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Howie1947
08-27-2008, 04:15 AM
Has anyone had any experience with these strings?? How do they compare with "Worth" strings for example.........Mahalo

Kanaka916
08-27-2008, 04:58 AM
Drop an email or PM to MGM. He probably could give you some first hand info about those babies. Another string set to try might be Savarez (?), like D'Addario, from guitar strings. Check out this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=4393).

raindog
08-27-2008, 12:56 PM
I'm using Fremont Blacklines (medium tension) on my soprano now. I went from Aquilas to Worth Clear Mediums to Worth Clear Lights and then to the Blacklines, which are my favorite. They sound pretty much the same as the Worths to my ears (although my ears are rather inexperienced), but I just like the feel of them a little more.

HI@heart
08-27-2008, 04:44 PM
I bought a set of Fremont "stiff" Flourocarbon strings but have not strung them up yet. Will post what my thoughts are when I do.

HI@heart
08-30-2008, 03:22 PM
Well I strung my Kamaka up with the "hard" Blackline Fremonts today. As I strung them next to the old Aquilas they felt softer on the fingers and they sounded brighter to my ears, which I was looking for. Not a huge jump but noticeable. I'm not a "picker" yet but the Fremont strings seem to play basic chords well without moving around like wet noodles. I really like the black color against the koa frets and body better and I noticed as I took the light colored Aquilas off how much grime was on them. Happy so far :)

wickedwahine11
01-08-2009, 05:11 AM
I'm glad to see people seem happy with these. I just ordered a set from MGM.

GX9901
01-08-2009, 05:48 AM
I had come across 2 sets of Fremont strings, a clear set on a soprano and a black set on a tenor. In both cases, there were some intonation issues so I had to switch out the strings. Both sets were already on the ukes when I got them so maybe that had something to do with it, but my current impression of Fremont strings is not favorable. I might try a fresh pack of it sometime down the road, but they really aren't any cheaper than Worth strings, so maybe I will just stick with Worth too.

GrumpyCoyote
06-27-2009, 04:54 PM
Old thread - ;)

I just threw a Fremont unwound low G on my Pono Tenor. I frigging love this thing. I bought a few of the low Gs to replace my wound Aqullia, but I'll be picking up a few full sets too.


It's a perfect compliment to the Aquilla set too - mello and much better than that hideous wound thing thumping along up there.

Of course, now I have three white strings and one black - but hey, it's the sound not the look.

I'm a fan so far.

haole
06-28-2009, 01:11 PM
I put a Fremont black low G on my Flea to go along with the Worth Browns that were on it. Sounds a LOT better than a wound string and they compliment each other nicely.

gobes
06-29-2009, 06:24 AM
Where are you guys buying the fremont low g strings? I'd like to give one a try.
Currently I'm using worth clears with a d'addario classical guitar string for the low g. I didn't like the worth unwound low g and I might prefer having all unwound strings.

wickedwahine11
06-29-2009, 06:44 AM
Where are you guys buying the fremont low g strings? I'd like to give one a try.
Currently I'm using worth clears with a d'addario classical guitar string for the low g. I didn't like the worth unwound low g and I might prefer having all unwound strings.

I got mine from MGM's Ebay store.

1uke
06-29-2009, 11:19 AM
Old thread - ;)

I just threw a Fremont unwound low G on my Pono Tenor. I frigging love this thing. I bought a few of the low Gs to replace my wound Aqullia, but I'll be picking up a few full sets too.


Hey GrumpyCoyote, I was wondering how well the Fremont unwound low g string fits in the nut slot? Did you need to make any adjustments? I currently have koolau golds (wound g and c) on my pono tenor but I want to go all "nylon" low g. I'm thinking I'm going to do 3 hilo tynex strings with the Fremont low g. I find the gold's are a pain to tune. What do you guys think of this combo. I also ordered a set of the blackline freemonts too! MGM is the man!!!

Mahalo! :shaka:

wickedwahine11
06-29-2009, 11:22 AM
Hey GrumpyCoyote, I was wondering how well the Fremont unwound low g string fits in the nut slot? Did you need to make any adjustments? I currently have koolau golds (wound g and c) on my pono tenor but I want to go all "nylon" low g. I'm thinking I'm going to do 3 hilo tynex strings with the Fremont low g. I find the gold's are a pain to tune. What do you guys think of this combo. I also ordered a set of the blackline freemonts too! MGM is the man!!!

