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JackLuis
08-24-2015, 11:16 AM
I have a Caramel concert that came with Aquila strings on it but I wanted to try some 'softer' strings. It seems to like D'Adario Carbons, low G, Tenors but these were used so I took them off and put on GHS H-20's which are 'high tension' strings. ( I should'a read the package better!) :(

The GHS H-20 are like playing blades of glass, hard on the fingers and don't sound all that good on this Caramel zebra wood concert.
I want to try a lower tension softer string set in Low G on it as it is nice an mellow sounding.

SInce D'Adario doesn't offer a Low G set for concerts, I'm wondering what other strings might work?

Any suggestions?

Camsuke
08-24-2015, 11:27 AM
These may suit;
https://www.stringsbymail.com/ukulele-strings-684/oasis-ukulele-strings-2521/

JackLuis
08-24-2015, 12:05 PM
I haven't heard of Oasis before. I'm a nube, of course. Should I try the "Warm" set first? I want the uke to sound softer than my Ohana spruce top with Aquila's.

Camsuke
08-24-2015, 02:02 PM
Hi Jack, I can tell you that the Oasis strings are not high tension and they are quite comfortable to play. If your ukulele is very bright, maybe the Warms are the way to go. It's really hard to say until you try them on your particular uke. You could always try both and see how they compare, a spare set of strings might be handy.

johnson430
08-24-2015, 02:18 PM
Hi Jack, I can tell you that the Oasis strings are not high tension and they are quite comfortable to play. If your ukulele is very bright, maybe the Warms are the way to go. It's really hard to say until you try them on your particular uke. You could always try both and see how they compare, a spare set of strings might be handy.

Wow, double length strings for under 10 bucks.
I know what my next string purchase will be. I have a bit of SAS going on, I love trying out new strings. Some work, some don't. But it is a heck'of'a lot cheaper than buying a new uke. Although, buying a new uke is always a nice thing. =)
Thanks Campbell

WCBarnes
08-24-2015, 03:04 PM
I am a huge Southcoast fan! Dirk has several different string sets to choose from of varying tension and sound. His site is a wealth of knowledge and if you ever have a question about any of it he is just an email away.

http://www.southcoastukes.com/string%20sets.htm

wayfarer75
08-24-2015, 03:17 PM
Southcoast is a good way to go, with their tension charts and "soft" versions of the strings. I have some Worth BLs in the mail, and I'm curious to see how they compare to the BMs. I definitely prefer a lower tension myself.

PhilUSAFRet
08-25-2015, 01:48 AM
Love Southcoast strings, and the Oasis lights on my Kamaka soprano.

JackLuis
08-25-2015, 08:30 AM
I shall try Oasis lights Low G. I hope they play as well (feel wise) as the D'adarrio Carbons. I like the carbons on my tenor but I am playing the custom extruded now and they are nice too.

The GHS H-20's don't feel so stiff this morning, and almost in tune. I just needed to sharpen them a few cents. The sound is uneven across the strings and very soft volume. Though I can't tell if that is from the strings or the Zebra wood?

The GHS seem to 'bark' when strummed. Perhaps it is the Uke and not the strings?

Uke182
08-25-2015, 08:56 AM
I would try PhD's: http://ukeunderground.bigcartel.com/product/phd-sop-con-low-g-pack

MARKbOC
08-26-2015, 04:32 AM
I'm relatively new as well but I've looked thru some other posts on this topic before and found a lot of people who like Living Water strings for "warming" or "softening" the sound. They are available at Uke Republic. I have ordered some but haven't yet had a chance to put them on.
Strings are affordable enough (relative to instruments) you should get a few types and try them all. You may love what others don't like.

JackLuis
08-26-2015, 01:08 PM
I gave up on the GHS's. I had to pull the carbons out of the trash this morning and put them back on my concert. It sounds and plays much better, except the G string is a little too big and has intonation problems, but not enough to keep me off it. :D

I've got to run up to my local to get some strap buttons installed, I see if the Oasis are available locally, if not I use the links you helpfully provided.
Thanks UU!

bnolsen
08-26-2015, 03:46 PM
just keep your strings if they aren't trashed. Many months if not years later you may want to put them back on for a quick check when you next change strings. By that time you might like them.

JackLuis
08-26-2015, 05:31 PM
just keep your strings if they aren't trashed. Many months if not years later you may want to put them back on for a quick check when you next change strings. By that time you might like them.

I deep sixed the GHS's. They need too much tension for me. I do keep the Aquila's that came with my Ukes, I may need them for my Ohona.
The D'Adarrio Carbons are a bit 'floppy' on the concert, but as the set up and stay in tune they offer much more character to this Zebra wood Lam than the GHSs which I found very weak in volume when finger strummed.

I'm hoping the Oasis FC's which are thinner will improve the intonation problems.

PTOEguy
08-26-2015, 05:36 PM
My personal favorite for playing comfort are Aquila Reds - they just feel easier on the fingers than most of what I've played. There sound is decent to my ear, but I love playing them for the feel.

Although - I don't think you can go far wrong with Oasis - they're my current favorite strings for sound, and my flea and Clara both have Oasis on them.

JackLuis
08-26-2015, 07:57 PM
My personal favorite for playing comfort are Aquila Reds - they just feel easier on the fingers than most of what I've played. There sound is decent to my ear, but I love playing them for the feel.

