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uncle david
02-03-2012, 04:40 AM
I'll keep this short and simple...

Can anyone recommend a string set with a low G that is not wound?

Thanks in advance!

bynapkinart
02-03-2012, 04:55 AM
Worth Clear Low G is what I'm using right now, and they're awesome...the flourocarbon low G has enough tension in it that it doesn't feel too slack and it feels great. The strings have a bit of a mellower sound where Aquilas are more brash and punchy. I love them.

Here's a clip of my tenor with Aquilas, then Low G Worths, then my KoAloha with reentrant G Worth Clears to compare: Fender Sound Sample on Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/ben-young-napkin-art/fender-sound-sample)

SailingUke
02-03-2012, 04:57 AM
I have had good experiences with Orcas low g.

uncle david
02-03-2012, 05:07 AM
Thanks, folks!

I will hit up Elderly soon and likely give the Worth clear a try.

PoiDog
02-03-2012, 05:37 AM
I have had good experiences with Orcas low g.

I'll not on second that, but enthusiastically so. They are really something.

Another to consider would be both Worths (I prefer the browns, but the clear is good, too) or Southcoast.

But yeah, Orcas are great.

Manalishi
02-03-2012, 07:09 AM
On my tenor I use a 'normal' set of Aquila Tenor Nylguts
strung in the IZ manner,that is:
For G use the C string
For C use the E string.
For E Use the G string.
For A use the A string
Some players do not like this method but I have used
it with no problem for a couple of years or more now!

Lalz
02-03-2012, 08:20 AM
I use a low G Clear Fremont string with Aquila C E A strings on my concert, and Blackline Fremont strings with a low G on my banjo uke. They sound great and are super-smooth to play with. Much smoother than Aquilas. Highly recommended!

wickedwahine11
02-03-2012, 08:49 AM
My fave low g set is the Worth CHLGHD - I found them to be well balanced for a low g set.

SweetWaterBlue
02-03-2012, 08:57 AM
I have been happy with the Freemont Blacklines (flourocarbons) on my tenor with a low G, but I don't think there is much difference between those and most of the other flourocarbons (Worth, Martin, etc). I like Martins flouros on my soprano, but they don't make a low G for my tenor.

erivel
02-03-2012, 09:39 AM
I also like the Worth CHLGHD strings.

guitarsnrotts
02-03-2012, 12:39 PM
I just put a set of Fremont Blacklines on my Lanikai spalted mango tenor and really like the sound. I also just put a set of Worth Brown mediums on my new Kamoa E3 pineapple and like them but not as well as the Fremonts. Different ukes and different woods but I'm going to try a set of Fremonts on the Kamoa just to see.
I'm a recent convert to the unwound Low-G as I could never find a set with a wound G that sounded good to my ears. I now find myself playing my low-G ukes as much as my others.

CTurner
02-03-2012, 01:12 PM
As good as the Worth WSCHLGHD is, you should look into Southcoast linear string sets. You can get unwound in low g, also wound but as in "flat wound" which is a remarkable set. I use the linear string set and love the balance and feel.

808boy
02-03-2012, 02:14 PM
Aloha,
Totally agree with CTurner. Southcoast G-650 flatwounds are the best low g's that I've tried. Well balanced and no string squeak, very comfortable to play also...................................BO......... ...............

Dan Uke
02-03-2012, 02:31 PM
For the Southcoast, which key do you tune it to? It seems like they recommend different keys instead of the standard C for the tenor

CTurner
02-03-2012, 04:25 PM
Southcoast: on my re-entrant tenor, I do B flat at normal tension. The slightly higher tension of C sounds great but my Pohaku really shines with the B flat. On my low G tenor (Lichty Ukulele) I do D.

southcoastukes
02-04-2012, 04:29 AM
Thanks for the kind words CT & 808.

nongdam, you you are correct about our unwound low 4th set. It is a low G on a 20" scale - generally that means Baritone. On the 17" scale that's the norm on a Tenor, you'd tune up to the old ukulele "standard" key of D. In other words on a Tenor it would give you low A instead of low G.

Our flat wound sets are a great alternative for low G @ 17". For a wound set, the sound is very subdued, and like an unwound string, they don't squeak. Any set with the name G650 - round wound or flat wound - will give a low G @ 17".

garyg
02-04-2012, 04:54 AM
Thanks Ben, that was great listening, is the second sample with Aquilas and just the Worth low g or are all the strings in the second sample Worths? cheers, g2


Worth Clear Low G is what I'm using right now, and they're awesome...the flourocarbon low G has enough tension in it that it doesn't feel too slack and it feels great. The strings have a bit of a mellower sound where Aquilas are more brash and punchy. I love them.

Here's a clip of my tenor with Aquilas, then Low G Worths, then my KoAloha with reentrant G Worth Clears to compare: Fender Sound Sample on Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/ben-young-napkin-art/fender-sound-sample)

Dan Uke
02-05-2012, 06:50 PM
Does anyone know what string I would need to get with D'addario Pro Arte Tenor Strings? I usually get the reentrant set J71 but want to try them with a low G. thanks

Gillian
02-05-2012, 07:17 PM
I'll mention that the Worth unwound low-G is a thick string so you might want to check to see if your uke's nut slot can accommodate it.

Gwynedd
02-05-2012, 11:55 PM
I have a set of South Coast on my baritone. Love them--soft but clear. No finger squeaks. I recommend their Bone Bridge Beads, makes changing strings easy and they look cool, too.

Scott S.
02-06-2012, 04:51 AM
Does anyone know what string I would need to get with D'addario Pro Arte Tenor Strings? I usually get the reentrant set J71 but want to try them with a low G. thanks

I use the D'Addario J4303 - its a wound, light tension string that works very well as the low G to the Pro Arte tenors. Just Strings sells them as single strings for $.98 last time I bought.

uncle david
02-22-2012, 05:53 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the great response!
I haven't been on the forum for a while and was surprised to see the interest in this thread.
All of your feedback is appreciated.
It looks like I have a lot of options!

ukecantdothat
02-22-2012, 10:05 AM
I've been using the Worth clear extra heavy gauge (CH-LGEX). I couldn't find them in the browns at this gauge, not sure if they'd be better or not for what I've been doing, but I like these quite a bit. I found the Worth brown low G sets to be way too slinky on the G & C strings.

paeataa
02-22-2012, 03:35 PM
I'm just wondering if anyone could tell where you get your uke strings online besides Elderly. I'd like to buy Worth strings (for my concert uke).

Thanks!

dsummers
02-22-2012, 03:54 PM
I have a set of worth brown non wound low g on my 1950'ish Martin tenor and they really sound superb!