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    Although I have an adoration for Southcoast strings, and use them on most of my instruments, for spruce (like my Pono below on my signature), Worth Browns are superb. I know what you mean, the spruce has a tad "boominess", as you say. Perhaps some could call it a lack ot string distinction---crisp and clean, but muddiness string to string. The Worth Browns for me kept the spruce sound, but took the "pucker" out of it.

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    I use La Bella strings on my Spruce. They are nicely balanced, with clear and distinct tones. The low g is sold separately and is wound.

    Spruce is a very bright wood. Instead of toning it down, I like to embrace it- as long as it sounds good.

    I like La Bella enough that I am going to try them on some of my other uke, too. They sound good on both of my Pepe's (the CBU is mahogany).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe90 View Post
    Hi guys, i currently have a solid spruce top uke kala concert with aquilas on it, i feel they are too boomy if that makes sense and it actually has a boom sound when strummed. Is this the spruce at work or will a different set of strings relieve it a bit?
    If so what would you lot pair with spruce? Thanks joe
    If Aquila strings are too boomy, try D'Addario Nyltech. I got a set on my spruce top boat paddle, and think they sound just right.

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    I've tried many strings on my spruce top cigar box uke - Fremont Blackline works the best for me

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    I also agree with Living Water Strings. If you can't get them, Martin fluorocarbon are excellent, too.
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    So, Joe90, in review of this thread, it's pretty clear that any strings, except what you have on here now, will work. Lol

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    I tried Aquilla's on my Pono ATD tenor.... and they were awful! Kept them on for a week to see if they would settle... they didn't. Changed them out for D'Adarrio Titanium and they seem to work fine. Funny thing, the Aquillas sound great on my Lanakai Mango Tenor.... in fact, they enhanced the sound of it. Go figure!

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    Seems i have a wealth of options then lol, no real marraige between spruce and a certain strings. Thanks for all the help.
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    I have a spruce top tenor with Living Water strings. Works perfectly. A look there :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmmDFAQzi6o

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