String Shootout Series Review - Stringjoy Custom Guitar Strings

Stringjoy is an American-based string company that offers customization of guitar (acoustic and electric) and bass strings. That doesn’t even begin to describe what the company is all about, but it does provide you with an idea of the unique service they offer. Most guitar players head over to their local music store and pick up a package of strings that come in specific gauges. Those gauges have existed for years, and with the exception of a few manufacturers here and there, if you want to switch or customize any of your string sets, you have to buy multiple sets and build your own “custom” set. Well, put your money away, because Stringjoy is going to allow you to build your own customized set - no more buying 2 or 3 packages of strings to get the customized set you want. Sounds awesome right? It is!

But what about tone? What about the quality of the strings? Does the product live up to the hype? Read on and find out in the latest testing lab review for guitar strings. (If you’d like to read more about our testing and criteria, you can do so here.)

Tone: Warm, even tone that can be used for any genre. The strings have just enough “pop” and brightness to them to handle just about anything. They lack that often too-bright new guitar string sound, and what is not to love about that?

Tuning Stability: 5 out of 5

Stringjoy claims to have created strings that stay in tune better than any other string. Were they right? So far so good! You can bend to your heart’s content, pound out power chords, and unleash hell, and when you check your tuner - all is well. Eureka!

Playability and Feel: 4.5 out of 5

These American-made strings feel so smooth under your fingers that you’ll be able to do a lot of things on your guitar for a lot longer. This was noticeable to me in an especially long rehearsal. My fingers weren’t all beaten up afterwards: a rare occurrence.

Response to Pick Attack and Balance From String to String: 5 out of 5

More than any other string I’ve tested or used in my guitar-playing life, the balanced tone from string to string is phenomenal with the Stringjoy strings. If you pick hard, you get the bite you need, and if you lay off, the strings respond accordingly. This is especially an important category with this test because the gauge of strings I was using was a customized one, with .08’s on the high end and a .52 on the low E. For all the strings to play this well together and blend so nicely is absolutely heavenly.

Depth of Sound/Sustain: 4.5 out of 5

The balanced tone continued for as long as I needed/wanted it to, and the sound was easily heard in the mix of a rehearsal when it needed to be. The strings respond well to all kinds of tonal tricks and the sustain was fantastic, even on the tiny .08 that is my high E for this set.

Durability: 5 out of 5

The strings can take a beating and still feel “new”, without ever having that “new” string sound that can often be too bright. You can tell the strings are exceptionally made and that care went into packaging each one individually. Stringjoy strings are all hand-packed and individually inspected. Your order will also come with a personal, hand-written note, which is a nice touch in this age of impersonal techno communication.

Overall, these strings are phenomenal. As cliche as this will sound, they were a “joy” to play. Not sure which gauges to customize? Scott will take care of you and help you out. Want the usual string set with no customizing? They offer those too, and they can do 6, 7, 8, 10, or 12-string sets, and everything in between, as well as bass guitar strings, and strings for your acoustic.

The hype of customized guitar string gauges that Stringjoy prepares for its customers is definitely not another internet trick - the claim of the “best strings you’ve ever played” may very well be true in this case, and you owe it to yourself to check them out. To get your own set, head over to the Stringjoy website. I sure did and I have pursued a sponsorship deal with them as an artist as well - THAT'S how much I liked them once I tried them out. That NEVER happens!