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TJ Uke
10-14-2013, 04:33 AM
Well, I've got a new favourite:

http://youtu.be/hYQlnIsaTkg

What are yours?

I found Aquila blew away standard cheapo nylon sets, but I like these D'Addarios so much more than the Nylguts.

Any sets you think I'd like even more?

Kanaka916
10-14-2013, 05:14 AM
Some previous threads . . .
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?82759-Your-favorite-strings
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?41517-Favorite-strings-for-Tenor-Ukulele
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15543-What-are-your-favorite-Strings
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?24753-Favorite-Ukulele-Strings
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?50710-Poll-Vote-for-your-Favorite-Strings

TJ Uke
10-14-2013, 05:57 AM
Some previous threads . . .
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?82759-Your-favorite-strings
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?41517-Favorite-strings-for-Tenor-Ukulele
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15543-What-are-your-favorite-Strings
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?24753-Favorite-Ukulele-Strings
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?50710-Poll-Vote-for-your-Favorite-Strings

Aaaah, I saw most of those, but not the 2008 one with the big summary of which -and why-


And that's what I'm looking for, thanks!

Linho
10-14-2013, 06:11 AM
Southcoast LMU.

angusdegraosta
10-14-2013, 11:21 AM
I've tried Aquila Nylgut, D'Addario Nyltech, Martin & Worth brown. Right now I'm using Worth brown, but I'd like to try more kinds of D'Addario nylon. I liked the round mellow sound of the Nyltech on both soprano and concert, even though it is a stiff string.

PhilUSAFRet
10-14-2013, 11:25 AM
IMHO - No one "best" string set for every instrument. Would have to specify the instrument to get a meaningful answer, and even then, the opinion would be based on the owner's expectations about what sounds "good" or "best" or maybe just what they want it to sound like. Very few, if any people have tried them all anyway. Good luck though.

HBolte
10-14-2013, 11:30 AM
IMHO - No one "best" string set for every instrument. Would have to specify the instrument to get a meaningful answer, and even then, the opinion would be based on the owner's expectations about what sounds "good" or "best" or maybe just what they want it to sound like. Very few, if any people have tried them all anyway. Good luck though.

Phil, your HO is correct!

TJ Uke
10-14-2013, 12:50 PM
A man can dream!

And then one day I'll make the ultimate nylon... A combination of nuclear waste and formaldehyde, wrapped in cobalt.

Or maybe not.

I have over 200 different guitar picks, if that helps you understand my personality and obsession with subjective minutiae.

Leodhas
10-14-2013, 12:53 PM
Well, I've got a new favourite:


What are yours?

I found Aquila blew away standard cheapo nylon sets, but I like these D'Addarios so much more than the Nylguts.

Any sets you think I'd like even more?


So you say they have a more mellow sound to them? May try a set. Thanks for the effort.

TJ Uke
10-14-2013, 02:13 PM
So you say they have a more mellow sound to them? May try a set. Thanks for the effort.

Feels a bit closer to guitar to me, naturally the wound string in particular. I found the aquilas a bit too bright, but that's just the personal taste of someone who uses flatwounds on an e.guitar a lot.

Hippie Dribble
10-14-2013, 02:22 PM
Southcoast soft lights or light mediums; Savarez alliance

wickedwahine11
10-14-2013, 03:38 PM
My favorites are PhD and Living Water. But for me they are not interchangeable - I like one of my ukes best with one and another uke sounds best to me with the other. I tried both types on both ukes and there was definitely a preference for me so I don't interchange them.

Hammond
10-14-2013, 05:38 PM
Now I am enjoying the Southcoast strings. I like nylon strings as well, D'Addario (T2, Pro Arte, & Black Nylon) all are great. Savarez is good too. None of other fluorocarbon strings I fell in love with.
On each ukulele the strings have different performance. For me, the process of finding the right strings is endless joy.

hammer40
10-14-2013, 06:11 PM
I haven't tried every string out there yet, but right now it's fremont Blacklines for me.

Leodhas
10-15-2013, 01:44 AM
Feels a bit closer to guitar to me, naturally the wound string in particular. I found the aquilas a bit too bright, but that's just the personal taste of someone who uses flatwounds on an e.guitar a lot.


Interesting, I use flatwounds on my gretsch (guitar), so may just try a set of the D'Addarios out on a tenor. I use D'Addario exp's on my acoustics and they're top strings in my book and as you say, the uke strings are nearly half the price of the Aquilas' which I use as standard. Time to start messing about.

drbekken
10-15-2013, 02:45 AM
Southcoast for sure, but I also enjoy the guilty pleasure of using the cheap black GHS strings.

bborzell
10-15-2013, 07:21 AM
Simple question leading to complex answers.

Agree that different instruments respond (sometimes very) differently to different strings. I have liked Southcoast strings on my MP, but the tone quality didn't last as long as I had hoped. Same on my Pono, although the ATDC seems to respond better without wound low G strings

Just put a set of Fremont blacks on the MP and and am underwhelmed. Treble strings sound thin. Ph.Ds seemed to come across the same as the Fremonts. Worths sounded more full and balanced on both instruments, but nothing comes close to the combination of full range and clear balance on both instruments that I get with Living Water low G sets. And, they are long lasting.

hucklelele
10-15-2013, 02:25 PM
Just got some D'addario J92 "clear Nylon" delivered-

a bit disappointed:
These individual string packages inside are actually even marked as "classical guitar" strings-

has anyone else noticed this ????
I noticed beforehand they were advetised as the same guage as the top three strings on my classical guitar
but these individual packages are actually labled as such

I bought these to be THICKER strings, but visually they don't look as thick or as hard as to ukes I recently acquired,
that are probably white Aquilla nylgut-
The Cordoba concert for sure
of course these "clear nylon" are still in the packages and I'm new to this-
I'm probably going to go the Nylgut route in the future, and these I'll put on a souvenir uke that already has really really cheap thin strings

I haven't ever really liked black strings since that first really cheap classical guitar I bought on Hollywood Boulevard 25 years ago
but I'm sure these are different.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
10-15-2013, 02:48 PM
I like the feel and attack of fluorocarbons. Right now I'm a fan of the Oasis warm sets.

