View Full Version : Lou barlow uses much heavier ukulele strings.

10-02-2016, 09:52 AM
Lou barlow's new album is a ukulele (baritone, lanikai) acoustic album.
He uses lower tunings like DADE, D# A# G d# and D# G# C d#
These are great tunings.
He say's he use's heavier strings.
Does anyone have an clue or advise wich strings are usable?
Possible steel strings, but i don't wanne damage my uke.

You can hear it verry well in this video:

Greetings Maarten from Belgium.

10-02-2016, 10:56 AM
From Lou's website "for the ukelele i restring it using a standard set of nylon classical guitar strings.. 2 fattest , 2 skinniest ( leaving out the the D and G ).. this way the sound is much lower and warmer than the very thin strings the ukelele is strung with.."

10-02-2016, 11:45 AM
Sorry that this does not answer your question (Campbell did in an above post)-

...and being that you cannot see his face, but his hair and the sound of his singing and playing would have had me guess that this was a video of Eddie Vedder...

Nice to see some serious singers with a voice lower than the tenor of pop-music, and using the uke as the main instrument!

This is the first I've heard/seen Lou Barlow :music:

Although, maybe not intended, but thanks for sharing this video. :)

10-02-2016, 12:00 PM
Very cool first post.

10-02-2016, 12:20 PM
Very cool first post.

Agreed! Thanks for sharing this video. I agree with Booli. The ukulele can be a serious instrument, only limited by the sounds in the player's mind. Love this moody, evocative, performance.

10-03-2016, 05:16 AM
Thankyou verry much, i see the lou site has a forum with more info.
He is a verry original artist for me.
I'm happy now.

10-04-2016, 01:11 PM
Cool. I'd never heard of him.

Also, never put steel strings on a uke or any other instrument designed for nylon strings. You're right in that it could damage it. If not right away, then definitely over time. They're not made for that kind of tension. It would even be possible to put nylon strings on an instrument that have too much tension for it. It's best to check with the builder/manufacturer to see what is safe. Different companies use different bracing, etc.

10-04-2016, 01:18 PM
Thanks for the video...... it's an eye (and ear) opener!

10-06-2016, 01:36 AM
Lou is cool. Glad to hear of this album. Barlow was the bass player in the band Dinosaur, Jr. and was also in Sebadoh and Folk Implosion. Good writer. Lots of quality music under his belt.