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03-29-2011, 11:43 AM
Started on a concert/tenor and interested in a baritone. Inspecting one with metal D&G and nylon B&E strings. Sounds great, but is this unusual? Are baritone ukes fitted with steel strings, or is this an option?

TIA; the forums are a wonderful source of help and inspiration. Siesta171

03-29-2011, 11:48 AM
Not uncommon at all, in fact, 2 wound strings are probably "de rigueur". Lots of good info on strings here:



(I am not a Bari expert, by far, just passing on good info.)

diane in chicago
04-02-2011, 11:52 AM
We have a Lanikai concert, and just added a Lanikai baritone to the household. We just restrung it with Aquila reentrant strings so it is GCAE. They are brand new strings, and I know they need days/weeks to settle in fully. But right now they are really floppy and loose and slap onto the fingerboard.

Will they tighten up as we retune and retune and retune?

04-04-2011, 01:30 AM
Your choice. Standard sets with low-D will have wound D and G strings. High-D sets will have unwound/plain D string. These are metal wrapped over a nylon core.

But you can buy entire sets of unwound strings (not sure but I believe Worth offers them). I have such a set on a Pono baritone that's very nice (high D, too).

04-06-2011, 11:12 AM
The D & G strings are nylon, but would be wound, giving them the look of steel strings, but there very different from the steel strings you find on a steel strung guitar for instance. Personally I prefer the Worth Bari strings, which are without any wound sets. I found the Aquila wound strings very short lived, and D'addario and Labella ones lasted longer. However the Worth Browns I have on my Kala Bari are much better.