Bouzouki/octave mandolin strings, nickel
Need some strings for your 8-string electric octave mandolin or bouzouki? You've come to the right place. Choose an option below, or design your own set. (If you want 5-string or 8-string standard mandolin sets, or mandocello sets, I also have those.) If you have a magnetic pickup, you need nickel steel strings like these; they'll provide a stronger signal than bronze acoustic strings. Octave mandolin sets are for GDAE, GDAD, or ADAD tuning with all strings tuned in unison pairs. The Irish and Greek bouzouki sets are the ones to use if you want to tune with octave pairs on the lower courses (which is optional for Irish players but pretty much obligatory for Greek ones). Here are the details:
Octave mandolin: GDAE
(unison pairs)
Strings up to .016" are plain steel; heavier 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.
G (4th)
.054 .046 .044 .040  
D (3rd)
.038 .034 .032 .028
A (2nd)
.024 .024 .022 .016
E (1st)
.013 .013 .012 .011
Irish bouzouki: GDAD or ADAD
(octave pairs)
Greek bouzouki: CFAD
(octave pairs)
PAYMENT: To buy octave sets using PayPal, simply make your selection below:

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

G (4th)
C (4th)
D (3rd)
F (3rd)
A (2nd)
A (2nd)
E (1st)
D (1st)
PRICE: $8 a set, plus shipping.  
Domestic shipping via U.S. mail
1 set
23 sets
47 sets
89 sets
10 sets
(if you want to order more, let me know)


If you want to calculate the string tension you'll get when you put these strings on your mandolin, use this handy calculation tool. Along with your payment, please include your name, address (P.O. boxes OK), and e-mail address, and specify loop-end or ball-end.