View Full Version : Worth Clears: Any other brand similar?

03-16-2012, 07:36 PM
I've grown to like Worth Clears (not Browns) the best. I, second, seem to like Fremont Blacklines.

I don't care for Worth Browns, Aquilas, and KoOlaus.

Those are all the strings I've tried.

Can anyone suggest strings for me to try that are similar to those that I like? I'd just like to have a couple other brand options if I don't have the ones I prefer, or to explore different preferences. Thanks. :)

03-16-2012, 08:16 PM
Martins? Beyond that I can't think of another set of flourocarbon strings like Worth Clears that are quite as nice.

I will say this though...I've grown to dislike the boominess of Clears on the low G or C strings. They just don't sound tight enough and nice enough to me. I love the Ko'olau Golds that I put on my Pono, and I'll probably get a set of Southcoast strings next because I think I prefer wound C and G over unwound. My $.02, though...and every single set of strings will play differently on every single uke out there. Worth unwound clears are the things that make my Fender sing! On my Pono they were too flabby. I'm pretty sure I'd hate the Golds on the Fender, though. Weird.

03-16-2012, 09:11 PM
Aquila's rock. No other suggestions here. Maybe you're using the wrong type. Ric

03-16-2012, 09:44 PM
I've grown to dislike Aquilas, and am trying Worth Browns on my new uke, but I can't decide if I like it enough to not switch to Martins, which are on my Ohana Pineapple. Try the Martins, on the PK-25, they sound like a friggin bell, smooth and clear.

03-17-2012, 01:04 AM
I'm in the middle of testing South Coast strings (http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide_files/meduke.htm), a selection of tenor strings that come in various thickness, hardness and tension. If you email Dirk, he can help you select what you like--there are quite a few choices. Right now I have Light Medium High G on my tenor mahogany Mainland (strung up this morning) and I'm really liking them more than the D'Addario J71 and way more than the Aquilas which really don't fit a mahogany uke (barky bark bark. Love them on my Dolphin and Eleuke, so it's not Aquila--it's the combo with the uke.) I plan to post a series of reviews on SC strings but it will take time. String, settle, record a test, restring.....repeat. You can see this will take time and I"m a busy gal as it is.

Ken Middleton
03-17-2012, 01:08 AM
All fluorocarbon strings seem pretty much the same to me.

03-17-2012, 02:09 AM
Check out the fishing line thread. How many factories are there on the planet that extrude fluorocarbon fibre? Some of the fibre is set up to be fishing line and some is set up to be sold as ukulele strings. I suspect it could all come from the same machines and ingredients. The treatment after it comes out of the machine is different, ukulele strings are chopped into short lengths and checked for some attributes which make them good for ukuleles, the fishing line is chopped into longer lengths and is checked for attributes which make it good fishing line. Some people are happy to use the fishing line for ukulele strings, some have no choice because there are no music shops on their island. Different middlemen put a different brand name on it and have different marketing strategies.

All true, I'm afraid, but what does it say about me that some fluoros "feel" different than others? (I don't like to admit that branding is, in fact, relevant.)

Back to the original post: I recently bought a uke that has Freemont blacklines on it and was pleasantly surprised. I'd put them in between Worth browns and clears, if that makes sense.

Can't wait for the Southcoast review, by the way. Their philosophy (as described on their site) is pretty interesting.

03-17-2012, 02:42 AM
I've tried Southcoast strings. They are very good. To my ears, they combine the better properties of Worths (sustain and clarity) with those of Aquilas (a hint of vintage, gut-like tone and some crispness). I would also recommend them to those here who don't like a booming C string. I agree with Ken that different brands of fluorocarbon strings sound similar to one another, especially as compared to some of the other strings mentioned here like Aquilas or Alohis. But, if you like the sound of fluorocarbon strings, some experimenting with different brands may produce enough variation on particular ukuleles to be noticeable.

03-17-2012, 02:57 AM
+1 for Southcoast varieties. High G and Linear combos. On the range of ukes I own (koa, mahogany, pau ferro, redwood) they sound and play very well.

03-17-2012, 03:26 AM
Savarez Alliance strings are similar if you order them with similar diameters.

03-17-2012, 03:29 AM
+1 on SouthCoast FC, and you might try the Ko'olau Alohi. I liked Alohi on a Kamaka standard.

the Alohoi are monofilament, similar in feel to T2 from D'Addario, but sound more like FC.

03-17-2012, 03:48 AM
My friend coolkayaker1,
I've tried the Martins and can't tell the difference from Worth clears (course, I couldn't tell the diff with worth browns either, the one time I tried them). I'll bet Southcoast strings are great. The ones I have read about are fluorocarbon, so they're probably very much like the Worths.

I've had a set of D'addario classical strings for a year or so, but still like the Worths on my tenor so much that I wonder if I'll ever try them.

I do currently have a wound C string with my Worth clears on my tenor. It took a couple of tries to get used to a wound string, but I like this set-up very much.

But, I believe I'm sticking with the Worth clears on all my better ukuleles. When I have four hundred ukuleles and feel inclined to spend all my time stringing them and never playing, I'll try the fishing line thing.

03-17-2012, 03:54 AM
Another +1 for Southcoast here. I went through about 8-9 sets of strings looking for "balance". Dirk from Southcoast replied to my thread and suggested his G650's and I haven't looked back. With that said, right now with my Kamaka tenor I'm experimenting with PhD strings which also sound very balanced but with less volume and "ring" than the Southcoast. Good luck in your search.


