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pdxuke
03-12-2011, 07:53 AM
Thought it might be fun to do a list of the ukes we have and the strings we have and a simple YES/NO/MAYBE of how we like them. We can all scroll through and it might give us ideas for future string changes.

May I suggest we keep the posts simple, for EZ reading?

So I'll start with mine, as a demo:

Kamaka Pineapple/Fremont Blacks/YES
Kiwaya KTS 4/Martin 600/YES
1948 Martin O/Martin 600/YES++++
Gibson Uke 1/Martin 600/YES
Gretsch 1930's/Worth Browns/MAYBE
Ohana Sopranino/Worth Browns/YES
Ohana SK 35/Martin 600/ YES++++
Ohana SK38/Aquila/NO
Ohana CK25/Aquila/NO
Dolphin/Aquila/YES+++
Kala Watermelon/Aquila/NO
Flea/Aquila/MAYBE

ceviche
03-12-2011, 08:05 AM
KoAloha September 2000 Standard Uke + Worth Medium Brown Strings = Insanely in LOVE with this combination!
2009 Kamaka 8-String Koa Tenor + Stock Strings (GHS?) = Maybe
2010 KoAloha Tenor + Stock Strings = Yes

RyRod
03-12-2011, 08:29 AM
Dave Talsma Tenor/Mix of Savarez Alliance & Cristal/ YES

Kala Travel Tenor/ Worth Brown Low G/ Yes but not a big fan of low g

Kala Flame Mahogany Tenor/ Worth Brown F#,B, D#, G#/ yes

Lanikai Curly Koa Concert/ Worth Brown/ Maybe (pretty old set)

Rogue Baritone/ Aranjuez/ No, but it's the uke

Crestwood Soprano/ GHS/ No, probably because the tuners are terrible

joeybug
03-12-2011, 08:35 AM
Ohana SK10S - Aquila - Yes
Luna Tattoo Pineapple - Aquila - Yes
KPK - GHS - maybe - Worth Browns - YES+
Tanglewood Union 1TU CE - Aquila - Maybe

Astrid's who's unknown - Fishing Line - NO - Abdigo - Maybe - Aquila - YES +++

Eric Blooduke
03-12-2011, 08:45 AM
Not much help as I just have the one uke, but here 'tis:

Ohana SK10S Soprano laminate / Aquila / Yes

Plainsong
03-12-2011, 11:04 AM
Ko'olau Golds w/ everything I've tried: Noooooooo
D'addario w/ everything I've tried: Nooooooooooo

Howlett Helsinki Soprano w/ Aquila: Yes w/ Worth BM: No
Kanile'a superconcert w/ Low G Aquila: No w/ High G Aquila: Yes w/ Worth CT: Ehhhhh not sure
Flea w/ GHS: No! w/ Aquila: No w/ Worth BM: Yes

pdxuke
03-12-2011, 11:24 AM
Flea w/ GHS: No! w/ Aquila: No w/ Worth BM: Yes

Huh. Browns on the Flea! Gotta try that!

AncientMatingCalls
03-12-2011, 11:52 AM
Great thread, I like Plainsongs list as it gives examples that certain strings work while others don't.

Makala tenor: Aquilas-ehh / D'Addarios-a little better / Worth Browns-oh yeah
Kala : Aquilas-Meh / clear nylons (can't remember what)-ehh I think it was the uke itself I was unhappy with.
Kanilea tenor: Aquilas-maybe / next will be Worth Clears.

pdxuke
03-12-2011, 12:04 PM
Great thread, I like Plainsongs list as it gives examples that certain strings work while others don't.


I agree. Updating my list:

Kiwaya KTS 4: Martin 600--YES/ Aquilas--OK
1948 Martin O: Martin 600--YES++++/Aquilas--NO
Gibson Uke 1: Martin 600--YES/ Aquilas, YES tuned to D
Gretsch 1930's: Worth Browns--MAYBE / Aquilas-ehhh
Ohana Sopranino: Worth Browns-YES++ / Aquilas--OK, not great
Ohana SK 35: Martin 600/--YES++++/ Aquilas--FAIR
Dolphin: GHS--NO / Aquilas--YES ++++
Kamaka Pineapple/Fremont Blacks/YES
Ohana SK38/Aquila/NO
Ohana CK25/Aquila/NO
Kala Watermelon/Aquila/NO
Flea/Aquila/MAYBE

joeybug
03-12-2011, 12:07 PM
Not much help as I just have the one uke, but here 'tis:

Ohana SK10S Soprano laminate / Aquila / Yes

We have the same Uke! Lilo is my Ohana, she was my first "proper" Ukulele and I loves her!

hmgberg
03-12-2011, 01:10 PM
Great thread!

