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Guitar strings on a mandolin.

I have an inexpensive, but playable A-style mandolin with standard gauge strings. What I'd like to do is tune it like the top 4 strings of a guitar (D,
G, B, E - low to high). I've tried using guitar tuning already, but the strings are either way too lose or too tight. What gauge strings do I need? I don't want to damage the neck or break strings.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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    Andy May 11, 2010

    You are trying to tune your Mando to a standard ukulele tuning. Where the strings would sound GBDE lowest to highest, even though they are arranged DGBE. Do you have something against uke? :)

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By now you may have solved this problem, but maybe this information is still helpful:

What you are essentially recreating is a tenor guitar. Many companies make tenor guitar strings. I would suggest D'Addario J66 80/20 Bronze Tenor Guitar Strings (10-32). I've done this a few times and it is quite fun and makes for an interesting travel guitar.

Have a blast!

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Looking at your desired notes the mandolin is standard tuned to gdae.
So three of the four notes are already available, just put the "d" mando strings where the "g" ones would go and the "g" ones where the "D" ones would go the highest is already a "e" and I am sure the "a" would tune up to a "B" with little risk.
You can also
look at string sets made for the madochello or possbly octave mandolin.

Good luck,

The dude.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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Go to - stewmac.com: Luthiers Suppliers. They have a "contact us" link and report your problem. They may be able to supply tuners that will fit or offer advice on re-drilling the headstock.

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SOURCE: sound post has fallen inside F style Johnson mandolin.

You may be able to help this prob. your self. You will need a set of hemostats about 10 in. long. A nickel sized dental mirror a flexible LED light . First of all unstring it , put strings a side.Next look in side to the under side of the top of your Mandolin .With your lite and mirror you should see a spot where the post was org. placed.Now with your hemostats reinstall the post. Now this is like building a ship in a bottle, but it can be done , but just a little at at time. You need to lift up the whole top. Remember the top did not drope down all at once, nor will you rase it up all at one time. A little eack day untill you have reached a perpendicular point . One more thing, you post fell because the insturmant was to dry.You need to keep it humidfided . Take it to the shower with you. dont get it wet let it soak up the steam, it will help you get the post back up right and it will love you four it. Get a humidfier for it OK

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