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Fulhamjim
12-08-2011, 03:34 AM
afternoon all,

I'm about to restring my Makala tenor to a low G, can anyone help withv which strings I should go for ?

Jim

ukuhippo
12-08-2011, 04:01 AM
No, but please post a sound sample when you have restrung it, it looks like this is going to be my next uke, and I would love to hear it.

Coconut Willie
12-08-2011, 04:51 AM
For Makala ukes use aquila strings, they produce the best sound on a laminate ukulele.

river_driver
12-08-2011, 05:40 AM
That depends...

If you want a bright, plinky tone, go for the Aquillas.

If you prefer a softer, warmer tone, get brown Worths...they can be hard to find but they're well worth it.
(I get mine from Elderly Instruments, http://www.elderly.com)

Fulhamjim
12-09-2011, 01:35 AM
cheers for the tips, will post before and after sound samples if I can work out how to do it!

SailingUke
12-09-2011, 06:12 AM
Usually can't go wrong with Aquillas.
I have become more impressed with Orcas (high & low g) as I try them on different ukuleles.
A little easier to find than Worth Browns with a very similar sound and feel.

Patrick Madsen
12-09-2011, 09:41 AM
There's two types of Aquilas;regular and the nylgut. I tried the Nylgut and took them off pretty quickly. I didn't like the stiffness. I went back to the regular. The low G on Aquilas doesn't last that long. I just changed my low G Aquila string with a Hilo low G. It sounds good. Now to see if it lasts longer than the Aquila Low g.

FlyedPiper
12-10-2011, 01:35 PM
I'd say Aquilas. I had them on my MK-T... ridiculous sustain.

mm stan
12-10-2011, 07:42 PM
Yes aquila's but I prefer martin M600...personal preference.....

RawrGazzawrs
12-10-2011, 08:12 PM
For Makala ukes use aquila strings, they produce the best sound on a laminate ukulele.

just for future reference, this aquilas are certainly do NOT produce the best sound on a laminate. A cheap laminate then perhaps maybe but anything above about $120 should be experimented on. I have worth browns instead of the usual aquilas on my laminate luna tattoo and it has such better sustain and a sweeter tone. I wouldn't recommend them on a cheaper uke since the low end ukes are usually quiet, and worths arent loud like aquilas. The aquilas just make them louder and have more sustain than the cheap nylon brand GHS that's on a couple cheap ukes.

BadLands Bart
12-14-2011, 10:03 AM
just for future reference, this aquilas are certainly do NOT produce the best sound on a laminate. A cheap laminate then perhaps maybe but anything above about $120 should be experimented on. I have worth browns instead of the usual aquilas on my laminate luna tattoo and it has such better sustain and a sweeter tone. I wouldn't recommend them on a cheaper uke since the low end ukes are usually quiet, and worths arent loud like aquilas. The aquilas just make them louder and have more sustain than the cheap nylon brand GHS that's on a couple cheap ukes.

For whose future reference????? Heck, ukulele strings are a lot like ice cream...try many flavors then you will know which is your favorite. There is no "right or wrong" on strings. It is all up the the sound preference of the person playing!

RawrGazzawrs
12-14-2011, 01:32 PM
For whose future reference????? Heck, ukulele strings are a lot like ice cream...try many flavors then you will know which is your favorite. There is no "right or wrong" on strings. It is all up the the sound preference of the person playing!

hehe, when i was writing this i was thinking about other beginners who might stumble upon this thread :3

Huna
12-15-2011, 03:12 AM
GHS are good

semuelle77
12-15-2011, 06:11 AM
Has anyone used D'Addario J71 Tenor Ukulele Strings on the Makala MK-T? If so, what did you think?

Bao
12-15-2011, 06:51 PM
I haven't used them on my makala but i did use them on my monkey pod tenor and it turned out great.