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    Default Guitalele strings - Worth?

    Hi everyone,
    I have 2 Guitaleles (sort of). One is the Yamaha GL-1, the other is a Strunal 1/4 size classical guitar, but with a scale length of 17" and tuned ADGCEa. It's actually really cool and sounds great (a little more guitar-ish than uke-ish). Anyway - I'm experimenting with strings on the Yamaha and the Strunal. Several people have recommended D'Addario J45s or J46s (classical guitar strings). They seem a bit fat for the nut slot (I'm trying them now) - but like I said I'm still experimenting.
    Has anyone tried Worth tenor (clear or brown) strings on their Guitalele? I'm thinking this would make more sense for at least the CEa strings. Or if there is a post discussing Worth strings on Guitaleles please let me know.
    On a side note, our local music shop has ordered a Cordoba Guilele for me to try (when it's available in August 2011).
    Thanks!
    Jill
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    I bought a set of LaBella fractional strings for a 1/4 size guitar. My D-VI is now tuned EADGBE.
    Before these I was using Worth or Aquila low G and a D'addario Classical guitar 6th & 5th string (E & A)
    tuned ADGCEA. I also used Labella requinto strings.
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    Hi, on my GL-1 I use Worth Clear for strings 1 and 2 (E and a) and the rest are Pro Arte EJ45C with the special composite string 3, they worked out fine for me - on my GL6 I have Worth Brown for strings 1 and 2 and again the EJ45C for the other 4 strings and again I am very happy with the results. They are both tunes to A same as yours.
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    whoops I got it wrong slightly

    On my GL-1 I actually used Augustine Blue for strings one and two. I set it all out in the text that accompanies this Tchaikovsky tune I put on youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMB4I0N0oRk

    but the GL6 is as I stated above
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    I asked Daniel Ho a few weeks ago about what he uses on his DVI, he said he uses the LaBella Requinto strings.
    - Aaron

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    I use normal classical guitar strings for all my guitarlele....but I tend to use high tension on the basses and normal tension for the treble.
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    As I've put in another post, I've used the La Bella's with the black treble strings (I forget what they are called) but they are awful, the black trebles are really dead sounding.

    So I now use Pro Arte EJ43 light tension on my guitalele DVI, they sound stunning almost piano like.

    -james
    Sticks of choice:
    - Mainland Concert Mahogany - Makala Dolphin -
    Strings:
    Worth / Aquila



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    Quote Originally Posted by fumanshu View Post
    I use normal classical guitar strings for all my guitarlele....but I tend to use high tension on the basses and normal tension for the treble.
    +1 on this.

    I called and asked the Yamaha folks. They said it was designed to use regular classical guitar strings. The higher tuning compensates for the shorter length so the tension is about normal.
    -Hodge
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    Thanks everyone.
    What I find interesting is that most of you don't use Worth Tenor 'ukulele strings. Intuitively I would think these would be more suited to the Guitalele due to the scale length and the nut and saddle slots.... Hmm.
    I have some of the D'addario EJ46 and EJ44 (Classical Guitar) strings which I'll try - they sure seem kinda thick/fat to me? By the way, does it take a long time for nylon strings to settle in? I'm trying these on my tiny 1/4 Strunal guitar (17" scale) and they've been out of tune (flat) for days!
    Jill
    Ko'olau Custom Koa Cutaway Tenor
    Cordorba 32T (Pepe) Spruce/Rosewood Tenor
    KoAloha Tenor
    Honu Concert
    Cordoba Guilele
    Yamaha Guitalele GL-1
    Kala UBass

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    yeah thats why I would go with the EJ43's. Worth strings are great but bit mellow for my DVI, its all about matching the strings to the uke. + I'd then have to buy additional base strings which to be honest I can't be bothered with money and hassle wise since EJ43's do it for me great.

    The DVI is designed for regular classical guitar strings, but with all guitars its then down to a case of finding the right gauge for you and your instrument.. lighter, medium or heavier strings.
    Sticks of choice:
    - Mainland Concert Mahogany - Makala Dolphin -
    Strings:
    Worth / Aquila



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