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Steedy
01-08-2013, 05:35 PM
About a year ago I purchased a Kamaka HF-2L (longneck concert) uke from HMS, and had it shipped with the factory Kamaka strings just to see if I might like them.

Well, I did not like them. The Kamaka strings were so hard they hurt my fingertips to play, and they sounded dull and lifeless to me, so I was a bit disappointed with my new Kamaka ukulele, and hardly played it at all in 2012.

I had some free time over the holidays and finally replaced the Kamaka strings with some Worth Clear Mediums, and WOW, I'm amazed at how much better my Kamaka sounds. The difference is freaking fantastic!

I can't get over how much louder the uke is now, and what a bright, clear, ringing sound those Worth strings produce. Now I can't get enough playing time on the Kamaka and I have got to learn some campanella style uke music! (I've already bought John King's book and his Bach CD.)

In addition to my chronic UAS, I think my first set of Worths might trigger a bad case of SAS (Strings Acquisition Syndrome). :)

gyosh
01-08-2013, 06:12 PM
About a year ago I purchased a Kamaka HF-2L (longneck concert) uke from HMS, and had it shipped with the factory Kamaka strings just to see if I might like them.

Well, I did not like them. The Kamaka strings were so hard they hurt my fingertips to play, and they sounded dull and lifeless to me, so I was a bit disappointed with my new Kamaka ukulele, and hardly played it at all in 2012.

I had some free time over the holidays and finally replaced the Kamaka strings with some Worth Clear Mediums, and WOW, I'm amazed at how much better my Kamaka sounds. The difference is freaking fantastic!

I can't get over how much louder the uke is now, and what a bright, clear, ringing sound those Worth strings produce. Now I can't get enough playing time on the Kamaka and I have got to learn some campanella style uke music! (I've already bought John King's book and his Bach CD.)

In addition to my chronic UAS, I think my first set of Worths might trigger a bad case of SAS (Strings Acquisition Syndrome). :)

Slap a set of PhD's on your Kamaka and your SAS will be cured before it gets out of control :)

foxfair
01-08-2013, 06:23 PM
+1 PhD I especially love low G on my longneck concert (tenor scale fretboard though).
other alternative to try out: Living water, southcoast will help your SAS further. haha!

ukunuke
01-08-2013, 07:19 PM
Thanks for the recommendations. I had a Kamaka concert that I love more for sentimental reasons that sound reasons. Perhaps it's time to swap some strings and see if I can fall in love again!

Cornfield
01-09-2013, 01:39 AM
I have Kamaka Tenor and Soprano and I am happy with the Kamaka strings on them. I describe the sound as "full". I do have a set of southcoast strings on a Kamaka HF-38 8 string tenor.
I put a set of worth clears on my Regal Resonator.

Tailgate
01-09-2013, 01:57 AM
Slap a set of PhD's on your Kamaka and your SAS will be cured before it gets out of control :)

a google search for PhD strings turns up a lot of talk about Doctorates in string theory... where can you check out the PhD ukulele strings?

HBolte
01-09-2013, 02:41 AM
http://www.ukulelecreations.com/Accessories.html

I purchased some with the finger style book Polani. Can't vouch for them as I have not tried them yet.

Mason671
01-09-2013, 02:55 AM
where can you check out the PhD ukulele strings?
You can pick some PhD strings right on here at the http://ukeunderground.bigcartel.com/category/strings UU's Merch Store.

lennymac
01-09-2013, 04:20 AM
Try the living water tenor strings on it - you won't be disappointed. I got the same uke in October and have tried kamaka, worth, Aquila and living water strings. Living water sounded best (in my opinion) by far!

