View Full Version : My uke sounds weird now...

01-25-2009, 10:38 AM
My friend took (borrowed) my ukulele for a day and when she gave it back it sounds weird. The strings sound all faded out. Like when I play the G chord it sounds off... Oh and when she gave it back I found a small bit of dried ketchup on the fingerboard. I so yelled at her for it...

I don't know what to do... It could be me...but then again it couldn't...
Now to make this another one of those "I need help buying new strings" thread...

So, which ones?
I wanted Aquila because everyone suggests them, but then again I was thinking of buying Worth because I heard it's Aquila's competition, "but then again...." I also wanted to buy the D'addario strings from the UU store...
Your personal preference of the 3.

I'm expecting someone to say "Use the search function!"

Captain Google
01-25-2009, 12:26 PM
Using the search function may help. :cool:

01-25-2009, 12:34 PM
pick one or try all three. you know there's no "right" answer to your question.

01-25-2009, 12:39 PM
Actually I recommend Ko'olau strings. Very balanced and less bright than Aquila. Aquila does have a uniquely bright sound which is great, but for me, a little overboard and not very traditional. They're also good at making a lower end laminate wood ukulele sound much better. (I mean the Aquila's are good for this)

01-26-2009, 04:59 AM
hhhmmm.. i have tried all three and i do prefer aquillas but.. russ is right.. you might wanna try all three and see which one sounds better for you. the strings that pickN is suggesting.. i havent tried so i guess those might be my next strings. haha

01-26-2009, 05:11 AM
I am surprised you loaned your uke to someone after your previous nightmare. If I were you, I wouldn't let it out of my sight. I would hug it and squeeze it and name it George.

01-26-2009, 05:31 AM
or you can look up yook minutes on youtube. very useful stuff.. ask deach and russ.. they know wassup. haha

01-26-2009, 05:52 AM
buy all 3... its only around $20 lol

01-26-2009, 06:56 AM
Since your uke isn't solid wood, I suggest Aquilas to compensate for the lost volume. There's a reason MGM strings up most inexpensive ukes with Aquilas.

This video (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8990) compares the Aquilas and Worths. Worths are mellower to my ears, which is fine for loud, punchy instruments, but I think your particular uke will really open up with Aquilas.

01-26-2009, 07:35 AM
Here ya go, sampler packs (http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room_Strings_W0QQcolZ2QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ10248QQftid Z2QQtZkm) from MGM.

01-26-2009, 08:11 AM
i was thinking the same thing deach was.

first your uke gets jacked. now you just load it out to some chick who gets ketchup on the fretboard. i hope she was hot.

01-26-2009, 08:17 AM
I am surprised you loaned your uke to someone after your previous nightmare. If I were you, I wouldn't let it out of my sight. I would hug it and squeeze it and name it George.

my thoughts exactly! :old:

swervy jervy
01-26-2009, 08:23 AM
And for god's sake don't leave it in your locker during gym class.

01-28-2009, 06:52 PM
Yeah, idk what I was thinking. Supposedly my bestfriend/play sister. I really doubted lending it to her. I was worried as heck the minute she left. I kept asking her literally every 10 minutes where it is and how everything is. Ugh. That's it. No one's EVER touching Phoenix again. I am way too over paranoid now.
Okay back on topic, yeah I think the sound is probably just me...
It's just that darn G chord. Whenever I play it now I hear like some kind of out-tuned chord. It's like when you play out of tuned, it sounds like everything's all "Woooh..." insteadd of "WOOH." hard to explain in text. But again, it might be just me...
We'll see how it goes later on...

01-28-2009, 10:04 PM
Is your ukulele in tune? Maybe your C E or A string is just out of tune?

But if it is a problem with the strings, I'd go with Aquilas pretty much because they're the safest bet. I love my Worths, but I think if I were to choose a one size fits all string, it'd probably be Aquilas.

01-28-2009, 11:17 PM
Does she have a ukulele too? I'll bet hers has a nice sounding set of strings now! :rofl:

01-29-2009, 06:54 AM
Yep maybe she switched the strings from the first one that her other "boy friend" found in a locker. What luck. Strings are cheap try them all but leave them on for a few weeks before you change them.

01-29-2009, 07:35 AM
honestly, i just think in the time that your uke was away from you, your strings "died". and since you havent had her during that time, you can really tell the difference.

strings, even if they dont break, need to be changed every now and then. if you play the uke constantly, you may not be able to hear the difference as it is happening. so by the time you actually notice how dead the strings sound, it will have been long overdue (which is where i think you are at now). just change out the strings for some decent quality new ones and im pretty sure you'll hear the difference. the tone will come back to life.

01-29-2009, 04:16 PM
No, she doesn't have her own ukulele.
And Nuke, That might be the thing... I might buy some new strings in the near future...but then again I've only been playing for about 2 months...

Every now and then it sounds like as if nothing ever happened, while other times it does sound like they've died. I still think it's me...

01-29-2009, 09:53 PM
"borrow" their wallet.

01-30-2009, 12:20 AM
Hold your 'C' string down at the first fret. Lightly at first, just enough for the fretted note to sound cleanly. Now increase the pressure on your fretting finger, and try it again. If the note is noticeably higher in pitch, your strings may be too high at the nut, relative to the frets. This makes the uke very touch sensitive. The amount of pressure you apply changes the notes, as the strings stretch in response to the uneven pressure, making it most difficult to play accurately. A little adjustment at the nut can transform the sound of a uke.


01-30-2009, 06:26 PM
I do notice a higher pitch, so does that mean it's because of my nut? What can I do to fix this?