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SonSprinter
01-03-2016, 06:01 PM
I am looking for tenor ukulele strings that have an unwound low g. I am tired of having to change them so often. I am afraid that when the steal gets unwound, it will poke me. I heard that Koaloha and perhaps Worth has them.

http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/woprukstbrfl3.html

http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/woprukstclfl3.html

This gentleman states that Aquila makes a red one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUgCYwHiI_E

http://www.aquilacorde.com/blog/2665/aquila-low-g-red-series-new-version/?lang=en

On Amazon, they report that "Aquila Red Series Tenor Ukulele String Set Low G Tuning, 88U" breaks very quickly.

robinboyd
01-03-2016, 06:03 PM
I'm just leaving a comment because I'll be interested if somebody has an answer for you. I have exactly the same problem.

janeray1940
01-03-2016, 06:03 PM
I'd recommend trying Fremont Soloist wound low G strings first. For me they last as long as my non-wound strings, and I've never had one come unwound (unlike guitar strings I've used). I didn't care for the Worth unwound low G (or any other unwound low G) - it felt floppy and sounded thuddy, same as every other non-wound low G I tried.

Joyful Uke
01-03-2016, 06:07 PM
Living Water strings have a fluorocarbon low G.

boogie10
01-03-2016, 06:31 PM
I have the PhD low G and it's pretty good. It's also fluorocarbon

SonSprinter
01-03-2016, 06:41 PM
Living Water strings have a fluorocarbon low G.

Aloha Joyful Uke: From where did you purchase these Living Water strings? These are all I found...
http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/Pages/LWS.aspx
http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/product/living-water-ukulele-fluorocarbon-strings

Ukulelerick9255
01-03-2016, 06:41 PM
Southcoast ukulele makes an excellent unwound set

Steedy
01-03-2016, 06:46 PM
+1 for Living Water strings!

SonSprinter
01-03-2016, 06:52 PM
I'd recommend trying Fremont Soloist wound low G strings first. For me they last as long as my non-wound strings, and I've never had one come unwound (unlike guitar strings I've used). I didn't care for the Worth unwound low G (or any other unwound low G) - it felt floppy and sounded thuddy, same as every other non-wound low G I tried.

Aloha janeray1940: Thank you very much for posting. Where did you purchase your Worth unwound low g? I am not very particular at all about sound quality. Are these it:
http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/woprukstbrfl3.html#reviews-box
http://www.theukulelesite.com/accessories/strings/worth-strings/worth-strings-ct-clear-tenor-plain.html

Also, from where else and what other brands have you purchased your unwound low g strings?

johnson430
01-03-2016, 06:52 PM
I love PHD Low G strings.

SonSprinter
01-03-2016, 07:04 PM
The wound strings are usually wound with silver or a silver compound. I have never seen steel used to wind strings. When it corrodes it crumbles, but it first changes colour and looks different. I don't know of anyone who has been poked in the fingers by wound strings.


Aloha Bill1: Thank you very much for posting. Yeah, my winding splits after four to six months. Perhaps my frets are not smooth enough. After I got poked once, I make sure I change it once I see the winding, start to separate.

Ukulele Eddie
01-03-2016, 07:11 PM
I use the Aquila Red's quite often, including the Low G. I have never broken a string and have used them on at least a dozen ukes. To me, they always sound at least good and often great. They're feel (papyrus-like) does take getting used to and they get more smooth (and less noisy) after they wear-in a bit.

Brad Bordessa
01-03-2016, 07:39 PM
Savarez KF95: https://www.stringsbymail.com/savarez-alliance-kf95a-95-mm-0-0374-inches-single-string-3890.html. Enough for two, way better balanced than the Worth low-G, and a higher tension. I use these with a standard CH Worth set.

Down Up Dick
01-03-2016, 07:52 PM
I prefer wound strings and try not to buy Aquila sets with red (any) strings--lotsa breakage. :old:

janeray1940
01-03-2016, 08:22 PM
Aloha janeray1940: Thank you very much for posting. Where did you purchase your Worth unwound low g? I am not very particular at all about sound quality. Are these it:
http://www.stringsandbeyond.com/woprukstbrfl3.html#reviews-box
http://www.theukulelesite.com/accessories/strings/worth-strings/worth-strings-ct-clear-tenor-plain.html

Also, from where else and what other brands have you purchased your unwound low g strings?

