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Thread #73025   Message #1265429
Posted By: mooman
06-Sep-04 - 02:27 PM
Thread Name: mandola, octave mandolin or what
Subject: RE: mandola, octave mandolin or what
Dear Inükshük,

A scale length of 54cm should adapt well to GDAE tuning. I have a fine quality instrument with the same scale length tuned in GDAE and have an excellent sound with the gauges .052 .039 .025 and .013 (these are a standard Newtone set but any good quality string would be OK...most players tend to prefer phosphor bronze). This gives quite a solid sound. For a lighter and sweeter but less punch sound you could go down to something like .012 .024 .036 and .048. Open and alternative tunings would benefit from adaptation from these gauges.

The same gauge range would probably be suitable for the same tuning for Luigi's instrument.

Hope this helps.

Peace

moo