Violin Strings Buying Guide | Online Violin Lessons

Violin Strings Buying Guide | Online Violin Lessons



As a beginner violinist, you likely won’t give much thought to what types of strings you want to use. However, as you advance you may consider putting some more thought into the type of strings you want. Each violin has a unique “voice”, and changing your strings can change that voice (sometimes dramatically). In this post, I’ll guide you through the types of strings that are available and which ones might suit you the best.


Types of Violin Strings

There are 2 main types of violin strings: steel core strings and synthetic core strings. There are also gut strings made from sheep intestines, mainly used in the Baroque era, but I won’t get into that in this article. 


Steel Core Strings

Steel core strings are made of steel core and wrapped in various materials, most commonly chrome steel. These are a great set of strings for beginners, especially those using fractional violins (smaller than full size). Steel core strings have a quick response, a clear, focused tone, stay in tune fairly easily, and are inexpensive and durable. These types of strings are popular among country and folk fiddlers as well because they prefer the bright sound they produce. 


Synthetic Core Strings

Synthetic core strings are made of various types of materials, including nylon and composite fibers. The synthetic core provides a warm and rich tonality to the instrument. Since being created in the 1970s by the Thomastik-Infeld company, many brands have started making strings using synthetic material in order to create the best possible tone for the violin.

Intermediate and advanced violin players prefer synthetic core strings because they have a warm, rich sound, are easy to play, and are flexible and durable. However, these strings also are more expensive and wear out faster than steel core strings.



My Violin String Recommendations

For a mid-range set of strings, I really like the Dominant brand. These strings provide a neutral tone – not-too-warm and not-too-cool – and provide great bang for your buck.


If you have a slightly larger budget, I love and personally use Evah Pirazzi strings. They provide a bright, soloistic sound. That being said, if you already have a violin that tends to be bright, these may not be the best for you and you may want to find a warmer set of strings.




Finding your next set of strings can cost you a fair amount of time and money. What sounds great on one violin may not sound so great on another. Hopefully, this post has helped you educate yourself and gives you an idea of what to look for in your search.


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