Optima Mandolin Strings
"As with all other brands, Optima mandolin strings benefit from a short break in period. During this time the strings will develop its characteristic sweet tone, and Optima's hard wearing qualities will ensure that the tone will will last."
We will be happy to quote prices for special orders on Optima strings not listed above, or for volume discounts
Our introductory prices for Optima strings includes free shipping in the continental USA. Optima USA will also include sales tax for all California customers. USPS (United States Postal Service) is our standard delivery method and normal ground delivery is 3 to 7 business days. For alternate shipping methods, delivery to Hawaii, Alaska, and to foreign countries, please inquire.
The Optima 2135 set contains a total of 8 strings consisting of (two each): E1, A2, D3 and G4.
The Optima 2135 is Flatwound mandolin string set. The plain E strings are made of corrosion resistant chrome-steel while the wound A, D and G strings are pure nickel flatwound polished (on chrome steel). The Optima 2135 is ideal strings for the professional mandolin player.
E Chromsteel .011
A Nickel Flat Wound, polished .014w
D Nickel Flat Wound, polished .021w
G Nickel Flat Wound, polished .032w
OPTIMA 2135.H (set) --- Heavy gauge
The Optima 2135.H set contains a total of 8 strings consisting of (two each): E1, A2, D3 and G4.
The Optima 2135.H is Flatwound mandolin string set. The plain E strings are made of corrosion resistant chrome-steel while the wound A, D and G strings are pure nickel flatwound polished (on chrome steel). The Optima 2135.H is ideal strings for the professional mandolin player.
E Chromsteel .012
A Nickel Flat Wound, polished .015w
D Nickel Flat Wound, polished .022w
G Nickel Flat Wound, polished .033w
The Optima 4105 is our most popular mandolin string set. The plain E and A strings are made of corrosion resistant chrome-steel while the wound D and G strings are made with a hexagonal steel core, allowing the specially polished windings to be more securely wrapped. The result is a durable string with brilliance and fullness and which is quiet on the fingers,
E Chromsteel .010
A Chromsteel .013
D Special alloy, polished .022w
G Special alloy, polished .035w
OPTIMA J-series Mandolin Strings
develop strings for players of arched top mandolins, such as the Gibson F and A style models, as well as for players who prefer a heavier string.
The J-series strings are made in two string gauges; the medium-light gauge J-13 set is available now and the medium-heavy gauge J-14 will be available soon.
Both sets feature silver-steel for the E and A strings, and a phosphor bronze wrapped D and G on a hex steel core. Combining power, brilliance and projection,
the J-series (see testimonials below) is a fine addition to our 4105 and 2105 mandolin strings.
Here are some comments from players who have used the J-13 strings:
“The strings are brilliant and clear sounding with a strong fundamental. They are true and the pairs remain in tune all the way up the neck. They are powerful and
project well. They have a nice feel to them being neither to stiff nor too thin. Overall I would say that Optima did a great job on this string and I will be glad to recommend them to others in the mandolin world.”
Mark Davis (http://markmdavis.com/)
“I really liked your strings. Good tone and a good feel.” (B. O.)
"The strings, of course, are of superior quality..." (R. S.)
"The sound is very clear ... " (S. D.)