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Oct 3, 2023 - 12:44:03 PM
1873 posts since 7/4/2009

Hey folks. Some of you may have seen my post about how I recently acquired an inexpensive vintage tenor banjo. I have long been interested in tenor banjo and trad jazz, so I bought it. It sounds lousy when strummed. I thought part of the problem may be that it's currently strung and tuned for Irish trad music, and is such not really meant to be strummed for chord accompaniment. I bought a new set of strings so I could switch to standard tuning, only to realize that I can't use them because the strings are loop end and won't work with the banjo's tailpiece.

Before I spend any more money on strings, could I get some recommendations?

Oct 3, 2023 - 2:47:28 PM
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5310 posts since 5/29/2011

Curt Mangan and LaBella both make tenor banjo strings with ball ends. You could also check the gauges of the strings you have and order single ball end strings in the same gauge.

Edited by - Culloden on 10/03/2023 14:56:19

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