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mingus
04-30-2018, 04:33 PM
Just got a new Kala solid Acacia baritone from HMS!

Nice uke, but donít like the Aquila strings!

What strings do you all recommend for standard Low Dgbe linear tuning?

Looking for something with higher tension and more volume!

vcs700s
04-30-2018, 04:56 PM
This link will give you an idea what the Living Water strings sound like.

https://youtu.be/CV_ctYcNwm0

Check the comments too.

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-30-2018, 06:12 PM
d'addario bari strings defo feel like they have higher tension than aquilas, and you still get the wound d and g strings (i've tried both, i actually prefer the lower tension of the aquilas, indeed i have aquilas tuned down half a step on my two nylon string bari's, the tension is soooooooooooo low!!)

bird's eye view of my ukelele
04-30-2018, 06:14 PM
to be more specific, the d'addario strings i tried were EJ88B, they feel very much like classical guitar strings

kissing
04-30-2018, 07:12 PM
to be more specific, the d'addario strings i tried were EJ88B, they feel very much like classical guitar strings

Ukulele strings are classical guitar strings.
If we look at it objectively, many of today's ukuleles are basically small classical guitars, probably even assembled in the same factory lines as them.

For a baritone ukulele, using the middle 4 strings (ADGB) of any classical guitar set of your choice works for standard DGBE tuning.
I do like D'addario Pro-Artes, as well as Savarez and Thomastik classical sets on baritone ukes. Aquila baritones have always felt a bit thin for my liking.

Doc_J
05-01-2018, 01:57 AM
Ukulele strings are classical guitar strings.
If we look at it objectively, many of today's ukuleles are basically small classical guitars, probably even assembled in the same factory lines as them.

For a baritone ukulele, using the middle 4 strings (ADGB) of any classical guitar set of your choice works for standard DGBE tuning.
I do like D'addario Pro-Artes, as well as Savarez and Thomastik classical sets on baritone ukes. Aquila baritones have always felt a bit thin for my liking.

I’ve also liked Oasis GPX fluorocarbon guitar strings. SouthCoast makes excellent baritone strings. Martins sound good to me on a responsive baritone.

maki66
05-01-2018, 03:25 AM
I've got half a dozen different string sets from various makers, but once I put on Living Waters I stopped right there.

Doc_J
05-01-2018, 03:30 AM
Just got a new Kala solid Acacia baritone from HMS!

Nice uke, but don’t like the Aquila strings!

What strings do you all recommend for standard Low Dgbe linear tuning?

Looking for something with higher tension and more volume!

I have Pohaku koa baritone that came with Aquila strings. They were OK but not quite the sound I wanted. Well, I tuned them up half D# G#C F and it sounds very good. https://app.box.com/s/c1dxojhn6s3umc38vgy0m82mn6gxrg4u

hollisdwyer
05-01-2018, 03:45 AM
I like Southcoast for my Baritone and Tenors. Also use wound G and C’s by Alvarez and D’addario on my Tenors.

Osprey
05-01-2018, 04:21 AM
I have used Martins, D’addarios, and Living Waters on my Baritones with good success. I have used Southcoast on my tenors and like them as well. I really like wound D and G strings, but I have soft fingernails and the wound strings tear them up. I am sticking with the Living Waters for now.

Strumaround
05-18-2018, 05:42 PM
I'm looking for new low tension wound D & G bari strings.

Currently using Martin ones, which have a lovely low tension, but squeak horribly (although not as bad as the Aquilas before them). I got the Thomastik-Infeld ones recommended on here often, but they are much higher tension, so I'm not as big a fan.

Any other options?

kissing
05-19-2018, 05:24 AM
I'm looking for new low tension wound D & G bari strings.

Currently using Martin ones, which have a lovely low tension, but squeak horribly (although not as bad as the Aquilas before them). I got the Thomastik-Infeld ones recommended on here often, but they are much higher tension, so I'm not as big a fan.

Any other options?

Try D'addario "Light tension" Classical guitar strings (use middle 4 strings to tune to DGBE)
http://daddario.com/resources/jdcdad/images/products/da_prod_ej43_main_1.jpg

I'd think they'd be a bit lighter tension than "Normal" tension.



That being said, if you tension feels hard with normal strings, it might be your ukulele needing a setup to lower the action.

Osprey
05-19-2018, 09:19 AM
I have not tried classical guitar strings on my Bari’s yet. Thanks, Kissing, for the suggestion.

ralphk
05-19-2018, 11:14 AM
I had that model until I had to downsize and I liked the Aquila red baritone strings. I did not experiment very much, but the red's sounded good .

kissing
05-19-2018, 02:45 PM
I have not tried classical guitar strings on my Bari’s yet. Thanks, Kissing, for the suggestion.

Yep, just make sure to use the middle 4 strings of the classical guitar set (5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd or ADGB strings) to tune up to DGBE on a baritone ukulele.

Mivo
06-20-2018, 04:18 PM
Has anyone tried Aquila's new Sugar (https://aquilacorde.com/negozio/corde-musica-moderna/ukulele-banjouke/sugar/?lang=en) strings on a baritone?