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Thread: Kanilea String Discussion - Best Sound

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    Default Kanilea String Discussion - Best Sound

    I know this is highly subjective topic depending on each individual, but I thought it would be a fun topic for Kanilea owners. I purchased a K1-C brand new and it's a beautiful instrument with wonderful tone. I would describe the tone as more mellow and resonant than what I'm used to hearing with my Martin Ukes. My K1-C offers a definite tonal contrast when compared to my Martins.

    My research has pointed to Joe voicing all his Kanilea Ukes for optimal tone and playability with Aquila Corde Super Nylgut strings. I have to admit mine sounded great with them, however, I am not a fan of the feel and larger diameter. I prefer fluorocarbon strings such as M600's for feel and playability. This led me to change the stock Aquila strings to M600's. Verdict, they sounded dull and lifeless, but of course had the same feel that I prefer. I kept the M600's on for about 3 days and knew the Kanilea didn't sound to it's potential with the Martin M600 strings.

    This led me on a string changing expedition that included D'addario Nyltech, Titanium and Carbons, Worth Clear and Browns as well as different brands of nylon strings. After many string changes and not being completely happy, I thought, why not try the M620 Martin Fluorocarbon strings and see what happens. I was afraid of the string tension being to much, but from my research, the C string presents the most tension and it just so happens, it's the same gauge on both M600's and M620's. So I gave it a try. I'm so glad I did. This really brought the K1-C to life with only a small loss of playability between the M600's and M620's, which I attribute the M620's being a bit thicker the cause.

    I thought I would share my findings with the group. Of the strings I've tried so far, here are my top 5 best sounding on this particular Ukulele:

    1: Martin M620 Fluorocarbon
    2: D'addario Nyltech
    3: Aquila Corde Super Nylgut
    4: Worth Clear
    5: D'addario Titanium

    I would love to hear what your favorite strings are on your Kanilea.

    Jim

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    When I got my K1-Tenor, I removed the aquilas and put the Martins M620.
    No need to try any more at the moment.


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    My top three favorites are:
    1. Oasis Brights
    2. Worth Clears
    3. Living Waters

    All three sound really good on my Kanile'a and other solid Koa ukes!
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    I did not like the Nygut. Changing to Oasis bright sounded fantastic! After needing to change the strings due to wear and tear, tried Oasis warm and did not like the sound. Will change back to Oasis bright as it sounds much better; clearer, cleaner, more distinct, with a much longer sustain.

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    Very interesting observations, thanks for sharing! My own preference is for fluorocarbon strings in general, and all non-wound sets on Kanilea and other solid Koa ukes. I like the results I'm getting with Worth Brown and Worth Clear, but also Fremont Blackline. I guess I will try the Martin 620 set somewhere along the line.

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    I have some Martin M610 strings on the way. It's their new premium line that's a collaboration between Martin and Aquila. These are optimized for the concert scale. I will report back on my findings after they arrive and I've had them on a few days.

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    I tried several on mine when I got it, including Martin, Aquila (several different types) and Worth and wasn't impressed with any of them until I put on Living Water and will stick with them, I think they definitely make the uke!
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water | Waverly Street banjolele - Worth Browns
    Tenor: Epiphone Hummingbird - Living Water low G
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    I have a K1-C and think Fremont Blacklines (hard) sound good.

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    Just wanted to bump this thread rather than making a new one. I'm thinking oh changing my Kanilea strings soon and was looking for some more feedback on which strings people use on their Kanileas (Tenor specificially)
    Just Feel The Groooooove

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    Funny, I'm a self proclaimed Oasis Bright Fluorocarbon guy. Five Tenors all high g. For my solid Top TT, I could not get strings so went in for what the guitar store had. Aquila New Nylgut. I had read about putting Concern on a tenor. Lower tension. thinner string so brighter and perhaps just a TAD loss of volume. This is what I read. so, I gave it a try!

    I've never been a fan Aquila Nylgut but like the company, mimmo is a great guy and I like what his company is doing pushing the string boundaries. I do like their RED. carbon black were OK, Lava was great but too high tension for me. Well, the Concern New Nylgut have impressed me so much, I'm going to try a different flavours, ONE a monthh. All will be concert string on my Tiny Tenor. I like what I'm hearing. The feel is much better - concert on Tenor and GONE is the BOOMY C string that I heard on original tenor Nylgut.

    Anyways, fun to try all the options. I know Kanilea's all come with Aquila and seem to be optimized for them. They all sound good to my ears but I must admit I've never had the opportunity to play a Kanilea Its on my WISH list.

    YMMV

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