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Oct 5, 2022 - 12:18:04 PM
1005 posts since 3/23/2006

I've been using 10-12-16w-26w. I used to get the 16w from Clifford Essex, but that English company went out of business. I'm trying to find a loop end wound 16g without success. The closest I've found is 18g from D'addario. Any ideas about sources?

Oct 5, 2022 - 12:30:23 PM

320 posts since 4/3/2012

Newtone. Use custom string configuration.

Oct 5, 2022 - 12:49:56 PM

1092 posts since 12/12/2005

Have you tried Stringjoy or Just Strings?

Oct 5, 2022 - 12:51:48 PM

73 posts since 4/4/2021

Elderly Instruments sells a D'Addario .017 nickle wound single for electric guitars; don't know if that would work . . . oh, and it's a ball-end, so you'd have to do a little snipping and twisting.  Maybe not the best option.


Oct 5, 2022 - 1:36:09 PM
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Eric A


1636 posts since 10/15/2019

Sad to hear about the demise of Clifford Essex. :(

Please keep us posted on what solution you end up with.

Edited by - Eric A on 10/05/2022 13:37:20

Oct 5, 2022 - 7:56:44 PM

471 posts since 11/29/2012

These are the only two I could find:

Dunlap Americana Series banjo strings have a nickel 16w in several sets including the Irish Tenor mediums: 



Just Strings only shows a 16 plain loop end John Pearse single:


Edited by - 35planar on 10/05/2022 20:09:38

Oct 5, 2022 - 8:08:44 PM

13688 posts since 6/2/2008

You could contact Mapes Strings. They're a manufacturer of piano wire and the maker behind several brands of strings. In banjo strings, they offer the option to build your own custom sets. But I can't find anywhere on their site if they make a 16-wound. So you'd have to write and ask. If they make it, then you can make a custom set for $5.

Oct 6, 2022 - 7:27:52 AM

1005 posts since 3/23/2006

Thanks to all. I'll let you know what I find.

Oct 6, 2022 - 10:55:35 AM

5982 posts since 12/20/2005

Interesting choice of strings.
What kind of banjo do you use?

Oct 7, 2022 - 9:34:15 AM

1005 posts since 3/23/2006

Leslie, since you ask...
Like many BHOers I have several banjos. For clawhammer playing I use 10-12-16w-26w-11 on my main banjo, a Cedar Mountain 11" pot/25.5" scale with a rosewood pot and wooden tone ring made by Lo Gordon about 25 years ago. The other ones I play a lot are a JM Burns 12" pot/24" scale with a Dobson tone ring and a 12" pot/24" scale with a rolled brass tone ring from Brooks Masten. Oh, and there's my travel banjo, a 10" pot/approx 22.5" scale that I've travelled, camped and hiked with on 5 continents. (Bluegrass banjo are another category, fewer and with lighter strings.)

Oct 16, 2022 - 12:42:21 PM
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1005 posts since 3/23/2006

Just received two custom sets from Mapes with wound 16g for my 4th string. Their website was straightforward to use and the service was fast. I never knew they sold direct in addition to making strings for other brands. Thanks to all for the tips.

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