Kala KCG_CT: Aquilas=Yes+; Worth BM=No; Koolau Alohi=Yes, but hard strings that never seem to stay in tune; Martin 600=No
Martin O, ca. 1960: Aquilas=No; Martin 600 = Yes+; Worth CM=Yes; Worth CD=Yes++
Martin 3M, ca. 1930: Aquilas=No; Worth CM=yes++; Worth CD=don't know, suspect Yes, but afraid to put that much tension on the bridge; Martin 600=Yes+, but nut slots are too wide and A string buzzes
Harmony Roy Smeck Soprano: Aquilas=No; Alohis=yes, but same problem as mentioned above; Worth BM=Yes
Harmony Roy Smeck Vita: Aquilas=Yes++, so much so that I never tried anything else
Kamaka Concert: Worth CM=Yes++, so much so that I never tried anything else
Early Hawaiian Soprano: Martin 600=Yes, haven't tried anything else yet

Eric Blooduke
03-12-2011, 01:26 PM
We have the same Uke! Lilo is my Ohana, she was my first "proper" Ukulele and I loves her!

Yes I suppose I could add that the Aquilas made the Ohana come alive compared to the original strings

janeray1940
03-12-2011, 05:04 PM
Kamaka Soprano - Fremont Blackline Hards - MAYBE, leaning toward NO
Kamaka Concert Low G - Fremont Blackline Hards - YES
Kamaka Concert Re-entrant - Aquilas - YES

Still trying to find the perfect strings for the soprano. Aquilas were good but too floppy/mushy - I prefer more tension. Worth Clears felt great but sounded too thin. Planning on trying Martin fluoros next, then Aquila concerts.

Oh and - a big NO to the stock strings (Kamaka brand, but I'm told they are GHS) that came on all three of my Kamakas.

hmgberg
03-12-2011, 06:44 PM
Kamaka Soprano - Fremont Blackline Hards - MAYBE, leaning toward NO
Kamaka Concert Low G - Fremont Blackline Hards - YES
Kamaka Concert Re-entrant - Aquilas - YES

Still trying to find the perfect strings for the soprano. Aquilas were good but too floppy/mushy - I prefer more tension. Worth Clears felt great but sounded too thin. Planning on trying Martin fluoros next, then Aquila concerts.

Why not try Worth CDs? They feel a bit harder than CMs, but they sound considerably louder and brighter.

janeray1940
03-12-2011, 06:58 PM
Why not try Worth CDs? They feel a bit harder than CMs, but they sound considerably louder and brighter.

I didn't realize there was that much difference - adding this to my list of strings to try, thanks!

roxhum
03-12-2011, 07:10 PM
Bushman Koa Soprano Aquila-no; Worth Brown-no Worth clear YES
Mainland Soprano Aquila-yes
KPK Concert Martin600-maybe

bazmaz
03-12-2011, 10:50 PM
I am all for this thread (and in fact have similar poll running on my blog) - as I think it is really important that people try different strings.

The "stick Aquilas on everything" movement tends to annoy me - dont get me wrong - nice strings, but not on every uke. You need to try variety and listen with your own ears. Different strings on different ukes can make massive changes to sound...

Anyway, rant over! My choices below. Mine are all YES votes because I have tried a wide variety of strings on every uke I own (its the first thing I do when a new uke arrives)


Makala Dolphin - Aquila - YES
Flea Soprano - Worth BM - YES
Fluke Concert - Worth CM - YES
Mainland Concert Mahogany -Martin Flourocarbon - BIG YES!
Ozark Banjolele - Aquila Banjolele - YES

I have also in the past owned, but sold the following

Bruko 6 - Martin Flourcarbon - YES (Aquilas were overkill)
Bruko slim matte black - Ko'olau gold - YES
Eleuke Concert - Aquila - YES
Lanikai LU21 - Aquila - YES

joeybug
03-12-2011, 11:56 PM
Yes I suppose I could add that the Aquilas made the Ohana come alive compared to the original strings

Mine came with Aquila's, that's when I decided to try them on Astrid and wow, the difference is amazing!

