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    Default What strings are on your Cocobolo?

    If there is an "I bought a Cocobolo" thread I can look through somewhere while I wait for mine to arrive?

    I am wondering what strings you all have on your Cocobolo and why. I believe I read that the Cocobolo is a softer "warmer" tone than other ukes?

    I like Worth strings but have tended to go with Fremont Blackline, PHD, or sometimes Living Waters combined with a Fremont Soloist or Kala Red low g depending on the uke. FYI I'm not sure the LW are better than the PHD for the price but it's not like strings cost a lot of $. Your experiences appreciated.



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    I have a spruce/coco and I am loving the D'Addario EJ99T Carbon strings on it. I had the Savarez Alliance carbon on there before these, and while great, they we're just a tad round and warm on this particular uke. These are a little brighter with a little less mid range punch, and with a bit more sparkle to my ear. I do use a wound third string on all my ukes, so that will make a difference as well.
    Tenor Ukes
    KoAloha KTM-00
    Pono MTD-(All Mahogany)
    Big Island BI-MO-TR-(All Spalted Mango)
    Compass Rose Style B Tenor-(All Claro Walnut)
    Boat Paddle ML style Tenor-(Red Spruce/Cocobolo)

    Baritone Uke
    Pono MHBSSC-(Spruce/Mahogany)


    Tenor Guitar
    Ibanez AVT1-N-(Spruce/Mahogany)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer40 View Post
    I have a spruce/coco and I am loving the D'Addario EJ99T Carbon strings on it. I had the Savarez Alliance carbon on there before these, and while great, they we're just a tad round and warm on this particular uke. These are a little brighter with a little less mid range punch, and with a bit more sparkle to my ear. I do use a wound third string on all my ukes, so that will make a difference as well.
    I am not familiar with those. All the D'Adarrio I see are just Aquilla rebranded so I don't pay attention to them. Will have to check them out.

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    I put Southcoasts on both of mine. I thought the Aquilas that came on them did not drive the dense cocobolo top enough and it sounded dead. Changing to fluorocarbons made a huge difference! I would start with your "preferred" strings and go from there.
    Main players:

    Soprano: WC Ukuleles

    Concert: Collings UC2 | Collings UC2K | Talsma Style 3 | Ono Pineapple

    Tenor: Collings UT2 | Collings UT3SMB

    Baritone: LoPrinzi


    Others to be re-homed: Kepasa Madera koa| Kiwaya KS-1 | 16" Koa Ono | Blackbird Farallon

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    Quote Originally Posted by steel rider View Post
    I am not familiar with those. All the D'Adarrio I see are just Aquilla rebranded so I don't pay attention to them. Will have to check them out.
    D'Addario came out with carbon strings maybe a year(-ish) ago. I like them a lot, and they are pretty inexpensive at 6 dollars a set.

    http://www.stringsbymail.com/ukulele...-ukulele-2994/
    Tenor Ukes
    KoAloha KTM-00
    Pono MTD-(All Mahogany)
    Big Island BI-MO-TR-(All Spalted Mango)
    Compass Rose Style B Tenor-(All Claro Walnut)
    Boat Paddle ML style Tenor-(Red Spruce/Cocobolo)

    Baritone Uke
    Pono MHBSSC-(Spruce/Mahogany)


    Tenor Guitar
    Ibanez AVT1-N-(Spruce/Mahogany)

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    Still have the stock strings on mine - cuz I'm lazy - want to try Southcoast, maybe D tuning.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Still have the stock strings on mine - cuz I'm lazy - want to try Southcoast, maybe D tuning.
    Stock as in the fishing line? Those are an interesting solution. Curious about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steel rider View Post
    Stock as in the fishing line? Those are an interesting solution. Curious about that.
    Both mine came with Aquila strings. My concert was re-entrant (high g) and tenor was linear (low g).

    I have tuned my tenor down one half step to B tuning and it sounds wonderful!
    Main players:

    Soprano: WC Ukuleles

    Concert: Collings UC2 | Collings UC2K | Talsma Style 3 | Ono Pineapple

    Tenor: Collings UT2 | Collings UT3SMB

    Baritone: LoPrinzi


    Others to be re-homed: Kepasa Madera koa| Kiwaya KS-1 | 16" Koa Ono | Blackbird Farallon

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    Martin M600 sounded really good on my Cocobolo concert, not too bright but a strong voice. I've since switched to D'Addario T2. I don't like them as much; they don't seem as stable, running in and out of tune all the time. Last week I put on a wound G string for linear tuning. Probably headed back to some carbon strings soon.
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    On my concert I have the Aquila Reds, to be honest I did partially for the looks as mine has a large portion that matches that color pretty close, but they also sound great On my tenor I have the Living Water Low G and am very happy with those as well.

    Cheers,
    In order of acquisition:
    Makala MK-S
    Wim van der leden(banjolele.net) Tenor Banjolele
    Cocobolo concert
    Bugs Gear Aqualele
    Makala Dolphins and shark for the kiddos
    Cocobolo Tenor
    Outdoor Ukulele Soprano
    Circuits and Strings electric Travel Uke

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