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    Default String recommendations for 1928 Gibson TG-0

    As a recovering mandolinist I am new to the tenor guitar. I recently bought a 1928 Gibson TG-0, and would like some string recommendations. Currently tuned CGDA, which is what I want, but am unsure of the gauges and brand. Knowing how lightly built this old ones are, what do any of you use and recommend?. Thanks.
    Cornelius Morris

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    Though I have no experience with the Gibson, I think it has about 22 3/4 inch
    scale. I recently had a luthier set up an inexpensive Recording King with 23 inch
    scale. He put on new D'Addario EJ66 80/20 bronze strings: 10, 14, 22w, 32w.
    I am happy with the sound. I am sure it does not sound like a vintage Gibson,
    but it is a place to start.
    Thanks,
    sounds_good

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    Default Re: String recommendations for 1928 Gibson TG-0

    I am fond of D Addario because of the interactive String Tension Pro.

    http://web.daddario.com/StringTensionPro/Search

    sounds_good Has rcommended fairly light gauges. +1 for starting light on an old instrument. You can measure your existing strings and enter the values in the Tension Pro tool and it shows all of the data.

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    Default Re: String recommendations for 1928 Gibson TG-0

    if the current set on the guitar are good for you, why not get a set of digital callipers (with the screen) to measure the gauges, from Amazon or something - they are not expensive and useful for bad memories like mine.... ha ha.
    Then just order from somebody like Newtone if they are custom gauges as they can make up a set and keep you on their books for next time (via your email). Newtone deffo do that...
    My name is Rob, and I am Lord of All Badgers

    Tenor Guitars: Acoustic: Mcilroy ASP10T, 59 Martin 0-18t. Electric: 57 Gibson ETG-150, 80s Manson Kestrel
    Mandolins: Davidson f5, A5 "Badgerlin".
    Bouzouki: Paul Shippey Axe
    My band's website

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    Good idea about the calipers. I don't like to do anything without really thinking it over, so after playing stringed instruments for over 50 years I just ordered one from StewMac.

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    I have an occasionally problematic memory due to leaving my anaemia too long undiagnosed; makes it hard to get certain concepts too, but in the main, things like the calipers are great for me because unless i write stuff down on a virtual or real sticky note... I'm quickly clueless (as my partner will tell you... how she puts up with it.. I dunno!)
    My name is Rob, and I am Lord of All Badgers

    Tenor Guitars: Acoustic: Mcilroy ASP10T, 59 Martin 0-18t. Electric: 57 Gibson ETG-150, 80s Manson Kestrel
    Mandolins: Davidson f5, A5 "Badgerlin".
    Bouzouki: Paul Shippey Axe
    My band's website

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    Default Re: String recommendations for 1928 Gibson TG-0

    If you do not have calipers or a micrometer you can use a feeler gauge. It is tricky to do without removing the string. Place a loop of the string on something flat and hard, rest a ruler on the loop and measure the gap.

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