Re: Can I use guitar strings on mandolin
Swagat and Namaste, Bhupendra. You absolutely can. If you have to buy full packs of guitar strings, try to choose the one's that give you as many of the desired gauges (sizes) as possible. A couple of twelve-string guitar sets (if available) would be a great place to start, as there are twice as many strings in each and any good match is doubled. Otherwise you are looking for (x2): .011" (0.279mm plain wire), .016" (0.406mm plain wire), .026" (0.660mm bronze wound), .040" (1.016mm bronze wound) or lighter, this is a fairly heavy set. These could come from either electric or acoustic guitar sets. As others have said, you will then need to very carefully destroy the ball-ends while preserving the loops in the string-ends to attach them. Indian classical music string-players tend to typically twist-up their own strings from spools of bulk (plain) wire, so a shop that caters to them might be able to be of some help to you for twisting you up at least some plain wire strings of the proper size and length.
Last edited by Fretbear; May-07-2012 at 6:46am.
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