Mahalo! :shaka:

Can't speak to the Pono nut slot (hopefully GrumpyCoyote can help you with that) but I did the exact same setup on one of my ukes, the three Hilo tynex with the Fremont low g. I really liked it...they sounded pretty good together, and it was a non-wound low g option...

1014
06-29-2009, 11:25 AM
Hey GrumpyCoyote, I was wondering how well the Fremont unwound low g string fits in the nut slot? Did you need to make any adjustments? I currently have koolau golds (wound g and c) on my pono tenor but I want to go all "nylon" low g. I'm thinking I'm going to do 3 hilo tynex strings with the Fremont low g. I find the gold's are a pain to tune. What do you guys think of this combo. I also ordered a set of the blackline freemonts too! MGM is the man!!!

Mahalo! :shaka:

i don't like the relatively low tension of the fremont. but i needed to file open my g-slot to accomodate the string.

GrumpyCoyote
06-29-2009, 12:09 PM
Where are you guys buying the fremont low g strings? I'd like to give one a try.
Currently I'm using worth clears with a d'addario classical guitar string for the low g. I didn't like the worth unwound low g and I might prefer having all unwound strings.

I picked mine up in Femont, at Dusty Strings... MGM sells them on line I think.

GrumpyCoyote
06-29-2009, 12:16 PM
Hey GrumpyCoyote, I was wondering how well the Fremont unwound low g string fits in the nut slot? Did you need to make any adjustments? I currently have koolau golds (wound g and c) on my pono tenor but I want to go all "nylon" low g. I'm thinking I'm going to do 3 hilo tynex strings with the Fremont low g. I find the gold's are a pain to tune. What do you guys think of this combo. I also ordered a set of the blackline freemonts too! MGM is the man!!!

Mahalo! :shaka:

Nothing needed - both the Aquilla high G and that low G wound monster fit in there with no adjustment. The Fremont was right at home. No filing needed.

One note for those of you using nylon or fluorocarbon low g for the first time - the tension is low compared to wound strings. Not enough to make it "floppy" in the case of the Fremont, but I do feel a difference in my string bends and tremolo. I'm used to it now, but it was a slight adjustment.

As for thre Hilo's - I'm not a fan personaly. Too fat and "woody" sounding for me. There are those who love them, but I would give the full set of Fremonts a try.

1uke
06-29-2009, 12:54 PM
Ok thanks for all the help guys! I'm glad that it seems I won't need to do anything to my uke to accomodate the non wound low g string. Now I'm torn as to which set of strings to try with it... lol. Anybody have any other advice about the sound of Hilos versus Freemonts? My pono tenor is a spruce top btw.

Thanks so much!!!

1uke
06-30-2009, 11:37 AM
Any suggestions guys? Sorry I know the thread's dying but I'm having trouble deciding which one to put on my pono!

GrumpyCoyote
06-30-2009, 12:02 PM
Any suggestions guys? Sorry I know the thread's dying but I'm having trouble deciding which one to put on my pono!

I don't like the feel or sound of the Hilos much personally - so in my opinion, it's hard to go wrong trying the fremonts.

Strings are pretty cheap, as far as sound experiments go in musical equipment. You shouldn't be afraid to try whatever catches your interest. 8 bux and a few minutes to change 'em is a pretty small investment with no risk.


Strings are mostly about personal taste... and that needs to be developed by trying lots of strings. Have fun, try all sorts of combos until you find one that fits your style and ear.

1uke
06-30-2009, 04:09 PM
I don't like the feel or sound of the Hilos much personally - so in my opinion, it's hard to go wrong trying the fremonts.

Strings are pretty cheap, as far as sound experiments go in musical equipment. You shouldn't be afraid to try whatever catches your interest. 8 bux and a few minutes to change 'em is a pretty small investment with no risk.


Strings are mostly about personal taste... and that needs to be developed by trying lots of strings. Have fun, try all sorts of combos until you find one that fits your style and ear.
Ok I guess I can't go wrong with trying the freemonts, thanks a ton for your advice GrumpyCoyote!

