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Jul 21, 2019 - 1:50:57 PM
283 posts since 2/27/2004

Haven’t purchased strings in a while, but now running low and need to purchase. Scruggs tunes with some easy melodic on occasion. Any recommendations brand, light, med light, medium; stainless, bronze, etc. I consider myself a beginner who should be at the intermediate stage of playing. Maybe if I would practice more? Anyhow, I play for my on enjoyment. Thanks for your help.

Jul 21, 2019 - 1:57:13 PM
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1274 posts since 2/5/2006

It's hard to beat AMB Cryogenic strings. They are very reasonably priced and they last a long time.

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:03:04 PM
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11 posts since 1/19/2015

oh no,! another strings conversation...this could take awhile.

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:12:27 PM
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3929 posts since 8/3/2012
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If you like what you're using now, keep using them. If you don't like them, try something different.

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:16:16 PM
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283 posts since 2/27/2004

Ah! Nothing like sound advice from a fellow Texan!

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:17:32 PM

10513 posts since 2/12/2011

GHS has a few nice pkgs. of medium lights. I go to either Just Strings or Elderly Instruments to see their prices.

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:30:50 PM

3929 posts since 8/3/2012
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When I was deciding which strings I liked on which banjos, I found that Sweetwater offers free shipping, even on single sets.

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:34:56 PM
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158 posts since 12/21/2012

Best tasting strings you will ever can pick your gauges and your metal choices....

*Bonus tip: pronounced "Appuh-LATCH-in"  NOT "Appuh-LAY-shun".... come up in the hills and say the latter at your own risk.

Jul 21, 2019 - 4:14:18 PM
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12115 posts since 10/30/2008

I too like American Made Banjo. Available in quite an assortment of gauges that match anything else in the market. Not expensive. Good fast, personal service from owner Tom Mirasola.

Other than that, if I'm at a festival and need strings, I will tend to prefer GHS JD Crowe sets. They come in lighter "Studio" and just a little bit less light "Stage", and Sonny Osborne "Medium Lights". Those 3 sets cover any of my needs for open back or bluegrass.

Jul 21, 2019 - 6:30:59 PM

213 posts since 10/23/2010

I tried some of these recently and like them.

If you're a beginner, you may benefit from lighter gauge strings since they're somewhat easier to fret than heavy gauge.

Just depends on the sound and feel you personally like.

Jul 21, 2019 - 10:41:28 PM

11 posts since 10/4/2018

If I were you, I would take this opportunity to become more familiar with different materials and different gauges to see which feel and sound best to you. Pick up several sets, whichever ones are the cheapest, and broaden your horizons. 

Edited by - Good Buddy on 07/21/2019 22:42:57

Jul 22, 2019 - 10:02:08 AM



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Different strings sound different on different banjos, best to see which ones your banjo likes most.

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:36:28 AM
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519 posts since 5/15/2006

I too like the AMB cryogenically treated strings as they offer a variety of gauges and are reasonably priced and seem to last forever. I use them on my Stelling Red Fox, Fender Artist and Gibson banjo and they sound great on all of them.

Jul 22, 2019 - 4:59:15 PM

1408 posts since 6/4/2007

I been wanting to try these myself

Edited by - Froglips on 07/22/2019 16:59:39

Jul 22, 2019 - 5:39:16 PM

18 posts since 3/20/2019

Originally posted by Froglips

I been wanting to try these myself

I have, on my Deering Blackgrass. Both the lights and the mediums. Mediums sound better, but both are good. And, truth be told, they look pretty good against the black head and fretboard.

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