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Leodhas
05-08-2010, 11:08 AM
Anyone Got An Opinion On D'Addario Ukulele Strings ?

I've recently got into ukuleles (Always been a guitar player) and simply have two cheap and cheerful soprano ukes, one that I bought offline from Thomann music and a light blue makala dolphin which I love almost as much as my Guild acoustic. It has to be the best value for money instrument ever ( I'm currently in the middle of recording a tune in my home studio which will primarily feature the Dolphin ).

Anyway, I'm starting to think about my first uke re-string, using the harley benton uke I bought ( As I've already referred to this is a very cheap and cheerful uke, the quality of which comes nowhere close to the dolphin so hopefully a re-string with some descent strings might up it's game a touch ) . I've noticed everybody sings the praises of the Aquila Nylgut strings. However, I use D'Addario strings on all my guitars and was wondering if anybody can tell me if their Uke strings are any good?

Thank You for any help,

Louie.

Steiner
05-08-2010, 11:11 AM
I don't like them. I've tried the pro-arte and black nylon.

didgeridoo2
05-08-2010, 11:14 AM
I have Pro Artes on a tenor and I do like them for that particuar uke. Not sure if I'd like them for a soprano. You should give Worths a try. Brown or clear. I prefer clear, but like the browns too.

Leodhas
05-08-2010, 11:19 AM
I wish someone could draw up a list of the top 5 soprano uke strings.

Cheers for the feedback!

cornfedgroove
05-08-2010, 11:31 AM
I dont like them much either...also dont like GHS or Hilo. Martin fluorocarbons arent terrible. Kala Reds aren't bad...

I'd go with Worth Browns

Rzr
05-08-2010, 12:38 PM
I think they are the exact same strings as their guitar strings. Just re-packaged. As for how they would sound, I have no idea. Try them and let us know.

AC Baltimore
05-08-2010, 12:43 PM
I dont like them much either...also dont like GHS or Hilo. Martin fluorocarbons arent terrible. Kala Reds aren't bad...

I'd go with Worth Browns

Yea but which worth brown for a tenor? I get confused by all the options. I was trying to get a set of worth browns that are somewhere near aquila tension. I never could figure it out.

thejumpingflea
05-08-2010, 12:49 PM
Pro Artes really only sound good on a really nice uke that is being amplified in my experience.

D'Addario Titanium T2's are my favorite strings to use on a uke, but not on a soprano.

What sort of sound are you looking for? If you are just talking about restringing the dolphin stick with Aquilas.

dirtydan
05-08-2010, 03:01 PM
I just put on some D'addario black nylons yesterday to experiment with a non-standard stringing (low-g with a high-g set). The tone's not bad but the tension is terrible. The slacky-ness makes it real easy to bend the strings out of tune when doing something challenging like the Dmaj style barrre chord. They're also really quiet, which I suspect is a symptom of their being so low tensioned. I just came out of some Worth clears that I liked ok, but I really miss the Aquila's that came with the uke in the first place.

AC Baltimore
05-08-2010, 04:14 PM
I have limited input as far as uke strings go. I have used aquila, martin, and vinci. So far I like aquila. But in relation to this thread... guitar string debates is something I have been around for years. I would assume the uke string choices to be as such. It all comes down to a very personal choice no one can make for you. Your ears will hear it different than maybe mine would... what I consider to be a great tension and feel... you may find un-acceptable. Try em' all and let your ears and hands choose.

CoLmes
05-08-2010, 05:00 PM
I like the pro artes a lot. Sound and feel. But I haven't tried a lot of strings yet. I have d'addrio pro artes classical guitar strings on my kanile'a

haole
05-08-2010, 05:23 PM
The Pro Arte and Titanium lines are probably the most worthwhile. But they are massively thick and wouldn't be good on a soprano. Aquilas are almost universally the best strings for inexpensive soprano ukes.

Kekani
05-08-2010, 05:29 PM
If you do a search, you'll find the answers to D'Addario strings. Been discussed, at length.

Bottom line, you gotta get the right ones, and not have a POS instrument to put them on. JumpingFlea is in the right direction. . .

