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#1 2012-04-27 16:42:46

henryb
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From: Lhanbryde
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Six String Banjo.

Was just wondering how often you change your strings on your six string banjo and what make you prefer . I,ve been using Elixir 10s bronze and they still have a good tone and plenty of volume .they have been on it since last year when I got it set-up after buying it from the Bay..What say you .cheers.

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#2 2012-04-27 17:06:09

bensonp
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Re: Six String Banjo.

If they stilol sound good to you, thhen they are good.  Although you may be surprised at the difference in sound when you do change them.  I am assuming it is the same as a guitar.  If you play only once in awhile, then you are probably good, but if you play daily, you should probably change them.  I change my strings every three to six months.


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#3 2012-05-01 13:46:53

Howard Bell
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Re: Six String Banjo.

Hiya Henry
I've posted this before, but you might like to try it.............
I bought a cheap 6 string banjo on Ebay a few years ago and was always a little disappointed with the sound. The high strings were OK but the bass sounded awful - more like a thud. One day, I was looking for some "Alternative Tunings" for the guitar and came across what I believe is called a "Nashville High tuning". It's basically the high octave strings from a 12 string guitar set, and the difference is remarkable.
Now it sounds like a banjo and is great to play. You get some interesting "Double notes" as the highest string is now the G string
Hope this helps
Cheers
Howard

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#4 2012-05-01 20:44:21

henryb
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Re: Six String Banjo.

Hi Pete and Howard,thanks for replying.Firstly it is phospher bronze strings,10~47. Never thought about the 12string octave trick, what gauge strings would be best suited?..........HB

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#5 2012-05-01 20:57:37

henryb
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Re: Six String Banjo.

To answer my own qustion, Elixir don,,t make a 12 set in p/bronze but are available in 80/20 bronze the gauge for 10s are 18 and 27 for the E and A. Don,t know if my local store has got something that would do, I,ll look in tomorrow.

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#6 2012-05-02 11:24:59

Howard Bell
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Re: Six String Banjo.

Hiya Henry

Nashville tuning string sets

Medium set would be  .012, .016, .010, .014, .020, .030

Light set would be   .010, .014, .009, .012, .018, .027

I used Martin Extra lights 80/20 strings, but only because thats all the local shop had.

Cheers
Howard

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#7 2012-05-02 13:25:47

Howard Bell
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Re: Six String Banjo.

Hiya Henry
If you want a good "on line" 12 string guitar tuner, you can find one here......

http://www.get-tuned.com/online_12_stri … _tuner.php

Cheers
Howard

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#8 2012-05-02 22:49:56

henryb
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Re: Six String Banjo.

Howard Bell wrote:

Hiya Henry

Nashville tuning string sets

Medium set would be  .012, .016, .010, .014, .020, .030

Light set would be   .010, .014, .009, .012, .018, .027

I used Martin Extra lights 80/20 strings, but only because thats all the local shop had.

Cheers
Howard

Can,t quite get my head round these figures with the G and D strings lighter than the 1st . Think I,ll stay with the 10 -47 Elixir p/b.

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