There are so many brands and types of strings on the market. How do you choose the right one? Our resident mandolin expert has narrowed the options down for you so can feel confident that you are buying the best in tone and reliability. Whether you're jamming, gigging, or recording, the options below will give you the professional sound and feel that makes playing music feel easy.
Coated Mandolin Strings
Coated strings are corrosion resistant and typically last longer than non-coated strings. The D'Addario EXP74CM, and XT are nearly identical. The EXP74CM has a thicker coating than the XT.
D'Addario EXP74CM mandolin strings are Nate's go-to choice for all-around gigging, recording, and teaching. The gauges are just right, the tone is fat, and the strings feel nice and slick.
D'Addario XT mandolin strings are very similar to the EXP74CM. Nate finds these thinly coated strings to have a little brighter sound than the EXP74CM, and a slightly less slick feel, but still with a nice feel.
Standard Mandolin Strings
Standard, non-coated mandolin strings are best for people who don't have corrosive sweat. If your strings don't turn black after playing, these strings may be a good choice for you. If you have corrosive sweat and and turn strings black from playing then non-coated strings won't be a good option for you because you'll have to replace them constantly.
Played by numerous well known mandolin players, D'Addario J74 mandolin strings are a solid, classic choice. Nate finds these strings to have a good tone that is a little brighter than the EXP74CM.
How To Change Your Mandolin Strings
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