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Mxyzptik
01-29-2016, 05:08 AM
About two months back I switched from my low g Living Waters to a set of Southcoast LML-WB on my Collings UT2, just for a change. I liked the Living Waters but tired of the thudding sound of the low g.

At first I really liked the news Southcoast strings, they were a little tougher on my fingertips than the flouros but I really liked the sound, especially the wound basses.

After settling in the A string just seemed to get worse and worse, it's tinny and shrill and doesn't resonate at all. Moving up the fretboard the intonation is off as well. I almost wince when I strike it. It sounds a little better amplified than acoustic if you play softly but it kind of has become all I hear now.

Any suggestions ?

deschutestrout
01-29-2016, 05:22 AM
Replace it. Could be a bad string.

sam13
01-29-2016, 05:23 AM
I prefer Worth Clear and Oasis Bright or Warm.

I like the tension and gauge better.

Kanaka916
01-29-2016, 07:50 AM
Try contacting Dirk at Southcoast (http://www.southcoastukes.com/). He should have a solution or possibly explain or narrow the problem.

bearbike137
01-29-2016, 08:20 AM
I prefer Worth Clear

My favorite strings!

PhilUSAFRet
01-29-2016, 09:21 AM
:agree: Dirk will take very good care of you. I once got a set that needed a different A string which he replaced immediately with one of a slightly larger diameter.

70sSanO
01-29-2016, 09:43 AM
You probably just need a little heavier A string. As others have said, Dirk can probably recommend one of his thicker ones.

John

DownUpDave
01-29-2016, 12:13 PM
You probably just need a little heavier A string. As others have said, Dirk can probably recommend one of his thicker ones.

John


Yea I have found these light gauge A strings can sometimes get too stretched out on a tenor length scale. Even medium gauge can sound a bit "off" on a tenor.

mmfitzsimons
01-29-2016, 12:23 PM
That's surprising, I bet you got a bad string. I'm a huge fan of Southeast strings. I have the LML-WB set on a Kanile'a super tenor with a 19-inch neck, and no issues at all with the A string, so seems unlikely it would stretch on a normal 17-inch tenor scale....

I'd email Dirk. No sense talking to us when the guy who makes the strings is so incredibly friendly and helpful. :)


CORRECTED post to say I'm using the LML-WB... (which, by the way, there's a newer formula.... version 1.5.)

Mxyzptik
01-29-2016, 02:04 PM
Thanks all for the advice, I'll email Dirk. I will say I love the sound and feel from the rest of the set it's just the A string.

Kanaka916
01-30-2016, 05:05 AM
Thanks all for the advice, I'll email Dirk. I will say I love the sound and feel from the rest of the set it's just the A string.

Give us an update when it gets resolved.

coolkayaker1
01-30-2016, 05:10 AM
M, check your Southcoast string for micro-fraying. Here's some descriptions, dont know if this pertains to your set or not (but I suspect it may). Two threads, actually.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?107945-String-Peeling-after-only-a-month&highlight=Fraying+southcoast+strings

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?105341-Why-do-my-Worth-strings-keep-fraying