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    Default Slightly different string question -GDAE capoed

    Hi all,
    I'm playing a 23 inch tenor but am capo-ing it at the 2nd fret and tuning GDAE. Right now I've basically got D'Addario Octave mandolin strings (12, 22, 32, 46) on it. It sounds pretty decent but I'm sure that slightly heavier strings would work better since the tuning has less tension. I'm thinking of either:
    D'Addario mandola strings (14, 23, 34, 49)

    or EJ18 guitar strings (more convenient with ball ends): 14, 27, 34, 49. Does that sound too heavy on the D and A strings?

    I could also use EJ17s for the D and A (26, 35)

    Any opinions? Other suggestions?
    Cary Fagan

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    Default Re: Slightly different string question -GDAE capoed

    Well, I got no answers to this question but in the end I decided to try D'addario EJ72 mandola strings. I just put them on yesterday but I'm so far pleased.
    Cary Fagan

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    Default Re: Slightly different string question -GDAE capoed

    Have you tried working with one of the on line string tension calculators?
    It is good fun once you learn how to make them work.

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    Default Re: Slightly different string question -GDAE capoed

    Quote Originally Posted by Cary Fagan View Post
    Hi all,
    I'm playing a 23 inch tenor but am capo-ing it at the 2nd fret and tuning GDAE. Right now I've basically got D'Addario Octave mandolin strings (12, 22, 32, 46) on it. It sounds pretty decent but I'm sure that slightly heavier strings would work better since the tuning has less tension. I'm thinking of either:
    D'Addario mandola strings (14, 23, 34, 49)

    or EJ18 guitar strings (more convenient with ball ends): 14, 27, 34, 49. Does that sound too heavy on the D and A strings?

    I could also use EJ17s for the D and A (26, 35)

    Any opinions? Other suggestions?
    Hi Cary:

    The set you are using is designed for that scale length. Here are the string tensions with it tuned to standard pitch:

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    And the same set tuned down a whole set, you see you lose approx. 20# of tension:

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    Here are the gauges I'd suggest to get the tension back up:

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