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New songs on my new Pisgah Fretless Banjo / also new strings added....lights or mediums?

Posted by erikforgod on Monday, March 18, 2013

I broke a string yesterday on my Pisgah fretless so I had to change out the strings on my banjo. The only packs of strings I have available ( I am in Argentina ) are the D'Adarrio J-60 lights ( I have a few packs of the J-60 medium lights. I have been purchasing only these because up until now, all I have been playing were Goodtime banjos which require a light gauge string because of no neck reenforcement. The gauges are as follows .009 .010. 013 .020 .009 so they are kind of on the light side. The banjo came with some Medium GHS strings that Patrick put on them. The only thing I have noticed, besides the fact that they are lighter and a bit looser, there is a loss of volume. This is not a big deal for me right now, I don't play in a band, I don't jam with a fiddler or anybody ( yet ) it's currently just me. Anyways anyone out there who is a fretless player and reading this, I would like to hear your opinions, recommendations, experiences with strings on your fretless.

Also I started on "June Apple" from R.D. Lunceford's "Drop-Thumb" album and tab book. However, I learned of a melodic variation of Mike Iverson's "Old Joe Clarke" arraingement which caught my ear the other day so I have been working on that first to add it to my repertoire.

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