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9:41 am
June 6, 2014


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Straight Up Strings: Balanced Mandolin Strings Announced

A new development in strings

Atascadero, CA – Most musicians assume that strings are just strings, and that everything possible has been done to improve them. And for years, mandolin players have been correct in this assumption. At the same time, they’ll concede that there is an imbalance in tone, sustain and clarity between the outer pairs of strings (over the posts) and the inner pairs of strings (over the more flexible center of the saddle). This is a result of near-universal acceptance of the 2-piece moveable bridge, and has been assumed to be an unsolved flaw in bridge design.


Straight Up Strings by Siminoff are designed to combat this challenge through compensated downpressures on the strings, a brand new development for moveable bridge instruments. Throughout two years of testing, Roger Siminoff of Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin Parts, measured and calculated the optimal downpressures for each pair of strings, along with unique plain-to-wrapped ratios to compensate for the ability of the outer strings (E and G) to more effectively interact with the soundboard, and the inherent dampening effect of the floating inner strings (A and D) which have no posts through which to drive the sound (see YouTube video explaining this). The result is improved string-to-string balance in tone, clarity and sustain.

“I can hear every note of every chord,” commented an hours-long tester of the medium gauge set. Mandolin players who range from ecstatic to curious to dubious are welcome to stop by and test them at the Siminoff Banjo and Mandolin booth in the Luthiers’ Pavillion at the California Bluegrass Association’s annual Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, CA on June 12 – 15, 2014. Roger Siminoff will also be at the booth to discuss the process and technology.

Roger Siminoff, developer of Straight Up Strings and formerly of Pickin’ Magazine and FRETS Magazine, has been focused on strings for over 25 years, and was a driving force in convincing the major string manufacturers to post string gauges and loads on packaging.

Straight Up Strings are currently available in medium gauge as single-, 3-pack, and 6-pack options at Shipping June 16, 2014. Email amy (at) with questions or feedback.


String Tension: What it Means and How It Became Important” by Roger Siminoff at

Straight Up Strings by Siminoff – Balanced Mandolin Strings” by Roger Siminoff at YouTube.

“Straight Up Strings” Product Page.

For more information contact:

Amy Sullivan

Phone: (805) 365-7111

( amy (at) siminoff (dot) net