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Pippin
05-07-2011, 08:58 PM
Ken Middleton recommended that I put some Martin fluorocarbon strings on a couple of my ukuleles and I was ordering a new saddle for an old guitar from Elderly, so, I added three packs to the order.

I put the new strings on the Ohana SK-38, the aNueNue Vision 1879, and the Oscar Schmidt OU280SWK (solid Koa concert).

On the Ohana, the uke really sounded fantastic! The tone was clear and sweet. The aNueNue Vision 1879 is a Nunes vintage copy and sounded great anyway, but with the new Martin strings, it was louder and sweeter. What a wonderful instrument. The Oscar Schmidt came with Aquila Nylguts on it and they sounded pretty good, better finger-picked than hard strumming. With the Martins, the OU280SWK sounded sweeter than it did before, but the volume dropped a lot. I figured that it would, but, I wanted to give it a shot just to find out to what extent.

If you have not tried the Martin fluorocarbons, give 'em a shot. On soprano ukes, they made a big difference.

http://elderly.com/accessories/items/M600.htm ($4.55 USD)

bbycrts
05-07-2011, 09:04 PM
I had them on a solid mahogany soprano (Koloa) and found they were too muted and didn't have great sustain. I blamed it on the uke itself - it's an inexpensive Chinese uke. I put the new Aquila Nylguts on it and it totally transformed the uke. I don't have a problem with the Martins - but it's yet another example of how you sometimes have to search for the right strings for your specific instrument. I don't think there is a "universal" right string out there!

pdxuke
05-07-2011, 09:23 PM
I concur on the Ohanas. Love the Martin strings.

Tack
05-07-2011, 11:01 PM
Put them on a solid mahogany Concert in place of the Aquilas..... Still making up my mind. Like the FEEL of them but the sound is definitely muted rather than mellow to my ears - might try the aquilas again and make a recording this time - easier to compare :D

Uke Whisperer
05-08-2011, 12:40 AM
I really like the Martin 600s on my SK-38. I decided to give them a try on my new CK-35G Concert and will be putting them on today. If they sound and feel as good as they do on the SK-38 I'm going to take the new Aquilas from the CK-35 and try them on my Banjolele. I've been told they will sound better than the Martins that are on it now.

guitarsnrotts
05-08-2011, 02:52 AM
I put them on my mid-70s Kamaka soprano and love the sound. It seems to bring out the subtle tones. I had tried Nylguts and hated the harsh sound.
Put 620s on my Lanikai Spalted Mango Tenor after it had come with Nylguts. Big drop in volume but I kind of like the more mellow tone. The final verdict is still out on that one.

elisdad
05-08-2011, 03:17 AM
I just put a set on my EleUke and I like the feel much better than the aquilas they replaced.

SweetWaterBlue
05-08-2011, 04:22 AM
I just wish Martin made low G tenor strings. I love them on my SK-35 and dislike the harshness of the Aquilas on my tenor.

Plainsong
05-08-2011, 05:41 AM
I'm a weirdo that prefers the feel of Aquila strings. They grab my fingers better. But with the sk-38, yeah Martin fluoros all the way. :)

joep
05-08-2011, 06:26 AM
Are the fluorcarbons new? A couple of years ago some were saying that Martin strings wouldn't make good fishing line?

mm stan
05-08-2011, 06:48 AM
Aloha Mickey,
Yup, got them on my vintage martins...love them...M600 fleurocarbons..and they last long too..

Pippin
05-08-2011, 07:10 AM
Are the fluorcarbons new? A couple of years ago some were saying that Martin strings wouldn't make good fishing line?

Yep. These came to market perhaps a year ago. They are really nice strings.

joep
05-08-2011, 07:30 AM
Thanks Pippin, that's really good to know because all 3 music stores close by only sell Martin strings.

bassfiddlesteve
05-08-2011, 03:41 PM
I normally use Aquila strings on all of my ukes, but the Martin fluorocarbons work much better on my 1930's Martin style 1.

- Steve

RyanMFT
05-08-2011, 04:38 PM
I am glad you brought this up, I really love the Martin Flurocarbon strings.....I am now using them on my high end vintage ukuleles and they are wonderful!

Also, local music stores around me tend to carry them, which is awesome!

toonboy7
05-08-2011, 04:47 PM
I know EVERYBODY loves those Aquilas ......... BUT, I have an electric Oscar Schmidt that came with the Martin fluorocarbons on it and I LOVE THEM!!! Yes some of my others do have Aquilas, but don't under estimate the Martin fluorocarbons.

They're slinky, really bend, lay low have a nice tone ... on my set-ups anyway.

People calling them fishing lines are just, ummm, they're just ... well, I'm at a loss for words, they're fine strings.

:)


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Kite
05-08-2011, 05:23 PM
they've done magnificent things for my concert fluke. but I couldn't get used to the C string so I stuck with the stock Hilo C string (looked cool anyway).

zac987
05-08-2011, 05:35 PM
I love them on my '60s Marveltone Baritone. Whenever my other ukes need new strings, I'll be sure to try out Martins on them as well.