GreatGazukes
03-12-2011, 11:57 PM
Great thread folks :)

Pono Concert Pineapple solid mango---------- Aquilas> NO, Ko'olau Golds> YES+++
Ohana Soprano solid zebrawood ------------- Aquilas> Maybe (Worths BM under consideration)
Ohana Soprano Vita uke spruce top ---------- Aquilas> YES+
Ohana Soprano mahogany top, laminate body - Aquilas> YES++
1930's Richter Soprano Mahogany - Worths CM> YES+++

sukie
03-13-2011, 06:28 AM
Moore Bettah super concert..........D'Addario T2s..........awesome. Came with them and I'd never change

SweetWaterBlue
03-13-2011, 06:44 AM
Ohana SK-35 - Martin M600 (came with Aquila) - Yes
Ohana SK-70 - Aquilas - still evaluating
Lanikai ST - Aquilas (low G) - Yes
Bobby Henshaw Baritone - Aquilas - Yes
Converted Baritone - Ernie Ball Folk Nylon & Brass Wound - Yes
Concert Neck Flea - Aquilas - Yes (Cam with HiLo)
Makala Dolphin - Aquilas - Yes

Kanaka916
03-13-2011, 10:44 AM
Here's a previous thread regarding Ukulele and String combinations (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?10388-Uke-and-String-Combos-project). Included is a database (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pC0ApT5tb90ViV3Us1te0Jw&hl=en#gid=0) y'all can fill in to keep a running list that's easier to view rather than separate posts. Just a thought.

Derg
03-13-2011, 11:04 AM
KoAloha Longneck Pineapple: Worth CM = Yes, Aquila = Yes, Worth BM = Yes++ (All strings seem to sound good on this ukulele, but I love the feel, look and sound of the Worth Browns the best).
Kala KC-G: Aquila = Yes, Worth CMLG =Yes++ (the low G on this uke is so damn mellow)
Kala Travel Soprano: Aquila = Yes, Martin 600 = No, Worth BM = Maybe.
Ohana SK38: Aquila = Yes, Worth BM = Maybe (they sound good, but the inotation is way off), Worth CD = Yes++

joeybug
03-13-2011, 11:42 AM
Here's a previous thread regarding Ukulele and String combinations (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?10388-Uke-and-String-Combos-project). Included is a database (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pC0ApT5tb90ViV3Us1te0Jw&hl=en#gid=0) y'all can fill in to keep a running list that's easier to view rather than separate posts. Just a thought.

Couldn't work out how to fill in the database, signed into google and everything, but it won't type what I type, it does nothing! Help?

pdxuke
03-13-2011, 01:29 PM
Here's a previous thread regarding Ukulele and String combinations (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?10388-Uke-and-String-Combos-project). Included is a database (http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pC0ApT5tb90ViV3Us1te0Jw&hl=en#gid=0) y'all can fill in to keep a running list that's easier to view rather than separate posts. Just a thought.

Great idea on the data base. I think you have to change the permissions so we can enter data.

pdxuke
03-13-2011, 01:38 PM
Created a new data base since nothing was in the last. Everyone should be able to edit and add.

https://spreadsheets0.google.com/ccc?hl=en&hl=en&key=tpuiavkE9sM_1ahodR82GvA&authkey=CJmiu9kC#gid=0

sonicbaker
03-13-2011, 01:52 PM
Kamaka HF-3 - Kamaka (ghs?) Yes, but open to trying others
Pono Mahogany Soprano - Aquilas - Maybe. A bit on the bright side. The original Ko'olau golds sounded better on this uke, but I didn't like the wound C.
Makala Dolphin - Black - Fremont Blacklines. Yes.
Makala Dolphin - White - Fremont Clear. Big Yes. A really nice combination.
Kala KA-S - Aquilas. Big Yes.

Kanaka916
03-13-2011, 02:01 PM
Great idea on the data base. I think you have to change the permissions so we can enter data.
I'm not the OP of that thread and the originator of the database has to make the changes to allow access. I think a new database and someone to maintain it would be your best bet.

Lexxy
03-13-2011, 06:53 PM
KoAloha Tenor ----> D'Addario T2 -----> big big yes.
Koa Pili Koko Concert -----> Worth Browns Medium -----> clear as a bell.

joeybug
03-13-2011, 10:11 PM
Created a new data base since nothing was in the last. Everyone should be able to edit and add.

https://spreadsheets0.google.com/ccc?hl=en&hl=en&key=tpuiavkE9sM_1ahodR82GvA&authkey=CJmiu9kC#gid=0

Added mine :D

downtoearthed
03-14-2011, 05:15 AM
Thank you for setting this up. The link worked great and I just added mine.