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.