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Icelander53
04-30-2015, 03:29 PM
I've switched to low g on almost all my ukes now. I'm hooked to low G and it works very well with the music I play. Anywho I have a lot of string sets now that need a single low G.

I was wondering what your favorites are? I've actually liked most low G strings I've used including the Aquila's. I've used Oasis and Koolau and Aquila and South Coast and I've liked them all with maybe a nod going to the South Coasts.

Anyway what do you like and why if you would? I need to buy soon. Oh and where do you get them?

janeray1940
04-30-2015, 03:38 PM
Fremont Soloists, and nothing else. I get mine from HMS, Lucy's Ukulele on eBay, or Uke Republic.

As for why - I really dislike non-wound low G strings, and before these came on the market I liked to use classical guitar wound D strings. The downside was the ones I liked were hard to find and wore out really fast - not to mention they squeak like crazy. Doesn't really bother me but it is noticeable. The Fremont Soloists are made to be "squeakless" - they still have a little squeak, but it's much fainter. They last as long as my other strings do (I do a string change every three months), and since I only play concert and soprano scale one string is enough for two ukes (not so for tenors though).

Have I convinced you?? :)

Icelander53
04-30-2015, 03:45 PM
Sure you have, I'll order a couple and see for myself. Thanks.

DownUpDave
04-30-2015, 03:45 PM
When I was new here I kept hearing about "Freemont Soloist" squeekless polished wound low G. Everybody seemed to say they were a favourite, tried them and loved them. I usually buy 3-4 at a time, can be had for arounf $4.00 each from HMS, Just Strings, Strings and Beyond, Uke Republic, most on line places.

Appears Janeray and I were typing at the same time

janeray1940
04-30-2015, 03:48 PM
When I was new here I kept hearing about "Freemont Soloist" squeekless polished wound low G. Everybody seemed to say they were a favourite, tried them and loved them. I usually buy 3-4 at a time, can be had for arounf $4.00 each from HMS, Just Strings, Strings and Beyond, Uke Republic, most on line places.

Appears Janeray and I were typing at the same time

Great minds! :)

wickedwahine11
04-30-2015, 03:50 PM
The Savarez Cantiga are very nice (514RH) but pricy at about $10 each on Strings ByMail. I third the nomination for the Fremont Soloist as well, and it is much less expensive.

SoloRule
04-30-2015, 03:54 PM
When I was new here I kept hearing about "Freemont Soloist" squeekless polished wound low G. Everybody seemed to say they were a favourite, tried them and loved them. I usually buy 3-4 at a time, can be had for arounf $4.00 each from HMS, Just Strings, Strings and Beyond, Uke Republic, most on line places.

Appears Janeray and I were typing at the same time

Funny this came up. I just found a pack in my new case. Zach must have threw it in for me to try with the Southcoast. My fingers are burning from playing the Koolau gold strings . After playing for hours , my other uke with oasis strings feel like feather.

DownUpDave
04-30-2015, 04:07 PM
Funny this came up. I just found a pack in my new case. Zach must have threw it in for me to try with the Southcoast. My fingers are burning from playing the Koolau gold strings . After playing for hours , my other uke with oasis strings feel like feather.

You have a few things going on there between the two ukes. Your other instrument that has the Oasis is a concert size, it has less string tension than a tenor. #2 is you have a wound G&C string, they will be higher tension and harder on the fingers because they are wound. #3 is the A&E strings being Ko'olah Golds are big and thick and stiff. So your Kanilea comcert with Oasis will feel effortless compared to what you have been playing all day on your new Pono tenor.

I remember Icelander going through the same thing with his new Pono about 6 months ago.

Icelander53
04-30-2015, 04:31 PM
Funny this came up. I just found a pack in my new case. Zach must have threw it in for me to try with the Southcoast. My fingers are burning from playing the Koolau gold strings . After playing for hours , my other uke with oasis strings feel like feather.

I like Ko'olau strings on Pono's very much. South Coast just a bit more and that's what I'm strung with on one of the Pono's. Worth's seem to do well with my Pono's also and my other one is got worths with a Oasis Low G.

SoloRule
04-30-2015, 04:32 PM
You have a few things going on there between the two ukes. Your other instrument that has the Oasis is a concert size, it has less string tension than a tenor. #2 is you have a wound G&C string, they will be higher tension and harder on the fingers because they are wound. #3 is the A&E strings being Ko'olah Golds are big and thick and stiff. So your Kanilea comcert with Oasis will feel effortless compared to what you have been playing all day on your new Pono tenor.



I remember Icelander going through the same thing with his new Pono about 6 months ago.

Dave, your diagnosis is spot on!
So what did Icelander do to solve this issue?

Icelander53
04-30-2015, 04:34 PM
I got used to it and then prefered them. ;)

SoloRule
04-30-2015, 04:34 PM
I like Ko'olau strings on Pono's very much. South Coast just a bit more and that's what I'm strung with on one of the Pono's. Worth's seem to do well with my Pono's also and my other one is got worths with a Oasis Low G.