The Worths came as a low G set - I tried them years ago so I can't recall where I got them, probably from MGM when he sold on eBay. It was the same set as your second link; I never tried the Browns in your first link because I know I don't care for the sound (too mellow!). Others I've tried that I can remember have included Living Water, PHD, and Fremont Black; there may have been a few others but it's been so long I don't remember. I almost gave up on low G entirely when I tried a wound classical guitar D string, and loved the sound and feel - that was when I realized that for me, wound strings were the way to go. I got by with guitar strings for a while, but they wear out pretty quickly. Then Fremont came out with the Soloist, and for me, that was the winner. You can get them here: http://www.theukulelesite.com/accessories/strings/fremont-soloist-polished-low-g-string.html

robinboyd
01-03-2016, 08:30 PM
Well, I just ordered the PHD strings, and I'll let you know how they are when I've strung them. I might try the Fremont soloist if I'm not happy with the PHD. The Aquila low G started fraying as soon as I strung it.

Ken Franklin
01-03-2016, 09:31 PM
I'll have to try those PHD strings. Sounds from the website description like they might be a good solution to the usual balance problems. Until then I have had pretty good luck with D'Addario Carbon Low G sets. https://www.stringsbymail.com/daddario-carbon-ukulele-strings-ej99tlg-tenor-low-g-full-set-15220.htmlThe low G is rather large at .0413" so you have to have a wider slot on your nut.

I also find that the Worth Brown BS-LG strings sound a little brighter than some of the Worth Brown tenor sets generally available.. https://www.stringsbymail.com/worth-ukulele-strings-brown-fluoro-carbon-strong-low-g-bs-lg-63-inch-7684.html It's only the open G that seems a little wimpy to me. Once I'm up the neck a little they sound fine.

I haven't had much luck with wound strings. I've had breakage problems with Aquila Reds and I don't care much for the tone. The Fremont Soloists seem too loud and "boingy", for lack of a better term.
I do find that single Savarez Red Card classical guitar 4th strings have less "boing" and balance better with the other strings than the Soloists do. https://www.stringsbymail.com/savarez-traditional-524r-4th-string-d-high-tension-0295-4156.html They're not as fat as an unwound string but there are always the problems of string noise and feel with any wound string that some people don't like.

Of course any set of strings has to sound good with the ukulele you're putting them on and that unfortunately takes experimentation to find the right match.

anthonyg
01-03-2016, 11:55 PM
I have wound low G Aquila Nylgut strings as well as wound baritone strings on a number of ukuleles. I rarely change string sets in less than a year and some sets have been on for 2 years or even more.

I've NEVER had a problem with these strings. I don't know what you guys are doing. Maybe you need to smooth the nut slots.

Anthony

pbagley
01-04-2016, 04:37 AM
I have not had any issues with Aquila Reds for the three sets I have installed. I have read that there were some issues for a while and that they were addressed.

That said, I saw wear and tear on the wound strings on the baritone set almost immediately. This was expected based on how quickly the Martin baritone set had begun to wear. The old Silvertone Uke has narrow frets that are tough on strings.

The concert set on the Kala has not been on long enough to show any interesting wear.

The oldest set is on the Dixie, and if any would have broke it is this set. They have been on the Dixie, then the Kamaka, then back to the Dixie. Yes, I really should replace them.

Good luck, and let us know what unwound string works out best for you.

Joyful Uke
01-04-2016, 05:07 AM
[QUOTE=SonSprinter;1795521]Aloha Joyful Uke: From where did you purchase these Living Water strings?

I get them from Uke Republic, and am happy with their customer service.
http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/category/ukulele-strings

spookelele
01-04-2016, 05:30 AM
+1 for freemont soloist.

I wouldn't worry about the unwinding too much. As long as you use sharp snips, they don't really tend to unwind. I've heard that if you are worried, you can melt the end.. but I've never tried it, as it seems a solution looking for a problem.

robinboyd
01-04-2016, 09:20 AM
I have wound low G Aquila Nylgut strings as well as wound baritone strings on a number of ukuleles. I rarely change string sets in less than a year and some sets have been on for 2 years or even more.

I've NEVER had a problem with these strings. I don't know what you guys are doing. Maybe you need to smooth the nut slots.

