What Is the Proper Hz for Acoustic Guitar Strings?

By Matthew Cote
A guitar can't sound great unless it's properly tuned.

Whether you're learning how to play guitar for the first time, or you're trying to practice a chord progression for the hundredth time, it's important that you're working with an instrument that's properly tuned. The unique sound of the guitar is attributed to how the strings relate with one another; therefore, knowing the precise Hertz (cycles per second) measurements of the strings will help you tune them to their respective pitches, ensuring that you get the best sound from your axe. You can use any sound-level meter to measure frequency.

The First String - 'E'

The high 'E' string is the first string on a guitar. It should be tuned to the forth register E, which is measured at 330 Hertz.

The Second String - 'B'

The 'B' string is the second string on a guitar. It should be tuned to the third register B, which is measured at 247 Hertz.

The Third String - 'G'

The 'G' string is the third string on a guitar. It should be tuned to the third register G, which is measured at 196 Hertz.

The Forth String - 'D'

The 'D' string is the forth string on a guitar. It should be tuned to the third register D, which is measured at 147 Hertz.

The Fifth String

The 'A' string is the fifth string on a guitar. It should be tuned to the second register A, which is measured at 110 Hertz.

The Sixth String - 'E'

The low 'E' string is the sixth string on a guitar. It should be tuned to the second register E, which is measured at 82 Hertz.

About the Author

Matthew Cote has had the privilege of living in New Jersey, South Florida, North Carolina and California; experiences that have led to a depth of character which shines through in his adaptability as a stylistic writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University and has been published on Buzzaboutarts.com and Buzzaboutentertainment.com.