Kaia Kater – Our newest artist endorser!

We’ve long admired Kaia’s discipline in study and execution of heartfelt banjo playing and songwriting. So it’s an understatement to say we’re happy to have her joining the Straight Up Strings family! On a trajectory predicted by just about everyone who’s seen her perform, Kaia’ recent album, Nine Pin, is nominated for Folk Alliance’s Album of the Year, and she’s also made lists at No Depression and NPR’s Heavy Rotation.


“Straight Up Strings’ high-quality banjo heavies and mediums provide my old-time clawhammer sound with a very clear tone, while also being durable. Playing them is a breeze!” Kaia Kater

Jeff Scroggins on Banjo, Everybody!

We’re pleased to welcome and highlight another banjo icon, Jeff Scroggins, of Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, and announce that he’s playing Straight Up Strings for Banjo. Jeff is widely known in bluegrass circles for his lightening-fast licks and style. He’s been playing our strings for a while now, along with his mandolinist son, Tristan, also an endorsing artist, and now it’s official! This band is one to follow, for sure…and we’re not the only ones that think so. Welcome, Jeff!

“Straight Up Strings play with such great clarity and have a wonderfully unique tone; the first time I tried them the difference was stunning!”

Aaron Youngberg Knows What Sounds Good

Banjo performer, Aaron Youngberg, of Colorado’s FY5 has spent over a decade teaching banjo students and professionally producing high-quality acoustic recording projects. He got his hands on our Straight Up Strings for banjo about a year ago, and hasn’t looked back.

“I love the bite and the attack of Straight Up Strings!” Aaron Youngberg, FY5

Aaron currently tours with Finnders & Youngberg and has toured with The Billy Pilgrims and Hit & Run Bluegrass. Aaron owns and operates Swingfingers Recording Studios in Fort Collins, CO.

We love having engaged, respected instructors and performers playing our strings. A big welcome to Aaron!