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John Pearse® Octave Mandolin Phosphor Bronze 36" Length, .012 - .045, 2280

John Pearse® Octave Mandolin Phosphor Bronze 36" Length, .012 - .045, 2280
Manufacturer:
John Pearse
Manufacturer Part #:
2280
SKU:
JPS_2280
Price:
$11.63

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67% Recommend this product (2 of 3 responses)
By Daniel
SanJose, CA
These are the best IMO
January 2, 2021
I have used these JP 2880's on two different octave mandos. Both were Weber Yellowstone models. One had a 20 inch scale and the other a 22 inch scale (my preference and what I play now). They worked well on both producing a clean bright tone. Individual string pressure is pretty light for melody playing. Like all octaves closed position chords take some strength but it is manageable when the instrument is set up well. Hint, only purchase an octave mando that has an adjustable truss rod and adjustable bridge.

I tried the GHS and D'Addario octave strings as well. They are all pretty similar with regard to gauge but I think the JP's have an edge in tone and the .045 G seems to be the optimal weight for my instrument compared the .044 and .046 of the others.

One added bonus is that the gauges on these are practically identical to the JP mandola light gauge so I use these on my 17 inch scale Weber mandola now as well. I only need to stock one string set for both and moving between the two instruments requires less adjustment.
ProsGood sound Reasonable price
ConsMight not be heavy enough for a short scale (less than 19 inch) octave
By Jack
Athens, Georgia, USA
Great product.
May 1, 2020
I use these exclusively on my Flatiron Octave Mandolins. Great sound and feel.
By Cliff
Los Banos, CA
A disappointment
January 22, 2019
Way too heavy for human fingers. As a guitarist who doubles, I found it difficult/impossible to play on these (of course, I am new to the mandola, so that might be taken into consideration.
ProsVery attractive, bright tone.
ConsHard to play on. Uncomfortable and difficult to produce a sustained tone.

 

NOTE

DESCRIPTION

DIAMETER INCHES

TENSION LBS

1st E

Silvered Plain

.012

 

2nd E

Silvered Plain

.012

 

3rd A

Phosphor Bronze Wound

.021

 

4th A

Phosphor Bronze Wound

.021

 

5th D

Phosphor Bronze Wound

.032

 

6th D

Phosphor Bronze Wound

.032

 

7th G

Phosphor Bronze Wound

.045

 

8th G

Phosphor Bronze Wound

.045

 



 

John PearseÒ Strings

"English studio musician John Pearse first began researching into music string manufacture in the mid-sixties. The first person, ever, to teach guitar on television - his BBC lessons have been seen in six countries while his PBS series, STRINGALONG, was shown in most US television markets whilst becoming perhaps the best selling video guitar course both nationally and internationally. He is the author of some forty books on such diverse subjects as instrument building and technique- to cooking and the traditional art of fly fishing! In 1965 John began his collaboration with British Music Strings, a London string maker, to develop a guitar string with both a longer life and a more accurate vibrating and nodal pattern. His designs were so successful that, over the years, both British Music Strings and Thomastik marketed strings under his name. John also designed string lines for Bourne Guitars and Jay Associates, makers of the Jester guitar line.

In 1978 he came to the United States to develop a unique line of accessories for the C.F.Martin Company. It was here that he again met dulcimist Mary Faith Rhoads. After eighteen months, he decided to leave Martin, and, with Mary Faith, started Breezy Ridge Instruments to produce the Breezy Ridge Hammer Dulcimer. His revolutionary design proved itself to be the best sounding Hammer Dulcimer ever made. Next came a line of music strings designed especially for the professional musician. Within months, word of these exciting strings had spread across the country and pressure from both the public and beleaguered dealers had persuaded John and Mary Faith to make their line available to stores and things have just kept growing since then!"

 

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