Anthony

I don't know about the OP, but mine wear at the fret wires, not the nut slots. The second fret in particular is problematic. I can't find any burrs on it, though.

WCBarnes
01-04-2016, 09:21 AM
+1 for Southcoast. The linear sets I have on my tenor and baritone sound very nice, and IMHO, not "boomy." That said, I generally play re-entrant so I have not felt the need to experiment with any wound strings.

70sSanO
01-04-2016, 10:06 AM
I have tried a number of unwound low G and have settled on a wound Freemont Soloist. I am using it with Oasis and "other".

But for an unwound low G, I like Aquila Reds. You can buy a single low G string. Since it is not that thick, for me it beats any fluorocarbon to reduce the thud (no sustain) that can occur with a thick string. Can't match the Freemont, but adequate.

John

Pueo
01-04-2016, 11:33 AM
The rate of wear of wound strings (and all strings for that matter) have many contributing factors:
Humidity where you live, dirt/sweat on your fingers, fretting pressure, sharpness of your frets, how often and how much you play, etc.

SO, given all that, some will need to change strings more often than others.

I like the OP (I think) like to play Low G on some of my ukuleles and I find that I need to change the Low G string long before I would need to change the other non-wound strings on the same set.

I have been on a similar quest for a long time.

Originally I tried just using a re-entrant set, putting the C string in place of G, The G string in place of E, and the E string on C. I had heard that Iz used this technique. It works, but the low G is pretty floppy and takes a lot of getting used to, and will also not drive a piezo pickup that well either.

I tried many non-wound low G sets, including both the old and new Aquila Reds, which I did not care too much for.

I eventually settled on Worth Brown, with Worth clear a close second.

Those work FOR ME. I do want to try PHD and Living Water, just have not got around to it yet.

I also tried the Southcoast, they do sound good, but are a bit too thin FOR ME.

You just need to try different sets and see what works for you. Incidentally, I play quite often and probably change my strings more than twice a year, because of all the little grooves in the underside of the strings. When I was using wound strings as low G, I would hardly get two months out of them before they became discolored and pitted and I did not want to play them anymore, so consider yourself lucky if you got six months out of them.

Fortunately, ukulele strings are inexpensive and an easy thing to experiment with, and if you don't like them, you are only out a few bucks.

I wish you luck in finding your favorite strings FOR YOU. :D

anthonyg
01-04-2016, 11:57 AM
I think part of the problem is that you inspect the strings more than you play them. I have a wound low G string on my main busking instrument that gets a LOT of playing. Its been on for a year and while on close inspection there is some roughness over a fret it has not failed. The wound strings on a baritone that gets lots of playing are perfectly fine and they have been on for at least a year as well.

Anthony

Tootler
01-04-2016, 12:38 PM
I've just ordered a Worth low G for my Risa concert stick. I currently have a living water high G set on and I find Worth and Living Water strings pretty similar. I went for a non wound fluorocarbon string as I'm wary of fitting a wound string on a Risa stick because the method of fitting strings doesn't seem to lend itself to a wound string and I heard of people having problems with wound strings on Risa sticks. I'll see how it goes when it arrives.

robinboyd
01-04-2016, 01:09 PM
I think part of the problem is that you inspect the strings more than you play them. I have a wound low G string on my main busking instrument that gets a LOT of playing. Its been on for a year and while on close inspection there is some roughness over a fret it has not failed. The wound strings on a baritone that gets lots of playing are perfectly fine and they have been on for at least a year as well.

Anthony

87061

This is an Aquila wound low G after about 3 months. I'm a beginner, so my technique is not great and I'm practicing fairly often, but I'm pretty sure that this is not ideal. Looking forward to stringing my PHD strings when they arrive and seeing how I go.

anthonyg
01-04-2016, 01:23 PM
87061

This is an Aquila wound low G after about 3 months. I'm a beginner, so my technique is not great and I'm practicing fairly often, but I'm pretty sure that this is not ideal. Looking forward to stringing my PHD strings when they arrive and seeing how I go.

Well that's certainly way more wear than my Aquila Nylgut wound strings.

Is this an original equipment string or a genuine aftermarket string?

I'm concerned, as is Aquila that they are being given a bad reputation from all the fake Aquila strings on the market. I've never had problems with genuine Aquila Nylgut strings.