Uke Whisperer
05-12-2011, 01:54 PM
Follow-up to my previous post:
I did put the Martins on my CK-35. It's been almost a week and I love them. I tried the Aquilas on the GT Banjolele and removed them the next day. Didn't like the feel or the sound.... even made the Banjolele sound to "brashy" to me. Comparing the Martins that were on the Banjolele to the Flourocarbons there seems to be a little difference. I think perhaps they were Martin Nylons the store put on. Going to purchase a new set of 600s 1st chance I get.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
05-12-2011, 02:26 PM
Yesterday, I was playing ukulele with a couple of smart guys (mathematics faculty members at the community college where I'm a part-time math instructor). I had my SpruceHouse S-O soprano with Martin M600s. I swapped briefly with one of the smart guys for his Lanikai LU-21 strung with Aquilas; the first thing he said was, "Wow, nice strings."

I like the M600s' smooth feel. The tension's great, too. Nice strings, indeed, professor.

Huna
05-12-2011, 03:06 PM
well I just recently took the aquilas off my Luna Honu Soprano and put the martins on and they are way better. More deep tone! and I got a concert Hamano and it has aquilas but I will change them soon. I also bought a Luna Concert Tattooo which sounds almost as good as the Hamano and it came with aquilas but it sounds a lot better with Martins so changed them after a couple hours playing. Martins are my favored strings on all my ukes now. I intend on putting them on my Hamano Concert. They sound great on the Lunas and on my Hamano Soprano. I will say that on this forum, the Luna tattoos are underrated. ... with the Martin's they sound pretty nice.! in the soprano line, they kick ass. in the Concert Line.... the Hamano is still better than my Luna but not by 5 or 6X which is the price differential. The Lunas with the Martin Strings are awesome ukes at a very low price.

PhilUSAFRet
05-12-2011, 03:37 PM
Great Sale at Best Buy on Martin Fluorocarbon soprano/concert/tenor strngs. $5.59 free shipping.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Martin+-+Fluorocarbon+Soprano/Concert+Ukulele+Strings+-+Clear/1073851.p?id=1218217266599&skuId=1073851

Huna
05-12-2011, 03:56 PM
as far as I am concerned, the martin strings are the best.

Pippin
05-12-2011, 10:52 PM
as far as I am concerned, the martin strings are the best.

I am pretty convinced that Martin did it right with these strings.

pdxuke
05-14-2011, 08:46 AM
Any other Kamaka players have them on their K's? Jane? I'm considering trying them the next change over. I love them on my mahogany ukes.

PhilUSAFRet
05-14-2011, 11:27 AM
Caution, examine older ukes. My 8 year old Mele mahogany soprano's nut slots for 1st and 4th strings a little too deep for the thinner Martin fluorocarbons and buzz ever so lightly. Not sure if done at factory, or owner prior to guy I bought it from. Sounds great though.

Son just bought a Makala Dolphin, couldn't find Aquilas, I have him a set of Martins......buzz at first fret, didn't buzz with factory strings?????????

McBruce
05-28-2011, 06:20 AM
well I just recently took the aquilas off my Luna Honu Soprano and put the martins on and they are way better. More deep tone! and I got a concert Hamano and it has aquilas but I will change them soon. I also bought a Luna Concert Tattooo which sounds almost as good as the Hamano and it came with aquilas but it sounds a lot better with Martins so changed them after a couple hours playing. Martins are my favored strings on all my ukes now. I intend on putting them on my Hamano Concert. They sound great on the Lunas and on my Hamano Soprano. I will say that on this forum, the Luna tattoos are underrated. ... with the Martin's they sound pretty nice.! in the soprano line, they kick ass. in the Concert Line.... the Hamano is still better than my Luna but not by 5 or 6X which is the price differential. The Lunas with the Martin Strings are awesome ukes at a very low price.

I'm a convert on the M600 Martin strings. My Luna Concert sounds way better. I was playing it after the string change and my daughter did a double take, then promptly stole it. It has a nice set of harmonics and tone, but it sounded kind of muddy with the Aquila's and not very loud. The Martin's really make it sing and they retain the nice tone, but the individual notes pop out more when strumming. I think the higher tension of the fluorocarbons really helps drive more sound out. Last night I was videotaping 2 of my daughters singing with Merissa playing the Luna, it was drowning them out and they are loud singers. Finger picking is great too, the up the neck work sounds much sweeter than it did with the Aquilas, overall the intonation is better as well.
I have to echo Huna's thoughts on the Luna's they are a smoking bargain. I don't have any high end ukuleles, but I am a lifetime musician who knows what sounds good. For an $89 buck Uke and $6 for M600's it's hard to beat.

janeray1940
06-16-2011, 06:44 PM
Any other Kamaka players have them on their K's? Jane? I'm considering trying them the next change over. I love them on my mahogany ukes.

*raises hand *

After hearing them on a friend's Kamaka concert a few weeks ago, I decided to go with the Martins on my new pineapple. Loved it. Then I changed out the Aquila concert strings on my HF-1 to Martin M600s. An improvement over every other set of strings that have been on that uke! And tonight I changed out the Aquilas on one of my HF-2s for the Martins. The sustain is amazing on all three but especially on that concert uke. And another thing I love, these strings don't take forever to stretch out and settle - they stay in tune almost from the start.

On the HF-2. I was a little worried because the A string was buzzing when I first installed it. That string is thin! But it's settling in nicely and the buzz seems to have gone away.

I guess you could say I've switched loyalties from Aquila to Martin. Now if only they made a non-wound low G set...