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Jerryc41
09-20-2018, 01:57 AM
I had to decide on low G with Worth Browns or a wound low G and Aquila fluorocarbon for a tenor uke. Based on things I had read about negatives of thick G-strings, I chose the wound. The uke won't be finished for over a month, so I can change the order. The wound is supposedly "squeak-free."

Any opinions?

Croaky Keith
09-20-2018, 02:07 AM
I don't like wound strings......:p

Depending on scale length, a wound low string can work well on a tenor or baritone, but I certainly wouldn't put one on anything smaller. :)

Jim Hanks
09-20-2018, 03:11 PM
It might be squeak-less, but I have yet to meet a squeak-free. It’s personal preference of course, but given the fact that I like unwound low D on my baritone, I don’t find unwound low G thick at all. In either case I’m not a big fan of Aquilas but again, that’s personal preference.

One consideration if you aren’t sure is that if the nut is designed for wound, it may be impossible to fit an unwound. Whereas the opposite may not be a problem. It wouldn’t be “ideal” either but is more likely to work

lakesideglenn
09-20-2018, 04:02 PM
Go with the Fremont Soloist low G...they’re wound but only .030 so minimal nut widening. I usually play high G but I’ve had them on some high-end tenors and they sound great.
Cheers!

Snargle
09-20-2018, 04:16 PM
Go with the Fremont Soloist low G...they’re wound but only .030 so minimal nut widening. I usually play high G but I’ve had them on some high-end tenors and they sound great.
Cheers!

I agree. The Fremont Soloist low G is terrific. Very minimal string squeak but sounds great on my Kala Tenor in combination with Worth Browns.

igorthebarbarian
09-20-2018, 04:54 PM
Go with the Fremont Soloist low G...they’re wound but only .030 so minimal nut widening. I usually play high G but I’ve had them on some high-end tenors and they sound great.
Cheers!

Agree too. Fremont soloist is great if you’re going Low G.

besley
09-20-2018, 06:32 PM
Another vote for the Fremont soloist. My favorite string set is a Living Waters all fluorocarbon low G, but my second best is a Fremont soloist low G with the rest fluorocarbon (Oasis usually). The Fremont has the advantage of having a bit more tension than the Living Waters low G, which can feel a bit floppy at times.

Patrick Madsen
09-20-2018, 09:23 PM
Yep either a Fremont Soloist or T-Infeld CF30 for wound.

Add a T-Infeld CF27(wound C) with flurocarbon trebles is a good combo. I have the. CF30, CF27 with Savarez Alliance trebles on a Moore Bettah now. They cost about the same as the South Coast HML-WB were.

It's the closet I've found to replace the Southcoast HML-WB set.

MikeHollandGuitar
09-20-2018, 10:49 PM
Another for the Fremont Soloist. It is the only low G I have put on my Tenors, so I cannot speak from experience regarding other makes. But what I can say is to my ears they sound and feel great.
Mike

Jerryc41
09-21-2018, 12:48 AM
Go with the Fremont Soloist low G...they’re wound but only .030 so minimal nut widening. I usually play high G but I’ve had them on some high-end tenors and they sound great.
Cheers!

I Looked up Freemont soloist, and I saw that I had it bookmarked at Elderly. I'll have to get some of them.

EDIT: I ordered four, but when I went to check out, they said they had only two, with two on backorder. I changed the order to two strings, but the total was too small, so the order wouldn't go through. Funny. So now I'll receive two in a few days and the other two when they come in.

anthonyg
09-21-2018, 12:54 AM
Wound strings are technically superior when you move into the thicker gauge strings. Some players accept compromises and poorer intonation because they really don't like the feel of wound strings.

A technically "perfect" string, if one existed would be absolutely flexible and vibrate as theory dictates. In the real world strings don't vibrate exactly as theory dictates and the stiffer a string gets the less it vibrates as theory dictates. Wound strings are a technique to obtain the mass needed for the lower pitched strings while still maintaining good flexibility.

A plain gauge string with the same mass of a wound string will be considerably stiffer and therefore not intonate (play in tune up the neck) as well as the wound string.

stevejfc
09-21-2018, 02:36 AM
Yep either a Fremont Soloist or T-Infeld CF30 for wound.

Add a T-Infeld CF27(wound C) with flurocarbon trebles is a good combo. I have the. CF30, CF27 with Savarez Alliance trebles on a Moore Bettah now. They cost about the same as the South Coast HML-WB were.

It's the closet I've found to replace the Southcoast HML-WB set.

I like your thinking Patrick! I have that T-Infeld combo on a few ukes including a Moore Bettah. I also have the Fremont with Oasis brights on a couple.....it is also a nice combo.

