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Sep 27, 2020 - 3:49 AM
257 posts since 11/22/2009

Anybody play a nylon strung plectrum banjo--DBGC--(high to low) ?

If so what gauge nylon strings did you use?
Make of string?
Did you use your own custom gauge?

Look forward to your replies.

Sep 27, 2020 - 4:20:32 AM

484 posts since 2/15/2015

I use Aquila Nylgut reds on an old bowl back mandolin.

I also use the reds on my ukuleles (soprano, tenor, and baritone).

From the manufacturers website:

"These synthetic Nylgut strings are the closest sound to gut strings we have heard. Unwound 4th, classic 5-string G tuning (DBGDG), medium tension"

Check the site. I didn't see plectrum specifically, but perhaps the gauges are suitable for plectrum.

Edited by - geoB on 09/27/2020 04:25:12

Sep 27, 2020 - 4:54:44 AM

csacwp

USA

2694 posts since 1/15/2014

Plectrum banjos were historically played with gut strings, but the gauges were far smaller and the tensions lower than modern Nylguts. Try regular nylon in the following gauges:

.017, .019, .023, .024w, .017.

Sep 27, 2020 - 5:45:56 AM

csacwp

USA

2694 posts since 1/15/2014

I should have added that some of the early plectrum players used leather picks.

Sep 27, 2020 - 7:32:45 AM

7749 posts since 8/28/2013

quote:
Originally posted by csacwp

Plectrum banjos were historically played with gut strings, but the gauges were far smaller and the tensions lower than modern Nylguts. Try regular nylon in the following gauges:

.017, .019, .023, .024w, .017.


...unless it was a Gibson banjo. 

As far as I know, Gibson advocated steel strings from the very beginnings. I'd have to modify the nut slots on my 1924 model to use nylon.

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