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    Default Ovation Applause

    Hi,

    I have an ovation applause ukulele semi acoustic. It's my favourite to play in a live setting out of all the ukuleles I have. It just feels and sits so well when picked or strummed. However...

    It came with Aquila strings, I read that Martins wee better for this type of ukulele. Uh Uh, we'll not for me anyway. I put on a set of Martin clear fluorocarbon sops .0191. The uke sound tinny and harsh when amped up.

    I'm looking for a warmer more melodic sound a bit like my Luna concert. I know it has a lot to do with the wood etc but could someone recommend a set of strings please.

    Cheers, aye

    markyboy

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    I've never played the Ovation but when I see "warm" Worth Browns are what comes to my mind.
    Kala KA-ACP-CTG. Had the tenor version. Decided tenor's not for me. Got the concert. Sweet!
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    I have a 2 hole acacia koa tenor that came with Aquila strings and used them for a few months. With my limited experience, I thought they were fine, but when I played it for more experienced people, their comment was either it's "bright" or "brash." Then I added a very nice Chinese preamp/tuner/pickup system and realized how brash the sound was. I happened to have a set of Worth strings, so I changed to them and indeed, the sound is now warmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I happened to have a set of Worth strings, so I changed to them and indeed, the sound is now warmer.
    Browns or Clears?

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    Is yours a Tenor or Soprano, Markyboy?

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    I have Southcoasts on both of the Applause ukes I play (tenor and soprano). I really like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kayak Jim View Post
    Browns or Clears?
    They are Clear CT.

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    After reading your original post a couple of times, you have the soprano UAE20 with a passive piezoelectric pickup. This will fix the tinny amped up sound:

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...tive-DI-preamp

    Here's one of my setups using the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI:


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    I have an Ovation soprano kickin' around here somewhere...

    I tried a large varity of strings on the thing, and finally settled on Pro Arte. All of the fluorocarbon strings that I tried made the thing sound like a music box... just terrible.

    (FYI, I have the acoustic only, spruce top, round hole Ovation.)
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    Oasis mediums, Ko-olau alohis, worth clear/browns, Living Waters, Fremont blacks. Hopefully some Ovation owners can help you narrow it down.

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