I've been using John Pearse acoustic nickel strings for my Hawaiian guitar lately... and liking them a lot...
Now I'm wondering whether anyone knows of a light-gauge set for mandolin?
I always use nickel. Not so bright and it lets the woody sound come out better to my ears. I always used Gibson but then I couldnt find them anymore so I use what I can find. Monroe uned nickel till after the 80's mandolin damage then it varied.
8 - 30
9 - 35
10 - 37
11 - 39
made in England
Consider too Ball Breaking .. guitar strings and using the loop that is left after the ball is gone,
or make a new loop on the opposite end and cut off the ball and loop,
for custom sets.
Last edited by mandroid; Mar-13-2009 at 5:06pm.
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I got a few sets of the D'Addario nickel mandolin strings by mistake once and tried them on two of my mandolins. It's all personal taste, but did not like them at all. Probably my least favorite string set of all time.
I use pure nickel guitar strings for my electric guitars, but I don't think I could improve on Silk and Bronze for mandolin. If I had a set given to me, I might throw them on when I was ready to change strings. If I hated them I could always put the S&Bs on.
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