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Skinny Money McGee
06-16-2014, 04:51 PM
It cracks me up when someone is selling a uke, on ebay for example, who makes themselves sound knowledgeable about vintage brands like Martin, then proceed to post ridicules pictures.

"She sounds great" Judging from the way he strung up this uke, you suppose he would know a warped neck if he saw one?

Dane
06-16-2014, 05:02 PM
Well... half of it is strung correctly....

katysax
06-16-2014, 06:55 PM
I have received ukes sold from this forum and from flea market forum with the uke strung wrong.

Skinny Money McGee
06-17-2014, 01:22 AM
I guess the point was, if one can't string the uke even close to properly, could you trust the opinion about the sound and condition ?

CeeJay
06-17-2014, 02:53 AM
I guess the point was, if one can't string the uke even close to properly, could you trust the opinion about the sound and condition ?

..Well it's interesting ....but it's not right.

No....and what Katysax writes is actually also very telling.:rolleyes:

Hammond
06-17-2014, 02:54 AM
I think it is similar to "if one can't cook/use the fork, could I trust the opinion about the taste and texture?"

Isn't it?

CeeJay
06-17-2014, 03:14 AM
I think it is similar to "if one can't cook/use the fork, could I trust the opinion about the taste and texture?"

Isn't it?


..very likely

Bill Mc
06-17-2014, 03:42 AM
It cracks me up when someone is selling a uke, on ebay for example, who makes themselves sound knowledgeable about vintage brands like Martin, then proceed to post ridicules pictures.

"She sounds great" Judging from the way he strung up this uke, you suppose he would know a warped neck if he saw one?



That's how the Jumping Flea winds his strings. Sure does not seem to bother his expert playing.

CeeJay
06-17-2014, 04:08 AM
That's how the Jumping Flea winds his strings. Sure does not seem to bother his expert playing.

Yes but his expert playing represent his bona fides and his credentials .....a set of poorly or inexpertly strung strings do not a good first impression make ........if there is nothing further forthcoming to offset the initial..."hmmmmmmmim" impression........'s Human Nature I suppose.....and that is why I always buy my important stuff from a real bricks and mortar shop . At least if the sales staff turn out to not be experts you can return and "tut" at them. Possibly even give them a hard stare .

bborzell
06-17-2014, 04:15 AM
That's the gravity wind. Some expert uke people believe that winding all strings counter clockwise relieves the strings of the tendency to continually stretch unevenly due to the minute but significant effects of gravity pulling on strings whose windings are at odds with each other. A rare but very sophisticated technique.

aquadan
06-17-2014, 04:27 AM
That's the gravity wind. Some expert uke people believe that winding all strings counter clockwise relieves the strings of the tendency to continually stretch unevenly due to the minute but significant effects of gravity pulling on strings whose windings are at odds with each other. A rare but very sophisticated technique.

Reading that makes my head hurt.

Hammond
06-17-2014, 04:39 AM
That's the gravity wind. Some expert uke people believe that winding all strings counter clockwise relieves the strings of the tendency to continually stretch unevenly due to the minute but significant effects of gravity pulling on strings whose windings are at odds with each other. A rare but very sophisticated technique.
Learned new stuff. Thanks.

CeeJay
06-17-2014, 04:47 AM
That's the gravity wind. Some expert uke people believe that winding all strings counter clockwise relieves the strings of the tendency to continually stretch unevenly due to the minute but significant effects of gravity pulling on strings whose windings are at odds with each other. A rare but very sophisticated technique.


You sir are an erudite, learned and expert winder. I salute you . I think that this should wind up this thread marvellously.

RAB11
06-17-2014, 04:48 AM
I couldn't see the picture clearly.... What was so heinous about the stringing of it?

Hammond
06-17-2014, 05:06 AM
I couldn't see the picture clearly.... What was so heinous about the stringing of it?

The picture shows a ukulele headstock with all 4 strings winding counter clockwise. A way different from many people usually do.

bnolsen
06-17-2014, 05:07 AM
Honestly though, I might be tempted to try a strange stringing based on seeing this, just to optimally minimize the amount of left/right string break at the nut. That would include inclockwise order starting at upper left of that picture (C and E tuners closest to nut, G and A furthest):

C string wound clock string inside
G string wound counter string outside
A string wound clock string outside
E string wound counter string inside

I would just get a headache every time I tried to tune it.

SailingUke
06-17-2014, 05:07 AM
This is way ukes used to be strung on a regular basis.
ALL the tuners turn the same direction for pitch.

Hammond
06-17-2014, 05:11 AM
This is way ukes used to be strung on a regular basis.
ALL the tuners turn the same direction for pitch.
That seems makes sense. All the tuners in the same turning direction. I keep learning.

bborzell
06-17-2014, 06:28 AM
Reading that makes my head hurt.

Then, my work here is done.

Bill Mc
06-17-2014, 06:36 AM
Yes but his expert playing represent his bona fides and his credentials .....a set of poorly or inexpertly strung strings do not a good first impression make ........if there is nothing further forthcoming to offset the initial..."hmmmmmmmim" impression........'s Human Nature I suppose.....and that is why I always buy my important stuff from a real bricks and mortar shop . At least if the sales staff turn out to not be experts you can return and "tut" at them. Possibly even give them a hard stare .

CeeJay, there is nothing "poorly or inexpertly strung" about his strings to my eye - just different than the usual way. All knowledge CeeJay, begins with an "hmmmmmmmim" impression. Or should I have said "wonder?"

bearbike137
06-17-2014, 06:46 AM
I used to string vintage Teles in similarly unusual ways in order to produce different string tensions and string breaks. Some of them just sounded better that way. It's possible that the person who strung his uke this way may know exactly what he is doing...

bnolsen
06-17-2014, 07:08 AM
I used to string vintage Teles in similarly unusual ways in order to produce different string tensions and string breaks. Some of them just sounded better that way. It's possible that the person who strung his uke this way may know exactly what he is doing...

Uhh...looking at that 'e' string....no

CeeJay
06-17-2014, 07:34 AM
CeeJay, there is nothing "poorly or inexpertly strung" about his strings to my eye - just different than the usual way. All knowledge CeeJay, begins with an "hmmmmmmmim" impression. Or should I have said "wonder?"

Well there is to mine and other posters .

The original posters light hearted point is that if somebody is setting themselves up as an "expert" and then they display something different to the "norm" the average punter takes a step onto the backfoot.........until the reason for that difference is established.......

Certainly I have sometimes strung my strings like that or worse !! And it becomes a pain in the arse when you tune in your own automatic manner and find that you are not tightening but loosening the string because you are going against the convention ......

And if Mr Flea Man tunes his strings that way regularly that is fine ....I would look at his headstock and think ...I wouldn't string up like that !! It's no biggie...he doesn't string up like everyone else ...he clearly has a reason .


"Wonder ?" sorry don't quite read that right .......I wonder why he strings like that ? or I wonder if he's really pissed off that he did that ?

CJ....and what has it got to do with the original post ?:confused:

I'm asking nicely and not snottily btw.

..and why me !?

bearbike137
06-17-2014, 11:22 AM
Uhh...looking at that 'e' string....no

Well, that isn't the way I string the 'e' string on my ukes, but it doesn't automatically denote ignorance. I often strung the 'g' string on my Teles through the 'b' side of the string tree in order to create the exact kind of angle as the 'e' string on that uke. It made the string sound zippier and added sustain - particularly when played open.

It seems that folks are assuming a lot based on one photo...