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Banjo strings
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I usually have a banjo set with light nylon strings for classic banjo, and a second banjo w medium steel strings for clawhammer. I’m about to go on a long trip w one banjo and am looking for strings…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jody Stecher May 4.

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Jody Stecher replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Use of your excellent thimbles *does* change the feel as well as the tone, usually for the better. Let me do an experiment and right now try playing clawhammer on a banjo strung with LaBella 17s with and without thimble. I have never used this banjo…"
May 4
Randy Cabral replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"I have a few of your banjo thimbles, Joel. And I love using them on steel strings. :)"
May 4
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Perhaps all the problems would be solved by using a banjo thimble ;-)"
May 4
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"No torture here Joel, I am just trying to get the best sound and feel that I can be comfortable with, I took onboard your good information re; string gauges and, it was good information which I appreciated very much, they do feel a bit floppy and…"
May 4
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"While it is true that S. S. Stewart recommended larger banjos (and lower bridges) for stroke style playing... https://archive.org/details/completeamerican01stew/page/n67/mode/1up https://archive.org/details/sss-catalog/page/15/mode/1up He also…"
May 4
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"well, I guess it is time for experimentation again, I have tried Labella's for almost a year and still find them wanting ! my banjo is 261/2" perhaps therein lies my problem , time to look around for heavier gauges methinks."
May 4
Jody Stecher replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"As others are pointing out, the La Bella light gauges don't "fight back" when picking down. They are excellent for up-picking. Remember that in the stroke era the length from nut to bridge was considerably longer than the usual 25 to…"
May 4
Trapdoor2 replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"I have never really fit anyone's idea of what I should or should-not do. I've played the banjo (many styles) for over 40 yrs. I respect all the research and knowledge I've found here (and elsewhere)...but I trust myself to evaluate…"
May 3
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"I feel much the same Marc, I am using the lighter gauge as recommended by both John and Joel and have no reason to doubt their advice on these matters, I do however struggle somewhat with the "thinness" of Labella 17s, they just feel too…"
May 3
Trapdoor2 replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"I'm in the "light ain't right" crowd...and don't like the "period correct" gauging. So...I don't use them. I'm not a stitch counter, I just like to play the banjo. My current favorite sets of nylon come…"
May 3
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"keep us informed Randy, being still quite new to classic style I am always keen to learn !"
May 3
Randy Cabral replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Nick,Me too!And because I'm about to go on a 4 month trip, having one banjo that works for everything is my new must have.If possible...."
May 3
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
May 3
Randy Cabral replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Joel,I intend to use one banjo for both styles.I've been playing clawhammer on medium gage steel strings for about 20 years.I've only been playing classic style for about a year on light nylon strings.Thus far I don't like the feeling…"
May 3
Joel Hooks replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
"Why can't you play clawhammer on the classic banjo?  I mean, historically people did not have a problem.  The very same banjos were used for guitar style (classic) and stroke/thimble style. Have a look at Frank Converse's…"
May 3
nick stephens replied to Randy Cabral's discussion Banjo strings
May 3

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