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Jun 13, 2024 - 1:56:26 PM

frianm

USA

1053 posts since 3/9/2007

I am setting up a 5 string (Mead C scale) with nylon strings as an option better to fit in with the group what I am part of. I have put together a modest concoction of strings, but al looking for advice on a better setup.
On the market there are Aquila reds - which I am not fond of. There are also Nylguts strings with the red for the D, again not my favorite strings. I can find little else that does not have a wound D string. Again - I am looking for a monofilament D string.

Perhaps someone out there on in our world has some suggestions. FWIW, as it is a C scale I am tuning cGCEA. That would be in G scale gDGBE.

Thanks in advance - Ian

Jun 13, 2024 - 2:17:08 PM

75 posts since 6/22/2016

First, determine the vibrating string length on your instrument, which is the precise distance between the bridge and the nut. Next, find a string calculator that features the necessary information regarding different string materials. This one works:

niskanenlutes.com/index.php?p=...8M2.5Pc_E

The string type you want is labeled "Carbon."

Then visit a string purveyor that carries a variety of single strings. I have had good luck with this site:

stringsbymail.com/classical-gu...eter-460/

The process is a little involved, but you get exactly what you need for your particular instrument. While I haven't tried carbon strings on banjo, they should work well with a bright enough sound.

Some folks prefer the wound fourth string for justifiable reasons, but I like unwound carbon strings, if for no other reason because they last forever as opposed to wound strings that develop flat spots where the string meets the fret.

Jun 13, 2024 - 5:28:51 PM

frianm

USA

1053 posts since 3/9/2007

Thank you - I went to the Strings by mail site and reviewed the offerings in Savarez carbon strings. I will call them tomorrow and get their advice and then order.
Best wishes - Ian

Jun 13, 2024 - 8:10:38 PM

16 posts since 3/25/2024

There are plenty of discussions here about Savarez classical guitar strings on banjos. I personally, as well as many others, use the Savarez 520J strings. These are the highest tension strings that Savarez offers. You mention stringsbymail.com. They do offer them individually (as well as a set of the 3 treble strings). FWIW, Jason Romero highly recommends these strings also and actually repackages them into a 5-string banjo set for resale, although from what I understand, I believe he prefers using a phosphor bronze string for the 4th string.

Jun 14, 2024 - 5:34:14 AM

frianm

USA

1053 posts since 3/9/2007

Thank you - I shall call them this morning.

Jun 14, 2024 - 8:28:01 AM

frianm

USA

1053 posts since 3/9/2007

Strings-by-Mail were super helpful and are sending me two different sets and 2 extra for the fifth strings. I also followed a discussion on Ukulele Underground and have sought the advice of Uke Logic owner, Joel. Interestingly it is suggested that I use baritone ukulele strings, not tenor, 19½ inch scale. This has been an instructive morning and I thank those who have responded so helpfully.

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