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Sep 14, 2020 - 12:40:57 PM
509 posts since 8/14/2015

I finally got brave enough to try and string up my CEB4 Cello Banjo again. I used the original type strings which were all I had. Well, so far the D string hasn’t busted, but it’s stretching and stretching and yet stretching more as are the others. I can tune it, but I’m not very happy with it’s sound when I do. I don’t care for the plastic (or whatever) 1st string either.

I’d like to try some other strings, maybe steel, but I don’t know what size to use. Can anyone who has a CEB4 with different strings help me out? I know steel strings will make it sound different, but I don’t care about that if I can at least play it. Heck, it sounds lousy now.

Sep 14, 2020 - 12:44:36 PM

6 posts since 10/5/2013

I have steel on mine right now. They work, but I've been meaning to switch back to nylon because I think I like them better.

Sep 14, 2020 - 1:18:28 PM

509 posts since 8/14/2015

What sizes do you use, Don? I have some Aquila Guitar strings do you think They’d work?

Sep 14, 2020 - 4:06:39 PM

6 posts since 10/5/2013

The current strings are 18p, 28, 43 and 60. Those sizes were chosen in part by what sizes of single strings the local music store had. As I said, I don't love the sound. But they do work.

Sep 14, 2020 - 4:52:25 PM

kww

USA

605 posts since 6/21/2008

Aquila Alabastro, four bottom strings. The A string doesn't thrill me, and I've been considering experimenting with either an Aquila red or trying to find a very light weight wound.

Sep 20, 2020 - 12:48:39 PM

509 posts since 8/14/2015

Well, my darned Gold Tone D string broke again today. Those strings are the pits. I wonder why Gold Tone doesn’t do something about there crappy strings. I’ve reads lots of complaints about them, and many have been trying different brands. I’m really sorry that I bought the thing. All the raves swayed me . . .

I’ve got some Aquila Alabastros Superior to try next. By the way, how does one know which one is #4 and which #3?

I‘m really sorry that I ever bought the thing.

Sep 20, 2020 - 12:52:31 PM

kww

USA

605 posts since 6/21/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Picking Dick

Well, my darned Gold Tone D string broke again today. Those strings are the pits. I wonder why Gold Tone doesn’t do something about there crappy strings. I’ve reads lots of complaints about them, and many have been trying different brands. I’m really sorry that I bought the thing. All the raves swayed me . . .

I’ve got some Aquila Alabastros Superior to try next. By the way, how does one know which one is #4 and which #3?

I‘m really sorry that I ever bought the thing.


The three wound strings, in order, and then the heaviest unwound string for A.

I hope you no longer regret it ... of all my banjos, my CEB-4 remains my favourite.

Sep 21, 2020 - 7:40 AM

509 posts since 8/14/2015

Hey, Kevin, have you thought of using the “original” GT 1st string, the smooth one, with the Quilas?

I think I’m gonna try it. It’s already the right size, and it’s already on my CEB4.

Sep 21, 2020 - 9:52:23 PM

kww

USA

605 posts since 6/21/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Picking Dick

Hey, Kevin, have you thought of using the “original” GT 1st string, the smooth one, with the Quilas?

I think I’m gonna try it. It’s already the right size, and it’s already on my CEB4.


When I bought my CEB-4, they recommended using the bottom four strings from a classical guitar as they hadn't developed strings yet. I've never seen or tried the Gold Tone strings.

Edited by - kww on 09/21/2020 21:52:48

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