View Full Version : How can you tell when Uke strings need to be replaced?

jordan bello
05-09-2010, 02:21 PM
Hey all. How do you know when Uke strings need to be replaced?

I can tell when my steel string guitar strings "could" be changed out, but I can't tell yet when to change uke strings. Do they get quieter or stay out of tune? My strings have been going for a few months without any apparent degradation.

05-09-2010, 04:02 PM
When they break, become excessively frayed, start to annoy you or you just wanna change them.

05-09-2010, 04:22 PM
Usually when they either become frayed or have trouble holding their tune.

05-09-2010, 04:24 PM
When you can see and feel bumps under the string and over the frets.

05-09-2010, 05:26 PM
you're right they do seem to last a long time

05-09-2010, 06:28 PM
Mine last a long time even with extreme playing, and I use thin flourocarbons. But if they break obviously they need to be changed, or if the frets grind little notches on the undersides of the strings (run your finger along the underside of the string, it should be smooth, if not maybe put some new strings on. Or if you don't like the sound, you can always get a new set, or try other strings. It's always fun to try new strings!

05-09-2010, 07:33 PM
Fluorocarbons and nylons last a long time. Wound strings, not so long. On a classical guitar, it is typical to go thru three sets of wound bass strings for every set of nylon trebles.