Anthony

robinboyd
01-04-2016, 01:48 PM
Well that's certainly way more wear than my Aquila Nylgut wound strings.

Is this an original equipment string or a genuine aftermarket string?

I'm concerned, as is Aquila that they are being given a bad reputation from all the fake Aquila strings on the market. I've never had problems with genuine Aquila Nylgut strings.

Anthony

I purchased them from the local music shop. They seemed genuine.

anthonyg
01-04-2016, 01:54 PM
I purchased them from the local music shop. They seemed genuine.

Maybe its a rough fret that needs dressing. I certainly don't get that level of wear on my wound Aquila Nylgut strings.

Anthony

robinboyd
01-04-2016, 02:08 PM
Maybe its a rough fret that needs dressing. I certainly don't get that level of wear on my wound Aquila Nylgut strings.

Anthony

I was wondering about that, but I can't feel any roughness. I'm no expert, though. Also, although none of the other frets are as bad, they are also showing significant wear. I think the reason that the second fret is so bad is because I play a lot of F and Am chords...

robinboyd
01-20-2016, 05:03 PM
My PHD strings arrived today. It looks like the G is too thick. I'm not quite confident enough to take a file to my ukulele just yet, so I might need to try the Fremont. Unfortunately my current string broke when I tried to restring it, so I'm temporarily without a ukulele...

hollisdwyer
01-20-2016, 07:41 PM
Maybe its a rough fret that needs dressing. I certainly don't get that level of wear on my wound Aquila Nylgut strings.

Anthony

I had a similar problem with my MM 6 string which was about 5 years old and previously owned by a touring singer/songwritter. I had the frets dressed and I never had a wound string break on me since.

Uke182
01-21-2016, 08:13 AM
I agree with PhD's: http://www.danielho.com/physical-shop/premium-ukulele-strings

And Living Waters: http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/Pages/LWS.aspx

http://ukerepublic.bigcartel.com/product/living-water-ukulele-fluorocarbon-strings

But what about Sarah Maisel's GHS Artist Curated Low G Set:

http://www.cheemaisel.com/signature-strings/ghs-signature-string-sets


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jif0Ccc6U5w

photoshooter
01-21-2016, 08:33 AM
I've tried the Sarah Maisel strings and they sound quite nice. I removed them only because I'm still experimenting with different strings but I was pleased with their sound.

johnson430
01-21-2016, 08:34 AM
I just put the Living Water low g set on my mango tenor.
The PHD low G and living water low g are both great unwound low g strings.
I didn't have to make any modifications to the nut for the low g to fit.
I also have a Freemont low g that I want to try but I am enjoying the unwound low g strings sets at the moment.

Pueo
01-21-2016, 09:38 AM
That does seem to be a rather extreme example of string wear. I would definitely take that ukulele to a shop to have the frets dressed if you are not comfortable doing that yourself. Take your fingers and feel the underside of the other strings, do you feel little ridges under them as well?

robinboyd
01-21-2016, 09:49 AM
That does seem to be a rather extreme example of string wear. I would definitely take that ukulele to a shop to have the frets dressed if you are not comfortable doing that yourself. Take your fingers and feel the underside of the other strings, do you feel little ridges under them as well?

No little ridges on the other strings... Right now I've got it strung with a high G while I wait for new low Gs to be delivered. Shame about the PHD strings, because they look good.

ukinator
01-22-2016, 01:19 AM
+1 for the reds. Never had a problem with breaking them. I use Fluorocarbons mostly (really like the Martin's) but for my ukes where I want to hear a bit more clarity that do the trick... for me. To my ear they have a really crystal clear high end without sounding tinny or thin. I've used the reds in full sets and simply as a low-G option with the Martin strings and always like the results.

Tootler
01-22-2016, 07:35 AM
I've just put a Living Water low G set on my Bruko concert. They are still settling but first impressions are good. The tension and tone is well balanced across all four strings. I did have to open the nut slot up slightly for the Low G but that only took a few seconds using an appropriate needle file.

This is the first time I've tried low G and already I'm seeing a need to make some adaptations and to consider which songs are suitable.

I also put the Worth low G on my Risa stick but I need to get it settled before trying it. However it went on no problems. The hole at the "neck" was sufficient and the string went through nice and easily and it fitted fine over the bar the string wraps round between the bridge and the tuners with the slot being wide enough.