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mds725
05-24-2010, 08:00 AM
While shopping for a Flea, I discovered that Flea Market Music offers upgrades from the strings that come with Fleas and Flukes to Aquila nylgut ($7.95), Ko'olau gold ($7.95) or Hilo black nylon ($5.95) strings. I'm curious about whether to upgrade and, if so, which strings to use. So my questions to Flea and Fluke owners: Did you upgrade, either at the time of purchase or sometime after you got your Flea or Fluke? Did using different strings make your Flea or Fluke sound better (or worse)? Do some strings take better advantage of the sound properties of Fleas and Flukes than others? What strings are you using now on your Flea or Fluke and what do you like about them? I know that Flea and Fluke owners love to talk about their ukuleles (and after playing a Flea this weekend with factory-installed strings) I can see why, so please go nuts and share your Flea and Fluke string experiences. Thanks!

mds725
05-24-2010, 08:01 AM
Flea and Flike owners: Your favorite strings?

I know. There's no such thing as a "Flike" ukulele. Too bad one can't fix typos in headings ....

retrozombi
05-24-2010, 08:05 AM
I swapped mine out for the Aquila Nylguts in fifths tuning. I had to file the bridge so the A string would stop breaking, but other than that they've been great. Nice big sound.

angelopb
05-24-2010, 08:09 AM
If you get a rosewood fretboard it is automatically upgraded to aquila nylaguts, high G. I like them but I am probably going to stick with the Worth clears for now. I use low G as a preference. They don't have the harmonic richness but they have a smoothness factor and almost a flatwound sound quality(yes I know they are non wound) that responds nicely to my right hand. I can get darker sounds when called for and they seem to compliment the flea nicely. But I woudl be happy with either aguila or worth clears. I have not tried the pro artes but I would be willing too.

SweetWaterBlue
05-24-2010, 08:13 AM
I upgraded tp Aquilas after I got mine because I wanted more volume.

dkcrown
05-24-2010, 08:42 AM
I have both a fluke and a flea and prefer Aquillas on them. I have played a flea with Hilos and have also tried Worth clears on mine but still like the Aquillas

SailingUke
05-24-2010, 08:58 AM
I like the crispness of Aquillas (high g) on my Tenor Fluke.
They were a little too loud though so I tried a set of concert on the last string change and I really like the voice now, it is still crisp and bright, but just a tad quieter.

Skitzic
05-24-2010, 08:59 AM
I have a Fluke and I currently have Black Lines on it. I hated the Hilos on it. I did have Aquilas on for a short time, but I wasn't thrilled with them.

leftovermagic84
05-24-2010, 09:09 AM
I have worth clear low-Gs on my fluke. I've tried Aquillas in high G too, but I prefer the worths

ukulelearp
05-24-2010, 09:53 AM
Worth Clears on a Koa Fluke.

Thumper
05-24-2010, 10:10 AM
After trying Hilo, Aquila, and Worth Clear and Brown strings, I've found that I prefer Aquilas on my Flea, and Worth Clears on my Fluke.

jvann
05-24-2010, 10:32 AM
I have Aquilas on my Fluke and like them, but will probably try Worth Clear at the next change as I have Worth on all the other ukes.

Sambient
05-24-2010, 10:41 AM
I have Martins on my Flea. I didn't like the sound with the Aquilas. I seem to be one of the few here who was perfectly happy with the original strings.

SweetWaterBlue
05-24-2010, 10:45 AM
I have Martins on my Flea. I didn't like the sound with the Aquilas. I seem to be one of the few here who was perfectly happy with the original strings.

I actually liked the sound of the original strings better than I do the Aquilas, but I didn't like the volume. I'm told the Worths (or is it Martin?) that Pauljmuk has on his give both nice sound and volume.

mds725
05-24-2010, 11:11 AM
Thanks for all the feedback! Keep 'em coming!

If anyone has videos of his or her Flea/Fluke with particular strings, please post a link. Nothing's better than actually listening.

