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BigD
02-24-2014, 05:09 AM
Hi everyone! i have a spruce top lanikai that i know has potential to sound great i just havent found the right strings yet! Right now i have southcoast linear mids on there and even though my uke resembles a small guitar the wound strings do not agree with it i feel. Its already a little too, idk maybe tinny sounding? i need something to warm it up! Thanks!

Ukulele Eddie
02-24-2014, 06:00 AM
Best just to try a number of different strings as what sounds good to one person may not to another. What matters most is what it sounds like to you. You might try the Worth Browns as they tend toward the mellower/warmer side. Let us know what you conclude!

Patrick Madsen
02-24-2014, 06:03 AM
For non wound linears you might try Living Waters or Oasis.

actadh
02-24-2014, 06:26 AM
My spruce top came with Aquila Nylgut. It has that warm tone.

FrankB
02-24-2014, 07:05 AM
Well.... I just bought a spruce top/solid Ovangkal B&S tenor, and it sounded a bit off with the stock Aquila strings. I just don't like the way the Aquilas feel under my fretting hand, and they are too percussive for my taste. Lots of people seem to love them.

That brings me to Oasis strings. I love them. They sound great on my wife's cedar top, and my spruce top. They brighten up the cedar (more clarity), and bring out the nuances of the spruce without making it too bright. Vibrato is much better with the Oasis on both ukes, and the tension is a bit less. I'm using the high G "bright" set. No experience with the low G. I ordered a few more sets this past weekend.

Brad Bordessa
02-24-2014, 07:27 AM
I've been using Savarez Alliance classical strings with one of their KF 95 harp strings for a low g. Mellow, articulate, and stiff.

Five Ways
02-24-2014, 08:37 AM
Hi BigD i agree with Eddie worth browns are sure worth trying, also my other favourites Living water.

Steve

BigD
02-24-2014, 10:15 AM
i think im going to order some worth browns and maybe fremont, im actually trying to get away from the low G sound, i was using that i think as a replacement for the sound of a guitar i was lacking and now i have a cedar topped seagull entourage which is beautiful. Thanks!!

mr roper
02-24-2014, 04:18 PM
Worth Browns