Chris Thile on D’Addario’s EXP Strings for Mandolin


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Since he first appeared on the scene, Chris Thile has redefined what a truly gifted musician can do with a mandolin. From traditional Monroe-flavored Bluegrass to sophisticated Newgrass, Thile’s mastery of his instrument sets a high bar.

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For over 15 years, Thile played with his popular band, Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums, sold two million records, and was awarded a GRAMMY®. In February 2012, Punch Brothers, Thile's main group of musical collaborators, released their new album, Who’s Feeling Young Now? on Nonesuch Records – the same company that released the GRAMMY–nominated Sleep with One Eye Open, an inspired collaboration between Thile and guitarist Michael Daves in which the duo acknowledges the history and tradition of bluegrass while exuberantly defying convention.

Thile also recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma for The Goat Rodeo Sessions and won a 2013 GRAMMY Award for his work with the legendary cellist. 

However, Chris Thile is proof that when it comes to finding coated strings that offer great protection without sacrificing quality of sound or feel, even GRAMMY Award winners find it tough.

“I was having to work too hard to get sound out of the instrument,” he says.

Then, Thile made the switch to D’Addario strings. Right away, he noticed the difference.

“The core of the sound is more reliable, more substantial. It helps the mandolin feel like a more substantial instrument than it is naturally.”

D’Addario is proud to officially welcome this GRAMMY® Award winning musician to its distinguished roster of EXP artists. Here, Thile plays D’Addario EXP75 and EXP74 mandolin strings.

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