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    D'Addario EJ74 Phosphor Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40)
    $599
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    Martin M400 80/20 Bronze Light Mandolin Strings
    $599
  3. D'Addario EJ62 80/20 Bronze Mandolin Strings, Light, 10-34
    $559
  4. D'Addario EJ67 Nickel Mandolin Strings
    $699
  5. GHS A270 Phosphor Bronze Mandolin Strings
    $626
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    D'Addario EXP74CM Coated Phosphor Bronze Custom Medium Mandolin Strings (11.5-40)
    $1399
  7. D'Addario EJ73 Phosphor Bronze Light Mandolin Strings (10-38)
    $993
  8. Top Rated
    GHS Phosphor Bronze Mandolin Strings Ultra Light
    $964
  9. Ernie Ball 2067 Earthwood 80/20 Bronze Mandolin Light Strings
    $874
  10. D'Addario EJ80 Octave Mandolin Strings, Medium, 12-46
    $150
  11. DR Strings Dragon Skin Clear Coated Mandolin Strings (10-14-24-36)
    $1049
  12. D'Addario NBM1038 Nickel Bronze Light Mandolin Strings (10-38)
    $1199
  13. D'Addario EJ78 Phosphor Bronze Mandocello Strings (22-74)
    $1999
  14. GHS Americana Light Mandolin Strings (10-38)
    $795
  15. D'Addario EJS74 Stainless Steel Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40)
    $80
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    D'Addario EJ70 Phosphor Bronze Ball End Mandolin Strings
    $1087
  17. DR Strings Phosphor Bronze Mandolin Strings
    $899
  18. GHS Americana Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40) - 3 Pack
    $2385
  19. D'Addario EJ76 Phosphor Bronze Medium Mandola Strings (15-52)
    $1299
  20. D'Addario NBM11540 Nickel Bronze Custom Medium Mandolin Strings (11.5-40)
    $1199
  21. D'Addario NBM11541 Nickel Bronze Medium-Heavy Mandolin Strings (11.5-41)
    $1199
  22. DR Strings Dragon Skin Clear Coated Mandolin Strings (11-15-26-40)
    $1049
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    D'Addario EJ74-3D Phosphor Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings, 11-40 (3 Pack)
    $4170
  24. D'Addario EFT76 Flat Tops Medium Mandola Strings (16-53)
    $3299
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    Thomastik 154 Tin-Plated Steel Flatwound Medium Mandolin Strings
    $4999
  26. D'Addario EJ75 Phosphor Bronze Medium/Heavy Mandolin Strings (11.5-41)
    $988
  27. D'Addario NBM1140 Nickel Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40)
    $1199
  28. DR Strings Phosphor Bronze Bluegrass Mandolin Strings
    $899
  29. DR Strings Phosphor Bronze Medium Mandolin Strings
    $899
  30. GHS Americana Medium Mandolin Strings (11-40)
    $795
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There are plenty of different members in the mandolin family, but one thing they all have in common is the need for a good set of strings to give you the best sound. By far the most common string configuration is four paired courses which, when using a great set of strings, gives the mandolin its characteristic tremolo capability. Just a reminder—if you're an advanced mandolinist playing six-course instruments or three-string courses, you'll need more than one set to fully string your mandolin.

Each set of strings can have a very different sound—this is perhaps even truer of mandolin strings than other stringed instruments. You've probably seen this firsthand the first time you re-stringed your mandolin with strings that turned out to be completely different from the original ones. Sound is a matter of taste, so it will probably take some experimentation for you to decide on your personal favorite strings.

Despite the variance of mandolin strings, there are a few general characteristics to inform your choice. The timbre of a string depends on what it's made of. Bronze strings, for example, are usually held to be the brightest-sounding. Phosphor-bronze is similar, but with a richer tone and lower brilliance. You'll get a heavier bass sound from materials like stainless steel, nickel and tin or nickel-plated steel. Apart from their sound, stainless steel strings are also notable for their corrosion resistance, which makes them a solid choice if you live in a humid area or find that your hands tend to sweat while you're playing.

The other main attribute of mandolin strings is their gauge. This refers to the thickness of the strings, with strings of different gauges vibrating at different tensions to produce the same pitch; the higher the number, the heavier the gauge. Lighter-gauge strings are more flexible, vibrating fast and producing brighter tones. Heavier gauges, on the other hand, deliver greater sustain. Avoid heavier string gauges if you are playing a mandolin with high tuning, though: they can wind up putting more tension on the instrument than it's designed to withstand.

Your ideal strings will be those with the perfect combination of material and gauge to give the exact sound you prefer. You may even decide to 'split' sets, taking certain strings from one set and some from another. If you want a string with a smoother feel on your fingers, look into coated or flat-wound strings. No matter what your standards are for sound and feel, there's a set of strings that will fit.

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