The Best Banjo Strings
What are the best banjo strings? Well, that depends on who you ask, everyone seems to have a favorite. I’ve tried a lot of strings; D’addario, Martin, Gibson, GHS and Ernie Ball, and I was sure each new set of strings would make me sound better. I don’t know if using signature J.D. Crowe or Earl Scruggs strings can make you sound like the masters themselves, but it sure can’t hurt to at least try their strings.
Strings are inexpensive to buy and can make a big difference in your sound, so you might as well experiment with them. In this article I will talk about six of the most popular brands of banjo strings; D’addario, Elixir, Ernie Ball, GHS, Gibson and Martin. If you would like to purchase strings, you can click on the links and buy them at Amazon.
One of the world’s leading string makers, and a lot of choice in gauges. With strings in phosphor bronze and nickel, and of course durability and great sound you can’t go wrong with D’addario. Here are a few of their most popular sets:
A long lasting, coated string, these are very popular strings with guitarists and are gaining in popularity on the banjo scene.
Earl Scruggs signature string in medium and light gauge, what else can you add? These are a crisp, great sounding set of strings endorsed by Earl himself.
GHS strings are the home of the J.D. Crowe signature banjo strings. With J.D. Crowe’s endorsement and his unbelievable banjo sound, you’ll have to try these strings and see if it makes you sound a little like J.D.
Another big string manufacturer with an impressive list of choices.
Martin strings are one of the best known strings in the world, and for good reason. Bluegrass players have trusted Martin for decades to keep them sounding good.
That’s a lot of strings, and I didn’t even touch all of the types and brands. I’ve tried almost all of them and I keep going back and forth, last month I was a GHS fan, this time I’m back to the Earl Scruggs Gibsons. Keep searching and you’ll find the one’s that work.