Toucan Mango
01-09-2013, 04:29 AM
Yeah the stock strings on my Kamaka pineapple were ok, but my Kamaka soprano with sapwood the stock strings sounded great. I use Fremont black line medium, they seem to sound the best to me.

ancient
01-09-2013, 05:04 AM
I also own a Kamaka HF2L. I tried a set of Fremont strngs on it and thought they sounded good. After about a month of playing on the Fermonts,I changed them out to Worth strings. The Fremont strings were nice, but the Worth strings have a clarity and ring that to my ear sounds better than the Fremonts. I use Worth strings on all my ukes. The Collings ukes seem to respond and sound better with the clear Worth strings.

Steedy
01-09-2013, 05:22 AM
PhD, Living Water, Southcoast, Fremont... keep 'em coming, I can't wait to try them all! :cool:

bearbike137
01-09-2013, 05:26 AM
Whereas I agree with you that the Worth Clears sound a zilion times better on a Kamaka than the stock Kamaka strings, I feel that the Southcoast strings sound even better. That said, I felt the Worth Clears were better than the Southcoast on a Collings.

haole
01-09-2013, 06:49 AM
The stock Kamaka strings don't do their ukes any favors at all. I really like Worths on mine, though. The other fluorocarbons out there are very similar to Worths and so I wouldn't be surprised if they're all great.

The only non-fluorocarbon strings I really like are Ko'olau 'Alohis. They sound and look awesome.

gyosh
01-09-2013, 06:53 AM
PhD, Living Water, Southcoast, Fremont... keep 'em coming, I can't wait to try them all! :cool:

I have seriously tried them all . . . and that's why I recommend the PhD's. If you like wound strings, which I prefer for the balance, then try Southcoast linear G650's.

The Living Water are nice too, but there's something about the PhD's that put them above the LW's IMO.

Steedy
01-09-2013, 07:02 AM
I have seriously tried them all . . . and that's why I recommend the PhD's. If you like wound strings, which I prefer for the balance, then try Southcoast linear G650's.

The Living Water are nice too, but there's something about the PhD's that put them above the LW's IMO.

Thanks, I'll definitely give them a try.

hawaii 50
01-09-2013, 10:01 AM
a google search for PhD strings turns up a lot of talk about Doctorates in string theory... where can you check out the PhD ukulele strings?


If you want to order PHD's... go to

www.danielhocreations.com

i might be crazy but i like the Kamaka LowG strings on my HF3S..i think it gives it a nice Hawaiian sound..but to be honest i have only played it for 2 weeks..left at Mom's house on Oahu..be going back at the end of Jan..
maybe when i keep playing it,i might want to change..

thinking about some TN's from ukulele PUAPUA diadarrio T2's with a Flatwound cooper LowG

Dan Uke
01-09-2013, 10:10 AM
Concert long neck for me too and I'm a strong believer of the Southcoast

PedalFreak
01-09-2013, 11:07 AM
If you want to order PHD's... go to

www.danielhocreations.com

i might be crazy but i like the Kamaka LowG strings on my HF3S..i think it gives it a nice Hawaiian sound..but to be honest i have only played it for 2 weeks..left at Mom's house on Oahu..be going back at the end of Jan..
maybe when i keep playing it,i might want to change..

thinking about some TN's from ukulele PUAPUA diadarrio T2's with a Flatwound cooper LowG

I like the Kamaka strings too. They're just D'Addario strings :) Nice warm sound with them.

Haven't played a Southcoast string set yet that I've liked though. But each uke is different, and will sound different with different strings :)

foxfair
01-09-2013, 11:53 AM
For your longneck kamaka I would suggest to try southcoast medium gauge , or LWS low-G tenor set. Or even just pick the low g of PhD tenor string up.

Low G on a longneck concert has some magic moments, at least on my kamaka longneck concert.
Let us know what you find out later:)

hawaii 50
01-10-2013, 08:12 AM
I like the Kamaka strings too. They're just D'Addario strings :) Nice warm sound with them.

Haven't played a Southcoast string set yet that I've liked though. But each uke is different, and will sound different with different strings :)


Hey Pedal thanks for the info..

just wanted to know..are you sure the Kamaka strings are D'Addario's..i heard this too..but never believed it..they do not feel or look like D'Addario's

which set are they if you buy them under D'Addario brand?
do you know if they are made special for Kamaka..as these are pretty tight strings..

