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Sep 20, 2021 - 4:21:20 PM
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479 posts since 7/28/2016

I just bought a '20's Fairbanks\Vega with a pretty new neck by someone most of you know. It came with light gauge strings. I am more used to a beef-e-yr (?) neck and med gauge. Any problems using med ? Should I really be using some kind of gut ?

Sep 20, 2021 - 5:22:31 PM

569 posts since 5/22/2021

Well, I cannot say I know as much as all the other banjo folks here, but I will try to help you :)!

From what I know, gut strings are for old-timey mountain music frailing/clawhammer banjo music. As for gauge of strings, I think that the thicker the gauge, the more old timey it sounds, but I cannot say for sure.

Hopefully some others here will like to contribute on this topic!

Best of luck,

Sep 20, 2021 - 5:33:36 PM

11752 posts since 10/27/2006

Vega banjos with "pretty new necks" can usually take anything you like.

Sep 20, 2021 - 6:56:09 PM

8988 posts since 8/28/2013

Does the "pretty new neck" have a truss rod?

Sep 21, 2021 - 7:06:16 AM

479 posts since 7/28/2016


Sep 21, 2021 - 7:15:01 AM

14233 posts since 10/30/2008

If your conversion neck has a truss rod, don't worry about string gauge.  

With or without a truss, steel strings won't hurt the neck, having owned several.

You might try out some "medium lights" with a 10 or 11 gauge first string, and see if they suit you better.

Edited by - The Old Timer on 09/21/2021 07:15:59

Sep 21, 2021 - 8:00:19 AM

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2985 posts since 9/5/2006

I like GHS PF-115 or PF-160 or Ernie Ball mediums on my banjos.

Sep 21, 2021 - 8:10:24 AM

129 posts since 6/5/2006

I've settled on GHS PF-115 (10-12-16-24-10) for all my banjos old and new.

Edited by - restreet on 09/21/2021 08:13:39

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