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Hippie Dribble
09-01-2011, 04:02 PM
hi everybody.

This uke is being built for me at the moment:
http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=582&submit=Track

what, in your opinion, are the strings best suited to an all maple ukulele? I know it will have a bright sound with probably less sustain than what I'm normally used to. Just looking for some advice on which strings would be most sympathetic to maple and bring out the best qualities of this tonewood. Any suggestions much appreciated.

Cheers and blessings,
Jon

Canoe Lady
09-01-2011, 04:17 PM
So I certainly don't have an answer to your question, but dang, Jon, that is some purty wood. Be sure to post pics when it is done.
Lovely, just lovely......

fabioponta
09-01-2011, 05:05 PM
Jon, maybe Worth Browns: less bright and a bit more sustain. I have a cheap custom solid maple concert with spruce top a few months ago and it gives a great tone. So, I sell to buy another K...

didgeridoo2
09-01-2011, 05:20 PM
I'd go with Savarez alliance strings Jon. Soft feel, high sustain. Similar to worths, a tad brighter, but not brash.

itsme
09-01-2011, 05:25 PM
Looks like it'll be a gorgeous uke! :)

I have a Yairi Kanai with solid cedar top and maple B/S. I know that's not the same, but it seems to me the maple B/S give it a lot of punch and volume. I really like Worth browns on it.

d-mace
09-01-2011, 05:30 PM
I liked the South Coast stringsbest when I had a maple Loprinzi.

cletus
09-01-2011, 05:58 PM
This uke is being built for me at the moment:
http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/uketracker.php?trackingNumber=582&submit=Track
Any suggestions much appreciated.

Jon

:wtf:

Your tallest fan,

Mark

Hippie Dribble
09-01-2011, 06:46 PM
thanks Diane, yeah it's looking great so far!

Hippie Dribble
09-01-2011, 06:51 PM
Thankyou Fabio, Jeff, itsme and David for your generosity in making some suggestions. I will give each of these a try. I appreciate your comments very much. I did have worth flurocarbons on another maple uke I owned previously. I queried Gordon at Mya Moe about the worth browns right at the start for this particular uke. He seemed to think they'd be a good match, but these other ideas are great.

Lexxy
09-01-2011, 06:53 PM
I've only seen 1 or 2 quilted maple ukes around.. It's looking sweeeeeeeeeet Jon!

I'm not too sure myself but based on what i've seen and heard with Maple ukes on the interwebs... How bout trying worth clears or worth browns?

(My experience with those 2 strings is that they warm the tone of the uke, ideal to balance out with the brightness of the maple wood. Which unless you chose to make your uke sound loud with the maple construction, then I have no comments because I have no experience on that whatsoever :S )

Hippie Dribble
09-01-2011, 06:54 PM
:wtf:

Your tallest fan,

Mark

:deadhorse::wallbash::o

Hippie Dribble
09-01-2011, 06:59 PM
I've only seen 1 or 2 quilted maple ukes around.. It's looking sweeeeeeeeeet Jon!

I'm not too sure myself but based on what i've seen and heard with Maple ukes on the interwebs... How bout trying worth clears or worth browns?

(My experience with those 2 strings is that they warm the tone of the uke, ideal to balance out with the brightness of the maple wood. Which unless you chose to make your uke sound loud with the maple construction, then I have no comments because I have no experience on that whatsoever :S )

Thanks Lexxy.

Yeah, not too many qulited maple ukuleles to be found. This is the first time Gordon and Char have built a quilted maple tradition model. To be fair, he wasn't that keen and tried to dissuade me in his own way, but I was happy to be a guinea pig for this 'experiment'.

For what it's worth, the most beautiful quilted maple uke I have ever seen is Lil' Rev's concert reso...
http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/gallery.php?pageNum_matchingInstruments=1&totalRows_matchingInstruments=5&searchSize=%25&searchBodyBinding=%25&searchModel=Resonator&searchFretBinding=%25&searchBackWood=Quilted+Maple&searchFinish=%25&searchTopWood=%25&searchTuners=%25&searchHeadplate=%25&searchButton=Search+Now

yummy!

Lexxy
09-01-2011, 07:09 PM
Thanks Lexxy.

Yeah, not too many qulited maple ukuleles to be found. This is the first time Gordon and Char have built a quilted maple tradition model. To be fair, he wasn't that keen and tried to dissuade me in his own way, but I was happy to be a guinea pig for this 'experiment'.

For what it's worth, the most beautiful quilted maple uke I have ever seen is Lil' Rev's concert reso...
http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/gallery.php?pageNum_matchingInstruments=1&totalRows_matchingInstruments=5&searchSize=%25&searchBodyBinding=%25&searchModel=Resonator&searchFretBinding=%25&searchBackWood=Quilted+Maple&searchFinish=%25&searchTopWood=%25&searchTuners=%25&searchHeadplate=%25&searchButton=Search+Now

yummy!

