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Coated guitar strings are the latest craze in the world of electric guitar playing. The advantages of using this type of strings over nylon or steel strings is that they are actually made to sound like nylon or steel strings when strummed by an electric guitar, but have an effect of a piano when tuned.
String technology has advanced to the point where the strings are so thin that they will slide across the fret board on their own, not needing to be struck. As a result, they are very easy to tune since the nylon or steel strings will vibrate and naturally move to within inches of the exact position of the fret board.
Large scale manufacturers have begun to produce these strings because of their popularity. They are available in a range of sizes and usually cost quite a bit more than other materials, but the added benefit is that they are made with all natural ingredients.
Nylon and steel strings are made with chemicals and metals in order to prevent the strings from stretching, warping, or losing their original shape. These unwanted elements add to the cost of producing them, but also add to the cost of repair should a problem occur. With coated strings, all of these elements are completely eliminated.