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Jul 24, 2021 - 3:19:02 PM
479 posts since 7/28/2016

In the past I've bought Straight up Strings and after using them, saying "I don't really think I liked them".

A couple of years later I did the same thing ! By the way I've read some of the same books 2 and 3 times.

A friend just bought me a set of medium gauged. After starting to play I noticed that they didn't come out of tune at all. I've played these strings about 10 hours and have not had to tune once.

That being said, I can hardly hear myself playing ! My wife and neighbors say "love the new strings !!
I play clawhammer on an openback and I'm starting to wonder if these are made for bluegrass playing.

Any suggestions ?

Edited by - gbisignani on 07/24/2021 15:20:10

Jul 24, 2021 - 5:06:07 PM

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25156 posts since 6/25/2005

Strings are strings—especially unwound ones. One significant difference between bluegrass setups and clawhammer setups is string diameter—but no strings are made differently for bluegrass or clawhammer.

Jul 25, 2021 - 12:44:58 PM



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Personally I don't trust Roger Siminoff's banjo set up/tone theories

Jul 29, 2021 - 8:34:43 AM

347 posts since 7/22/2016

I've used straight up strings and the volume was not really any louder or softer from what I could tell.

Jul 29, 2021 - 9:47:12 AM

479 posts since 7/28/2016

I think these needed some break in time.....they sound fine now

Jul 29, 2021 - 11:14:37 AM

2024 posts since 8/10/2005

I think they are also designed for a specific bridge type, which I would think is important to keep in mind. I got a set and of my three 5 string banjos, only 1 had the correct string/bridge foot pattern. I don't know if it really matters but that is what it says on the package anyway.

Aug 4, 2021 - 6:46:26 AM

17 posts since 7/5/2021

It looks like all they are doing is a similar thing that has become popular in the last decade in guitar/bass strings as well, balanced tension sets. Basically you pick gauges based on making the tensions even throughout all the strings. Outside of that, everything else mentioned just seems to be mostly marketing hype.

Aug 17, 2021 - 7:13:57 PM
like this

189 posts since 9/7/2014

I read on a guitar forum several years ago that there are only like two wire manufacturers on Planet Earth that all the guitar string companies buy from and put their brand name on and sell. So when I see D'addario, Martin, GHS, John Pearse, Dean Markley, etc, I just think that they are all about the same, give or take whatever special coatings come on some of them like the Elixirs. I imagine the same can be said about banjo strings, which causes me to see advertising/marketing statements as more hype than fact.

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