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CurtainGuy
07-11-2008, 09:10 PM
Hey guys.. so I recently got a solid-mahogany Bushman Jenny Tenor... it came with Aquila strings, which sound nice, but I think I want something a little clearer and brighter. I hear Worth clear strings will do the trick..? Just wanted to know what you all thought.

A few more questions- if I did get Worth strings, aren't there different types.. like different tensions, wound C string, etc.. which should I get? Aaaand.. where on earth can I buy them haha

Kekani
07-11-2008, 09:56 PM
aren't there different types.. like different tensions, wound C string, etc.. which should I get? Aaaand.. where on earth can I buy them haha

Yes. . yes, no, depends, MGM

tad
07-11-2008, 11:46 PM
Worth strings?

The answer is yes.

brokenwing
07-12-2008, 04:46 AM
Yes. . yes, no, depends, MGMActually, the Ko'olau Gold's low-G string set that came with my Pono Tenor included a wound C and G. I didn't know at the time that a wound C was unusual but anyway, they do exist. Incidentally, I didn't really care for them.

OTOH the low-G clear Worths I replaced them with do sound a little brighter, but I'm not happy with the slack tension of the unwound low G. Maybe it's just something to get used to but a wound low-G seems to offer more tension and a better feel (to me).

drubin
07-12-2008, 05:18 AM
I use the Worth Brown Tenor high g set. For clarity and sweetness of tone, I've found no better strings...but I haven't tried the Worth Clears yet! ;)

Kekani
07-12-2008, 08:25 AM
Actually, the Ko'olau Gold's low-G string set that came with my Pono Tenor included a wound C and G. I didn't know at the time that a wound C was unusual but anyway, they do exist.

Worth doesn't make wound C's - as stated, they don't even do wound g's.

Kanaka916
07-12-2008, 07:16 PM
.. where on earth can I buy them haha
Worths are available at Elderly (http://elderly.com/brand/STUK_worth.html) and UkeWorld (http://ukuleleworld.com/search.php?mode=search&page=1)

david98116
07-13-2008, 12:31 AM
I am using worth clears on my Kala spruce top and they sound bright and crisp with good sustain. I came with Aquilas and I was not pleased with them. Good discovery.

CurtainGuy
07-14-2008, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the info guys! I ordered some Worth Clear Nylon strings from MGM and they're on their way... I just realized now though.. I really hope they're not a low G set. Didn't say low G anywhere when I bought it but then again it didn't say high G either.

uke142464
07-15-2008, 03:43 AM
I am using worth clears on my Kala spruce top and they sound bright and crisp with good sustain. I came with Aquilas and I was not pleased with them. Good discovery.

ok cool, now I know what strings to get cause I just ordered a new kala ka-st of mgm:nana:

Nuke-ulele
07-15-2008, 03:57 AM
Thanks for the info guys! I ordered some Worth Clear Nylon strings from MGM and they're on their way... I just realized now though.. I really hope they're not a low G set. Didn't say low G anywhere when I bought it but then again it didn't say high G either.

If it doesn't specifically say "low G" then they should be standard...which is always high G. I have bought strings from MGM with no indication of Low G and they are always just standard sets.

Muugi
07-15-2008, 10:00 AM
I am still new to the Uke but I think I am starting to get the hint that strings make a difference.

The Kala I have came with GHS strings. I hvae not seen anyone mention those. I have thought the Uke does not soudn very bright?, crisp?, strong?, loud? .... hmmm.. well it does not sound as good when I play on the higher frets. I think I should try some Worth strings at some point.

tad
07-15-2008, 12:00 PM
I am still new to the Uke but I think I am starting to get the hint that strings make a difference.

The Kala I have came with GHS strings. I hvae not seen anyone mention those. I have thought the Uke does not soudn very bright?, crisp?, strong?, loud? .... hmmm.. well it does not sound as good when I play on the higher frets. I think I should try some Worth strings at some point.

GHS's are what most makers seem to put on ukes, because they're the cheapest.

GHS pros:
They're wicked cheap, they're fairly thick, and they're tough.

GHS cons:
They don't sound too good.

LoMa
07-15-2008, 12:51 PM
It's funny - I rmember when Aquila's were all the rage and everyone put Aquila's on everything and noted how much better the sound on their uke was.

Now flourocarbon strings are IT, and folks are throwing out the Aquila's and saying how better their ukes sound with their new Worth's, Fremont's, or Koaloha's.

I wonder what the next string fad will be, because there surely will be one!!!

In any case, I've tried 3 brands of flourocarbon strings, and have decided Aquila's are for me. But it's fun to try the different kinds anyway. I have a Larrivee mahogany concert uke, and it sounded like an entirely different instrument when the Aquila's were switched out for Worth Brown's. The Larrivee's going back to Aquila's which I think bring out the best in this ukulele. But I'll bet someone else thinks that the Worth's really bring out the Larrivee's best qualities. And you know, we're all right!

