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String Change re-visited!

Posted by BryanWB on Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hi Guys and Gals

I didn't get any comments on my last blog re; String Change.

Maybe all you hot players said to yourselves: "Well that's obvious!". But it's not to me.

Being a relative novice, it would be really useful to hear what strings are used by "those in the know", regarding manufacturers, string weight etc, and how others found a change of strings made a difference, if any, to their playing.

Best wishes from Devon, England UK


7 comments on “String Change re-visited!”

alfiedog Says:
Sunday, November 1, 2009 @2:57:42 PM

Hi Bryan,
When i started playing i had medium weight strings on my Jo, i kept these on till they rotted away and turned black(about 6 months of playing 2 hours a day). Then i fitted a set of Eagle musics own lights and the sound and feel was unbelievable. And thats what i use all the time now. I change them when they start to sound dead, or snap.(every 3 months) Its not a big expense 4.00 a set. Hope this helps.

alfiedog Says:
Sunday, November 1, 2009 @4:25:36 PM

Oh forgot to mention. Make sure the head on your Jo is tight, every Jo i have set up (6 in all including an expensive Gold Star) have had very slack heads, so slack that you can move the tension brackets about by hand. Also put a grover ceramic insert bridge on your Jo 5/8 no smaller. And listen to the difference.

banjotef Says:
Sunday, November 1, 2009 @4:37:06 PM

I found that either GHS PF 140, or D'Addario light guage work well on my banjos. Alfie is right: I tighten my head extremely tight.

PruchaLegend Says:
Sunday, November 1, 2009 @10:12:55 PM

There was a fairly recent bluegrass forum item on changing strings. You might want to look it up if you missed it.

I tune my banjo head to a G#. It seems to like it there.

I use GHS PF 135 JD Crowe strings. I don't change them as often as I should out of laziness. I hear people saying they change strings when they start to sound bad. That sounds like a nice idea but it doesn't work. If you think your banjo sounds better after you've put on new strings, how long do you think it sounded bad to other people? The degradation in strings is a gradual thing. If you wait until they sound bad, believe me, someone will already think they sound bad.

BryanWB Says:
Monday, November 2, 2009 @2:12:54 AM

Thanks so much for your feedback, every bit helps, and it's most appreciated. Bryan.

Jane C Says:
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 @3:51:12 PM

Oh no everyone says light strings and I just ordered 2 sets of medium. Rats! D'Addario have been the best so far if that helps, but I don't know a lot.

BryanWB Says:
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 @3:56:46 PM

Thanks Jane - well, the ones I'm using now, the Martin Bluegrass, are mediums, and they seem to suit my jo, but it's always interesting to learn what other use, and how they get on with them.

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