Is detuning a bowl back mandolin’s strings necessary?

Asked by: Lindsey Brooks

What are mandolin strings tuned to?


The mandolin standard tuning is G-D-A-E. Well, actually, it’s G-G-D-D-A-A-E-E.

What is the order of mandolin strings?

The tuning of the mandolin, low to high, is: G, D, A, E. See the graphic below. As a reference, on the piano, the low G is tuned to the G just below Middle C (C4), or G3.

How should I tune my mandolin?

If you can't decide which way to go loosen your string until it definitely sounds lower and then tighten it slowly until it sounds the same as mine.

Is it hard to tune a mandolin?

The mandolin is tuned the same as a violin or fiddle, except instead of 4 strings it has 4 pairs of strings (two E Strings, 2 A Strings, 2 D Strings, and 2 G Strings), making it twice as hard to get in tune. There are also several different methods of mandolin tuning, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.

How tight should mandolin strings be?

A mandolin needs very little relief. One to two thousandths (. 001) of an inch, measured at the sixth fret, with the string fretted at the first and twelfth, works well for most players. This is about the thickness of a piece of paper, so not much at all.

What Hz should I tune my mandolin?

Usually, courses of 2 adjacent strings are tuned in unison. By far the most common tuning is the same as violin tuning, in scientific pitch notation G3–D4–A4–E5, or in Helmholtz pitch notation: g–d′–a′–e″. Note that the numbers of Hz shown above assume a 440 Hz A, standard in most parts of the western world.

Why do mandolins go out of tune?

The problem rises when you use too much string or too little string when you string your mandolin. The following tips are important when stringing, with regards with the number of winds of string wrapped around the mandolin tuner: If there are too many winds then the string will cross over itself.

How often should you change mandolin strings?

How often should you change your mandolin strings?

How Often to change Hours Used Suitable for
Weekly <50 Serious players
Monthly <100 Keen hobbyists
3 Months <100 Average player
6 Months <200 Beginner

Are mandolins hard to fret?

If the strings are too high, it will be really tough to fret and the intonation in the first position can be sharp. If the strings are too low, they will buzz when played open. String height is adjusted by filling the nut slots until the strings are at the desired height.

How do you make a mandolin easier to play?

Another important thing on the mandolin is the intonation. Actually right before that I'll just say the action can also be adjusted from the nut. But it requires usually taking the instrument to a

Why are my mandolin strings so tight?

The nut could very likely be too high, which makes it very uncomfortable to play, especially on the lower frets. This is common on most inexpensive mandolins (and even some expensive ones) if they are not properly setup by the dealer.

How do I know if my mandolin action is too high?

The easy answer is: High enough so the strings do not buzz at any fret when the instrument is played hard but low enough to make the instrument playable. If the action is set too high, the instrument becomes too hard to play. If the mandolin feels too stiff to play, lower the bridge.

How low should the action be on a mandolin?

Twelve thousandths (0.012) of an inch clearance under the G and D strings, and ten thousandths (0.010) under the A and E are the advisable measurements.

Where should my mandolin bridge be?

It roughly at those F hole centers. And tune it up to pitch.

How can I make my mandolin louder?

You can possibly tweek “around the edges” to squeeze a little more loudness out of it (string choices, tonegards,) but if you’re not satisfied with the loudness, replacing the mandolin with a louder one is the way to a louder sound.

Why are mandolins so expensive?

Arching an instrument means that it requires more work, and if its hand carved it can balloon the prices. This is why most American made mandolins are at least $1,500. There’s just so many work hours involved to craft a good mandolin that they just can’t be sold as cheaply as guitars.

How hard is playing the mandolin?

It is relatively easy

The mandolin is an easy instrument to learn. Because it has fewer strings compared to many other stringed instruments such as the guitar and violin, reading tablature is definitely a lot easier.