2 or 3 years ago I posted this excerpt from Pete Seeger's book "How to play the 5-string Banjo (1961)" where he talks about using fishing leader to string banjos. I told you at the time that I would try this out and I'm close to being true to my word. Pete gives us a few great hints, but there is a little more to this than he lets on about.
(Tippet/Leader size chart courtesy of The Fly Fishing Basics)
Yesterday morning I was in a bit of a fugue as I picked up my Highwayman banjo to discover that the 5th string had snapped. This, after only a matter of days since the 1st string had snapped. It's not happening all that often.. just enough to annoy me. It's consistently at the tail end so I definitely need to do a little work there to smooth things off a little. The thing is, it's the same bloody strings that are snapping and I tend to buy sets. You can no doubt see the quandary.
By happy chance I stumbled across an article at Got A Ukulele where Barry Maz was talking about stringing his ukes up with fishing leader. He refers to another article by wolfwithane that I think might have been his inspiration. There's lots of information on both the pages along with links for potential leader supplies. This was all I needed to pick up the baton.
Here's the reel I went for in the end. The line is apparently "invisible". Let's hope not else I'll have a whole new set of problems to contend with! ;-)
Will this line sound like it should? We'll just have to wait and see!