Code Electric Guitar Strings
Another model of strings that are designed for heavy metal is the Dunlop model. The Dunlop Heavy Core Electric Guitar Strings model from KMC Music Inc is designed specifically for achieving good music tones for heavy metal. Another model of strings good for playing heavy metal, is coming from the same Dunlop brand and it is called Dunlop Zakk Wylde.