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ill-attack
09-30-2008, 10:33 PM
Hello!

My girlfriend bought me a Ovation Applause UEA20, and I've been having a great time playing it, and stuff...but at the same time, I want a great sound, and I've been reading different threads saying that Ovation stock strings don't have such a great sound, and that switching them would give my uke a better tone. I also don't know if it being soprano or tenor or what not would affect what kinda strings I buy. Before this uke, I've only played acoustic guitars, mostly classical. The strings feel dryish and for a while they hurt to play, so I don't know if that's normal or not...Can someone tell me a little more about strings and what type of uke I'm playing?

Thank you so much in advanced!

-Love, Ruddy <333

Kaneohe til the end
09-30-2008, 10:37 PM
Hello!

My girlfriend bought me a Ovation Applause UEA20, and I've been having a great time playing it, and stuff...but at the same time, I want a great sound, and I've been reading different threads saying that Ovation stock strings don't have such a great sound, and that switching them would give my uke a better tone. I also don't know if it being soprano or tenor or what not would affect what kinda strings I buy. Can someone tell me a little more about strings and what type of uke I'm playing? Thank you so much!

-Ruddy <333

tenor and soprano are two of the 4 different sizes. different strings are made for different sizes. so buy strings for your size (obviously) and in terms of brands, just buy one and try it out, thats the only way to know if youll like it or not. theres alot of brands, koolau, ghs, hilo, ddadario, im sure youll find dozens of threads on strings. btw i looked it up, and your 'ukulele is a soprano.

ill-attack
09-30-2008, 10:40 PM
tenor and soprano are two of the 4 different sizes. different strings are made for different sizes. so buy strings for your size (obviously) and in terms of brands, just buy one and try it out, thats the only way to know if youll like it or not. theres alot of brands, koolau, ghs, hilo, ddadario, im sure youll find dozens of threads on strings. btw i looked it up, and your 'ukulele is a soprano.

Thank you so much for the information, but as far as string feeling, are they suppose to feel dry? :uhoh:

ricdoug
10-01-2008, 12:38 AM
I own two of these. First, it takes about two months of regular playing to break them in. Aquila concert strings are the best sounding of the many brands I've tried on these ukes. Aquila's are lighter tension than other brands I've tried, so the concert's are fine on a soprano uke. Ric

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3104/2802955036_8a44d0802f.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/2802115577_61974b815c.jpg

jhob
10-01-2008, 03:21 AM
I will second ricdoug there, aquila concerts are the way to go. I promise you will be quite blown away at the difference it makes over your stock strings. Probably the best and cheapest single thing that you can do to improve the sound on your uke.

I have a Ovation UA10 (non-electrified version of yours), they'e great little instruments that will hold up to a fair bit of abuse.

ill-attack
10-01-2008, 05:01 AM
I will second ricdoug there, aquila concerts are the way to go. I promise you will be quite blown away at the difference it makes over your stock strings. Probably the best and cheapest single thing that you can do to improve the sound on your uke.

I have a Ovation UA10 (non-electrified version of yours), they'e great little instruments that will hold up to a fair bit of abuse.

Thank you for the suggestion as well, but what else besides string can I do to improve the sound? :confused:

ill-attack
10-01-2008, 05:01 AM
I own two of these. First, it takes about two months of regular playing to break them in. Aquila concert strings are the best sounding of the many brands I've tried on these ukes. Aquila's are lighter tension than other brands I've tried, so the concert's are fine on a soprano uke. Ric

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3104/2802955036_8a44d0802f.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/2802115577_61974b815c.jpg


great picture ricdoug, and thank you for the suggestion, i will try them out myself.

ill-attack
10-01-2008, 09:22 PM
I will second ricdoug there, aquila concerts are the way to go. I promise you will be quite blown away at the difference it makes over your stock strings. Probably the best and cheapest single thing that you can do to improve the sound on your uke.

I have a Ovation UA10 (non-electrified version of yours), they'e great little instruments that will hold up to a fair bit of abuse.

Just ordered Aquila uke strings from Elderly Instruments online; can't wait to set them in. :-D Anything else I should know about this uke? Flaws or tips?

thesoobz
10-01-2008, 09:27 PM
i know you already ordered them ! but yeah try other strings too
you should definitely try worth clear concert/soprano strings! they are made of they are really loud.! play the aquilas for awhile ! try em all ! ahah =)

Cerealkiller
12-01-2008, 06:49 AM
Hello all, i'm new to UU and to Ukes. Ricdoug, i'm taking your advice and looking at the Aquila strings can you clarify which set? Are you using the regular C set?

Kanaka916
12-01-2008, 07:56 AM
Most of the string sets are C tuning. You'll have to specify low G, wound G, concert, soprano, tenor, etc.

Cerealkiller
12-01-2008, 08:00 AM
Great! Thank you for your help Kanaka!

ricdoug
12-01-2008, 10:01 AM
It's the Concert C set, Cereal Killer. Iown two of the UAE20's. My local uke shop was amazed at the difference of the sound of my black one (over a year in use), my red/black one (3 months in use) and the ones on the racks in his store. They "open up" the more they are played. My black one is much louder and richer in tone than all of them. My red/black one (3 months of playing time) has markedly better sound than the ones on the rack at the stores. Ric

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/35858Ukulele113.jpg

Cerealkiller
12-01-2008, 12:48 PM
Thanks so much Ricdoug. I also have the black UAE20 and it's good to hear that you noticed a marked difference. I'll let you know how it turns out :) Thanks again for getting back to me so quickly