FAQ: String types and gauges

Friday, February 28, 2014
By: glen.wolff
Q: What strings does Taylor install on its guitars? Does the gauge matter, or should I use whatever feels best to me?

A: Strings are very important — they can alter the playability and tone of your guitar. Since June 1, 1999, we’ve been installing Elixir® Strings on all steel-string Taylor models, and currently we use Elixir’s ultra-thin NANOWEB design. In 2014, we switched from 80/20 Bronze to Phosphor Bronze on most steel-string acoustic models. While it's perfectly ok to experiment with different types/brands of strings, to maintain factory performance and specifications we recommend staying with the correct string gauges as follows.


100/200 Series (Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, Baby Taylor, Big Baby Taylor)

Elixir® Light Gauge Phosphor Bronze NANOWEB® (.012-.053)

Grand Symphony, Grand Orchestra, Dreadnought, GS Mini

Elixir® Medium Gauge Phosphor Bronze NANOWEB® (.013-.056)

300 - Presentation Series Grand Concert and Grand Auditorium

Elixir® HD Light Gauge Phosphor Bronze NANOWEB® (.013, .017,.025,.032,.042,.053)

All 12-string Models

Elixir® NANOWEB® 80/20 Light Gauge (.010 -.047)

Nylon string

D'Addario Pro-Arté® Extra Hard Tension



T5 and T5z

Elixir® Electric Medium Gauge NANOWEB®  (.011-.049)


Elixir® Electric Light Gauge NANOWEB® (.010-.046)


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