Hammond
10-15-2013, 04:16 PM
I noticed the same when first open the package.:D Some of the strings seemed actually pack the existing classical guitar strings into the ukulele sets. I saw people buy classical guitar strings and pick the right gauge to use on ukulele. Strings are strings, as long as the gauge is right, and sounds right. Like japanese fishing line. :) Right?;) Enjoy!

Just got some D'addario J92 "clear Nylon" delivered-

a bit disappointed:
These individual string packages inside are actually even marked as "classical guitar" strings-

has anyone else noticed this ????
I noticed beforehand they wre advetised as the same guage as the top three strings on my classical guitar
but these individual packages are actually labled as such

I bought these to be THICKER strings, but visually they don't look as thick or as hard as to ukes that are probably white Aquilla nylgut-
The Cordoba concer for sure
of course these "clear nylon" are still in the packages and I'm new to this-
I'm probably going to go the Nylgut route in the future, and these I'll put on a souvenir uke that already has really really cheap thin strings

I haven't ever really liked black strings since that first really cheap classical guitar I bought on Hollywood Boulevard 25 years ago
but I'm sure these are different.

hucklelele
10-15-2013, 05:45 PM
No- I think these nylgut ARE different-
the surface is rougher, and the strings just seem more resilient and louder a bit

I was just sitting in the tub and wondering, where can I get a set of such strings for my classical guitar ??
I'm never getting that gutteral sound I hear on recordings and have mostlty blamed the guitar
strings of such material would probably get me a step closer to that, even without a guitar as thin as toilet paper
(I have to make much concession to practicality here- I can't afford a new guitar every few years, and a more expensive one at that.)

The nylgut C especially SEEMS thicker, but on the guage listings I've seen posted- and the daddario at least puts it on the package- these new strings I got are SUPPOSED to be as thick or thicker- so I'm still wondering here-

and feeling frustrated like with violin strings- which really is quite a quagmire where you're less likely to know the material the string is until you pay $30 or more for a more known brand name.

anyway- I recently got two new ukes- the soprano Hola! I reviewed in the review section, and a low end Cordba concert sized uke-
the Cordoba has the Aquila strings and the Hola! strings appear quite similar- whatever they are- a kind of bony solid white material with more resilience than my usual Pro Arte classical gutar strings.

And on another unfortunate strange note- I think I actually prefer the sound I'm getting out of the Hola, even though the Cordoba normally retails for almost three times as much. I got one about a third off cost. The mahogany seems more genuine and resounding, with little finish to it.

hucklelele
10-15-2013, 06:10 PM
Here's an interesting comparison video you may or may not have seen before- I just found it searching "flourocarbon ukulele strings"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnIBquHpBMA

I personally like the sound of the Kala red strings he plays second
which to me sound more "ukulele"
than the flourocarbon strings he plays first
which sound more "guitarish" to me
all things being equal otherwise.

Mattyukaholic
10-16-2013, 02:54 AM
I really think it's horses for courses. It's hard to say I like 'so and so' strings the best because it depends on the individual ukulele. I am biased towards three types that I love; living waters, Martin 600s and Orcas. I do find though that you have to try a few and find one for each ukulele.

I have Martins that sound prefect on my style 1, but oddly just didn't work on my style 0 (they were just too trebly). I've put Living Waters on it which sound fab.

You'd think Martins would work on both. But as has been said here lots of times, every ukulele has it's own voice, even those of the same make.

blue_knight_usa
10-16-2013, 08:49 AM
I really think it's horses for courses. It's hard to say I like 'so and so' strings the best because it depends on the individual ukulele. I am biased towards three types that I love; living waters, Martin 600s and Orcas. I do find though that you have to try a few and find one for each ukulele.

I have Martins that sound prefect on my style 1, but oddly just didn't work on my style 0 (they were just too trebly). I've put Living Waters on it which sound fab.

You'd think Martins would work on both. But as has been said here lots of times, every ukulele has it's own voice, even those of the same make.

I agree. You have to find the strings that work on a particular uke for the sound you are looking for. I have Savarez, Living Waters, PhD and Southcoast on my ukes and Martins on my vintage Martin. I do not think one string manufacture will work well on all ukes and different scales unless you just don't care about a particular sound. I have found a set with a wound C is supreme on one of my concerts while my other concert is great with a wound G and unwound C. All depends on what sound you are going for.

TJ Uke
10-17-2013, 02:53 PM
even without a guitar as thin as toilet paper

You made me chuckle!:rolleyes:

flyingace
10-17-2013, 03:28 PM
Was religiously using Worth Brown mediums on all ukes. Bought a set of Southcoast Mediums with wound C and have now switched all ukes over (solid mahogany concert, solid acacia tenor and laminated loa tenor). Much louder and a little brighter without losing the sweet tones. But I agree, you just have to go through several brands to find what you like. I tried aquila, classical d'addario, kala reds, worth, martin, I liked a few of them more than others. The martins were the worst, the reds squeaked something awful, the d'addarios were nice but I never bought em again, now i'm on Southcoast... we'll see how long the love affair lasts! :)