Best light gauge mandolin strings


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Re: Best light gauge mandolin strings

Postby fergmaun » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:25 am

I restrung my Kentucky KM-172 mandolin with D'Addario EJ74.

The first G string tuner was a wee bit tight to turn when tuning up F# sharp to G

So put a wee drop of WD40 on the G tuning head and the other 7 tuning heads and wiped quickly for any dips. Now far easier and smooth to tune G string.


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Re: Best light gauge mandolin strings

Postby Ray(T) » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:36 am

I prefer some sort of teflon dry-lube [Triflo(w?) if you can get it]. It has microscopic beads of teflon in a carrier which evaporates and any muck or dust doesn't stick to it. You can usually get a lifetimes supply in bike shops.
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Re: Best light gauge mandolin strings

Postby BabyD » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:41 pm

I use GHS extra light 240's on my Rigel. It's usually played through it's pickup so volume not so important. Having said that, I put them on when I started some arthritis problems in my left thumb and was pleasantly surprised at how pleasant the strings sound - that lovely woody edge I like. My comparison on this Mando is against Siminoff and J74 strings I had previously used. Of course, every instrument is different but I would recommend you consider them.
My tuning pegs are sticky as well but I've not decided on the best lube yet!
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