You answered my question the same time I hit reply. :D

DownUpDave
04-30-2015, 04:45 PM
I got used to it and then prefered them. ;)

This is the trick to it all regarding string tension, hardness, stiffness whatever you want to call it. If you like the sound enough you can get use to any uke strings. Heck just go borrow a friends steel string acoustic guitar and any and all uke strings will feel like silk.

Sorry for hijacking the thread Ice. I have really enjoyed the South Coast RW (round wound) for sound but the Freemont does everything the SC does, is squeekless, cheaper and much more widely available.

sam13
04-30-2015, 05:38 PM
On my re entrant Pono, I use a Mahana or Gold wound third with Bright Oasis for the rest. It is quite nice.

Icelander53
05-01-2015, 02:01 AM
This is the trick to it all regarding string tension, hardness, stiffness whatever you want to call it. If you like the sound enough you can get use to any uke strings. Heck just go borrow a friends steel string acoustic guitar and any and all uke strings will feel like silk.

Sorry for hijacking the thread Ice. I have really enjoyed the South Coast RW (round wound) for sound but the Freemont does everything the SC does, is squeekless, cheaper and much more widely available.

Really? Available where? HMS but the shipping is more than the strings. Elderly is out of them and Uke Republic does not have the wound low G. So where oh where can I buy some????

DownUpDave
05-01-2015, 02:32 AM
Really? Available where? HMS but the shipping is more than the strings. Elderly is out of them and Uke Republic does not have the wound low G. So where oh where can I buy some????


I just googled and Elderly says they are in stock.:-)Better yet is ebay seller "lucysukulele" that janeray had mentiomed. Just checked and instock, $4.00 each and $1.00 shipping. She is in Washington state so you will get it quick.

Remember me come Christmas time :shaka:

Icelander53
05-01-2015, 03:33 AM
Really, I'll check at Elderly again. Thanks

Icelander53
05-01-2015, 03:36 AM
Just checked and they say they are out of stock and backordered.

strumsilly
05-01-2015, 03:52 AM
I just googled and Elderly says they are in stock.:-)Better yet is ebay seller "lucysukulele" that janeray had mentiomed. Just checked and instock, $4.00 each and $1.00 shipping. She is in Washington state so you will get it quick.

Remember me come Christmas time :shaka:
could not find them on ebay, have a link?

stevepetergal
05-01-2015, 04:08 AM
I also like the Fremont soloist, but it sounds just a bit more "nasal" (my word) than the D'addario NYL026W. That's what I use.

gregmchugh
05-01-2015, 04:55 AM
Another option that has been mentioned in the past and that I like are these Thomastik-Infeld classical guitar strings. I use the D and G strings for putting a wound string on the C and Low G. Almost as smooth as the Fremont and I have found the wound C string to sound better on my Kala cedar tenor especially when fingerpicking. The set shown is the one with the wound 3rd string.

https://www.stringsbymail.com/classical-guitar-strings-1/thomastik-infeld-guitar-strings-63/classic-n-series-88/cf128-chrome-3rd-166/

Not sure anyone mentioned the Aquila Red Low G but I have used that also and liked it. Some people seem to like them and others do not. They can be a little finicky to install but I followed the video from Aquila and had no trouble with broken strings. I expect the Aquila Red C string would also be an option to try for replacing a C that is not sounding good.

Icelander53
05-01-2015, 05:04 AM
Wow you'd think if they were such a hot string they would be easier to purchase. Go figure. I may just go with something else. Any more recommendations?

wickedwahine11
05-01-2015, 05:14 AM
Really? Available where? HMS but the shipping is more than the strings. Elderly is out of them and Uke Republic does not have the wound low G. So where oh where can I buy some????

Are they out of stock? Uke Republic shows them listed on their page. http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product/fremont-soloist-squeakless-wound-low-g

Also, on HMS their shipping is only $1.19 if you select first class mail. :) http://www.theukulelesite.com/fremont-soloist-polished-low-g-string.html

Jon Moody
05-01-2015, 05:36 AM
Wow you'd think if they were such a hot string they would be easier to purchase. Go figure. I may just go with something else. Any more recommendations?

Any classical string that is marketed as "smoothwound" or "polished" or "rollerwound" is basically the same thing as the Fremont, so you've got plenty of options.

Icelander53
05-01-2015, 08:10 AM
Thanks, went with uke republic. Also bought some Living Waters Low G and Loprinzi low G, just to see what they sound like.

strumsilly
05-02-2015, 04:31 AM
finally found them on the bay too
http://www.ebay.com/itm/171775705332

stevejfc
05-02-2015, 07:43 AM
Another vote for Fremont Soloist

Icelander53
05-02-2015, 12:10 PM
Yeah yeah I'm convinced. I bought three to try out.

stevejfc
05-02-2015, 12:13 PM
Yeah yeah I'm convinced. I bought three to try out.

You won't be disappointed.

Icelander53
05-02-2015, 12:51 PM
Likely not. I I've been trying different Low G strings and so far I've liked them all more or less. I even think the Aquila low G sounds pretty nice.