Guitar strings come in different widths or “gauges”, from “light” (thin) to “heavy” (thick). Heavier gauge strings can boost volume and sustain (the amount of time the string rings) but can be painful to play as they are strung tighter and make bending harder work. Light gauge strings are easier to fret (i.e. to play bar chords) and to bend but are more easily broken and are sometimes considered to have a slightly thinner sound.
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