Mandolin

Worcester Mandolin Strings

Mandolins are a lot like people, they’re all different. Because every mandolin is built differently, played in a different manner or used uniquely in a specific genre, there is no standard way to choose mandolin strings. Luckily, mandolin players in the Worcester area can rely on Mando Mo Strings’ team of trusted, passionate professionals to help them find the right mandolin strings that will be guaranteed to produce the right sound.

One thing is for sure: a fresh set of the right mandolin strings is a quick and inexpensive way to restore the instrument’s tone.

We welcome all inquiries about the mandolin strings we have in stock and whether they suit your needs either by email or phone. But to help you make an informed decision, please continue reading to know more about the differences between mandolin strings.

Mandolin String Gauges

A string’s gauge refers to its thickness, which is measured in thousandths of an inch. Strings are sold in sets designated from light, medium and heavy. Depending on the manufacturer of the string, the packaging may specify the gauge for all eight strings, though this is not always the case. There are slight differences among string manufacturers, so here are the typical gauges based on weight designations:

  • Light: .010 – .014 to .024 – 0.38
  • Medium: .011 – .015 to .026 – .040
  • Heavy: .0115 – .016 to .026 – .041

Over time, you will develop a clear preference for specific gauges. But until you do, we are more than happy to assist you in finding the right string gauge that fits your playing style.

Mandolin String Gauge Sounds and Characteristics

Lighter gauge mandolin strings are easier to fret and are typically good for beginners. These lighter strings have a brighter sound but produce less volume and sustain, which may not bring out your mandolin’s full tonal richness.

Meanwhile, heavier gauge mandolin strings are somewhat difficult to fret due to their tension and can be hard on new musicians that haven’t built up calluses. They produce richer, deeper tone with more sustain and volume. These are typically best suited for players who use a strong picking attack because these strings can really withstand players digging in.

Mandolin String Materials

There are five common types of mandolin strings:

  • 1. Phosphor Bronze. The most popular alloy composition, phosphor bronze strings offer a balance between tonal richness and brilliance. Many players tend to find these strings last longer.
  • 2. Nickel Plated Steel. A brighter tone than bronze strings and popular among electric mandolin players.
  • 3. Stainless Steel. These strings have a bright timbre and are very popular because they are oxidation resistant.
  • 4. Chrome Steel. Tin-plated silver steel core with a chrome steel wire wrap that produces great clarity without a metallic twang.
  • 5. Coated Strings. Outer polymer coating that extends their life by resisting oxidation. Different manufacturers use various polymer formulations with different string cores so sound can vary between brands.

When Is It Time to Change Mandolin Strings?

If your mandolin struggles to stay in tune, the strings appear to be rusting, the strings’ cores are exposed, the tone sounds dead or you simply can’t remember the last time you changed strings, give our experts a call and they will apply their professional expertise.

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