Banjo Nickel Plated Steel with POLYWEB Coating

Elixir??Banjo Strings with nickel-wrapped/plain steel construction and loop ends deliver the tone and feel banjo players demand.

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  • Only coated string brand to protect the entire string with an ultra-thin coating, keeping gunk out of the gaps between the windings
  • Extended Tone Life – players report their tone lasts longer than any other string, uncoated or coated
  • Consistent performance and tone – ready to play whenever you are
  • Smooth feel that is easy on your fingers and enhances playability
  • Reduced finger squeak – good for both performance and recording
  • With less hassle and expense of frequent string changes, spend more time making music

String Gauges and Part Numbers

Banjo Nickel Plated Steel with POLYWEB Coating

Part No. Gauge D-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 G-5
11600 Light .009 .010 .013 .020 .009
11650 Medium .010 .012 .016 .023 .010

String Tension for Tuning

String tension shown below is an approximation. All tensions are based upon a 26.5" banjo scale length and standard tuning.?

Gauge D-1 B-2 G-3 D-4 G-5 Total Tension (lbs)
Light Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.009 / 11 .01 / 10 .013 / 11 .02 / 9 .009 / 11 52
Medium Strings
Diameter (in) / Tension (lbs)
.010 / 14 .012 / 14 .016 / 16 .023 / 12 .010 / 15 70

Additional Information about Elixir Strings

  • Why use Elixir Strings?

    Players swear by Elixir Strings over any other string, insisting tone sounds new and strings feel fresh the longest.

  • Differences between POLYWEB, NANOWEB and OPTIWEB Coatings

    Elixir? Strings are available in distinct protective coatings. ?The coatings feature the same protection and extend tone life, but differ in tone and feel.

  • Extend Tone Life

    A string is "dead" when it no longer exhibits the intensity of frequencies it had when it was new. When you pluck a new string, you can hear the high-frequency harmonics that makes an instrument's tone vibrant.