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Per Berner

Skövde, Sweden
Post  Posted 23 Jun 2021 8:17 am    
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I'm toying with the idea of tuning my mandolin like the top four strings of a regular guitar (at a suitable pitch). This would obviously require non-standard string gauges, at least for the two bottom pairs.

I know this will reduce the tonal range of the instrument somewhat, but for my very infrequent use that is not an issue. I'm comfortable enough playing chords on a regular mandolin tuning (as comfortable as my sausage fingers will allow...), but playing melody lines would be so much easier with ordinary guitar grips

Has anyone tried this and can recommend suitable gauges that result in balanced string tension?
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Brad Bechtel

San Francisco, CA
Post  Posted 23 Jun 2021 11:56 am    
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Try asking on the Mandolin Cafe . Good luck!
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D Schubert


Columbia, MO, USA
Post  Posted 23 Jun 2021 4:33 pm    
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Mandolin E string is 0.010" (light) or 0.011"(medium). With that in mind, two packs of electric guitar strings would be an easy starting point, discard the heavier A and E strings.
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