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    Default "Brittle" Sounding A Strings

    Do any of you all have a(n) ukulele with an A string that sounds "brittle"? I have a Kala all solid wood mahogany tenor that has sweet sounding G, C, and E strings but the A string just doesn't have that sweet tone to it. I am running a Fremont blackline low G string setup on that instrument. I've also had several other instruments where the A string just didn't have that mellowness to it that the other strings have.

    I know that the farther you strum or pick towards the headstock, the more mellow tones you will get and conversely, nearer the bridge will give more treble. Unfortunately, the A string can't be made to sound good even by strumming position.

    Any thoughts or ideas on how to bring some mellowness out of those pesky A strings?
    Last edited by WhenDogsSing; 06-10-2013 at 08:42 AM.

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    I'd try Worth Brown Fats. The wider gauge may soften the tone.

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    I've had a couple ukes where the A-string lacked the tone quality and resonance of the other strings. A higher tension string can sometimes help (Savarez Alliance 541 R, is one ). But on some ukes nothing works.

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    You need a thicker softer compound strings if you are comfortable with them...Ko'olau alohi is probally the ones to try...

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    The A string is always the peskiest.
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    Thanks everyone. I'll try some of these suggestions on the Kala.

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