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Nov 12, 2019 - 4:43:34 PM



91 posts since 5/12/2013

I have two banjos I play regularly. An Ome Wizard and a Prust fretless. I love the sound of the Prust with the Nylgut strings so it has me thinking of restringing my Vega which just sits in its case.

The Vega is a 70/80’s pre-Deering with Tubaphone tone ring (Liberty Trading Co) and it’s a great instrument just unused at the moment. So what do you think? Should I go for the Nylgut?

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:40:15 PM

3724 posts since 10/13/2005

Ya never know until you try, and you can always go back. P.S. I enjoy your music!! banjered

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:19:13 PM

9105 posts since 2/22/2007

I agree, worth a try. I just did that to a Ramsey. I had to widen the slots on nut and bridge to hold the strings, but it only took just a touch. I used Nylgut Minstrels, tuned down a few steps, and this banjo is louder now than with steel. Since I have almost no vocal range that allows me to croak out a few lines in C or D that I could never manage in G.

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:09:28 PM

3724 posts since 10/13/2005

Speaking of croaking that is why I put Minstrels on my Tradesman, lowered it down from G to D. Being very musically ignorant in the beginning, I thought there was something wrong with me that I could sing very little in the key of G. Took me years pre-intenet to figure out matching my vocal range to the tuning of the banjo. banjered

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:20:46 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)


22565 posts since 6/25/2005

Tubaphones were originally intended for gut strings, so Nylguts surely make sense.

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:38:35 AM

4836 posts since 9/21/2007
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Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Tubaphones were originally intended for gut strings, so Nylguts surely make sense.

Well, gut strings at nearly half the thickness of these.

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:05:46 AM
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9269 posts since 1/22/2003

What Joel says is true, of course, and important information, especially when you are striving for the original sound. But you can also go new ways. Look at the guitar, say a dreadnought for instance. Some (very few) people use a 14-set of strings, others a 13, or 12, or 11… Very few people would say you must use the string gauge that was originally used when this model was new…

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:58:42 AM



91 posts since 5/12/2013

Conversion is done! After communicating with Joel Hooks (thanks Joel) I realized I could use the tailpiece on the Vega and just needed to change the bridge. I had a couple of bridges from my Prust fretless that I wasn’t using so put one of those to use. 

Came out great. I’m playing it in Open E & E Modal for the time being. That’s one full tone higher than I tune my Prust tackhead. 


Edited by - joemcg on 12/12/2019 12:12:44

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