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Banjo string gauges

Posted by Fred4Aces on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A newbie question for sure...

When replacing banjo strings...they seem to come in several gauges to a pack....How do you know which one goes where on the instrument?  Thanks.

1 comment on “Banjo string gauges”

Texasbanjo Says:
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 @3:30:42 PM

Are you restringing a 5 string or 4 string? That would make a difference.

If you're restring a 5 string resonator, going from the 1st string to the short 5th string, you'd probably have # 9, 10, 11, 12, 9 or something like that, according to whether you're using light, medium or heavy strings.

I'm not sure on a 4 string, so someone else will have to answer that one.

My suggestion: post your question on the appropriate forum (bluegrass for 5 string, Irish or Jazz forums for 4 string).

Forums are located on the left hand side of the page. Hover over forums and click on browse forums. Scroll to appropriate forum and click on it. In upper left hand side click on post new topic, give your topic a subject, ask your question(s) and either subscribe to the topic or click post comment and check back for answers.

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