Mahalo!!!!

Boozelele
06-30-2009, 06:55 PM
I picked mine up in Femont, at Dusty Strings... MGM sells them on line I think.

Im looking for a supplier...Mike only has the one string (Low G). I want to change out the whole set (I just bought the Pono tenor). Your Seattle folks dont sell them online as far as I can tell. Help a brother out.

1uke
07-11-2009, 03:53 PM
Ok so I have now put the fremont set on my tenor with the low g unwound string. LOVE THEM! They feel great, sounds so crisp clear, I wouldn't exactly say bright but really clean, no muddy sound to them. The only problem I did experience was an intonation problem on the A string. While the open string was in tune it would start sharp right at the b (about two notches on my intelli tuner) and stayed that way all the way up. Needless to say this was pretty irritating to me... When I had the koolau golds on it I had the same problem with the e string, but not the a string and now the e string is almost spot on. I don't know :-S.

Well a few days ago i was looking at the high g string that originally came with the set and realized that it was only slightly thicker than the a. (the g was 0.025 mm where as the a was 0.023). Being adventurous i decided to string it up the g string in place of the a and tune it to a. Bingo, the intonation is nearly spotless! Although, it did come at a slight cost seeing as the string is stiffer than the previous one and is a bit harder on the fingers and harder to bend. I'm hoping I can just adjust to it and won't really notice after...

So the question I have for you guys is was this a good solution to my problem? I don't really know how to make intonation adjustments at the bridge. Is there any danger to my ukulele by having this slightly higher tensioned string on it? If you guys could be help me out with this that would be great! I just want to make sure I'm not doing anything that my harm may beloved ukulele in the long run!

Mahalos :shaka:

Bluke
07-11-2009, 03:58 PM
It's about time!

I don't see how a string can be responsible for an intonation problems. Scale length, fret spacing, saddle comnpensation, and the like are intonation issues. A string is just a tensioned wire that only creates frequencies altered by nuts, frets, and saddles.

1uke
07-11-2009, 04:16 PM
It's about time!

I don't see how a string can be responsible for an intonation problems. Scale length, fret spacing, saddle comnpensation, and the like are intonation issues. A string is just a tensioned wire that only creates frequencies altered by nuts, frets, and saddles.
hahaha! Well I was away for a week! :P

Ummm, well I don't know but it obviously has an influence of some sort, either the tension or the thickness influences the intonation some how, I can vouch for that because I have observed this first hand.

But what about having the high g string as my a, if it solves my problem is it okay to do this?

1uke
07-11-2009, 08:10 PM
Help? Anyone?

Sorry I just wanna make sure that I'm not gonna damage my ukulele at all.

itsme
07-11-2009, 08:52 PM
But what about having the high g string as my a, if it solves my problem is it okay to do this?
The thickness of the "g" and "A" strings are usually quite similar, so I see no reason why there'd be any problem substituting them.

In fact, some people even use nylon guitar strings on their ukes, including the wound basses.

IANAL

(Usually, that stands for "I am not a lawyer" in tnterweb parlance, but here it means "I am not a luthier.")

1uke
07-12-2009, 12:03 PM
Thanks itsme (hahaha, is it you or is it me? Ok... anyways :P ),

Umm so I was just wondering if there is anyone with luthier experience that may be able to throw in some input too?

GrumpyCoyote
07-13-2009, 07:17 AM
Im looking for a supplier...Mike only has the one string (Low G). I want to change out the whole set (I just bought the Pono tenor). Your Seattle folks dont sell them online as far as I can tell. Help a brother out.

I'll bring a couple down - I bought hom out sadly, not sure when he's restocking.

clayton56
07-13-2009, 09:26 AM
I just put a set on my Pono Concert Mahogany, they are good. I got them because they're slightly heavier than the Martins I had. I like the flourocarbon strings, more overtones.

UkeNukem
07-13-2009, 11:39 AM
This string tension intonation thing is something I noticed lately. I bet it depends on how had you tend to press when playing (especially chords). As a guitar player, I have no trouble pressing the uke strings down hard enough to make them stretch as they touch the fingerboard and go sharp. The higher tensioned strings do this less (DUH).

