8-String Sets
Need some strings for your 8-string electric mandolin? (If you want a 5-string set, I also have those.) If you have a magnetic pickup, you shouldn't use bronze acoustic mandolin strings, because you'll get a weak signal. Emando sells a set of nickel steel strings for standard GDAE tuning. Here are the details:

String Normal
G (4th) .040 .038 .034   The A and E strings are plain steel; the G and D strings are roundwound with nickel steel. Sets are available with either loop-end or ball-end strings. You will automatically get ball-end strings unless you specify loop-end.
D (3rd) .026 .024 .022
A (2nd) .015 .014 .013
E (1st) .011 .010 .009
PRICE: $7 a set, plus shipping.   PAYMENT: To buy 8-string sets using PayPal, simply make your selection below:
Overseas shipping: If you live outside the United States or Canada, please click the "Ship overseas" button to add $3.50 to the shipping fee.
To pay the old-fashioned way, use the shipping rates at the left and send a check or money order payable to

Martin Stillion
8027 242nd St SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Domestic shipping via U.S. mail  
1–2 sets $2.50   
3–4 sets $3.50  
5–8 sets $4.00  
9–10 sets $5.00  
11 sets $5.50  
(if you want to order more, let me know)

Along with your payment, please include your name, address (P.O. boxes OK), and e-mail address, and specify loop-end or ball-end. If you're ordering from overseas, please first so I can figure out the shipping rate.

If you want to calculate the string tension you'll get when you put these strings on your mandolin, use this handy calculation tool. I'm not the only one to offer 8-string sets, although I may be the only one selling them in ball-end. They're somewhat easier to find than they used to be, but still not what you'd call commonplace. Here are some photos of string packages from manufacturers past and present. See the FAQ for further advice on which strings to purchase for your e-mando.

Black Diamond
Black Diamond
La Bella
La Bella