CurtainGuy
07-15-2008, 05:34 PM
You know what's kind of funny.. now that the Worths are on their way.. the Aquilas are really growing on me haha. I'm just really liking the string's thickness and tension, etc.. Hopefully I'll still like the Worths. I think I will.

So.. how would you guys describe the difference between GHS Strings, Aquilas, and Worths? I'm just curious because I have experience with the first two and I'd like to know how Worths compare to them.

tad
07-15-2008, 06:01 PM
I think it's interesting how many people say they like the Aquilas for their thickness. Personally, the thinness of the Worths is one of the reasons I prefer THEM.

Maybe it has something to do with the size of uke you prefer to play-- I'm a soprano player, if I have my druthers. Maybe the tenor players prefer thick strings 'cause they have more room on the neck?

Kekani
07-15-2008, 10:19 PM
ok cool, now I know what strings to get cause I just ordered a new kala ka-st of mgm:nana:

Just for conversation, how do you know the Worth's are for you if 1) you don't have the instrument, 2) you don't have the strings?


So.. how would you guys describe the difference between GHS Strings, Aquilas, and Worths?

GHS's are consistent, and can build callus quickly. Aquila have a better feel, and are louder. Worths are thinner, clearer, tonally more complex and sometimes tinny. Of course, all this depends on the instrument, and the player. I've used all three (and used to string with Aquila exclusively), I currently use none of them (even though I'm very fond of the Okami's, I've never grown towards Worth).

CurtainGuy
07-16-2008, 09:54 PM
GHS's are consistent, and can build callus quickly. Aquila have a better feel, and are louder. Worths are thinner, clearer, tonally more complex and sometimes tinny. Of course, all this depends on the instrument, and the player. I've used all three (and used to string with Aquila exclusively), I currently use none of them (even though I'm very fond of the Okami's, I've never grown towards Worth).

Would you say the sound of the GHS strings are closer to worths or aquilas?

tad
07-16-2008, 10:36 PM
Would you say the sound of the GHS strings are closer to worths or aquilas?

Personally, I'd say they're closer to worthless.

Technically, they're not like either, since they're standard nylon, where Aquilas are nylgut and Worths are fluorocarbon.

I guess they're closer to Aquilas, because they've got similar thicknesses, but that's like saying a high-quality handbell is more like a cowbell covered in concrete than it is like a cymbal.

And you asked about sound. Sound-wise, GHS's, to my ears, sound dead and dull. Neither Aquilas nor Worths sound dead and dull.

Have you ever used Martins? They're like thicker Martins.

tad
07-16-2008, 10:40 PM
GHS's are consistent, and can build callus quickly.

Both qualities that could just as well be ascribed to a hand tool.

Consistency isn't good when it's consistently bad.

I know it's all a matter of taste, and YMMV, etc., but having heard GHS's on four or five ukes, I've yet to hear one that seriously sounds better with them.

bluesuke
07-16-2008, 10:47 PM
I have played with both. I like the worth a little better. Has anyone tried the new blackline?

Plainsong
07-17-2008, 12:57 AM
I wonder about all these fluorcarbon strings. Are they all just fishing line coming out of the same factory, and hence all the same? Is there a difference between a Worth and a Fremont Blackline? I seem to hear a difference between the Koaloha strings and the Worth clears, but it's not really huge. It could also be because those strings were ready for a change.

I'm not dissing them, I love the Worths, but is it starting to matter less which brand we choose, or are there real differences?

Kekani
07-17-2008, 06:22 AM
Curve -

A well respected `ukulele builder once told me that the more fine tuned an instrument is, the more it reacts to the slightest change. I've found this to be true, ie: switching from kerfed linings to reverse kerfed linings changed the way the instruments projects sound from the back (but that's another thread).

Where am I going with this? Changing strings is not a slight change, but a major one, that shouldn't be taken lightly (no pun intended).

Most instruments lower than local factories (I would say sub-$700) are mass produced to the point where the player feels that the strings make the sound. They are probably near correct. Once you get into the arena where the builder matches the strings, the strings become a (dare I say) minor part of the entire instrument, as it now becomes the blending of the build to produce the final sound.

In my observations, Aquila's are popular because of their ability to bring out volume. However, if the instrument doesn't have complexity in tone to begin with, there is no string out there that will coax that out of the `ukulele.

