Frequently Asked Questions

What are guitar strings made of?

Generally, acoustic guitar strings are composed of bronze or phosphor bronze, which are copper/tin alloys, and electric guitar strings are composed of nickel and/or stainless steel. 
Note to customers who have an allergy or sensitivity to nickel: Due to the fact that I receive the used strings with which I make my jewelry in batches of tangled, unmarked strings, I cannot guarantee that any particular piece does NOT contain nickel. If you are determined to have a piece of reVibe jewelry, please contact me directly, as I often do have a limited supply of designated stainless steel strings.  
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How do I determine what size bangle bracelet I wear?

Bangle bracelet sizing is a tricky business; it has to do with hand size rather than wrist size, since the bracelet does not open and, therefore, must fit over the wearer’s hand. It must be large enough to fit over the knuckles, but not so large that it falls right off.

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The best way to determine your size is to measure an existing, well-fitting bangle bracelet (the necessary measurement is the INSIDE DIAMETER, in inches). If this is not an option, the following method tends to be fairly accurate.

  1. Lay your hand comfortably on a flat surface (do not spread fingers wide). Be sure to measure the hand on which you intend to wear the bracelet.

  2. With a ruler or tape measure, measure the distance between the center of the first and fourth knuckles. Tip: Marking the center of each knuckle with a pen or marker may make it easier to get an accurate measurement.

Note: For women, 2 ½ inches is a fairly average measurement; most people will measure between 2 ¼ and 2 ¾ inches. When determining your measurement, please round up to the nearest 1/8-inch.

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What is a ball end?

Ball ends are the small bead-like pieces found at the end of every guitar string for the purpose of anchoring the string into the bridge of the instrument.

Some guitar string manufacturers "color-code" the ball ends for ease of identification when restringing an instrument. See the image to the right for the most commonly used colors.

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