Q: Which strings would be good for five-string
A: There are two sets that I like. The D'Addario
Zyex give a sweeter richer sound, the D'Addario Helicores speak
faster and give a sharper, more present sound. Today I have Zyex
on my favorite 5 string viola. I prefer a plain .010" steel
E string. You can raise the pitch of a string by shortening it or
by tightening it. A violin E is about 13" long. A viola
E is at least 14" long. Hence, there is more tension on a viola
E. On a plain steel string the whole diameter of the string is adding
to its strength. A wound E string is only as strong as the core
wire. My experience is that if your five string is 15" and
you have a fine tuner on a traditional wooden tail piece, any E
string on the market will fit. If, for some reason, a standard
E is too short for your Five String, you can use a .010 guitar string.
Music wire is music wire. The string is exactly the same.