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    I haven't played the uke for a long time but I had a chance to try a few different string sets and finally found one that really works well for me - the Aquila Super Nylgut with a red low G string (107U). So Strings & Beyond is having an Aquila sale and I am browsing the sets and notice that they have "upgraded" all their low G sets to include a wound G string! So now the only way to get red low G is to buy a regular set and a separate red Log string it seems. I find this annoying as I will not even consider a wound low G, and re-entrant is not really appealing either. Are there any other low G sets that come close to the Super Nylgut - Red combination in terms of playability, balance, volume, and longevity from other string makers?

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    I didn't think I'd like wound strings, but the sound of wound low-G or low-D (baritone) is so tremendously better in my ears than the plain equivalents that get thuddy when you go up the neck. I've come to really love wound strings on the baritone and the tenor. Matter of preference, though, no doubt.

    Buying the Red unwound string separately doesn't seem like such a bad approach. Those strings last forever and the singles are very cheap. Personally, I think it really is an upgrade to include wound low strings by default, though ideally both should be included. That'd make everyone happy. I also agree that it's annoying when string makers change the content of sets while keeping the same product numbers. I bumped into that problem with Aquila also.

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    I'd be interested in how the Aquila wound low g compares to the Fremont Squeekless.

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    My main issue with wound string is that it's much thicker and I already had to expand both nut and bridge slots for the red, and secondly wound strings go dull way too fast for my liking where as the red has retained it's initial tone for well over a year now. Of course I keep fingers crossed that the set will last even longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    My main issue with wound string is that it's much thicker
    Every wound low-G string I have seen was thinner than the plain low-G strings I have seen. I don't know if that is a rule, though, just my observation. I believe, though, wound strings came into being because unwound ones for the same notes were too thick. Someone please correct me if this is wrong. It's true that they wear out faster. (That makes singles great, though. Only need to buy and replace one string.)

    I'd be interested in how the Aquila wound low g compares to the Fremont Squeekless.
    The Aquila ones squeak a little. I have seen three different ones: the Red wound G string (tenor), the silver wound G string (tenor, meant for the dGBE set), and the baritone wound G string. Of those, the red one squeaks minimally only. It's also fairly thin. I haven't tried the Fremont one yet.
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    My experience is completely the opposite to the O/P. My Aquila wound low g is thinner than a (Living Water) fluorocarbon low g.
    I really do prefer the crispness of a wound low g. I find a fluorocarbon low g can sound droning and thudding - admittedly I've yet to try a red low g, although I do have one that I recently bought (separately) to try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    My main issue with wound string is that it's much thicker and I already had to expand both nut and bridge slots for the red, and secondly wound strings go dull way too fast for my liking where as the red has retained it's initial tone for well over a year now. Of course I keep fingers crossed that the set will last even longer.
    I quit using the Aquila Reds because of the breakage problems. I got tired of them snapping. The Reds are definitely fatter than the Aquila wound strings. The nut slot doesn't even have to be widened for them.

    Also . . . when one runs his/her finger up the wound one it makes that professional sounding whine--love it!
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    I recently changed out a set of Reds for a newer set of Red on my cedar/acacia tenor, and they are done settling.

    The wound low G is more tonally consistent with the brighter treble strings than the darker, more muffled unwound string was, and it is wound with quite fine wire that minimizes squeaking. The wound string is brighter than the unwound string and remains lively up the fretboard (not that I play that string much up the fretboard).

    I have concerns about how long the string will last. If it only lasts a couple weeks, I'll probably return to the unwound low G. If it lasts a month or longer before significant fraying accrues, I'll probably stick with the wound low G.

    YMMV.
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    DUD - I like the whine and squeak of the wound too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete F View Post
    DUD - I like the whine and squeak of the wound too
    Ha! Just like the pros. Me and you, Bro.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE- Fingerstyle
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Lo F BbDF Fingerstyle
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGDA (5ths) Fingerstyle

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-F BbDG Strum
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Strum

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift)
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift

    Old age should rather be feared than death. - Juvenal
    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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