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RyanMFT
02-24-2010, 09:28 AM
Hey Everyone,
I am the very lucky owner of several vintage ukes. I have strung them all with Aquilla's, which I love on every uke but my Martin soprano. The sound is EXTREMELY bright and somewhat harsh....almost banjo like. Those same strings sound great on my Favilla, but the sound of the Martin is causing me not to play it as much.....

So, what strings are you running on your vintage Martin, or what would you suggest?

Thanks!
Ryan

Pukulele Pete
02-24-2010, 09:50 AM
I have a 30's Martin style 1 and I use Martin strings. I use the M600 nylon. They don't make them anymore I have a couple old sets. If I didn't have those I would use the new Martin fluorocarbon strings. I have the new ones on my SO and I like them.

jvann
02-24-2010, 11:12 AM
I use Worth Clears on my 50's Martin Style 0. I think they have a sweet sound while retaining the bark the Martin should have. Also, the Worths are just nice to play. I have them on most of my ukes.

pdxuke
02-24-2010, 03:00 PM
If you aren't playing it much, just send it to me... :-)

bassfiddlesteve
02-24-2010, 05:15 PM
I like Aquilas on all of my ukes except the old Martins. On those I like the Worth CD set which are high tension clear flourocarbons. The new Martin flourocarbons are nice too but they have a lower tension.

- Steve

RyanMFT
02-25-2010, 11:57 AM
Thank you for these thougths and suggestions, it is very helpful!

Pdxuke.....it's in the mail brother....hang out by the mailbox.... :)

SweetWaterBlue
02-27-2010, 07:34 AM
Speaking of vintage Martins, have a look at these two vintage Martins having a go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch#v=Yk7mOSBSYFQ&feature=channel

Elainede
03-02-2010, 05:47 AM
DaKine Line (http://www.dakineline.com) makes the identical fluorocarbon strings as Worth. The tone is wonderful and they stay in tune for a very long time. I used to use aquila's for everything, but we've now converted all our 'ukuleles to the DaKine Line strings.

Elaine
www.kani-ka-pila.com