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hotnanas
03-15-2008, 09:42 AM
Okay, so my first uke was a Hilo soprano. I thought this thing completely sucked. It always sounded like a rubberband strung over a cardboard shoe box, even when it was actually tuned G-C-E-A. It never seemed to put out any sound either. Well today I went into a music shop and played with the Lanikai, Epiphone, and Martin sopranos that they had in stock, and decided to see what $6 in new strings would do to my Hilo. I purchased the Martin M600 strings (I really wanted the GHS black ones cuz black is such a cool color) and installed them. BTW, restringing is easy! I just need to cut off the extra bit, cuz my little artistic circles look like suck!

Thanks UU for your howto string video as well.

The only thing that I wish I had done differently is a before/after video...cuz it sounds much much better.
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd45/hotnanas/Uke/IMAGE_803.jpg

mcarreon89
03-16-2008, 06:07 PM
i had a friend on a budget and he bought a hilo. strings i could tell needed to be switched out asap and i gave him my spares. some kalas. theyre white and really nice strings. the hilo now sounds glorious.