With my playing it seems I'm not consistent in how I squeeze so some chords are more out of tune than others.

I guess I just have to RELAX! :cool:

caz
07-22-2009, 08:01 AM
I just wanted to add to this old thread. I recently put some Fremont Black Lines on my Mainland concert and they sound really good. It took a while for the stretching to stop but I'm quite pleased with the sound. I've not tried many strings but these are definitely worth looking into as they sound quite clear and have a nice feel to them when I both strum and pluck. The ones I'm using are medium gauge.

And on a purely aesthetic note, the black color looks very nice against the mahogany.

UKISOCIETY
07-22-2009, 08:23 AM
I just wanted to add to this old thread. I recently put some Fremont Black Lines on my Mainland concert and they sound really good. It took a while for the stretching to stop but I'm quite pleased with the sound. I've not tried many strings but these are definitely worth looking into as they sound quite clear and have a nice feel to them when I both strum and pluck. The ones I'm using are medium gauge.

And on a purely aesthetic note, the black color looks very nice against the mahogany.

I'm going to have to try a set. So many strings, so little time.

btw, I love your avatar, Roosevelt! :D

Witters
07-22-2009, 10:25 PM
Comparing these strings with Worths on a Koa Concert, I much prefer the Worths.

wickedwahine11
12-04-2009, 04:31 PM
I know this is an old thread to resurrect, but I have put these on my Kamaka. I have used original Kamaka strings (eww), Aquila, Worth brown, Worth clear, D'addario J71, and Savarez Alliance on this ukulele. Each of them would grow old on me after a while (too bright, too dull, didn't like the feel, etc.) and so I dragged out a set of Fremont Blacklines in desperation. I had bought these for my Kanile'a and didn't like them so they had been languishing in the box of strings. I figured what the heck, and who would have guessed, they sound great so far. They are much clearer and less dull/muddy than the Worth browns, a better feel (for me) than the Aquila and D'addario, and less bright than the Worth clears. So far so good.

I do, however, reserve the right to completely change my opinion again, as I can never seem to leave a set of strings on for more than a month without itching to switch them again.:rolleyes:

RevWill
12-04-2009, 06:41 PM
When I had them on my Mainland I really liked them. Crisp, loud, and full-bodied. In fact I liked them better than Worth browns, which is what I replaced them with. When the nylguts on there wear out, I believe I'll go back to blacklines.

thejumpingflea
12-04-2009, 06:47 PM
I had some intonation problems with them on my Ko'olau Tenor. (When I had it ;) )

Teek
12-04-2009, 10:07 PM
Since this is now a new old thread, I'll add my :2cents:

I have a new Kanile'a koa tenor that came high 4th g with Aquilas, for which I have little love for most of my ukes. I swapped out the high 4th Aquila for a low 4th G Fremont, and it doesn't intonate properly. It's right on at the first fret, then misses most of the other notes, basically going sharp. This uke is spot on up the neck, but not with this string. I modulated tension and distance from the fret and couldn't get it to play right on the note on more than a couple of frets.

EDIT: I adjusted the nut just a hair, which fixed the intonation problem, I was thinking the string was just old and worn, since it was fairly close to the note every 3rd fret or so, but still off. After that it was ok. I did put the clears on, do like them much better than the Aquilas (I noticed a string squeak on all of the Aquilas I hadn't heard before in the process) and like the Worths, they are less bright but are richer. The Aquilas are only a month old without much wear because my schedule has been hectic. I will say I wish the clears were white. Clear doesn't really look good on anything IMO. Black looks great against most colors and finishes. : Finish EDIT.

I just got the ebony bridge pins so will try Worth Clears. I really like the look of darker strings on this uke, I don't even mind one black string, but I had clears on my last tenor and found that those were the right strings for that one right before I sold it.

Other than that, I like the Fremonts I have on a soprano that carries them well. But if I had the choice of either I'd go with Worth Browns.

Hilos pretty much suck IMHO.

Uke-lahoma
12-05-2009, 02:24 AM
I put some Fremont Black Lines on my Pineapple Sunday a few weeks ago. They took a while to finish stretching, but I like the sound better than the stock clear KoAloha strings the PS came with. (And, the black strings look awesome against the koa of the PS.)

