View Full Version : Aquila red low G- big surprise, larger diameter than wound low G

06-14-2013, 05:35 AM
It won't fit in the slot on my Collings - but the wound string does. I picked up a few of them to try out - I guess I'll wait til I have a uke with a winding block instead of a slot. I'm not about to increase the size of the slot for it.

I thought they were supposed to be smaller diameter!

Anyone else surprised by this?

Has anyone mixed a Flourocarbon Low G with Aquilas? Are the FL low G's smaller diameter than the Red?


06-14-2013, 05:39 AM
I'm not surprised at all. That's the nature of a wound string. It adds the desired mass without the diameter. If you want an unwound low G string then it has to be thick. That's the physics.


06-14-2013, 06:13 AM
I think they were supposed to be of a smaller diameter than regular unwound Low G strings, not thinner than wound strings.

06-14-2013, 08:10 AM
I thought they were supposed to be smaller diameter!

I think the reds are supposed to be thinner diameter than other unwound strings. I certainly wouldn't expect them to be thinner than wound strings for the same pitch. Wound strings for ukes are typically a nylon or fiber "rope core" surrounded by a very thin metal wire winding. That metal winding, being very dense, allows for a high density to diameter ratio.


Jake Wildwood
06-14-2013, 12:39 PM
Just slightly increase the slot size... if you use some sort of a file that has a beveled bottom then you have zero worries about slightly increasing the slot. If your file has a square bottom, then you may have a problem with it rattling. I can't imagine a Collings has such little back-pressure that a thinner string added in a properly-widened slot would rattle later on.

Jake Wildwood
06-14-2013, 12:40 PM
The gist of my reply being: the unwound red is worth it!!

06-14-2013, 01:46 PM
I guess I would do that if I was that dissatisfied with the wound string - but I'm not, so I'm just curious.