Eagle-Puretone Irish Tenor Banjo String Set Light Medium Brian McGrath Custom 11, 17w, 26w, 36w


Finely-Crafted, Precision Nickel Wound Irish Tenor Banjo strings for tuning to 'Irish' G, D, A, E as specified and endorsed by Brian McGrath. Please see below for more details. Loop or Ball Ended 11 plain, 17 Nickel Wound, 26w Nickel Wound, 28w Nickel Wound.

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Our company owner Steve Noon, has himself played Irish tenor banjo for over three decades,  and over these years Steve has interacted with many top professional tenor banjo players.
Steve has noted that there are many different string gauges used by top Irish tenor banjo players.
The string set here is the one preferred by Brian McGrath.
Brian plays with a wonderful feel and a lighter touch to his strings, as such Brian prefers a lighter gauge set which gives him more movement of the strings.
The Eagle-Puretone gauge that Brian prefers and plays on his 19 fret standard scale tenor banjo tuned to G, D, A, E. is 12 plain, 16 plain, 28w Nickel Wound, 38w Nickel Wound
More details about Brian McGrath.
Brian McGrath:
Brian comes from Brookeborough, Co. Fermanagh, an area steeped in traditional music.
Brian’s first professional work was with Dervish. He then joined Four Men And A Dog and played on the award-winning album Barking Mad.
He moved his career on, accompanying Noel Hill, Paul Brock and Frankie Gavin, among others, before joining the Sean Keane Band as pianist.
Brian joined De Dannan where he stayed till the band broke up in 2003.
Brian now plays with At The Racket, and is much sought after as a session musician on piano, banjo and mandolin.
He has toured extensively, playing with all the biggest names in Irish traditional music, including Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, John Carty, Matt Molloy, Paul Brock, Charlie Lennon, Joe Burke, Sean Maguire, Brian Rooney, Cathal Hayden, Joe Derrane, Arty McGlynn, Alec Finn, Alan Kelly, Angelina Carberry & Dan Brouder, Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell, Tommy Fleming, Steve Cooney and Eleanor Shanley, as well as doing extensive TV and media work.
Brian’s Irish Tenor Banjo solo album  ‘Pure Banjo’ is much acclaimed in the traditional Irish music world, this excellent album also features Alec Finn, Arty McGlynn amongst others.


Number of Strings
4 String
Instrument Suitability
Banjo, 4 String Banjo,
String Weighting
String Winding
Plain + Roundwound
String Fitting Type
Ball End, Loop End,
String Winding Material
Nickel, Phosphor Bronze,

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