Trader Tom
02-16-2012, 02:54 PM
I put a Fremont black low G on my Flea to go along with the Worth Browns that were on it. Sounds a LOT better than a wound string and they compliment each other nicely.

That's encouraging...is it a concert size? I'm considering getting a Flea with plastic fretboard (I volunteer at a hospital and would need to wipe down the uke with disinfectant between rooms) but would want to use a low g...given the plastic fretboard I would need all unwound strings. I noticed your post is a bit dated...you still like the Fremont unwound low g on your flea.

Thanks for the feedback!

garyg
02-16-2012, 04:08 PM
Wow, a four-year old thread reappears like the legendary phoenix. Between the last post and the next to last post, there have been many many posts about Fremont Blacklines, you might want to search the archives for more recent opinions, I think there were four pages of posts when I did that <g>. But it's true, you can't go wrong with Fremont Blacklines and they're carried by many more online and brick and mortar stores nowadays. Good pickin, g2

Ghuyduk
02-16-2012, 07:07 PM
Since you resurrected the thread, I'll add some more comments. I have an Ohana CK-35 (solid mahogany concert) that I bought from MGM about 2 years ago. Came with Aquilas, and one string had intonation problems. Swapped out strings with Worth clears, normal tension, and that cured the string intonation problem and improved the sound. However, to my ears, the sound was still muddy, especially on the C and E strings. In fact, the poor sound quality was impetus to think about replacing the uke. A few weeks ago, I decided to see if a higher tension string would make a difference, so I got some Fremont black strings, hard tension. Previously I had tried medium tension, and was not very happy with the sound. However, on this uke, the hard tension was the ticket. Most of the muddy sound has been replaced with a clearer, ringing tone. This noticeably improved day by day, as the strings stretched out; I'd say the tone improved constantly over 3-4 days. I've noticed the same improvement over time with other fluorocarbon strings (worths), but I don't recall any one else mentioning this observation. My other six ukes are strung with Worths, most with medium clears, one with hard clears, and one with medium brown.

MusicTeacher2009
12-23-2013, 06:58 PM
I just purchased a Low G non wound clear Fremont string today and have had it on for just under 6 hrs and so far LOVING it. . .
I've never liked the distinctly different sound of a wound string against the non wound plus when I'm strumming rather than picking the wound string seems clumsy to me. This Fremont non wound Low G clear seems lighter and more compatible with the Aquila clear that I'm using on the other 3 strings. I'm planning to go back and get a bunch of the Low Gs now. . . Happy Strumming, Ukulele Mike Lynch

MusicTeacher2009
12-23-2013, 06:59 PM
The funny thing is, that I purchased the Fremont string at Dusty Strings Music here in Seattle which resides in what
we call the "Fremont" district of Seattle. . . at first, I thought it was a local brand. ha ha ha

wickedwahine11
12-24-2013, 01:40 AM
I just purchased a Low G non wound clear Fremont string today and have had it on for just under 6 hrs and so far LOVING it. . .
I've never liked the distinctly different sound of a wound string against the non wound plus when I'm strumming rather than picking the wound string seems clumsy to me. This Fremont non wound Low G clear seems lighter and more compatible with the Aquila clear that I'm using on the other 3 strings. I'm planning to go back and get a bunch of the Low Gs now. . . Happy Strumming, Ukulele Mike Lynch

I am looking forward to trying it out - eagerly in fact. I ordered some about ten days ago but they still have not arrived. Christmas season delays in processing and heavy volume of mail for carriers make for an impatient recipient. :(

Since they might have been lost, I ordered some from another seller today since I can't wait to try them.

jimmysworking
12-24-2013, 09:39 AM
I put some Fremont Blacks on my Mainland mahogany tenor and really like them.

DaleR
12-29-2013, 03:03 AM
I have them on my dolphin and on my fluke. They really helped the tone and volume of the fluke, but just look cool on my black dolphin...while giving it a brighter tone!

BlueSockMonkey
12-31-2013, 02:14 PM
Another vote for Fremont Blacklines--I put mediums on my Mainland red cedar soprano and love the sweet sound.