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Aug 28, 2019 - 1:46:13 PM
25 posts since 7/20/2019

Kicking the lid of pandora's box.

I've used D'addario EJ69B, EJ61. (Phosphor Bronze, nickel wound steel)
Now trying Stelling's strings.

I haven't been as much of a string w**** for the Banjo, but lately changing them as often as I have i'm curious as to what sounds are out there.

Recommendations on strings?

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 08/28/2019 14:02:45

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:05:17 PM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)


23287 posts since 8/3/2003

Strings are a personal preference. I prefer D'addario lights on my Stelling, but many prefer medium or even heavier strings. It's all according to how hard you strike the string(s) and what sound you want. I like the sound and feel of the lights.

Oh, and please, watch your language, we do have children on here.

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:08:21 PM
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163 posts since 12/21/2012

these are the best....and the best tasting.....pick your custom gauges and metals at no extra cost....  

... most string companies buy their wire from Mapes.... i would imagine they have to supply their own moonshine coating ...

Aug 28, 2019 - 2:14:30 PM
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7123 posts since 8/20/2016

What kind of Ice 'Cream should I eat?', 'what soda is the best?', 'who makes the best picks?', and 'what are the best strings?' are all questions best answered by trying as many different types as possible.

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:59:45 PM
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109 posts since 7/28/2019

GHS medium lights from Elderly Instruments or Just Strings.

Aug 29, 2019 - 1:16:54 PM
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795 posts since 11/17/2018

GHS user for a long time until a couple of years ago.

Now using AMB Cryogenic strings...

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:07:39 PM

25 posts since 7/20/2019

Mooooo I love those strings, they're the best.

Aug 30, 2019 - 9:50:52 AM
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2559 posts since 11/15/2003

If you really got time on your hands, and most banjo pickers do.....
you can always make your own..... just find some old bailing wire the kind that used to come wrapped around brown paper on the outside of soft packed shippable things.....Then you will need a really sharp blade for thinning the wire down, and maybe some type of caliper to gauge it by.....but it's fun leaving this to chance. Then take some steel wool to smooth the roughness out of the wire, then twist loop one of the ends, and string her up.....let me know how this works out!

OF course i'm Kidding....but the truth in my post is.......most banjo pickers have a lot of time on there i do right now!


Aug 30, 2019 - 2:56:33 PM
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1234 posts since 2/3/2012

"bailing wire" ?  It's very rare.  Only found at the Smithsonian. laugh

Better to buy factory strings.

(I have extensive experience with bailing wire back when I was a kid.  I spent a lot of time in the "grinding shed" at the family's feedlot.  Like 4 or 5 hours a day.   Clip the wire, roll it up and toss it into the pile, kick the bale into the conveyer belt that took the hay into the hammer mill.  Noisy, dusty and it produced tons of baling wire per year.  The wire came in handy for many repairswink.  Twine just doesn't work as well.)

Sep 1, 2019 - 9:21:42 PM

219 posts since 10/23/2010

AMB Cryogenics - 10, 11, 13, 20, 10

Huber - 10, 11, 12.5, 20, 10

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