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 ?
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,
Vega banjos with "pretty new necks" can usually take anything you like.
Does the "pretty new neck" have a truss rod?
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
I like GHS PF-115 or PF-160 or Ernie Ball mediums on my banjos.
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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