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Joe90
11-30-2012, 10:32 PM
Hi guys, i currently have a solid spruce top uke kala concert with aquilas on it, i feel they are too boomy if that makes sense and it actually has a boom sound when strummed. Is this the spruce at work or will a different set of strings relieve it a bit?
If so what would you lot pair with spruce? Thanks joe

hammer40
11-30-2012, 11:38 PM
I'm not a fan of Aquila strings either. Sound is so subjective though, so it's always hard to offer opinions on what sounds good. There are lots of strings I haven't tried yet, but I do have a spruce top baritone now that has Ko'olau Mahana's on it and think it sounds great. I'm a fan of Ko'olau strings though, especially their "golds" which I think have great tone and intonation. The Mahana's are just a little warmer in sound than the golds, which goes well with my spruce anyway. I also liked D'Addario Pro Arte J71's, I thought they had a real nice bell-like, but warm tone and are silky smooth, a really nice feel to them.

You'll get lots of suggestions, but you just have to try a couple and find what's good for you. It's actually kind of fun trying out different strings and interesting how much a difference they can make.

strumsilly
12-01-2012, 12:02 AM
throw a set of southcoast on it. lots of choices. oh, you're in England. don't know if he ships there.

BigJackBrass
12-01-2012, 12:14 AM
Living Water strings (http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/Pages/LWS.aspx) have been working beautifully on my soprano, certainly a less booming sound than the Aquilas I used before. Indeed, when we tried a set on my girlfriend's ukulele they toned it down a little too much and lost a lot of volume. Made and sold in the UK, so pricing isn't bad.

Joe90
12-01-2012, 01:21 AM
Thanks guys, i know sound is subjected to preference, just thought some of you may have experienced a nice sound with spruce and a certain type of strings. More suggestions welcome

alanjang
12-01-2012, 01:34 AM
+1 for Living Water

Ben_H
12-01-2012, 01:40 AM
throw a set of southcoast on it. lots of choices. oh, you're in England. don't know if he ships there.

Dirk was shipping for free to UK if you bought 3 sets of strings

Tailgate
12-01-2012, 03:32 AM
another + for the Living Waters

tomthebaptist
12-01-2012, 03:45 AM
I restrung my Tenor with D'Adarrio Titanium..... sound and feel very nice.

gyosh
12-01-2012, 04:11 AM
Not a fan of Aquilas for the exact reason you stated. Went through every string set I've ever heard of and I've settled on Southcoast G650's and PhD strings. To my ear, they have the best balance of any set I've tried especially from low g to c.

Haven't tried the living water strings because I've been so happy with these two string sets. Oh, and I'm using them on two spruce tops and one koa. Second "oh"- the G650's are wound g & c, the PhD's are all unwound.

coolkayaker1
12-01-2012, 06:34 AM
Although I have an adoration for Southcoast strings, and use them on most of my instruments, for spruce (like my Pono below on my signature), Worth Browns are superb. I know what you mean, the spruce has a tad "boominess", as you say. Perhaps some could call it a lack ot string distinction---crisp and clean, but muddiness string to string. The Worth Browns for me kept the spruce sound, but took the "pucker" out of it.

G'luck.

mm stan
12-01-2012, 07:57 AM
Koolau Alohi's will tame that uke out and make it sweeter.......

Tigeralum2001
12-01-2012, 08:24 PM
I use La Bella strings on my Spruce. They are nicely balanced, with clear and distinct tones. The low g is sold separately and is wound.

Spruce is a very bright wood. Instead of toning it down, I like to embrace it- as long as it sounds good.

I like La Bella enough that I am going to try them on some of my other uke, too. They sound good on both of my Pepe's (the CBU is mahogany).

Doc_J
12-02-2012, 03:04 AM
Hi guys, i currently have a solid spruce top uke kala concert with aquilas on it, i feel they are too boomy if that makes sense and it actually has a boom sound when strummed. Is this the spruce at work or will a different set of strings relieve it a bit?
If so what would you lot pair with spruce? Thanks joe
If Aquila strings are too boomy, try D'Addario Nyltech. I got a set on my spruce top boat paddle, and think they sound just right.

kissing
12-02-2012, 03:22 AM
I've tried many strings on my spruce top cigar box uke - Fremont Blackline works the best for me

Pippin
12-02-2012, 05:41 AM
I also agree with Living Water Strings. If you can't get them, Martin fluorocarbon are excellent, too.

coolkayaker1
12-02-2012, 06:54 AM
So, Joe90, in review of this thread, it's pretty clear that any strings, except what you have on here now, will work. Lol

tomthebaptist
12-02-2012, 07:23 AM
I tried Aquilla's on my Pono ATD tenor.... and they were awful! Kept them on for a week to see if they would settle... they didn't. Changed them out for D'Adarrio Titanium and they seem to work fine. Funny thing, the Aquillas sound great on my Lanakai Mango Tenor.... in fact, they enhanced the sound of it. Go figure!

Joe90
12-03-2012, 03:56 AM
Seems i have a wealth of options then lol, no real marraige between spruce and a certain strings. Thanks for all the help.

Ukeval
12-03-2012, 04:16 AM
I have a spruce top tenor with Living Water strings. Works perfectly. A look there :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmmDFAQzi6o

BlueLatitude
12-03-2012, 04:24 AM
I have the exact same model and size uke as you and I put Living Water strings on it, they made a huge difference. It's a good place to start, anyway.