Patrick Madsen
09-21-2018, 05:33 AM
Thanks Steve,I think the Fremont set with Oasis was from Chuck Moore. Or, it was the T-I's, I forget. DownupDave also recommended the setup. I have one set of the SC HML-WB left and am reluctant to use them for some reason.

hawaii 50
09-21-2018, 08:22 AM
Thanks Steve,I think the Fremont set with Oasis was from Chuck Moore. Or, it was the T-I's, I forget. DownupDave also recommended the setup. I have one set of the SC HML-WB left and am reluctant to use them for some reason.

Hi Pat

Chuck(MB strings) and Andrew(Ko'olau Aho) both use a different E and A string they are not Oasis..
Andrew uses a Soloist Low G with T-I wound C while Chuck uses the T-I G and C string....

here are the Ko'olau Aho sets five options and some samples

https://www.theukulelesite.com/accessories/strings/ko-olau-strings/ko-olau-aho-tenor-fluorocarbon-strings-5-options.html

Patrick Madsen
09-21-2018, 08:54 AM
Thanks Len, I knew they were similar.

hawaii 50
09-21-2018, 12:17 PM
Thanks Len, I knew they were similar.

no problem Pat nice to see you around and well take care my one and only MBU brother...:)

CTurner
09-21-2018, 01:24 PM
Since I've just changed up in experimentation with low g myself, let me add Pepe Romero's low g set for tenor ukulele. I just put a set on my Beau Hannam and even though they are still stretching I find them excellent for virtually nonexistent squeaking. In combo with the clarity and ring of the treble strings, this set is a winner I think. I have also used the T-I G and C strings in combo with Oasis trebles and like them very much.

Jim Hanks
09-21-2018, 02:03 PM
Since I've just changed up in experimentation with low g myself, let me add Pepe Romero's low g set for tenor ukulele.
How’s the tension? How do you think they would behave tuning down to Bb?

Mezcalero
09-21-2018, 02:47 PM
I'm a huge fan of wound bass strings, and generally prefer two wounds and two other for trebles. In your original post you said you had to choose between two sets. A lot of us buy single strings and make our own sets. If you like Worth browns, then try wound G with Worth browns on C E and A. Even better, at some point I strongly recommend trying Thomastik Infeld CF30/CF27 with whatever trebles are your favorites, such as Worth browns. My personal experience has led me to believe that each uke responds differently and so I experiment with different combinations until I find what works best for me on each instrument. I'm a huge fan of nylon trebles these days and I keep 4 or 5 different gauges of E and A strings on hand to accommodate different scale lengths. Sorry if this a bit wordy :)

Wescanfly
10-25-2018, 12:03 PM
I recently put Pepe Romero tenors on my Kala Elite Koa. AMAZING! Previously Living Waters have been my go to strings. A couple of observations. Living Water sound wonderful on both my mahogany tenors but fell flat on my Koa tenor. Pepe Romero do a lot of stretching but do eventually settle in. The A string is wound much tighter than the others but none of the strings, including the A, are hard on your fingers. The low g does not over power the other strings and is definitely low squeak. Just my two cents worth.
I also tested Aquila Sugars and D’Addario EJ65TLG w/low g’s for tenors. Both fell short of LW and PR.
Here is a review I posted on Pepe Romero if you are interested. https://youtu.be/NAs1C7_HJG4

Littlegman
10-27-2018, 05:09 AM
Does Chuck sell his own string set combos? Wonder what he uses for the first and second strings...?

Ukecaster
10-27-2018, 05:29 AM
No affiliation, but I've been ordering the Fremont Soloist low G strings from Lucy's Ukulele on eBay for $4.00 each. Excellent service and great strings. Can't post the link, but just search for Fremont Soloist there, and it will pop up.

technicalta
10-27-2018, 11:09 AM
I just put a Freemont Sololist low G on Kanilea K3 Tenor. I have it combined with a set of Living Waters and it sounds fantastic.

Strumaround
10-27-2018, 09:09 PM
I've just recently put a Romero/La Bella string on my Tenor. It is outstandingly warm and almost squeekless.

https://www.stringsbymail.com/pepe-romero-strings-low-g-wound-single-ukulele-string-16307.html

I'm assuming that this comes from one of La Bella's classical guitar sets? Anyone have an idea which one? I'd love to grab a C string from the set also, or use it on my baritone.

spookelele
10-29-2018, 03:32 PM
soloist... is boomy to my ear paired with flourocarbons, but I admit they feel nice.

I prefer Ti's on gc, and then fc's on the ea. Blends better to my ear.

Martinlover
10-29-2018, 04:23 PM
I agree. The Fremont Soloist low G is terrific. Very minimal string squeak but sounds great on my Kala Tenor in combination with Worth Browns.

I second the The Fremont Soloist low G.