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Thread: Banjolele Strings

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Southern California

    Default Banjolele Strings

    Do you banjolele players use banjolele strings (Aquila 42U, 8U)? Is there a difference between them and regular tenor ukulele strings?

    I'm using "regular" now, but, when I first bought the banjolele, the strings seemed different, tighter . . . I think I liked them better.

    It's easier to find "regular" ones. Music stores usually have 'em.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel Banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum Banjo music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota


    I want to follow this thread. I put on the normal Aquillas (the instrument originally had the 2nd and 3rd strings switched--you can see the difference). But there might be something here I don't know!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Florida Space Coast


    Goldtone told me that Aquila's Super Nylgut banjo uke strings are only very slightly heavier and may not perform substantially better than regular ones. I still use them though I wonder how D'Addario EJ65T's would work.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    I'm not sure what the stock strings were that came on my GoldTone BUT. Aquila something. I do recall them feeling tighter than I liked. I swapped them out for some dGBE Southcoast strings which feel a lot better but truthfully they lose a little too much of the banjo twang. I really wish I could put a linear set on this uke without major surgery.
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, A, UG1


  5. #5


    I put Aquila Reds on all my banjo ukes except for one, an old Mele with a copper rim. I have Martin's on that one.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota


    Did we ever come to any sort of consensus about what strings should/could be used on a banjolele?

    I generally run Martin fluorocarbons on everything I own (M600, M620 depending on the size), and am currently trying some Aquila Sugar strings on my tenor outdoor ukulele. I have left (normal) Aquila Super Nylgut strings on my Kala Concert Banjolele all this time. I’m not in a hurry to change the strings...just curious what others use. I don’t play the Banjolele a lot; but it is nice to have when I want to play it.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Sunny Jersey - where the cows come from!


    I have Aquila "reds" on several of my ukuleles ... when I learnt that Aquila made a set of "reds" specifically for a soprano banjo ukulele, (set 90U), I ordered some immediately ... never regretted it
    There are those who will wax lyrical about the ability to play a double shuffle with a split fan and a tight G-string ...
    it just makes me walk funny!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Sumter County, FL


    Have used Aquila NylGut (31U on the Duke, various leftovers on the Lanikai) and have been satisfied. Am fussy about insuring the drum is taut. Also, I use a pick as well.

    Ukuleles: Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C), Flea (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)*
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)***

    * CGDA reentrant, **DAEB, ***GDAE, The rest are CGDA

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    L.A. California


    Quote Originally Posted by kypfer View Post
    I have Aquila "reds" on several of my ukuleles ... when I learnt that Aquila made a set of "reds" specifically for a soprano banjo ukulele, (set 90U), I ordered some immediately ... never regretted it
    Thanks for the heads up, I'll try those.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Chester, VT


    I used to use the Aquila and then had a spare set of Worth Browns and found these worked well. Another choice that sounded good are the Oasis warm strings. I would go up one size too - - concert on a soprano banjo uke and tenor on a concert size. I wanted a mellow sound. However my Maybell has such a small pot that almost anything sounds good.
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha tenor 2011
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Braddah, Mele, concert 1997
    Braddah, Mele, tenor late 1990s
    Bruko #6 soprano, flat back, pre 1980
    Luna tenor - laminate and to use as a loaner.
    Clarophone - banjo ukulele - 1920s?

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