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    Registered User Jim Baker's Avatar
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    Merrickville, Ontario, Canada

    Default String choice

    I'm building an octave mandolin with 22.5" scale length. The last one I build was 21" scale length. I found that it required very heavy bass strings. I need to choose a set of strings for the longer scale. I'm hoping I can get away with no larger than .045" on the "g" course. I'd appreciate any comments. Thanks
    Jim Baker

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    Registered User colorado_al's Avatar
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    Jan 2007
    Boulder, CO & Chesterfield, MO

    Default Re: String choice

    That's probably about right.
    Here is what recommends for octave mandolin

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    Registered User Walt's Avatar
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    West Monroe, LA

    Default Re: String choice

    I don’t have any recommendations, but D’Addario’s string tension calculator is great tool for coming up with string gauges for oddball scale lengths.

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