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Mar 30, 2020 - 4:48:32 PM
12 posts since 9/5/2019

I hope this is in the right forum topic, I apologize it it is not.

This is for those of you who use Savarez, high tension, strings on your banjo.

I have a question for you.

I studied Classical guitar for a few years, and I used Savarez strings, but I also used Hannabach strings. The Hannabach's seemed much stiffer when compared to the Saverez strings, of equal tension.

I think the highest tension, set of strings, Hannabach offers, would be much greater than Savarez. Has anyone tried using them on banjo?

I practice on one banjo, strung with nylons, to preserve my nail. I would like to try to get, as close as I can, the same feeling with my right hand, as if it was my steel string.

I was also wondering about using the wound g string?

Mar 30, 2020 - 8:53:36 PM
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293 posts since 4/3/2012

I think the closest to steel would be fluorocarbon strings, of which both Savarez and Hannabach offer sets for guitar. However, Savarez carbon strings are available in a range of gauges as singles, which is much more convenient for banjo players. So my guess is that few banjo players will have experience with other brands of carbon strings, even if they might be better in other regards.

Mar 31, 2020 - 6:33:27 AM
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530 posts since 8/14/2018

I've been using the Pyramid PVF lute strings on my Stewart, but lighter gauges than guitar strings. I wanted higher tension than LaBella's plain nylon, but there's no way I'd try to replicate steel strings on an antique instrument.

Mar 31, 2020 - 9:38:22 AM
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293 posts since 4/3/2012

I forgot about the Pyramid carbon strings. They are also available as singles, but more expensive than the Savarez. You could also look at fluorocarbon fishing line, which is basically the same thing, and will give you enough string to last the rest of your life.

If I am not mistaken, the strings marketed as "high tension" are nylon, which are quite a bit thicker than carbon. The thinner carbon strings arguably have a feel to them that is more like steel. But high tension nylon would sound fine too, especially if you can find the right gauges for the banjo tuning.

A few months ago, I did a comparison of Savarez carbon, Labella rectified nylon, and Aquila reds. All were thinner than nylon guitar strings, and all were quite bright and loud sounding. I thought that the Aquila sounded and felt the best, but I would recommend buying two packs due to the inevitable breakage.

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