View Full Version : Change of seasons - Does this cause change in ukulele sounds?

12-29-2011, 07:54 PM
I have many ukes and sometimes I take 4-6 outside to noodle around to.

I've noticed one uke seem to pick up and sound better now vs. in the summer. Its a Mango.

I had one uke I fell in love for in Thailand now seems heavy and tight and duller - not as ringing. Its a koa with lots of gloss.

Do any of you experience this too?

Dan Uke
12-30-2011, 06:50 AM
I think it's a combination of heat and humidity. I know my uke sounds different from taking out of the cold case and playing it in my heated room. I have to retune it as the temperture changes.

12-30-2011, 07:03 AM
Remember sound travels differently as the air changes.
Temperature and humidity will affect the sound waves.
The instrument can also change with the weather.

12-30-2011, 07:19 AM
Temp and humidity affects the wood but also some strings. Nylgut strings seem to be very sensitive to humidity. I took one uke with Aquilas to Louisiana for a few days and it sounded dull and just awful for about a week after that. I can only assume the strings absorbed moisture since it eventually returned to normal. Also, I've since taken the same uke down there strung with Fluorocarbons and had no problem.

12-30-2011, 08:00 AM
aha. So, I wasn't hearing things. I'll have to summarize the strings a bit.

I seem to recall the wound strings I put on a Gstring soprano were really sensitive - I was getting some good funky sounds in the dry brisk air. That was the funnest instrument to play but that mango and the clear Worth's had a real nice acoustic sound too.

12-31-2011, 04:10 AM
I've noticed that in the summer my uke plays a bunch of beach and Hawaii music, then comes fall and more of a Jazz sound, then winter and Christmas songs come out of it. .....:p