03-17-2012, 04:38 AM
Should have mentioned this before, re: booming C for Worth browns:

I had that feeling on my BB pineapple, which already has plenty of bass. I switched the C from a Worth BM to a CM, and voila, a much more balanced tone.

03-17-2012, 05:28 AM
Try the new PhD strings. I like the feel and the crisp clear sound.

03-17-2012, 09:35 AM
Ok, I did the first pass of a test of Southcoast strings (Light Medium Tenor)

Pua Sadina (http://snd.sc/xcas6I)

03-17-2012, 06:13 PM
These are all fabulous replies. I respect and thank all of you who took the time to help me. Everything from KoOlauo Ahilo to Martins to others.

I see many votes for Southcoast, and Gwen's sound sample is helpful. And sweet, by the way, the tune.

I will order some SOuthcoasts (thanks for the link), but also refer back to this thread when I get jonesing for more flourocarbons. lol.

PS I will, indeed, review that fishing line thread. Who knows---Jake represents D'Addario, maybe I can get a contract with Berkley Trilene or Eagle Claw. LOL

03-17-2012, 10:49 PM
Martin flouros are extremely similar to worth clears. To my ears though, tested on both a tenor and a concert the martins don't have quite as much volume or thickness in sound. That said, love both and have Martins on my concert and worths on my tenor.

I'm not a fan of Aquilas ( now that will divide opinion!!) - they are hard to beat on a cheap laminate uke as they can drive any sort of top, but on my range of solid I struments I find they are overkill - boomy and muddy sound. When I'm playing a sweet solid instrument, particularly Koa, I want something to bring out a chime, a shimmer and clarity across the notes. Aquilas just don't do that for me.

03-19-2012, 05:13 PM
Well said, bazmaz. About the Martin (which I will try) and I agree and you've said it concisely about the Aquilas.

03-19-2012, 05:19 PM
Have you or anyone tried the new Kala pearls?

03-19-2012, 05:30 PM
Have you or anyone tried the new Kala pearls?

Kala pearls? Isn't that a bit like a McDonald's Filet Mignon? Kala. Pearls.

Just kidding...no, are they any good? I'll watch your thread.

03-21-2012, 12:00 PM
My two favourite similar sounding strings are: Martin or Worth clear. I use mostly Martin though.

Though Martin strings don't sound good on some ukes. I agree that Ko'olau Golds sounded great on my Pono.


mike hardee
07-27-2012, 06:15 AM
I have a set of the Savarez 150R from stringsbymail on my Kanilea tenor right now. Compared to the Worth CT set I usually use, the Savarez are a bit brighter with slightly increased tension. Not as soft on the fingers.

I prefer the tonal balance of the Worth CT and will be switching back.

07-27-2012, 06:28 AM
I have become partial to D'Addario T2s. I was a Worth clear fan, but when I had my custom built, Chuck wanted to put on the T2s. I like 'em.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
07-27-2012, 08:38 AM
Chuck would probably suggest the Worth Clears now. Tomorrow I'll probably recommend Savarez.
Anyone have experience with the new D'Addario/Aquila Nyltechs? I've got some but haven't used any yet.

07-27-2012, 09:13 AM
Chuck would probably suggest the Worth Clears now. Tomorrow I'll probably recommend Savarez.
Anyone have experience with the new D'Addario/Aquila Nyltechs? I've got some but haven't used any yet.

I've got Nyltechs on a spruce top concert and like how it tones down the brightness a little, but keeps the clarity and sustain.Just put Nyltechs on Pono MC that had Mahana (nylon) strings. Nyltechs are a definite improvement.

I would not recommend Nyltechs for all ukes, if you like really bright tones. Nyltechs are clearer, less muddy than Aquila strings.

I have found them a nice transition from nylon strings. I like the silkly warm tone of some nylon strings, but nylon has little sustain.

07-27-2012, 09:37 AM
I'm extremely fond of the Martin 600's.

Aquilas are good... loud, but not as bright. I tried both the Ko'olou Golds and Clears and the Clears are quite good (about the same as the Martins imo) but I found the Gold's to "hard" on the fingers, not enough give for my liking.

Hippie Dribble
07-27-2012, 10:18 AM
best ones for me are the the worth clears, southcoasts and Ken's new Living Water sets, they are really wonderful strings.

07-27-2012, 10:23 AM
Dear Cool, you've probably got more than enough information, but I'll present a slightly different view. I love Fremont Blacklines and Orcas (my second choice) and Worth Browns (my third choice) and have tried Southcoast mediums and light mediums, Aquilas, Martins, and D'Addarios. I've used these strings on various vintage Martins, Favillas and Gretsch ukes, a 70's Kamaka, KoAloha Pikake and probably some others. I like a tight clear bell-like sound from my Martins and found that Fremonts really fit the bill, Orcas are about the same and Worth Browns slightly less preferred. I found the Southcoast mediums harder to fret and switched to the light mediums. The sound was rounder, warmer and perhaps more complex but less clear and bell-like. My ukes are all sopranos and I like the thinness of the Fremonts especially because it reduces string buzz because I can fret them better with my short fingers. As others have written, the curse of the uke is that every uke may sound best with a different type of string so YMMV. cheers, g2

07-27-2012, 11:28 AM
The Martins are similar. The Southcoast are similar, but not as well balanced in my opinion. Other than those two, I haven't found anything. I tried D'Addario classical strings and liked the sound very much, but they were very quiet. I think I'm done experimenting and sticking with Worth clears. (Maybe I'll try the Freemont Blacklines sometime, on your recommendation)