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When did Gibson stop selling the Earl Scruggs Legendary Series Strings?

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Dec 13, 2019 - 5:33:19 AM
1445 posts since 3/27/2008

Hi Everyone,

Does anyone know when Gibson stopped selling the Earl Scruggs Legendary Series banjo strings?

And, I believe there were 2 different editions of the strings (one with the close-up photo of Earl below, and another with a wider shot of Earl playing his banjo).

Thanks for your thoughts.


Dec 13, 2019 - 6:30:40 AM
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beegee

USA

21418 posts since 7/6/2005

I remember the discontinuation of the Earl Scruggs strings, but don't recall exactly when.

I am just curious, not being snarky....why do you want to know, or why does it matter?

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:00:57 AM
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Fathand

Canada

11533 posts since 2/7/2008

I believe D'addario EJ60 are the equivalent strings as well as GHS JD Crowe studio set.

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:48:07 AM

1445 posts since 3/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

I remember the discontinuation of the Earl Scruggs strings, but don't recall exactly when.

I am just curious, not being snarky....why do you want to know, or why does it matter?


Thanks for your feedback, Bob...

Perhaps someone will comment on exactly when these particular strings (in the photos) were available.

I saw one package of these strings for sale, and I was wondering if they are uncommon or easy to find.

Thanks again

Dec 13, 2019 - 7:49:37 AM

1445 posts since 3/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Fathand

I believe D'addario EJ60 are the equivalent strings as well as GHS JD Crowe studio set.


Thanks, Nick.

I actually use the GHS JD Crowe, and really like them.

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:31:15 AM

Emiel

Austria

9293 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Fathand

I believe D'addario EJ60 are the equivalent strings as well as GHS JD Crowe studio set.


ES lights were: 9.5 10 13 20W 9.5
ES mediums were: 10 12 14 22W 10

EJ60 is: 9.0 10 13 20W 9.0
JD Crowe Studio are: 9.5 11 12 20W 9.5

Not the same gauges…

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:20:50 AM

Fathand

Canada

11533 posts since 2/7/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Emiel
quote:
Originally posted by Fathand

I believe D'addario EJ60 are the equivalent strings as well as GHS JD Crowe studio set.


ES lights were: 9.5 10 13 20W 9.5
ES mediums were: 10 12 14 22W 10

EJ60 is: 9.0 10 13 20W 9.0
JD Crowe Studio are: 9.5 11 12 20W 9.5

Not the same gauges…


My apologies, it is EJ60+ now that I look closer at the package, 9.5, 11, 13, 20, 9.5

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:36:44 AM

Emiel

Austria

9293 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Fathand
quote:
Originally posted by Emiel
quote:
Originally posted by Fathand

I believe D'addario EJ60 are the equivalent strings as well as GHS JD Crowe studio set.


ES lights were: 9.5 10 13 20W 9.5
ES mediums were: 10 12 14 22W 10

EJ60 is: 9.0 10 13 20W 9.0
JD Crowe Studio are: 9.5 11 12 20W 9.5

Not the same gauges…


My apologies, it is EJ60+ now that I look closer at the package, 9.5, 11, 13, 20, 9.5


Still not exactly the same, the second string differs: an 11, not a 10. No need to apologize though, they are all very close…

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:48:26 AM
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1961 posts since 1/16/2010

I remember buying a few sets of those in my early years learning banjo, 1997/98. I still have a set too. Not sure how much longer after those years that they were still offered?

Dow

Dec 13, 2019 - 12:53:08 PM

Emiel

Austria

9293 posts since 1/22/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Texican65

I remember buying a few sets of those in my early years learning banjo, 1997/98. I still have a set too. Not sure how much longer after those years that they were still offered?

Dow


I think the were still available only a few years ago…

Dec 13, 2019 - 1:21:29 PM

1445 posts since 3/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Emiel
quote:
Originally posted by Texican65

I remember buying a few sets of those in my early years learning banjo, 1997/98. I still have a set too. Not sure how much longer after those years that they were still offered?

Dow


I think the were still available only a few years ago…


Hi Emiel...

As far as I have found, there have been at least 3 different versions of the Gibson Earl Scruggs Strings (which I assume were available during different years): the strings I posted above, as well as these others below.

I'm curious when the Gibson strings (with a closer image of Earl) was sold.


Dec 13, 2019 - 1:26:50 PM
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1445 posts since 3/27/2008

Make that at least 4 different version of the Gibson ES Strings:


Dec 13, 2019 - 2:05:18 PM
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Emiel

Austria

9293 posts since 1/22/2003

I now understand you are talking about different packagings of the same strings, not about different strings. Or did the packed strings change with the different packaging layouts?

Dec 13, 2019 - 6:03:22 PM
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1445 posts since 3/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Emiel

I now understand you are talking about different packagings of the same strings, not about different strings. Or did the packed strings change with the different packaging layouts?


Yes, Emiel...

I am pretty sure that each package version was sold at different years/periods

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:53:26 AM
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1921 posts since 1/10/2004

I was buying the version with the photo of Earl standing in the early 2000s. Say 2003 at the earliest. That lasted until maybe 2014-ish? when Gibson went to the final plain packaging with no image of Earl. I still have a small stash of each.

Gibson banjo strings were discontinued entirely maybe 2-3 years ago? I posted about it some here, but as time creeps forward the exact timeframe fades from memory.

I often used the Gibson Earl Scruggs Signature medium strings. Black Diamond nickel-wound light banjo strings are an exact gauge replacement. Before they went out of business JDMC also sold identical house-branded sets.

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:05:05 PM
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14900 posts since 2/7/2003

The signature strings stopped on the passing of Earl of course.

These strings were made by Gibson, nothing DDarrio or GHS makes is the same guage or the same material

Scott

Dec 17, 2019 - 7:54:23 AM
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A side note, Gibson pulled the strings sales from music stores that were not Gibson dealers with all that entailed.

Dec 18, 2019 - 6:01:51 PM

1445 posts since 3/27/2008

Thank you for all of your input and recollections, guys.

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