I have to say..Quilted maple does give out that...Shimmering effect. Very 3D-ish. Me likey! :)

Ken Middleton
09-01-2011, 09:08 PM
I use my maple Ohana at every festival I attend. I use Worth CT on mine. They seem perfect for the job.

Ronnie Aloha
09-01-2011, 10:16 PM
Ken
doesn't yours have a spruce top?

Ken Middleton
09-01-2011, 10:58 PM
Ken
doesn't yours have a spruce top?

Yes.

In reality though I now believe that it doesn't make much difference what the instrument is made of. A good set of strings will have the same characteristics, no matter what you put them on.

I am of the belief that Aquila strings are the best researched, most professionally made strings that you can buy, bar none. They have a sound all of their own. Fantastic. Mimmo, who makes them is a perfectionist and goes to really great lengths to get the product right. He makes the strings himself. He will even make you a set of gut strings and hand wind the metal on them if they need it. Many other companies (not all) just package fishing wire or nylon that they have bought in. Some other companies have a string maker manufacture the strings for them and put their own name on the packaging. Aquila are almost in a league of their own.

However, my strings of choice are fluero-carbon. I tend to use Worth CT on my tenor and Worth CM on my sopranos. I like the pure, clear sound of this material. It suits my style of playing. This is what I use on all my ukes, no matter what they cost or what they are made from.

Just my opinion.

Ronnie Aloha
09-02-2011, 12:01 AM
Ken

Thanks for the information. I'm interested in this thread since I'll have an all maple uke soon myself.

Looking forward to hearing Eugene's too.

Ken Middleton
09-02-2011, 12:06 AM
Ken
doesn't yours have a spruce top?

Yes, it does, Ron.

Hippie Dribble
09-02-2011, 12:41 AM
thanks much Ronnie and Ken for weighing in.

I pretty much use worth clears exclusively. They're on every one of my ukes. I have tried a number of different strings but these are my favorite by quite a way, so I'm totally with you there.

I am really surprised the aquilas sound sweet on your maple uke though Ken. While I do like their sound I find too often they have a harshness, a 'boominess' and an abrasive quality which is too much in your face for my liking. I wouldn't have thought they'd be a good match for maple, but on your advice, I'll give them a go too. Thankyou both.

Ken Middleton
09-02-2011, 12:55 AM
thanks much Ronnie and Ken for weighing in.

I pretty much use worth clears exclusively. They're on every one of my ukes. I have tried a number of different strings but these are my favorite by quite a way, so I'm totally with you there.

I am really surprised the aquilas sound sweet on your maple uke though Ken. While I do like their sound I find too often they have a harshness, a 'boominess' and an abrasive quality which is too much in your face for my liking. I wouldn't have thought they'd be a good match for maple, but on your advice, I'll give them a go too. Thankyou both.

What I am saying is that I don't use Aquilas on my maple uke, Eugene.

Ataraxia
09-02-2011, 01:31 AM
However, my strings of choice are fluero-carbon. I tend to use Worth CT on my tenor and Worth CM on my sopranos. I like the pure, clear sound of this material. It suits my style of playing. This is what I use on all my ukes, no matter what they cost or what they are made from.

I'm in the same boat. I personally prefer Fremont Blackline (Medium) strings, although I haven't used Worth strings yet. I love the clarity and crisp tonal response that they lend to my soprano. I also find that fluorocarbon strings tend to hold their tuning far better than nylon while experiencing a shorter break-in period before tuning becomes stable. Humidity certainly seems to be a major factor in tuning stability, with high levels most of the year (70-90% here in Taiwan).

bazmaz
09-02-2011, 01:31 AM
I used to own a maple Bruko, tried many strings on it and settled on either Worth Browns or Ko'olau golds

Hippie Dribble
09-02-2011, 01:40 AM
What I am saying is that I don't use Aquilas on my maple uke, Eugene.

sorry Ken...re read your post now that I'm at home... I snuck on from work before and was rushed. Yeah, it makes sense now. Oops! Head is now screwed back on correctly. :o

WhenDogsSing
09-02-2011, 02:16 AM
It will be interesting to hear how it sounds with the maple top. The "Flying Owl" is all maple with a maple top. I felt that, while it has a very pleasing tone, it did not have the volume or projection that it might have had if it had a spruce or cedar top. I also suggest trying Worth browns but my experience in strings is limited.

Ken Middleton
09-02-2011, 02:42 AM
It will be interesting to hear how it sounds with the maple top ...

I have no doubt that it will sound great. Gordon and Char and so skilled at what they do and very knowledgeable about wood combinations.

Hippie Dribble
09-02-2011, 02:49 PM
yeah fellas, I'm sure it will sound great. I spoke with Gordon and we are going to go with Worth Browns initially. I'll be interested to try out the other strings suggested as well. Thanks for your help everyone. :)