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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Strings for DGBE tuning


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Knows Picker - Posted - 12/22/2020:  04:56:05


I've got a Weymann Model 70 that I was thinking would be fun to try with DGBE tuning.

I had a set of baritone uke strings laying around and put those on a few weeks ago.

They were just barely long enough, but I got them on. Despite that, the tension is just too low and everything kind of wants to flop around too much.

I was thinking maybe light guitar strings or some modified version of regular tenor strings.

Then I realized that pretty much everything that was known in the banjo universe can be found right here at the banjohangout, so I will toss it to the peanut gallery.....

Knows Picker - Posted - 12/22/2020:  06:25:00


Plectrum strings??

Culloden - Posted - 12/22/2020:  07:41:16


The first four strings of a guitar set would work if the tailpiece will accommodate ball end strings. Check the web site for Just Strings and see what the gauges are on different sets, find what you think you would be comfortable with, and buy single loop end strings in the same gauges. At least, that is what I would do. Just a thought.



juststrings.com

NewBlackDak - Posted - 12/22/2020:  10:01:58


quote:

Originally posted by Culloden

The first four strings of a guitar set would work if the tailpiece will accommodate ball end strings. Check the web site for Just Strings and see what the gauges are on different sets, find what you think you would be comfortable with, and buy single loop end strings in the same gauges. At least, that is what I would do. Just a thought.



juststrings.com






Many of the barrels on a ball end string can be popped out if you untwist a single turn.  

Polle Flaunoe - Posted - 12/23/2020:  00:42:49


 



The "ideal" medium/heavy gauges for a DGBE tuned 23" scale tenor are 012-016-024W-030W.



However the two plain strings in a set like this are too stiff for most players - hence a set of 011-015-024W-030W strings is preferred by my pro-clients.



 

Knows Picker - Posted - 12/23/2020:  04:43:10


Thanks for all the input!!

I'll get some stuff ordered today, maybe I'll have time to play with it before the end of the year.

tejastani - Posted - 12/24/2020:  01:42:17


Gypsy Jazz guitar strings like Savarez have loop ends and are light gauge. The guitars have a long scale so tension would be equivalent to plectrum banjo. If the banjo is a tenor I don't know what I'm talking about. Haha

Muskrat - Posted - 01/07/2021:  02:16:10


If buying guitar strings, make sure they are acoustic, not electric. Also, consider whether you want a plain G string or wound. If plain, you might have intonation problems. This can be fixed by using a compensated bridge.

Knows Picker - Posted - 01/07/2021:  05:58:14


Well I ordered a few different things to play with. You can never have a big enough pile of banjo junk to mess with on a rainy day.

I put a set of plectrum strings on there first, I like them so far, everything stays in tune and seems to have about the right tension.

the_mahout - Posted - 01/16/2021:  16:14:05


I just got a plectrum. Delivered yesterday. Strings were completely dead and probably had been on the banjo for years.

I found a couple sets of D'Addario Pro-Arte Nylon Core Classical Guitar Strings (EJ45 Normal Tension) in my stash. I installed the DGBE strings and they sound really good. I was not sure what to expect.

I like nylon strings and have them on most of my banjos. They are easy on necks and this plectrum is a 1932/33 Paramount so I was a bit leery of putting on steel strings.

The classical guitar strings tuned up nicely to Chicago Tuning (DGBE) but with all nylon strings, tuning the banjo up to pitch is a 24-hour process. You have to let them stretch and tune up incrementally. Requires patience. Every time I rush I end up breaking strings. Once they are stretched they rarely break even when going between various tunings on a 5-string.

Mike in KY

Bill Rogers - Posted - 01/16/2021:  23:06:10


I’d start with l(high to low) .011, 014, .016 .025w.


Edited by - Bill Rogers on 01/16/2021 23:08:14

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