-Aaron

vehement
05-08-2010, 06:16 PM
I have Pro Arte on my tenor right now and love them. I had Aquilas on before and they sounded horrible! I've also tried Salvarez and Worth. On my POS soprano I have Aquilas, which make it sound a lot better. It really depends on personal preference and how the different strings sound on individual ukuleles. Luckily strings are relatively cheap, so you can buy a whole bunch and just try them out!

arashi_nero
05-08-2010, 07:07 PM
i have d'addario pro artes on my not-quite-so-expensive tenor and they make it sound amazing. i have played sopranos with ghs and aquila and really like the aquila. my concert just game strung with aquilas and i'm really digging them. my cheapie soprano is strung with martin fluorocarbons and they really do make the instrument sing. i think next time i'll put on aquilas just to try them out. strings (especially for a uke) are farely inexpensive; if you don't like a set, change them

ichadwick
05-09-2010, 01:24 AM
There are two types, clear Pro-Arte (J71) and black. I have tried both. I personally don't care much for the black, but then I have yet to find a set of black strings I really like from any manufacturer. They all seem to thin, too quiet and too soft.

The D'Addario clear set is okay. It's very smooth, with very little friction, so playing them is very nice. They are not as loud or bright as Aquilas, but they have a nice, lasting ring. And they're easy to bend.

If you want to brighten your sound and make it a bit louder, go with Aquilas. If you want smooth fingering and a more mellow sound, try the Pro Arte set. Since stings are not terribly expensive, it's not a big investment to get both and experiment.

flipanda
05-09-2010, 01:46 AM
i have the pro-arte j71's strung up on my kanile'a. i tried aquilas and worths and hated them. then i found the j71's and loved it. even better was when i heard about their titanium string set and i ordered those and slapped them on. tension is great as well as tone.

Kanaka916
05-09-2010, 03:03 AM
Here's the D'Addario Ukulele string listing (http://store.daddario.com/category/146005/Ukulele_Family). IMO, the Pro Artes and T2's seem to have the best feel and tonal quality. As stated above, instrument build is a factor.

Kekani
05-09-2010, 09:10 AM
There are two types, clear Pro-Arte (J71) and black. I have tried both. I personally don't care much for the black, but then I have yet to find a set of black strings I really like from any manufacturer. They all seem to thin, too quiet and too soft.

Ian, you should try the Pro Arte J50 series. I too didn't the black nylons available, until I found them. On the right instrument, the feel of the string is closer to the T2's compared to the J46's (clear - this is where the J71's come from if I'm not mistaken), yet the black nylon provides a brighter, clearer sound. Unfortunately, when looking for Black Nylon D'Addario, most people think the `ukulele strings are all they have, and they stop looking any further.

Of course, we all know where the T2's stand in the lineup. Personally, I like the sound of Savarez Alliance (for about 90% of my instruments), but prefer the "feel" of the T2's. Both have the ability to play an instrument SOFTLY, cleanly, without issues.

As for the list of D'Addario, I usually order from here:
http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_41

-Aaron

Leodhas
05-09-2010, 12:51 PM
Thanks to all for feedback, I think i'll try worth strings and give the D'Addario J65 a go (may aswell) I have both the soprano ukes tunes to g/c/e/a, can anyone suggest an alternative?

the52blues
05-09-2010, 02:39 PM
I found that soprano ukes sound better tuned in D tuning (one full tone higher - A D F# B). They have a brighter sound with the extra tension.

byzkarl
07-26-2010, 09:55 AM
Just tried the J71--the tension was too high--it left dents on the part where the string gets tied around.

LoMa
07-26-2010, 10:07 AM
I'm not a fan of D'Addario's on soprano ukes - they're kinda dead. I like the Pro Artes on some guitars though...

Not a fan of Brown Worth's either.

I tend to like fairly bright strings on a soprano, so I go for Aquila Nylguts and Clear Worth's. The Nylguts have the most sustain and brightness and can be a bit harsh on some ukes, but for msot of mine, I choose Nylguts. The Worth clears are a decent choice if you have a particualrly bright sounding soprano. I've also tired one of the test sets of Aquila Bionylons and I like them quite a lot except for the 3rd string which seems to slack or too dominant, not balanced like the rest of the strings. The Bionylons are a little mellow and don;t have the sustain of the Nylguts, but I like them for what they are, and If I was going for a nylon string, I would probably choose these for a soprano, except I'd have to digure out what to do for the 3rd...

Strummingbird Stu
07-26-2010, 10:29 AM
Choosing uke strings is really a personal choice - depending on the type and size of uke, the thickness and feel of the strings, and what kind of sound you want, among other things. Having said that, I am in agreement with CoLmes and arashi_nero - I love d'addario pro arte strings! I like the warm, mellow sound. I have them on several of my ukes. I tried the worths, but since they are thinner, I don't care for the feel of them. I also love aquila strings because of the soft, dry feel and bright sound. I hope this doesn't sound too confusing but then again, it's just a matter of trying them to see which one you like. Happy ukeing! :music:

farmerboy
07-26-2010, 11:17 AM
I found that soprano ukes sound better tuned in D tuning (one full tone higher - A D F# B). They have a brighter sound with the extra tension.

