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SoloRule
06-09-2015, 03:48 AM
I have this set of brand new Southcoast strings on my brand new Pono for under a month.
The A string started to peel this week and it has gotten worse. Just wondering if this has happened to any of you?
I replaced the damaged A string with Oasis but the remaining are still Southcoast. I hope it's OK.80424
See picture attached.

PhilUSAFRet
06-09-2015, 04:24 AM
Nope, never, and I have Southcoast strings on my Pono tenor 6 string, my Mele 6 string concert with no problems. Contact Dirk at Southcoast post haste and he'll make it right.

Rakelele
06-09-2015, 04:32 AM
There has recently been a similar thread here (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?105341-Why-do-my-Worth-strings-keep-fraying). In post #27, I have been reporting the same issue (A string fraying) with a set of new Southcoast HML-RW.

coolkayaker1
06-09-2015, 04:32 AM
Exact same brand and A string with precisely the same issue: fraying, peeling string. I had a suspicion it might be the same brand before I clicked on your thread for the details, Solo. Mine was, maybe, two months after I put it on; a soprano, as I recall. I have never, ever had this issue with any other string.

Dirk said it can be related to any nick or imperfection in the string, which could have happened at SC, or by me when I put it on. That said, he replaced it immediately, completely free of charge, by mail.

I love SC strings, and used them on several ukes; still would if I needed an uncommon string package. But, with the price as it is (high), I have moved on to use other strings (mainly Fremont Blacklines, from Japan, which are $8 per set from Elderly and others, with 15% more off if you wait for their sale, like they had last month; or Martin strings or Aquilas which are always around $5 a set).

Dirk will do you right.

Hippie Dribble
06-09-2015, 04:56 AM
Haven't heard of this with southcoasts before. Sure have with worth clears though. Many times with their bottom A's. Sheez, buggers those things are sometimes, as good as they sound.

But, the good news: next to Andrew at HMS, Dirk is the epitome of awesomeness as a person and as a seller. He will, as others have mentioned ad nauseum here, sort things out before your kettle's even boiled.

coolkayaker1
06-09-2015, 06:44 AM
sort things out before your kettle's even boiled.

Love it, Jon. Fun!

SoloRule
06-09-2015, 09:14 AM
this email just came in From Andrew at HMS:

I haven't seen that before either. Could you send these pics to Dirk at Southcoast at - sales@southcoastukes.com and see if he will send you another set. Let me know what he says and if he doesn't help you out then we will. Thank you and my apologies for the trouble.
Aloha,

Andrew Kitakis
www.theukulelesite.com
Shop (808)622-8000
Cell (808)781-9168
JUN 09, 2015 | 02:06AM HST

mocash2003
06-09-2015, 09:31 AM
This just happened to my Southcoast HML-RW A string as well..

SoloRule
06-09-2015, 09:47 AM
This just happened to my Southcoast HML-RW A string as well..

Just email Dirk. Let's see what he says and I will post it here.

bazmaz
06-09-2015, 09:51 AM
I've heard of stories like this on a few types of fluorocarbon strings - not just Southcoasts lately. I figure it is down to the original line manufacturers and some faulty batches getting out there. Certainly not normal.

Recstar24
06-09-2015, 09:58 AM
This happened to two worth clear a strings for me. Mya moe took care of me and sent me replacement a strings immediately. Just ordered a set of HML-RW's, see how that goes ;)

Icelander53
06-09-2015, 01:15 PM
I have this set of brand new Southcoast strings on my brand new Pono for under a month.
The A string started to peel this week and it has gotten worse. Just wondering if this has happened to any of you?
I replaced the damaged A string with Oasis but the remaining are still Southcoast. I hope it's OK.80424
See picture attached.

Yes especially that E and A strings. They were peeling within weeks. I'm still using them.

wickedwahine11
06-09-2015, 02:37 PM
No peeling, but the last two sets of Southcoasts I used had the A string snap on me. The first when I was installing them, the second the next day. I have two more sets left but haven't bothered to try them and went back to using my Savarez. It is too bad, I really have loved Southcoast in the past. But now after being out the money for two sets that didn't last 24 hours, I am hesitant to order them again. That being said, they were always great for me before so I would consider them again - just not as my first choice.

tangimango
06-09-2015, 03:49 PM
if you use fluorocarbon long enough, it happens time to time. mostly the A string, then the E and even the G.

CTurner
06-09-2015, 03:57 PM
When something like this happens, it is good to contact the seller. Dirk at SC will do you right. Of course you want to get your money's worth, but you need to let him know what happened.


