Also known as the banjitar or guitjo, the six-string banjo is a favorite among guitar players aiming to achieve a banjo tone without having to learn the instrument. My favorites for my banjo-guitar: Dean Marley Nickel Steel Cl 9-46 (.009, .011, .016, .026, .036, .046). He fingerpicked his banjo with his guitar rolls but then started getting the feel for the high fifth string on the banjo, where the guitar had bass strings. GHS are good quality, btw. Wiping them down with a clean cloth after playing, applying string lubricant, washing hands prior to playing, and careful installation are all things you can do to give your banjo strings a long life. Hide these Google ads: join the Players Union! But it is atypical so you have to do a lot of problem solving to get it the way you like it. // Leaf Group Lifestyle. A handful of string-makers manufacture strings specially made for the six-string banjo, although some acoustic guitar strings also work well on the instrument. to ask. I have a GoldTone, 14 inch rim. Bluegrass Instrument String Superstore All that matters is that they are the most suitable gauge and are long enough to loop over the hook and go through the tuning peg. The high-E string broke after only 2 days. It will come together for you. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Then I tune strings 2-5 to D. B. G. and D.  I've been doing this since March 6. Simmons earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. If I have to, I'll put one together myself. Lites and extra lites of your fave brand are the best gauges. 'Agree or disagree: the private sexual conduct of consenting adults------' 14 min, '(Earl Scruggs) Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Banjo - Gunnar Salyer' 22 min, 'Magpie (with time signature variation)' 1 hr. http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/284282, blog.deeringbanjos.com/6-strin...-set-ups/, juststrings.com/ghs-pf120.html...ghs-pf120, 'Agree or disagree: the private sexual conduct of consenting adults------', '(Earl Scruggs) Foggy Mountain Breakdown - Banjo - Gunnar Salyer'. (I tune it gGCGCD, i.e., like double-C) and play it like a banjo ( ). Here's a link to Deering's discussion on 6-string set up and tone variables. Leslie R - Posted - 05/05/2014:  07:38:11. I think it's a practical idea and in time it will become second nature. I just purchased a closed-back (w/wooden resonator) 6-string Jameson banjo. Sorry this doesn't directly answer your question but it is 6 string related. They are "loop end", not "ball end" which won't fit my tailpiece. I have not yet found a source for a resonator for a banjo this size. Good luck with your project. I wouldn’t use a guitar B for a tenor banjo A in long or short scale - too light, too slack, and wound is better for me. Rated "Best of the Web" by Forbes! JustStrings.com has the world's largest string selection. Typically guitar strings are ball-end, while banjo and mandolin strings are loop-end. With a 6 string, there are endless options available. but they might be too expensive in your part of the world. ;-), davidppp - Posted - 05/04/2014:  17:42:51. I wish someone would make a high quality bluegrass banjo with a 12 inch rim and flathead or tubaphone tonering. Electric guitar strings tend to be lighter. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright 2020 Banjo Hangout. The RK Madison 6 uses a La Bella silk and steel string .set with 010 E string. The bronze-wound gives my 6-string a deeper bass, imho. Additionally, the GHS lock-twist system prevents strings from going out of tune. Take your playing to the next level with the help of a local or online banjo teacher. I use a six string as well but tune to an open G. I use 8's on top and bottom both tuned to a G. I capo the top string at the 5th fret, to a B. opotable - Posted - 05/05/2014:  11:27:43. String gauges recommended are lights and extra-lights. You can use any good guitar strings you like if the ends are not an issue for you. I want to replace the entire set, but I do not know what brand of banjo strings are best for the 6-string ... and within that brand, what gauge of strings would also be best. There seems to be no way to contact the manufacturer (in China!) Banjo guitar strings, or banjitar strings, are tuned E, A, D, G, B & e. The banjo guitar was most popular during the … Weekly newsletter includes free lessons, favorite member content, banjo news and more. Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images, How to Remove the Resonator on a Fender Banjo, How to String a Guitar With Locking Tuners, Copyright 2020 Leaf Group Ltd. All Rights Reserved. All Forums GHS are good quality, btw.  