View Full Version : Steel C String

09-04-2008, 06:11 PM
I saw a couple of ukes on ebay with a steel C string. I was wondering what it does to the sound and if it sounds any good. And if it does, do they work with concert sized ukes or only tenors? Where could i find some?

09-04-2008, 10:29 PM
Are you sure you don't mean a wound C string?

09-04-2008, 11:28 PM
Actually a wound c can be used on any size ukulele....I have seen them packaged for a soprano and tenor but for some reason concerts are never packaged in wound c sets although i have strung concerts with wound c's before. It is just a matter of sound preference plain or wound as they each produced a different tonality to the overall tone of the ukulele and what you want to empahsize in your sound

09-05-2008, 12:56 PM
Thanks for the replies, do the wound strings add a lower sound or just a different one? And where can i find them?

09-05-2008, 12:58 PM
different, not lower, i think
IMHO i dont like the wound strings

09-05-2008, 01:03 PM
i have a steel string on my lanikai
i think it sound pretty good but hard to slide with

09-05-2008, 02:26 PM
It doesn't sound lower; it sounds deeper--more bass, if you will.

09-05-2008, 02:33 PM
I have a wound c string on my ukulele. It does have a different sound... but my biggest issue with it... is sliding on it.. it makes that... sound... I prefer a smooth non-wound string to it.

09-05-2008, 02:43 PM
I'm thinking it's about personal preference here. I had a wound C on my tenor. To me it sounded about the same but it sounded about the same for a longer time. The extra weight of the winding made it sustain longer. I restrung with a non wound string and now prefer the sound. What I prefer may not be what you prefer though.