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Strings

Bouzouki/octave mandolin strings, nickel
(electric)
Need some strings for your 8-string electric octave mandolin or bouzouki? You've come to the right place. Choose an option below, or design your own set. (If you want 5-string or 8-string standard mandolin sets, or mandocello sets, I also have those.) If you have a magnetic pickup, you need nickel steel strings like these; they'll provide a stronger signal than bronze acoustic strings. Octave mandolin sets are for GDAE, GDAD, or ADAD tuning with all strings tuned in unison pairs. The Irish and Greek bouzouki sets are the ones to use if you want to tune with octave pairs on the lower courses (which is optional for Irish players but pretty much obligatory for Greek ones). Here are the details:
 
String
ROUNDWOUND
Octave mandolin: GDAE
(unison pairs)
 
Strings up to .016" are plain steel; heavier strings are roundwound with nickel steel. Sets are available with either loop-end or ball-end strings. You will automatically get ball-end strings unless you specify loop-end.
Heavy
(19–20")
Med.
(21–22")
Light
(23–24")
Ultralight
(25–27")
G (4th)
.054 .046 .044 .040  
ROUNDWOUNDS: $8 a set, plus shipping.

FLATWOUNDS:
$26–34 a set, plus shipping.

PAYMENT:
To buy octave sets using PayPal, simply make your selection below:
Gauge
End
Domestic shipping via U.S. mail: Roundwound
1 set
2–3 sets
4–7 sets
8–9 sets
10 sets

$4.25
$5.25
$6.25
$7.25
$8.25

Domestic shipping via U.S. mail: Flatwound
1 set
2 sets
3+ sets
$5.25
$6.25
$8.25

To pay the old-fashioned way, use the shipping rates above and send a check or money order payable to
Emando.com
8027 242nd St SW
Edmonds, WA 98026
D (3rd)
.038 .034 .032 .028
A (2nd)
.024 .024 .022 .016
E (1st)
.013 .013 .012 .011
String
Irish bouzouki: GDAD or ADAD
(octave pairs)
Greek bouzouki: CFAD
(octave pairs)
G (4th)
.040/.016
C (4th)
.028/.014
D (3rd)
.028/.012
F (3rd)
.022/.011
A (2nd)
.016/.016
A (2nd)
.014/.014
E (1st)
.012/.012
D (1st)
.011/.011
 
PRICE: $8 a set, plus shipping.  
 
FLATWOUND
Octave mandolin: GDAE
(unison pairs)
String
Heavy
(19–20")
Med.
(21–22")
Light
(23–24")
Ultralight
(25–27")
G (4th) .054 .045 .042 .040
D (3rd) .038 .035 .032 .028
A (2nd) .024 .024 .022 .016
E (1st) .013 .013 .012 .011
PRICE $34 $34 $34 $26
 
Gauge
End

 

If you want to calculate the string tension you'll get when you put these strings on your mandolin, use this handy calculation tool. Along with your payment, please include your name, address (P.O. boxes OK), and e-mail address, and specify loop-end or ball-end.