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Banjo Strings

Complete sets are listed in the sections below. Individual banjo strings can be found in the Loop End Single Strings section. For Banjitar, see GHS_PF120 and LAB_BG110.
Aquila Banjo Strings
Black Diamond Banjo Strings
C.F. Martin Banjo Strings
Curt Mangan Banjo Strings
D'Addario Banjo Strings
Dean Markley Banjo Strings
Deering Banjo Strings
DR Strings Banjo Strings
Elixir Banjo Strings
Ernie Ball Banjo Strings
Fender Banjo Strings
GHS Banjo Strings
Gibson Banjo Strings
Guild Banjo
John Pearse® Banjo Strings
La Bella Banjo Strings
RotoSound Banjo Strings
S I T Strings Banjo Strings
Thomastik-Infeld Banjo Strings
We carry many different sets of banjo strings in various gauges for all types of banjos. You can find five string, four string, tenor, and Irish tenor banjo strings, as well as six string banjo guitar strings by browsing the links above.

The five string banjo, as its name implies, has five strings. Banjo strings are usually tuned either g-c-g-b-d for C tuning or g-d-g-b-d for G tuning. The tenor banjo is a short scale four string banjo usually tuned either c-g-d-a or g-d-a-e. The plectrum banjo is a four string banjo with a similar scale length to the five string banjo; it is usually tuned c-g-b-d or d-g-b-e. There also exists a six string banjo, sometimes called a banjo guitar or banjitar, which is tuned like a guitar, e-a-d-g-b-e. Banjo strings are available in phosphor bronze, nickel, and stainless steel windings.

The banjo is a lute like instrument with a long neck like a guitar and a body consisting of a tightly stretched parchment or plastic in a wooden or metal frame. The bridge is pressed tight against the body by the strings of the banjo. The banjo and similar instruments have long been popular among folk and bluegrass players.

The modern banjo is derived from instruments played by slaves in the American south in the 1800s. An instrument similar to that of many African slaves was constructed or perhaps copied by Joel Walker Sweeney sometime in the mid 19th century. Sweeney popularized the banjo among white and urban audiences by traveling across the United States and England. Sometime after 1870 the banjo had become a popular instrument for amateur musicians. In the early 20th century, the five string banjo was more or less superseded by the four string tenor banjo. The five string banjo became popular again after the Second World War. This was largely due to high profile players like Pete Seeger and Earl Scruggs.



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