I agree and use the pro arte in D on my pineapple. Made a huge difference to how the little thing works - clearer and nicer to play.

I love the aquilla strings on my concert uke though.

You need to try out a variety of different strings before you settle on the ones that suit you and your uke the best.

Vindelanda
07-26-2010, 01:56 PM
I have the Pro-Arte (clear) on my Fluke at the moment. They're okay. I think I like the sound a little better than Aquilas for a Fluke, but I think I like the feel of the Aquilas more. One thing that irritates me is how long they take to stretch. (Though that could also be because I haven't been playing my Fluke more than once every few days.)
I'd really love to buy some Worths, but I can't get them locally.

whetu
07-26-2010, 02:01 PM
I've recently restrung my Kala KA-SC with the blacks and IMHO they're a huge improvement over the GHS's that it came with, and a fair improvement over the Hilo's that I've had on since the last restring. The GHS's sounded horrible and the Hilos sounded ok, just flat and dull. They also resonated weirdly when playing a G chord.

I feel the blacks give a more stable sound than Nylguts, too, and they haven't dulled as quickly as Kala Reds.

They're not perfect strings, but you could do a lot worse, and at least in NZ they're reasonably priced (e.g. NZD$15 for a pack vs NZD$15 for Hilos vs NZD$26 for Aquila Nylguts.)

ukecantdothat
07-26-2010, 04:12 PM
Ditto... Didn't like 'em. But that's just us... We don't like 'em... Much, that is. I agree, though, it comes down to how it feels right to you. You'll know it when you hear it.

ichadwick
07-27-2010, 03:55 AM
There are two types: the Pro Arte black and the J71 clear. I'm not a fan of any black strings I've yet found (Hilo and GHS included), but the J71s are nice. Not as crisp or loud as Aquila, but smoth and pleasant, with good tone.

PeformanceUke
08-05-2010, 10:53 PM
Do they make the pro arte tenor j71 strings in black now? I really like the pro arte strings i use special order wound strings from germany for the 3 string C string but the Proarte seems to do the job and i use all nylon now . Aquillas break down to fast and i don't like the thinner gauges.

Kekani
08-05-2010, 11:34 PM
The J71 is the numbered set of clear nylon J46's and J44's. If you wanted black nylon, it would be the Pro Arte J50 Series. This was actually one of my favorite strings, WAY above the J46's, which are nice and sweet, but the J50's have more clarity and definition, especially on a Spruce/Maple or Spruce/Milo. Of course, once I tried the T2's, no more J50's for me (I usually give away my J46's and J50's now). But, just because I give them away doesn't mean they're bad strings (that's what giving away my old Aquila's were for - MGM got them and probably sold them to someone here, or strung up an instrument with them before sending it out - nah, just kidding, about what MGM did with them. . .).

PeformanceUke
08-05-2010, 11:51 PM
The J71 is the numbered set of clear nylon J46's and J44's. If you wanted black nylon, it would be the Pro Arte J50 Series. This was actually one of my favorite strings, WAY above the J46's, which are nice and sweet, but the J50's have more clarity and definition, especially on a Spruce/Maple or Spruce/Milo. Of course, once I tried the T2's, no more J50's for me (I usually give away my J46's and J50's now). But, just because I give them away doesn't mean they're bad strings (that's what giving away my old Aquila's were for - MGM got them and probably sold them to someone here, or strung up an instrument with them before sending it out - nah, just kidding, about what MGM did with them. . .).

Thanks for the reply what are the T2's? Whats the diffrence from j71 from t2?

right on.

bazmaz
08-05-2010, 11:53 PM
not all strings suit all ukes, (and ears). Aquilas get a lot of praise, and rightly so. I do use them - they really bring the Dolphins alive (as they did my laminate Lanikai). Put them on my Bruko solid maple slimbody though and they are dreadfully boomy and overkill

The beauty of uke strings as I see it is that if you put them on, dont like them on one uke, they can easily be taken off and put onto another uke for testing.

I have half a dozen ukes and in my string testing phase moved my strings around on various ukes.

I ended up with Aquilas on my dolphin, martin flouros on my mainland, aquilas on my lanikai, worth BM's on my Flea and am about to try Martin Flouoros on my Bruko

Get a few types and try em out.

My various string related blog posts are here http://gotaukulele.blogspot.com/search/label/strings