View Full Version : Strings, tension and volume

05-26-2017, 12:08 PM
Hi all,

I have a tenor uke that is very loud and has a shimmery 'twang' or 'chang' noise to it when strummed. Sometimes thins noise is quite pleasant and guitar like but at other times it really annoys me I have noticed that this noise seems to be from the way the A and and possibly the E string sound when strummed as such I believe high tension to be the cause. So I've been on a journey to find the best strings for this uke. After trying many MANY types of strings all in the ukes tenor size I put a set of Aquila 'Lava' concert strings on. These have had the effect of reducing the volume, getting rid of most of that twanging noise.
I guess my question is has anyone else had a similar experience with putting concert strings on a tenor?
Does anyone think this will have decreased the overall tension enough to make a notiable difference? (I think it has, but might be fooling myself)
Any recommendations for a truely mellow set of concert strings, preferably that will result in super low tension on my tenor?

Thanks in advance!

05-26-2017, 07:00 PM
I've had really good luck with the Lavas too, but on Concert ukes. I'm switching to Worth Browns (mediums) when they arrive, for a "mellower" tone on one of my concert ukes.

Croaky Keith
05-26-2017, 10:26 PM
I use Living Water Low G Concert flourocarbon strings on my Tenor & Tenor Scaled ukes, (lower tension & mellower tone). :)

05-27-2017, 04:34 AM
I've never tried concert strings on a tenor so can't comment on tension but look up Chee/Maisrl GHS strings and listen to the CR-CCU strings Sarah plays. Also, note her comments about tension, mellowness. I know these are tenor strings but I tried then and they are nice on one of my tenors. String are such a personal thing.....as are ukuleles.....you never know until you try.