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Osprey
03-01-2017, 06:32 AM
About 3 or 4 weeks ago I bought my first Baritone, a Kala all solid mahogany. I love the sound, sweet and mellow, but it's pretty quiet compared to my tenors. It still has the stock strings which I think are Aquila nyguts with 2 wound bass strings. It sounds balanced but I would like to brighten it up a bit. I have had good luck with Southcoast strings on my tenors. Any suggestions? I want to keep standard Baritone tuning.

DownUpDave
03-01-2017, 06:45 AM
Martin M630 are my go to strings for baritones. I use them specifically to brighten up the tone on baritone ukuleles. They are the thinnest and brightest sounding trebles I have found, come with 2 wounds for D and G strings

Patrick Madsen
03-01-2017, 06:51 AM
I agree with Dave. For myself, Marting strings are the go to strings on a mahogany baritone. My other baritones are strung with Southeast HL-WB wound 3&4

SailingUke
03-01-2017, 07:03 AM
I have Living Waters on my Kala mahogany baritone.
Rich deep baritone voice.

jollyboy
03-01-2017, 07:06 AM
+1 Martin M630s.

Fluorocarbon is the way to go if you want to brighten up the sound imho. If you wanted to try a set with no wounds there's also Living Water.

Osprey
03-01-2017, 09:19 AM
Thanks, I think I will give the Martin M630's a try. They should be available at my local music store.

JonThysell
03-01-2017, 09:48 AM
If you don't want to switch to fluroros and want to keep that warm nylgut punch, try D'Addario EJ88B Nyltech Ukulele Strings instead. Otherwise, +1 on the Martin M630s.

Stagehand
03-01-2017, 10:06 AM
Martins M630's for the win.
They are great on my Favilla.

Croaky Keith
03-01-2017, 11:28 PM
I'm not a fan of wound strings, & put Living Water flourocarbon strings on my cedar topped, made a big difference soundwise. :)

vcs700s
03-02-2017, 04:13 AM
I'm not a fan of wound strings, & put Living Water flourocarbon strings on my cedar topped, made a big difference soundwise. :)

My feelings also.

Here is a link so you can hear how they sound on my mahogany baritone- https://youtu.be/CV_ctYcNwm0

Osprey
03-02-2017, 04:53 AM
My feelings also.

Here is a link so you can hear how they sound on my mahogany baritone- https://youtu.be/CV_ctYcNwm0

Thanks, for posting the link. I have the exact same model Baritone. I really love the tone. Those Living Water strings sound great. Mike at Uke Republic is a great guy and I have ordered strings from him in the past and gotten excellent service. I plan to drop by my local music store today. If they have the Martins in stock I'll give them a try. I like the option of the Living Waters and keep them in mind.