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Posted by JRice43315 on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Just changed strings on my banjo. Put on a set of (GHS JD Crowe lights) man what a difference in feel from the D'addario medium gauge strings I was playing. These new strings feel like silk thread under your fingers.  Only issue so far is with the change my fourth string did develop slight buzz. Not quite sure exactly how to alleviate this. I did read somwhere here on the BHO that lighter strings are more prone to buzzing. Overall though they are great strings. However I will probably  try the (GHS medium lights) next time.

4 comments on “String Change”

VancePants Says:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @10:48:04 AM

Yeah... I always like to put on a fresh set 'bout every 6 mos or so. I always hear a difference as well... and I guess your comment regards your preference of the GHS vs. D'addario's. Personally, I like the "light" guage Black Diamonds... more like a med-light, but I try others occasionally. I would have guessed the opposite on the buzzing issue since the med's would be thicker guage. You may try adjusting the bridge placement, as long as you keep the harmonics.... otherwise, you may have to use a 1/16" taller one (versus neck adjustment).
I also "tune up" me 'jo with each string change.. tighten the head... check the bridge placement... treat the fingerboard and generally clear 'er up! Happy pickin' Jon!

Bilbo1 Says:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @12:47:21 PM

I always used D'addario mediums but recently changed to Vega lights, I'm so impressed with them I'd never go back. Not only do I much prefer the feel and sound of them but also they seem to last longer with regular cleaning.

tgaryc Says:
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @2:57:10 PM

check you head tension, it will change with the weather. With lighter strings you need to pick easier (which is a good thing). the strings vibrate in a circle not just back and forth. The strings should be about 1/8 to 3/16 off the fret board at the 12th fret. some people play with them at around 3/32 but everything has to be perfect and you must play very lightly. Check that the neck is straight. Heavy strings have more force on the neck. best of luck

jchipps_1 Says:
Monday, April 25, 2011 @7:59:42 PM

Hey Jonathan,

Not sure if this could be a similar issue you're having, but my RB 250 does the same thing when I put light strings on it.
Mediums or medium/lights are fine. But when I put lights on it, I seem to get a very slight buzz on my 4th string at the first fret.
I don't think this should actually be happening, but I think that maybe the nut slot must be worn a little deep or have a slight groove and it lets the light gauge string sit down in a little deeper than it should.
In my case, a very, very slight adjustment on the truss rod nut (loosening) I'm talking maybe 1/8 of a turn, takes care of the problem when I have lights installed.
When I get a chance, I'm going to have it looked at by a luthier to make sure and maybe get a new nut installed etc. because it's kinda of a pain having to screw with that.
Happy Pickin'

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