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D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings   

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Gauges 09-10-13-20w-09.D' Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings are top quality plain steel and nickel-plated steel wound strings. J60s are a leading ch...Read More

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Revered by bluegrass players everywhere.

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D' Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings are top quality plain steel and nickel-plated steel wound strings. J60s are a leading choice among top country and bluegrass players.

D'Addario is the world's largest manufacturer of strings for musical instruments. Many top guitarists won't play any other brand. Regardless of your playing style, D'Addario has a set of strings that's right for your 5-string banjo.


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D'AddarioJ60 5-String Banjo Strings
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (6)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Long life (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Back-up (3)
  • Concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Novice (3)

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1.0

poor quality

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from ct

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Breaks Easy
    • Poor Tone Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings:

    Shiping was very slow, 10 days.

    One sring had a broken loop.

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    5.0

    Great sound with a nice tone..

    By 

    from Palm Coast, Fl.

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Long Life

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Consistent Sound

    Comments about D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings:

    I am just getting started with the banjo which I bought used and I replaced the strings with these strings and there was a big difference in the tone...I like them very much...

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    5.0

    Strings are strings but!

    By 

    from Rapid City, SD

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings:

        Strings are strings but when it comes to price, availability and shipping, I buy them from Musicians Friend and probably would even if they were more expensive, on back order and took forever to get here, I just like dealing with this company, keep it up and I will keep coming back.

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        5.0

        addendum to previous review

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        from Portland, OR

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        Pros

        • Bright Tone
        • Consistent
        • Good Overtones
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

        • Might Be Too Bright

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Lower Banjo Tunings
        • Practicing

        Comments about D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings:

        On my Tony Pass "Woodie" open back banjo, the J60 strings appear to be the best. However, on my bluegrass banjo (JLS tone ring), they are a bit excessively bright and thin sounding. My scale of brightness: J60 are the brightest, then Gibson Earl Scruggs light gauge (.095") are a step darker (good tone!), then then darker yet are the D'Addario J60+, even though they are the same gauge as the Gibson strings. So... buy accordingly. If you have a Deering Goodtime or Tony Pass "woodie," then these strings are worth serious consideration. (Note: I like to de-tune the instrument two frets, allowing for richer tone. This should be considered when reading this review.). If you have a bluegrass banjo that is already bright, and tuned to full pitch, perhaps you would want to go to one of the other strings mentioned.

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        5.0

        A good string at a good price

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        from Portland, OR

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        Pros

        • Bright Tone
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Bluegrass
          • Concerts
          • Light Touch
          • Practicing
          • Worship

          Comments about D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings:

          I tried these strings years ago, and with the thick Goldtone skin head on the banjo, the sound was too light. I thought the next step up in size (J60+) was better, and the light gauge Gibson Earl Scruggs strings were the best. I tried these J60 strings again, after going back to a standard Weatherking plastic head. That gave me a better high end frequency sound. Since these strings are so thin, giving high end frequency response, I was able to lower my head tension, giving me better resonance and low end response. The upshot is that for now, these are the strings for me.
          If you have a DrumDial head tension indicator, try 88 to 90 for a banjo with a tone ring, or 89 to 90 for a wood tone ring instrument (Deering Goodtime or Tony Pass Woodie.) This should match the strings pretty well.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT STRINGS !

          By 

          from Grassville, Kentucky

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Never Break
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Live shows
            • Practice
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings:

            I've used a lot of different banjo strings in my 40 years of playing. These are the best strings I have ever used . Mainly for two reasons. The first being that they don't break ever. I play hard and used to break a lot of strings until I tried these ! secondly is their tone. The fourth string stays lively longer than any other brand out there. And I must add that the price is very reasonable too !! All in all GREAT STRINGS !

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Strings

            By 

            from IL

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Shipping
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about D'Addario J60 5-String Banjo Strings:

            Would buy Again

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