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Oct 22, 2021 - 6:43:39 AM
275 posts since 3/9/2017

Hello. With a bit of luck I should be collecting a 19 fret tenor banjo on Monday. I want to learn Irish tunes.
I already know one string is snapped on the tenor. Looking at the strings online compared to those I already have for my 5 string banjos, I notice two appear to be the same gauge- D'Addairo strings for 5 string and Tenor include a 12 and a 16.
Assuming the tenor is missing one of the higher strings (12 & 16, I assume) would it be appropriate for the sound to use the 12 or 16 I already have in the 5 string pack? Bit of a silly question but sometimes these things aren't as obvious as they seem.
Many thanks for any reply

Oct 22, 2021 - 8:31:06 AM

3988 posts since 5/29/2011

If you want to learn Irish style in GDAE tuning the same gauge string from a five string set would work. The sets I have for Irish tenor have the gauges listed .036 .024 .018 and .012 bass to treble.

Oct 22, 2021 - 8:35:54 AM



275 posts since 3/9/2017

Excellent, thank you.

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