Other Banjo-Related Topics He played for the two years I knew him with this guitar tuned banjo. He also covered music industry issues for Soundcheck magazine and Bizmology.com, among others. 6 String Banjos. The strings of a 6-string banjo should be cared for well to help prolong their life. Guitar strings, schmuitar strings; zouk strings, schmouk strings. He lives in Austin. DVD-quality lessons (including tabs/sheet music) available for immediate viewing on any device. It is a six string banjo tuned and played like a guitar. Pictures of the tailpiece would be a big help here. Elixir acoustic guitar strings are another option for six-string banjo players. The good thing is components are out there, and you can get it together just the way you like. Still working on it. Deering makes 6 string banjos that are tuned with 6 guitar strings. These silver-wound strings feature a custom gauge (string weight) and also feature loop ends that easily fit over most banjo tailpieces. Lites and extra lites of your fave brand are the best gauges. It's one of those cheap "Elton" type tailpieces that takes ball ends or loops. JustStrings.com has the world's largest string selection. Lee Simmons has 10 years of reporting experience covering a variety of issues for publications in South Carolina, California, and Texas. You may, however, start a new topic and refer to this topic with a link: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/284282, Banjo Songbird - Posted - 05/04/2014:  11:16:46. GHS stainless steel six-string banjo strings are among the most popular strings for six-string players. I like using a set similar to Goldtone standard set with heavier bass strings which seem to give a better response.  Other Banjo-Related Topics mikehalloran - Posted - 05/05/2014:  07:24:14. The middle four are from a guitar medium set. I just rebuilt my 6 string using these: juststrings.com/ghs-pf120.html...ghs-pf120 . The strings of a six-string banjo are tuned exactly like an acoustic guitar's strings, starting with the low E, A, D, G, B, and high E strings. opotable - Posted - 05/04/2014:  14:26:52. if you can fit ball ends i'd be going for some thomastik  guitar strings. The 8 is tuned as if it were a short 5th string, and the 36 is tuned below the 5-string 4th. Inspired by a post from Mike Gregory (about 5th string capos) I tried something completely different on a 6-string. If you continue, we will assume that you agree to. These strings are manufactured extra-long to fit any size instrument and feature loop ends that can fit most banjo tailpieces. The bronze-wound gives my 6-string a deeper bass, imho.  ARCHIVED TOPIC: Strings for a 6-string banjo, Please note this is an archived topic, so it is locked and unable to be replied to. Fathand - Posted - 05/05/2014:  05:17:52. For those cheap tailpieces on this banjo guitar I would always go for ball ends because loops are quite annoying to fit so the choice is much wider. They are "loop end", not "ball end" which won't fit my tailpiece. Although the company makes a variety of gauges and coatings for its guitar strings, Elixir strings feature similar tone to banjo strings and have a longer playing life than other strings. Tuned with the same intervals but to an open D. The low note is an A. Some banjo tailpieces will accommodate either one, but many require loop-end. Rated "Best of the Web" by Forbes! Banjo guitar strings are designed to fit the banjo guitar, also called the 6 string banjo, banjitar or guitjo. GrahamHawker - Posted - 05/05/2014:  00:36:09. A Banjo Guitar, sometimes called a banjitar, has 6 strings and plays and tunes very much like a guitar, making it a whole lot easier to learn on than a 5 string for those who have played a guitar. Your finger action, chords, etc will be similar if not the same, so the change for those just learning the banjo … You can use any good guitar strings you like if the ends are not an issue for you. The strings of a six-string banjo are tuned exactly like an acoustic guitar's strings, starting with the low E, A, D, G, B, and high E strings. Gold Tone strings are another frequent choice of six-string banjo players. There are 12 inch rims and tubaphone tone rings. I'm thinking of trying to get one put together. The six-string banjo is constructed like a traditional five-string banjo with an acoustic guitar neck. If your strings have ball ends, then any light gauge guitar strings since I believe you have a guitar banjo. This set is described as lights with a slightly heavier bass. 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