Strings
Electric mandola strings
Need some strings for your 8-string electric mandola? You've come to the right place. You can order regular or flatwound. (If you want 5-string or 8-string standard mandolin sets, or mandocello or octave mandolin sets, I sell those, too.) If you have a magnetic pickup, you need nickel steel strings like these; they'll provide a stronger signal than bronze acoustic strings. These strings are for CGDA tuning. Here are the details:

    
ROUNDWOUND
String
Normal
(15–17")
Light
(17–19")
Ultralight
C (4th) .048 .046 .044
G (3rd) .034 .032 .028
D (2nd) .022 .020 .018
A (1st) .014 .013 .012
 
End
Type
Gauge
The A strings are plain steel; the C, G, and D strings are roundwound with either nickel steel or phosphor bronze. Sets are available with either loop-end or ball-end strings. You will automatically get ball-end strings unless you specify loop-end.
 
PRICE: $8 a set, plus shipping.
End
Type
Gauge
Domestic shipping via U.S. mail
1 set $2.50
2–3 sets $3.50
4–7 sets $4.00
8–9 sets $5.00
10 sets $5.50
(if you want to order more, let me know)
FLATWOUND
String
Normal
(15–17")
Light
(17–19")
42–12
C (4th) .048 .045 .042
G (3rd) .035 .032 .032
D (2nd) .022 .020 .020
A (1st) .014 .013 .012
 
End
Gauge
The A strings are plain steel; the C, G, and D strings are D'Addario Chromes flatwound with stainless steel. Sets are available with either loop-end or ball-end strings. You will automatically get ball-end strings unless you specify loop-end.
PRICE: $28 a set, plus shipping.

End
Gauge
Domestic shipping via U.S. mail
1 set $3.50
2 sets $4.50
3+ sets $6.50
(if you want to order more, let me know)

To pay the old-fashioned way, use the shipping rates above and send a check or money order payable to

Emando.com
8027 242nd St. SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

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 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
Fender
La Bella
La Bella