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MassPrimeSyndicate
07-14-2014, 12:50 PM
I've been wanting to get a nice koa soprano and a low-g tenor for a while now, and I think I found the uke's I want. I was going to get the Fender Nohea Koa (link below) for the low-g, but can't decide on some low-g strings. Any suggestions?

http://www.fender.com/acoustics/ukulele/ukulele-nohea-all-koa-concert-shape-tele-headstock-new-string-aquila-nylagut-tenor-wound-c/

wickedwahine11
07-14-2014, 12:52 PM
If you don't mind wound strings, the Southcoast HML-RW are great. If you prefer unwound, try Worth, Living Water or PhD.

iDavid
07-14-2014, 12:53 PM
If you want wound bass strings either of these would be fantastic

ML-SW: Medium Gauge Linear Set

or

LML-RW: Light Medium Gauge Linear Set

http://www.southcoastukes.com/linear.htm

janeray1940
07-14-2014, 12:53 PM
My low G string of choice is the Fremont Soloist.

Nickie
07-14-2014, 01:11 PM
I just bought a set of Aquila reds....havnet been home enough to put them on....I will let you all know how I like them soon.

Rick Turner
07-14-2014, 01:12 PM
Unfortunately there is no such thing as a "best string"; there is best for you. Uke strings are cheap enough for experimentation.

I personally like Savarez Yellow Card all-wound classical guitar strings...the D to the high E...for low G to A tuning on my tenor. They'd be kind of floppy on a soprano, though. What I like about them is that they are incredibly consistent tonally from string to string. The fretted C on the 4th string sounds just like the open C 3rd string; the fretted E on the 3rd string sounds just like the open 2nd string, and the fretted A on the 2nd string sounds just like the open 1st string. Harmonics are true, and there's none of the tubbiness like I hate in the plain "G's" that I've tried.

Icelander53
07-14-2014, 01:52 PM
I have a low G wound La Bella on my Fluke and it's very nice. and no finger noise if that matters to you. I think it might be their guitar string but when I had my Fluke made with the wood fretboard that's what they put on it. I know they sell them there individually as their low G offering.

Gillian
07-14-2014, 02:51 PM
My low G string of choice is the Fremont Soloist.

I second that. In addition to sounding good (no wound string screech), they come as individual strings. No need to buy a full set like you have to do with the Southcoasts in order to get the one smooth-wound low G.

Rick Turner
07-14-2014, 02:58 PM
Finger squeak can be eliminated by very lightly sanding the tops of the wound strings with 400 or 600 grit sand paper. Just a few strokes does the job.

MassPrimeSyndicate
07-14-2014, 03:08 PM
Thanks everybody for the responses, i'll have to check these out!

tangimango
07-14-2014, 03:16 PM
Fremont soloist

allanr
07-14-2014, 05:06 PM
I like Worth browns the best, but have been happy with Fremonts too. I'm not a fan of wound low G strings as they have different tone signatures than the other 3 strings.

iamesperambient
07-14-2014, 05:27 PM
My low G string of choice is the Fremont Soloist.

http://www.elderly.com/accessories/items/SOLO.htm
hey just curious is this also a full set or just one single string to add to any set ? how would this work being different sets use different gauges?

iamesperambient
07-14-2014, 05:28 PM
I second that. In addition to sounding good (no wound string screech), they come as individual strings. No need to buy a full set like you have to do with the Southcoasts in order to get the one smooth-wound low G.

oh ok i didn't see this. its pretty cheap so if i wanted to keep my aquila set on my tenor i can just switch the high G out for this one?

janeray1940
07-14-2014, 05:34 PM
oh ok i didn't see this. its pretty cheap so if i wanted to keep my aquila set on my tenor i can just switch the high G out for this one?

Yes - I do exactly that except with Martin strings. I haven't yet found a low G string set that I like.

Oh and - I noticed the Fremonts are on order in your link. Try here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/181450002452?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649) if you want one sooner.

iamesperambient
07-14-2014, 05:45 PM
Yes - I do exactly that except with Martin strings. I haven't yet found a low G string set that I like.

Oh and - I noticed the Fremonts are on order in your link. Try here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/181450002452?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649) if you want one sooner.


thanks ill give them a try aquilas seem to sound best on my tenor and i this maybe a great option when i was to use low
g but not purchase an entire set. thanks! btw would any low G string work? i have a low G set of oasis but if i could
just take off the G on my aquila set and put on the low G from the oasis i would do that would that work out?

Gillian
07-14-2014, 05:59 PM
Yes - I do exactly that except with Martin strings. I haven't yet found a low G string set that I like.

Oh and - I noticed the Fremonts are on order in your link. Try here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/181450002452?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649) if you want one sooner.

I get mine from HMS. (http://www.theukulelesite.com/fremont-soloist-polished-low-g-string.html) Takes about three business days to get them from Hawaii to California. Great service.

janeray1940
07-14-2014, 06:02 PM
I get mine from HMS. (http://www.theukulelesite.com/fremont-soloist-polished-low-g-string.html) Takes about three business days to get them from Hawaii to California. Great service.

Good to know, I didn't realize HMS carried them. Thanks!

Gillian
07-14-2014, 06:07 PM
Finger squeak can be eliminated by very lightly sanding the tops of the wound strings with 400 or 600 grit sand paper. Just a few strokes does the job.

As always, thanks for your useful tips, Rick. How many is a "few" strokes?

iamesperambient
07-14-2014, 06:14 PM
I get mine from HMS. (http://www.theukulelesite.com/fremont-soloist-polished-low-g-string.html) Takes about three business days to get them from Hawaii to California. Great service.

cool book marked ill have to try this at some point.

Rick Turner
07-14-2014, 06:38 PM
Gillian, four to eight...it only takes a little bit to knock down that squeak. Sneak up on it! You don't want to change the shape or diameter of the string, just knock off the sharper edge of the windings. Your fingers will do this in a few weeks of playing, but you can get a head start on it, too.

mm stan
07-14-2014, 07:20 PM
I too like Salvarez strings on my tenor like Rick Said...but may be too floppy on a soprano...(who uses low G on a soprano) geez :)
there is no over all right string for a uke, geez man try and pick and select which matches the tone of your uke and what you want to acheive in tone and feel...

Gary52
07-15-2014, 07:08 AM
Another vote for the Fremont Soloist. It sounds good with the Fremont Blackline strings, but I haven't tried it with Aquilas (or any other nylon string set).

KnowsPickin
07-15-2014, 07:21 AM
Finger squeak can be eliminated by very lightly sanding the tops of the wound strings with 400 or 600 grit sand paper. Just a few strokes does the job.

For guitar, Chet Atkins would rub his fingers on the side of his nose before playing to slightly "oil" his fingers. This reduced the squeaks.

SailingUke
07-15-2014, 07:44 AM
I have been using LaBella classical guitar D polished wounds.
I find the polished strings to not only feel better, but they seem to last longer as well.

wconley
07-15-2014, 10:52 AM
I put a set of Worth Clears on my Mele tenor and love them. Much better balanced than the aquila's or Fremonts I had before.