Depending on the scale length of your guitar, a set of Octave Mandolin strings is a good way to start. Often, you have to mix some of the interior strings to get the tension where it's playable. Also - take a look at Graham MacDonalds string tensioner gauge. The site is linked somewhere on the cafe but I don't have it readily available. While I play Octave /M, I spend more time on a mandola and the C tuning is really useful for the music I choose.
Found it ... http://www.mcdonaldstrings.com/stringxxiii.html Read this one carefully. I start off with a 'normal' tuning and scale length and then modify it to what I want (or think I want).
Different strokes - um - strums. Dion
Last edited by Dolamon; May-21-2012 at 10:42am.
Reason: Added a link.
Mandola fever is permanent.