No peeling, but the last two sets of Southcoasts I used had the A string snap on me. The first when I was installing them, the second the next day. I have two more sets left but haven't bothered to try them and went back to using my Savarez. It is too bad, I really have loved Southcoast in the past. But now after being out the money for two sets that didn't last 24 hours, I am hesitant to order them again. That being said, they were always great for me before so I would consider them again - just not as my first choice.

bunnyf
06-09-2015, 03:59 PM
I use Living Waters fluorocarbons on several of my ukes and have for some time and never had any issues whatsoever.

wickedwahine11
06-09-2015, 04:05 PM
When something like this happens, it is good to contact the seller. Dirk at SC will do you right. Of course you want to get your money's worth, but you need to let him know what happened.

Thanks - I actually bought them at HMS. I didn't want Andrew to be out the money and so just figured it was my bad luck.

DownUpDave
06-09-2015, 04:28 PM
I must have horseshoes. I have the HML- RW on two tenors with no issues. I have the mediums on another tenor with no issues. Worth clears on two others and all is good. These are between one and eight months old with a lot of playing time.

Of course I have just jinked myself. But as others have said Dirk is great and will take care of any SC string issues.

SoloRule
06-09-2015, 05:06 PM
I must have horseshoes. I have the HML- RW on two tenors with no issues. I have the mediums on another tenor with no issues. Worth clears on two others and all is good. These are between one and eight months old with a lot of playing time.

Of course I have just jinked myself. But as others have said Dirk is great and will take care of any SC string issues.

I will need you to re do all my strings if Dirk replace the set. Thanks in advance Mr String Man! :-)

coolkayaker1
06-09-2015, 05:45 PM
Not to hijack the thread, but as we await Solo to post what Dirk tells him, can anyone tell me: what are Fremont Blacklines? Nylon, right? They're kind of matte and not really slippery (like KoOlau strings, which are shiny and slippery nylon). Thanks for any answers.

wayfarer75
06-10-2015, 03:55 AM
Not to hijack the thread, but as we await Solo to post what Dirk tells him, can anyone tell me: what are Fremont Blacklines? Nylon, right? They're kind of matte and not really slippery (like KoOlau strings, which are shiny and slippery nylon). Thanks for any answers.

The Black Lines are fluorocarbon.

Hammond
06-10-2015, 08:47 PM
I hope your issue been solved. I am curious about what cause it.

I use SouthCoast strings over year and didn't had similar issue. Even many sets have been re-strung many times, while it is not recommended.

SoloRule
06-11-2015, 02:43 AM
I finally received a reply from Southcoast. I told him that I would still buy Southcoast. It's feel and sound the best.

Thanks for the kind words on our strings. A replacement leaves today – you’ll see a shipping notice to confirm.

We appreciate your patience -

Dirk Wormhoudt
the Southcoast Ukulele & Guitar Company
501 Marigny Avenue
Mandeville, Louisiana 70448-5239
(504) 491-1699
southcoastukes.com

Recstar24
06-16-2015, 08:11 PM
Good to hear. Unfortunately my new set I just installed today the A string started fraying.

I emailed dirk and I'm sure it will be all good. He's been awesome on all my previous emails as very informative.

coolkayaker1
06-17-2015, 12:28 AM
Something tells me strings shouldn't peel and fray as often as mentioned here.

Icelander53
06-17-2015, 01:25 AM
Agree, I'm setting on three more SC string sets and now I expect this issue with all of them unfortunately. That's a major bummer. (relatively I mean, in the scheme of things it's a non issue)

And while both the 1st and 2nd string are fraying quite a bit I really can't hear a loss of much. I have another exact copy Pono to compare it to. So that's cool.

wayfarer75
06-17-2015, 04:09 AM
My newest uke has Southcoast strings--Light Mediums, if I remember right. I have a set of Martins on hand and some Living Waters on the way if these go bananas on me. It's weird, though. I haven't heard of this happening to anyone until now, and it certainly hasn't happened to me. I've been playing my ukes with fluoro strings almost exclusively.

Recstar24
06-17-2015, 05:22 AM
Dirk is sending me another A string. I should also add this has happened to me on 2 sets of worth string clears. This issue may be more connected to the material of fluorocarbon rather than a particular brand.

Regardless, they sound fantastic. A very natural, balanced, acoustic quality to it.

wayfarer75
06-19-2015, 03:30 AM
I'm replacing the Southcoast strings on my new Barron River with Oasis brights--I forgot I had those. I noticed last night that the A string had flattened out over the saddle. The other strings look fine, but I might as well change them too. This uke had been for sale for a while, so not sure how old they were. I put a new A string on right away, but I didn't have time to do the other 3 yet; this is my first uke with a pin bridge so I'm slow.