Although - I don't think you can go far wrong with Oasis - they're my current favorite strings for sound, and my flea and Clara both have Oasis on them.

I tried the reds on my tenor. I liked the feel and sound of them but they only lasted about two weeks and the G broke, then the A broke. I like more stable strings, though maybe I just got a dud set?

Teek
08-26-2015, 08:45 PM
I'll also add my props for the Southcoasts, probably the mediums or medium lights. I have Worth Clears on my Collings tenor and the uke is a high tension player. I have to tune it down a half or full step for it to be comfortable and bendy, and I usually like Worths. (The Brown Lghts are great!) I am playing steel string guitars that are more comfortable than my Collings tuned to C. So I ordered the Southcoasts a couple days ago, I was out. I have some Oasis that came with the roadtrip Clara but I played it without them, so maybe I will try those. Reds do seem to break easy.

DownUpDave
08-27-2015, 12:46 AM
To illustrate Teeks point I have Worth CT on a Mya Moe tenor and South Coast mediums on a Collings tenor. The SC do have noticeably less tension.

JackLuis
08-28-2015, 02:09 PM
I found Phd's at my local shop, but no Oasis. I put a set of Phd Low G on and find that some chords (A7 & D7) have really boomy base notes on this Zebra wood Concert. :eek:

I'll leave them on for while and see if it clears up with playing.

THe Phd's are not as floppy as the D'A carbons were and seem to be 'better' but too soon to tell.

Maybe I should have gotten the Worth's? Or, perhaps go back to Hi G's?

bnolsen
08-28-2015, 05:25 PM
i tried the phd set with unwound low-g. i didn't like the low-g much either. oasis has a wound low-g on their set.

JackLuis
08-28-2015, 07:56 PM
I just put the Phds on today and they are still settling. After about five hours and six retunings they are holding a half tone low and the base boom is dieing out, a little.

I have D'Adarrio custom extruded on my Tenor for a while now and I've noticed that the wound low G drones a bit which is distracting. The D'A Carbons were better I didn't notice the unwound low G droning with them. I may put them back on the tenor after the Phds settle down on the concert. I hate it when more than one Uke has to be tuned every time you pick it up.:o

These Phds aren't floppy but need very little effort to fret, unlike the GHSs.

JackLuis
08-29-2015, 02:57 PM
I got up this morning and took the Caramel out on the back porch to play and the base boom was almost gone! These Phds may become my go to strings on the Caramel. Wow they sound nice. good ringing tones on all but one fret, but since it is the F on the 11th fret of the G, I'll just avoid playing there.

Thank you for recommending the Phds. :worship:

JackLuis
09-23-2015, 07:03 PM
Update on the Phd S/C Low G's.
After about a month the Phds are holding tune pretty well and the bass boom quieted down, though it may be me adapting to them. :confused:

I also put a set of them on my Ohana CK-22 and they are loud! I may put the High g string on it however, I'm still liking the slight difference in the Spruce top Ohana and the Zebra wood Caramel.

Finger pressure for them is very light to fret a note. I'm finding this helps my finger tips. I'm trying to teach myself to fret lighter, except for bar chords.

Jon Moody
09-24-2015, 01:59 AM
These Phds aren't floppy but need very little effort to fret, unlike the GHSs.

Yes, the GHS fluorocarbon strings are pretty stiff, esp. on a tenor.

If you wanted a GHS lower tension version, I'd go with the 20 SET. It's originally designed to be tuned in D (aDF#B), but easily is tuned down to C for people that want less tension.

JackLuis
10-03-2015, 08:04 PM
I'll keep that in mind OBM, next time.

I put Worth CT-LG's on my tenor and they seem pretty mellow.

The Phd's on the concerts are pretty good and give an individual voice to each of them. The Ohana spruce top seems cleaner/brighter than the Zebra wood Caramel, but the Caramel is rounder(?). It is also the one I call Fat Girl, 'cause the upper and lower bouts are a good bit wider than the Ohana. :o

johnson430
10-04-2015, 04:49 AM
I'll keep that in mind OBM, next time.

I put Worth CT-LG's on my tenor and they seem pretty mellow.

The Phd's on the concerts are pretty good and give an individual voice to each of them. The Ohana spruce top seems cleaner/brighter than the Zebra wood Caramel, but the Caramel is rounder(?). It is also the one I call Fat Girl, 'cause the upper and lower bouts are a good bit wider than the Ohana. :o

I am using the PHD low G on my Pono mango tenor and they are becoming my favorite string set.
I really like the small diameter of the strings. They are about half the size of the D'Addario EJ65TLG that I replaced.
PHD are very balanced and I was surprised that the unwound Low G wasn't floppy and flaccid like the Worth Brown unwound Low G.
I highly recommended trying these strings on whatever you play.

JackLuis
10-07-2015, 11:57 AM
j430:

Yeah the Phd's are nice. I put the Hi g on my Ohana just to see what it would sound like and I'm not sure I like it as well as the Low G, but it should make Hawaiian music sound a little more authentic. The Spruce top is a lot brighter

The Worth mediums on my Tenor are not as bright as I would like, but if played with a pick ring nicely. This may be because it is a thin line and has lower volume. The tension is comfortable and fretting pressure light.

I thought of putting Phd's on my sopranino, but went with Fremont Black line, Hards as I like the black color to blend in with the trim of the Zebrawood. I may try the Phd's after the Fremonts wear out, or maybe...

So may choices in Fluorocarbon and maybe bionylon?