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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Heavier strings for Goodtime


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Zischkale - Posted - 01/29/2019:  08:56:33


I'm wanting to fingerpick (bare fingers) more on my Deering Goodtime openback, but the strings sound way too snappy as-is. I'd like to try heavier-gauge strings, but am wondering if that will cause the neck to warp over time.

Any suggestions/advice? Thank you in advance!

Banjopkr - Posted - 01/29/2019:  10:14:34


I was always told not to string a Goodtime with anything other than light strings. The Goodtime banjo has no truss rod, and the neck could warp. However, it's your banjo to do as you want. Maybe medium-light strings?

thisoldman - Posted - 01/29/2019:  10:17:41


Not a Goodtime owner, but I seem to recall that light strings are called for, perhaps because there is no truss rod, by Deering. There are some previous threads here on the HO that discuss this. One thread suggest medium light to mediums are OK - might depend on the makeup of specific sets of strings and how you are tuning the banjo.


Edited by - thisoldman on 01/29/2019 10:18:37

DC5 - Posted - 01/29/2019:  10:40:06


Neck on a goodtime is pretty thin and there is no reinforcement. I keep mine with light ga.

C A McClellan - Posted - 01/29/2019:  11:04:29


Janet Deering has said that mediums should be fine when I asked. You can do a search for the most recent Deering question and answer thread. I think it’s perhaps the second page in the thread where she answers.  



I’m on a phone right now and the search doesn’t work for me, so I didn’t find the link. If you can’t find it, I’ll dig it up later.


Edited by - C A McClellan on 01/29/2019 11:05:18

Alex Z - Posted - 01/29/2019:  11:39:29


quote:

Originally posted by Zischkale

I'm wanting to fingerpick (bare fingers) more on my Deering Goodtime openback, but the strings sound way too snappy as-is. I'd like to try heavier-gauge strings, but am wondering if that will cause the neck to warp over time.



Any suggestions/advice? Thank you in advance!






Unlike guitar strings, there is no uniform spec among makers of what they call "light" or "medium" or "custom light" or "extra light" or "almost medium" or "medium light."



What gauges are on the banjo now that feel too snappy to you?  Once you know that, then can go .001 heavier on the plain and .002 or so heavier on the wound.

Zischkale - Posted - 01/29/2019:  13:05:37


Thanks, y'all - it's been awhile since I changed the strings on this one. I think they were Ome mediums, but I'll have to confirm.

May also need to change the attack of my fingers as I pick.

conic - Posted - 01/29/2019:  13:57:54


I only use PF140 lights on mine. A few years ago I went through all the hangout posts about the preferred strings for the goodtime and RK35, put them all in a spreadsheet and the top ones were GHS JD Crowe PF140 lights Diameter 9.5 -11- 12 - 20w - 9.5

You can control the snappiness and volume with and without picks but will need some practice, also try picking at the neck end

RoBanJo - Posted - 01/29/2019:  13:59:04


Have had mediums on mine for a decade plus with no noticeable issue. Improves the sound. I am tuned to gCGCD.

gbisignani - Posted - 01/29/2019:  14:04:11


I have a Goodtime Parlor that I only use medium to heavy gauge on. Could not keep it in tune otherwise. I've had it a couple of years with no problems.

AndrewD - Posted - 01/29/2019:  15:32:51


quote:

Originally posted by gbisignani

I have a Goodtime Parlor that I only use medium to heavy gauge on. Could not keep it in tune otherwise. I've had it a couple of years with no problems.






Me too - 7 years - But the parlor has a shorter neck. So stiffer and stronger-  and with lower string tension for the same pitch.

Dan Gellert - Posted - 01/29/2019:  17:08:25


As I recall, the Deering Light gauge is not as light a set as some.
The GHS PF150 set is a bit thicker than those on a couple of strings, and also labeled "light gauge", though it's nearly equal to some sets I've seen called "medium". That is the set I most commonly recommend to my students, and have never seen them cause a problem on a Goodtime-- but, as I said, they are only a bit higher tension than what Deering puts on at the factory. I'd be at quite leery of putting a GHS PF160 "medium" set on a standard-scale Goodtime and keeping it tuned up to standard pitch.

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