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Thread #148419   Message #3445859
Posted By: Acorn4
02-Dec-12 - 04:03 PM
Thread Name: Strings for 5 string banjo
Subject: Strings for 5 string banjo
I've been learning the 5 string banjo for a few years now and am just about getting skilled enough to play in public. I've learned a bit of both frailing and Scruggs style.

One thing I have never been able to do is settle on a brand of strings - I always use D'Addario for guitar and thought I would try their strings for banjo -however I was surprised that the fifth (short) string was the same gauge as the highest long string which seems odd as they are half an octave apart in standard tuning, and the treble strings seems as if it should be thinner.

What strings and gauge do most players use? Any recommendations