Mandolin Strings

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About Mandolin Strings

Our sets of mandolin strings make selecting the correct strings for your mandolin an easy process. Mandolin string sets are available from many popular string companies, including Ernie Ball and D'Addario, and include the correct grading of strings across various gauges.

Mandolin strings commonly feature a tried and tested phosphor bronze construction and a loop end design that is compatible with all standard mandolins.

Mandolin strings are sold in packs of 8, made up of four pairs of strings. We sell Mandolin strings in both Standard and Medium gauge, medium being the heavier. We stock strings by brands like D'Addario and Ernie Ball.

Visit the acoustic department of any guitarguitar store for your next set of mandolin strings or order online.

Why Should I Refresh My Mandolin Strings?

  • Essential for keeping your instrument sounding fresh
  • New strings help you keep playing your best
  • Wide range available to suit your sound and playing style

Frequently Asked Questions about Mandolin Strings

Question: Are Mandolins easy to restring?
Yes, restringing a mandolin is a relatively straightforward affair. Just do as you would with a guitar, keeping in mind that the pairs of strings are all tuned in unison, NOT in octaves like a 12 string guitar!
Question: What notes is a Mandolin typically tuned to?
Taking it for granted that each pair of mandolin strings is tuned in unison (not octaves), the normal tuning for mandolins is GDAE. We sometimes refer to this as 'backwards bass' since the notes are the reverse of how you'd tune a bass guitar.
Question: On a mandolin, what gauge is regarded as 'light' gauge?
Everybody has different opinions on this sort of thing but it is generally understood that, on a mandolin, 'light' strings refer to gauge 10 strings, normally 10-34.
Question: What gauge strings are best for mandolin?
We stock a great range of strings that have been specially designed and selected for mandolins.
Question: What are the four mandolin strings?
Mandolins feature 8 strings that are generally made up from 4 pairs of identical strings, generally ranging from around gauge 10 through to 40.
Question: What strings do mandolins use?
Mandolins use 4 pairs of strings to achieve their unique sound.
Question: Are mandolin and guitar strings the same?
While they're made using the same materials, they use a different string configuration and length so aren't interchangeable.