My $.02 - Aaron

uke142464
07-17-2008, 06:34 AM
Just for conversation, how do you know the Worth's are for you if 1) you don't have the instrument, 2) you don't have the strings?

because the guy I quoted said that he had the same ukulele, and he says they're good, and I was trying to decide what strings to try out next:D

CurtainGuy
07-17-2008, 07:57 AM
Wow thanks for the great info guys. Someone should make some kind of.. I don't know, String Sound Guide or something. There are so many options and it's hard for me to know what I'm going to get.

sukie
07-17-2008, 10:44 AM
Due to a small problem I have GHS strings on my uke right now. Let's just say that as soon as MGM gets the strings to me, I'll be changing. I think the GHS strings sound dead.

Plainsong
07-17-2008, 04:19 PM
I agree with what Kekani is saying. I do have two sub-700 USD ukes though that one is luthier built and the other from a factory in Hawaii, so maybe the price bracket is wrong.

But both of these are good ukes, and changing string type makes a difference, but it's not like "Woah it sucked before but now it's great!" Nah, it's just a difference in sound signature. Like preferring one lump of sugar or two in your coffee. With either set of strings, the uke sounds like a good uke. With the Uklectic for example, Pete prefers Aquilas and it sounds hawesome with Aquilas. I think I prefer the Worths right now but it's not like I'll never use Aquilas again on it. He wasn't wrong.

The Koaloha NEEDED new strings because it was half a step flat at the 12 fret consistently across all the strings. It was built in June, so I guess the Koaloha brand strings can get a bit stretchy. Or maybe that was a fluke. I mean, a one-off event, not a Fluke. ;)

But I don't see anything wrong with getting the best out of a uke if it means it's got better synergy with a certain kind of string.

deach
07-17-2008, 04:22 PM
...preferring one lump of sugar or two in your coffee. .....
Two lumps makes it twice as sweet. Different strings shouldn't make it sound twice as nice. Maybe a lump of sugar vs a lump of Sweet-n-Low.

MGM
07-17-2008, 06:29 PM
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deach
07-17-2008, 06:39 PM
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Here you go.....

david98116
07-17-2008, 06:40 PM
It appears we have come back to the usual answer from the vets.....to each his own. Any number of string/uke combinations can be put together and because we all have different ears.....well, the best string is subjective. In the words of someone here a long time ago (maybe Deach?) try them all.

CurtainGuy
07-21-2008, 05:58 AM
Well the worth strings arrived, and the uke is all strung up.... they're definitely a step in the right direction for me but I don't think I've found my ideal string for my uke just yet.

And like I was saying before I think someone should write some kind of.. string-guide to list all of the different strings that are out there and compare/contrast them from eachother. It doesn't even have to be one person, the descriptions could be a consensus from everyone.

LoMa
07-21-2008, 06:43 AM
Are you looking for a mellower sound or a more aggressive tone and attack?

If you're looking for a tone on the brighter and more aggressive spectrum, then you might want to try Aquila's (My favolrite).

I also like the feel of the Aquila's whihc are thicker than flourocarbon strings and have kind of a texture to them which helps me get more kinds of tones out of them - I can vary my attack and style of hitting thos Aquila's because of their textured surface - but some folks dislike that too!!!

deach
07-21-2008, 07:01 AM
...In the words of someone here a long time ago (maybe Deach?) try them all.

lol, maybe I was talking about ukuleles... :D

CurtainGuy
07-21-2008, 07:12 AM
Oh wow. Look what I found.

http://www.ukuleleworld.com/pages.php?pageid=10

It's a good start but I still think we should make something even better.. with string brands, etc.


Are you looking for a mellower sound or a more aggressive tone and attack?

If you're looking for a tone on the brighter and more aggressive spectrum, then you might want to try Aquila's (My favolrite).

I also like the feel of the Aquila's whihc are thicker than flourocarbon strings and have kind of a texture to them which helps me get more kinds of tones out of them - I can vary my attack and style of hitting thos Aquila's because of their textured surface - but some folks dislike that too!!!


I actually started with aquila's.. and I have to say they really did grow on me for all the reasons you just mentioned. There was just something about the sound of them I didn't like.. they have this.. I'm not sure if this is the right adjective but.. a "tinny" sound almost? Like a banjo or something. I was looking for something a little more harp-like but still bright and aggressive. Maybe a set of strings with a wound C would help me out here.

I'm considering checking out the Kala Red strings. There are two high-G sets that I've noticed. The metal wound C set and the nylon wound C and E sets. One comes with monofilament high G and A strings and the other plain.. gah this is so overwhelming, so many choices and things to look up.

http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-RED-Ukulele-strings-Tenor-set-High-g-wound-c_W0QQitemZ250272138518QQihZ015QQcategoryZ16224QQc mdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262
http://cgi.ebay.com/KALA-RED-Ukulele-strings-Tenor-set-All-NYLON_W0QQitemZ230272687544QQihZ013QQcategoryZ1622 4QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262