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psesinkclee
02-22-2010, 10:06 AM
Hi everyone,

I've had trouble with wound low g stings in the past (just coming apart at where it touches frets after a couple weeks of play). I normally go for all fluorocarbon Worth Brown sets for Low G tuning, but I want to give a Wound Low G string another try on a tenor of mine soon.

Can anyone suggest a wound low g tring (single meant for ukes or classical guitar or a set) that you know lasts long?

Thanks

SailingUke
02-22-2010, 11:00 AM
I have had pretty decent luck with D'addario and Aquila classical strings (D wound).
They do wear at the frets and Iwind up replacing them 2 or 3 times before replacing the whole set.
If you want to use a wound string I believe it just happens. There are plain low G strings. I had some intonation problems with them so went back to the wound.

Gaby
02-22-2010, 12:22 PM
Worth do an unwound Low G.

gobes
02-22-2010, 12:23 PM
I use a D'addario classical guitar D string for my low G. It lasts a while but not nearly as long as the worth clear strings I use. I usually go through 3 wound G strings by the time I change the other strings.

GrumpyCoyote
02-22-2010, 12:49 PM
I've never met a classical style wound that was durable. It's just in their nature to wear out quickly. Even if they don't pop or fray at the fret points - they lose tone quickly. Florocarbons are the only solution I've found (with all of the trade-offs they bring).

On a side note I've also never met a wound D'addario string that didn't sound terrible - but that's just my opinion.

Thumper
02-22-2010, 12:59 PM
I'd try Worth Clear (non-wound) - they sound terrific.

haole
02-22-2010, 01:05 PM
After shredding a few Aquilas, Ko'olaus, and D'Addarios, I'm pretty convinced that there isn't a durable wound low G on the market. Seems like you're better off living with the loose tension of the Worth or Fremont fluorocarbons for a low G.

dirtydan
02-22-2010, 07:03 PM
I just got a set of Worth Clear Medium Low-G's on my Kala concert. I like the sound so far but man is that G touchy. I read on the net somewhere that Iz restrung his ukulele for low-G with standard strings by swapping the C over to the G and then following through with the next lower gaged strings for the C, E and A. Of course I can't find the webpage now to support my wild claims. Has anyone else ever heard of Iz's doing this?

Interstellar
02-22-2010, 08:03 PM
Here you go, Iz' method is toward the bottom of the page http://www.curtsheller.com/ukulele/strings.php

All you need to know about strings.

SailingUke
02-23-2010, 05:39 AM
I just got a set of Worth Clear Medium Low-G's on my Kala concert. I like the sound so far but man is that G touchy. I read on the net somewhere that Iz restrung his ukulele for low-G with standard strings by swapping the C over to the G and then following through with the next lower gaged strings for the C, E and A. Of course I can't find the webpage now to support my wild claims. Has anyone else ever heard of Iz's doing this?

I don't know about Iz, but one of the premier ukulele players in Santa Barbara switches strings 3 & 4. I have played his ukes and the feel was a little off for me. Probably would get used to it with just a little play.

deach
02-23-2010, 05:44 AM
1. Buy 10 more ukes.
2. String them all low g.
3. Use a different uke each day.

Your strings will last longer.

PoisonDart
02-23-2010, 06:29 AM
The problem is likely with your frets, not the strings.

Do your frets have a nice rounded profile? Has your uke ever been to a luthier to have this done?

My baritone lanikai used to chew through strings in a few weeks. Then I had it set up (after letting it get too dry, the poor thing) last winter, and I still have the strings on it now that I had on it during UWC.

Ukulele Dude
02-23-2010, 09:25 AM
I use a Savarez wound string for a low G. It sounds great, isn't quite as noisy as a typical wound string when you slide your finger up and down it, and I haven't had any durability problems on any of my ukes. Here's a couple links:

http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_62_143_281&products_id=3816

http://www.chantus.com/notes/index.php?/archives/380-Corum-low-G-setup.html

Elainede
03-02-2010, 05:51 AM
DaKine Line (http://www.dakineline.com) sells a clear fluorocarbon (unwound) low G and you can buy just a single string!

Elaine

www.kani-ka-pila.com