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wickedwahine11
04-21-2010, 12:49 PM
So since I was playing only my Pineapple Sunday, I started longing for the easier playability of my tenor ukes (not for everyone - just for me, the PS is hard for me to play without a strap and the tenors sit easily on my leg). For a lark, I put a low g Fremont Flourocarbon Blackline on my Kamaka. I came close to pulling the trigger on a low g strung KoAloha tenor last week, but finances dictate I make do with the ukes I have for right now, so I thought I would go low on the Kamaka.

I previously had a low g on my Kanile'a (Worth CT low g since I hate wound strings) and found the g string overwhelming and boomy, to the point where it was a major distraction. My fault for making an assumption that the Kamaka would react the same way to low g tuning.

Turns out, it didn't at all. The Kamaka is far more balanced (or who knows, maybe it is the Fremont strings). No one string seems to overpower the others, and it has a beautiful tone. Just to get used to it, I'm playing only it for now. I do find that I miss the sweet high bright tone of the re-entrant PS on occasion, but the more mellow, deeper tone works great on some songs.

Both my spouse and my Mom (the only two people I subject to my playing) have weighed in on liking the low g better than the high g...now my only issue is which will be my traveling uke. I'm leaning Kamaka right now. The low g is more versatile (although I still think the high g sounds better on those old songs like "Five Foot Two") and the Kamaka -- although nice -- is more replaceable than the PS.

Hmph! I never would have thought that I would like the low g. All this time it sat on my unplayed Kanile'a and I thought I didn't like it. Turns out I just didn't like it with those strings on that uke. On the Kamaka with the low g Fremont Blacklines, it sounds great. :D

Dane
04-21-2010, 12:56 PM
I just ordered a few fremont low G singles a few days ago, I'm excited to try them, do you need to file the nut at all with the low G fremonts? or can I just slap it on?

wickedwahine11
04-21-2010, 01:14 PM
I just ordered a few fremont low G singles a few days ago, I'm excited to try them, do you need to file the nut at all with the low G fremonts? or can I just slap it on?

Nope, I didn't have to file anything. It fit wonderfully and sounds terrific.

Dane
04-21-2010, 01:16 PM
I'm so excited to try mine out now!

dkcrown
04-21-2010, 05:18 PM
I just ordered a few fremont low G singles a few days ago, I'm excited to try them, do you need to file the nut at all with the low G fremonts? or can I just slap it on?

Where did you order your Freemont Low G singles from?

wickedwahine11
04-21-2010, 05:27 PM
Where did you order your Freemont Low G singles from?

I can't speak for Dane, but I have always gotten mine from MGM...he doesn't have any of the Blackline ones on eBay right now though. :(

Dane
04-21-2010, 05:37 PM
He just put a bunch up yesterday, I bought 2 sets or normal strings, then 2 packets of the single low G. If there's none there I'm sure he can put some more up

Dane
04-21-2010, 05:39 PM
Normal Tenors - http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BLACKLINE-FLOUROCARBON-UKULELE-STRING-TENOR-SET-/370368291988?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item563baba494

Single Low Gs - http://cgi.ebay.com/BLACKLINE-FLOUROCARBON-UKULELE-single-LOW-G-string-/370368296623?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item563babb6af

Dane
04-21-2010, 05:40 PM
Yeah, but those are not the Blackline. Those are the clear Fremont Flurocarbons. I use the Blacklines on my Kamaka. He usually does them once in a while, so I'll get some then. :)

Wait, theres clear fremonts?

wickedwahine11
04-21-2010, 05:45 PM
Wait, theres clear fremonts?

Yep, http://cgi.ebay.com/FREMONT-CLEAR-FLOUROCARBON-UKULELE-single-LOW-G-string-/330425931286?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ceeeb9616

And thanks for the link, I don't know how I missed those!!!!

Dane
04-21-2010, 05:48 PM
Yep, http://cgi.ebay.com/FREMONT-CLEAR-FLOUROCARBON-UKULELE-single-LOW-G-string-/330425931286?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ceeeb9616

And thanks for the link, I don't know how I missed those!!!!

Oh wow didn't even know the clears existed. Yeah I've found in the past that sometimes I search his site for "fremont" and other times for "blackline" sometimes one of them doesn't bring anything up. I just go to the entire string section now and look for what I want, that's how I found the low G singles. http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room_Strings_W0QQ_fsubZ10248QQ_sidZ34517586QQ_trks idZp4634Q2ec0Q2em322

dkcrown
04-22-2010, 06:24 AM
Thanks Dane and Staci. Just ordered a single blackiline Low G from MGM. He didn't have them a while back when I got my Blackline high G's from him.

Dane
04-22-2010, 07:07 AM
High G as in, higher than normal? Why am I just figuring out all this stuff now? I wasn't in the know for like a year and there's all this stuff I don't know about now haha