PedalFreak
01-10-2013, 09:28 AM
Hey Pedal thanks for the info..

just wanted to know..are you sure the Kamaka strings are D'Addario's..i heard this too..but never believed it..they do not feel or look like D'Addario's

which set are they if you buy them under D'Addario brand?
do you know if they are made special for Kamaka..as these are pretty tight strings..

Unless Kamaka has changed anything in the last year they are still D'Addario. Kamaka themselves confirmed it, and about 6 months ago my D'Addario rep confirmed that they make the strings for Kamaka.

I'm not sure if D'Addario makes them under their own name though.

D'Addario makes strings for a lot of people. Besides Kamaka they also make all the Gibson strings too :)

hawaii 50
01-10-2013, 09:34 AM
Unless Kamaka has changed anything in the last year they are still D'Addario. Kamaka themselves confirmed it, and about 6 months ago my D'Addario rep confirmed that they make the strings for Kamaka.

I'm not sure if D'Addario makes them under their own name though.

D'Addario makes strings for a lot of people. Besides Kamaka they also make all the Gibson strings too :)


Hey Thanks Pedal..

i did not know you were in the business..thxs.

again i like the the Kamaka LowG strings..to me seems people don't give them a fair chance..they want to change um right away..i brought some Worth clears with me when i picked up my Kamaka thinking i would change strings but after playing it for 2 weeks thought they sounded good.. but that only me!

molokinirum
01-11-2013, 06:00 AM
I like the Kamaka strings too. They're just D'Addario strings :) Nice warm sound with them.

Haven't played a Southcoast string set yet that I've liked though. But each uke is different, and will sound different with different strings :)

Same here...I happen to like the sound of the Kamaka uke with Kamaka strings on it. Ahhh...to each his/her own!!!

Cornfield
01-17-2013, 04:06 AM
It's time to change the strings on my Kamaka HF-38. It's a white label instrument that I bought on EBay last year. I liked the Kamaka strings on my 2012 HF-3 and 2012 HF-1 so much that I ordered a couple sets of Kamaka strings for the 8 string. Last year I installed a set of Southcoast strings that sounded good.

The open tuners on the old 8 string were very hard to turn so I called the Kamaka factory to ask if is was safe to lubricate them.

I was surprised when Chris Kamaka called me back last night. He told me that the older instruments came with thinner gauge strings then the new ones and that I would probably have to file the bridge a bit to make them work correctly. (He also told me that it's OK to use light oil on the tuners but just be careful not to put on too much.)

The stems on the tuners are a lot shorter than on the new ones as well so I decided this morning to order a set of Worth clears for this uke.

Skinny Money McGee
01-17-2013, 05:00 AM
It's time to change the strings on my Kamaka HF-38. It's a white label instrument that I bought on EBay last year. I liked the Kamaka strings on my 2012 HF-3 and 2012 HF-1 so much that I ordered a couple sets of Kamaka strings for the 8 string. Last year I installed a set of Southcoast strings that sounded good.

The open tuners on the old 8 string were very hard to turn so I called the Kamaka factory to ask if is was safe to lubricate them.

I was surprised when Chris Kamaka called me back last night. He told me that the older instruments came with thinner gauge strings then the new ones and that I would probably have to file the bridge a bit to make them work correctly. (He also told me that it's OK to use light oil on the tuners but just be careful not to put on too much.)

The stems on the tuners are a lot shorter than on the new ones as well so I decided this morning to order a set of Worth clears for this uke.

Kamaka has incredibly good customer service from my experience and apparently yours too! I'm currently enjoying Worth CM's on my HF-1, but don't dislike the Kamaka strings.

bearbike137
01-17-2013, 05:00 AM
If it's any help - I found that the ideal string combination on my Kamaka Long Neck Tenor is the Southcoast Medium gauge set with a Worth Clear E string.