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Jul 2, 2022 - 6:08:52 PM
1 posts since 3/25/2020

I know plenty of people have used monofilament fishing line as banjo strings with success. Anybody ever tried using braided line? Just curious.

Jul 3, 2022 - 4:28:33 AM

5456 posts since 8/31/2006

I don’t know why someone would even think that would be a good idea, there aren’t diameter differences to fit the range of an instrument and don’t they have any acoustic properties at all

Jul 3, 2022 - 8:48:25 AM

1918 posts since 5/19/2018

Tried it in the past. It just goes *ThuD*. Stretches an awful lot also. Definitely a no go.

Back when, before you could get proper gut/nylon strings for a banjo, I would use various gauge fishing line on strings 1,2,3 &5 and use a classical guitar D string, silver wound for the 4th. Worked very well.

Jul 3, 2022 - 9:19:17 AM

1882 posts since 2/9/2007

I've got a very dim old memory of seeing braided mono being used by a W. African musician, I think it was on a ngoni, and him talking about learning how to make that braided string. Anybody else heard of that?

I also recall some time later trying to make a braided nylon banjo string, which as you might expect was tedious work with similarly unsatisfactory sonic results to those which Alvin describes.

Jul 3, 2022 - 1:32:58 PM

2418 posts since 2/7/2008

I have strings on my open back that are braided steel wrapped in nylon and the sound great! They are about the same tension as nylon, but the sound is in-between nylon and steel.

They are Thomastik Infeld strings called Classic S. I bought a treble set and added single strings to get the right gauges for banjo.

Only thing is, they’re a little too short, so I had to make a jury rig to put them on, but they sound great.

Sadly, my efforts to get Thomastik Infeld to make a banjo set have fallen flat.

Jul 4, 2022 - 1:07:37 PM
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9812 posts since 8/28/2013

Braids should be confined to hair.

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