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 Post subject: Clunky G string
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:50 am 
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Hi. I have a very nice Oakwood short scale tenor tuned e a d g. I 've been playing for about six months. Have changed the strings a couple of times in that period for the same gauge as the originals but I have never been entirely happy with the G. Although the tuner shows it is in tune it always sounds a bit lifeless compared to the others.
Any tips would be appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Clunky G string
PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:19 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:18 am 
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Short scale tenor banjos or octave mandolins have issues with clunky strings. It's because the neck isn't quite long enough for the a stable GDAE with standard strings (or least that was the case with standard octave mandolin strings on my short-scale octave). You might consider heavier gauge strings. Here's a discussion on 17 fret banjo strings: https://thesession.org/discussions/30915. Last week I played a friend's custom 17 fret banjo, and while the strings were definitely looser than on my 19 fret tenor, I wouldn't have described the strings as clunky.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:03 am 
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Post your question to the mandolin cafe tenor guitar/tenor banjo forum.

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