View Full Version : Another string thread - help needed!

06-27-2010, 11:06 PM
Right guys, I know there are posts like this all the time and I should pay more attention but I need some help with strings. I've got a Kala KA-CE elctro concert and I'm beginning to think it's time for a re-string? She is currently equiped with the Aquilla Nylguts she came with. All in all I found these to be nice loud strings and nice to play. But I don't want to get stuck in a rut and just use the same old strings. Plus I think that when they start getting old (well mine have anyway) the Aquilla strings tend to sound a bit... er dry and harsh I guess? Well my uke mahogany, though laminate I think I was told after buying it (Damn sales pitch!) so I'm wondering what strings to order for her that might be more suitable and make her really sing? I read a thread last week from somebody who put Worth Clears on his Mahogany Mainland Tenor and said that that really opened her up. Well I was considering Worth Clears myself, is this a good choice and are there any other strings I should try? I wanna just buy a few types at once, so then I've got them there to swap and change?

Also, is the string gauge between a Soprano and a Concert greatle different? My beater Soprano could do with new strings and I was thinking of trying Aquilla but don't really wanna waste a pack as I fear they may sound too harsh? So I was thinking of taking the Aquillas from my Kala when I re-string her and putting them on the beater? They seem quite a bit thicker mind, I dunno if I could tie a knot in them? I know string come in different sizes for soprano, concert etc but I thought that related more to length then qauge? My beater has the prototype Bushman strings I was given for free a few months back, and I'm not sure if he sent me Concerts instead of the requested soprano but they went on and play fine?

06-27-2010, 11:25 PM
Also, how does one go about all this string trickery?


I think I know what I'm doing here but just wondered if there were any guides incase I should get stuck? Note the chunck out the bridge just under the saddle, I was gutted when I discovered that after I bought it. Had forgotten all about it actually until now... *weep*

06-28-2010, 08:59 AM
I use concert strings on all of my sopranos, except my 50's Harmony. I'm just a little concerned about the tension on the bridge since it's 50+ years old and it tune it to D. But I haven't had any problems using Aquila concert strings on my newer sopranos, and I think they make them a bit louder.

06-28-2010, 09:11 AM
Take your time and you'll be fine.

06-28-2010, 11:39 PM
So any ideas/suggestions on the best strings to try? Theres so many out there!...

Reno Dave
06-29-2010, 04:16 AM
I have experimented with various strings. GHS, Worth, D'Adderios and Aquila. They all have pros and cons. What really matters is how they sound and feel to you. Strings are a personnal preference for sound and playability. Some are thicker and thinner than others. I replace my strings monthly because I play a lot. I can hear when they start to go flat and don't have a fresh sound. With all that said, I have always returned to my favorite strings, the Aquilas. Check out Aldrene's Uke Minutes on "Replacing Strings.
Keep Strumming......

Oscar Schmidt OU4 Low G
Oscar Schmidt OU6-LCE High G

06-29-2010, 01:12 PM
Kala just posted this how-to video for changing strings on a tie bridge