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dave alexander
03-06-2009, 01:01 PM
Now don't anybody get all high an mighty. I own a few good ukes, but a Rogue Baritone fit my need to have an instrument to keep at school (where I teach 4th grade.)

The kids like to bang away, and I don't want to risk damage to a decent instrument.

My issue is -- The thing plays like a brick. Very little sound. The strings seem awfully thick. I know, a crappy uke is probably always going to be crappy.

Would better strings help? Should I just set it on fire? Or cut it into a cigar box uke? Pour cement inside and sink her?

(Back on the 70's cops shows, the police always carried a "throwdown" piece, a gun which they'd put on a suspect if they accidentally killed an unarmed man. I figure any uke you really wouldn't play for friends as a "throwdown.")

cjensen91910
03-06-2009, 01:07 PM
I had one of the Rogue baris for awhile a couple of years ago. Put a set of Martin strings on it and it was an improvement. Finally gave it away to some one else who wanted to learn Uke. Good kids machine for learning.

thejumpingflea
03-06-2009, 01:38 PM
Maybe try Aquila Nylguts. They make cheaper ukes sound great. :D

Pippin
03-06-2009, 02:18 PM
Try D'Addarios, they are heavier than the GHS strings that most low-priced ukes have on them from the factory.

tad
03-06-2009, 04:13 PM
Worths can really make a cheapie sound a lot better.

But overall, yeah-- better strings *will* improve it. They don't work miracles, but they can really help.

grappler
03-06-2009, 04:24 PM
Worths can really make a cheapie sound a lot better.

But overall, yeah-- better strings *will* improve it. They don't work miracles, but they can really help.

worths are great!

HoldinCoffee
03-08-2009, 05:31 PM
Yeah, go with the worths (clear).

Uke Republic
03-08-2009, 06:00 PM
Cement, no good strings will improve a lot of ukes. You won't have to spend much to find out.