Thanks again!

phanzo
05-24-2010, 12:06 PM
Glad I saw this thread. I have a mookulele coming tomorrow and I am wondering what strings I'm gonna go with. I have no idea what is on it right now. Seems to me, from reading this thread, that it's the same as every other "what string is best" thread. Always comes down to folks liking Aquilas and Worths with the occasional Black line or Pro Arte comment :D

Can't wait to get my mook tomorrow. I'll post here with the string type and how I like them at some point tomorrow...

luvdat
05-24-2010, 12:17 PM
Flea soprano" Aquilas...but yeah...not a huge fan of the sound of the Aquilas strummed, but for fingerstyle loud and lovely...

The Hilos are quieter strummed but do sound overall better...when strummed...with vocals.

mds725
05-24-2010, 12:34 PM
Glad I saw this thread. I have a mookulele coming tomorrow and I am wondering what strings I'm gonna go with. I have no idea what is on it right now. Seems to me, from reading this thread, that it's the same as every other "what string is best" thread. Always comes down to folks liking Aquilas and Worths with the occasional Black line or Pro Arte comment :D

Can't wait to get my mook tomorrow. I'll post here with the string type and how I like them at some point tomorrow...

Congrats on the new mookulele. Be sure to post a video!

haole
05-24-2010, 01:54 PM
I like Aquilas on my Flea. I play it outdoors a lot so I need volume and projection above all else. The stock Hilos aren't bad strings, but they're way too mellow for me.

KevinV
05-24-2010, 01:59 PM
I bought my Flea used so I don't know what was on it, but they were black. I know that doesn't help as lots of strings are, but I swapped them for Aquila's and noticed an immediate increase in volume and clarity of tone.

SweetWaterBlue
05-24-2010, 02:51 PM
I bought my Flea used so I don't know what was on it, but they were black. I know that doesn't help as lots of strings are, but I swapped them for Aquila's and noticed an immediate increase in volume and clarity of tone.

The Fleas come with black HiLos.

megavox
05-24-2010, 03:04 PM
I immediately changed to Freemont Blacklines, medium.

VERY NICE! Quite responsive and much louder.

fromthee2me
05-24-2010, 05:11 PM
Concert Koa Flea with Aquilas, and very happy.

Chris Tarman
05-24-2010, 05:12 PM
I bought a set of Aquilas to put on my Flea, but they came Friday just as I was heading out of town, so I haven't gotten a chance to put them on yet (just got home tonight). I know, I know... I COULD have taken the Flea with me. But I was already taking 2 other ukes for a 3 day trip. I felt a little like the character in "Best in Show" (Michael McKean's partner)... Michael McKean says "You're going to be in Philadelphia less than 24 hours and you're taking 6 Kimonos".... he says "You're right", and puts about 3 more kimonos in his suitcase.

micromue
05-25-2010, 01:00 AM
Worth BMT. Gives me a fat sound and lots of volume!

RevWill
05-25-2010, 03:23 AM
I really like Aquilas on my flea and fluke. They last forever on there.

I would recommend against fluorocarbon if you are using polycarbonate fretboards. If you have rosewood fretboards the Blacklines look and sound awesome!

Skitzic
05-25-2010, 03:38 AM
I really like Aquilas on my flea and fluke. They last forever on there.

I would recommend against fluorocarbon if you are using polycarbonate fretboards. If you have rosewood fretboards the Blacklines look and sound awesome!

Why do you say that?

RevWill
05-25-2010, 04:08 AM
Why do you say that?

There has been some speculation that the fluorocarbon is hard enough to wear the plastic frets too quickly. To my knowledge it has been speculation without evidence, but I tend to be a cautious sort.

Skitzic
05-25-2010, 06:36 AM
There has been some speculation that the fluorocarbon is hard enough to wear the plastic frets too quickly. To my knowledge it has been speculation without evidence, but I tend to be a cautious sort.

I hadn't heard that. Oh well, I suppose if my frets wear I will call them with a warrenty claim. They say no wound strings, they make no mention of fluorocarbon. Aren't the strings they put on fluorocarbon?