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E strings unwinding at the loop

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May 17, 2021 - 8:29:23 AM
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South Africa

1 posts since 5/17/2021

Hi There
I'm new to Mandolins but I do play guitar/ ukelele.

I want to know if anyone else has had a problem with both the E strings unwinding at the loop. I bought new strings and while I was tuning the first E unwound its self. Two days later the second E went.

I didn't over tighten

Thanks Andrew

May 17, 2021 - 9:26:37 AM



1015 posts since 1/3/2011

Hello and welcome.

It may be the brand you have. FWIW, D'Addario J74 strings should not do that, unless there is an issue with your instrument. Purchase those. If that's what you purchased, then contact D'Addario.

May 17, 2021 - 9:34:19 AM

259 posts since 1/12/2011

Never had strings of any gauge do that ! Probably the brand !

May 17, 2021 - 3:19:47 PM

9 posts since 1/3/2011

That's a new one on me. Must be faulty strings. Is it an off-brand set?

May 17, 2021 - 4:38:44 PM
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81 posts since 9/5/2016

Yes, this has been reported by others in past years. Here is the last post I can recall.

Basically two topics get talked about. One is faulty or counterfeit string sets. The second has to do with tailpiece design and usage.

I have never experienced this in four decades plus of playing multiple mandolins.

May 25, 2021 - 5:39:09 AM



99 posts since 12/30/2010

There was a problem with D'Addario strings in the past doing that. A friend bought a package of ten or 12 sets and ended up contacting D'Addario about the D'Addario J74 strings. But that was several years ago, so it could be a bad batch of strings, or as someone else said, counterfeit strings especially if you got them from eBay or Amazon.

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