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    Default Low G string for tenor uke

    Hi all

    Until recently I only played concert ukes which I fitted with low G red Aquila strings, which served me well. I recently bought a lovely Kala tenor uke - changed the G string to a low G red tenor Aquila but it snapped within a week. I fitted another - same thing happened after a couple of weeks. And now a few weeks on a third string has gone.

    So, is this a common problem on tenors? (It’s never happened with my concerts.)

    And is there an alternative low G string that anyone would recommend please?

    Thanks all!

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    Unwound? Try Living Waters. They're some of the only unwound low Gs I've seen that aren't thick and floppy.

    Wound? No clue, because I steer clear of them generally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hendulele View Post
    Unwound? Try Living Waters. They're some of the only unwound low Gs I've seen that aren't thick and floppy.

    Wound? No clue, because I steer clear of them generally.
    Thanks for your very prompt response, Rick - just ordered a set of Living Waters strings. Cheers again!

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    I'm no expert but recently wanted to fit low g to a concert and after much research got one of these and very pleased with it.

    Fremont " SOLOIST " Squeakless Polished Wound Low G single string for soprano, concert and tenor size ukulele.

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    Check these out i get nearly all my strings from these guys very helpful if you want to ring them .
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    I agree with Ubulele, the only non wound G that I've liked have been the reds, and also that the sugar ones are fantastic, but oddly unavailable.
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    I gave up on the Aquilla Reds. They all snapped either while initially tuning them, or on the first strum. I was putting them on tenors, also
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    I have an Aquila red on my tenor and it has worked well for several years now. I had it installed by a luthier who also widened nut and bridge slots according to the string width.

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    I think you'll find the Living Waters low g stings to be simply awesome.
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    i swear by a classical guitar D string... replacing your re-entrant g with one of these is a super easy way to try low G, you can use it on tenor, concert and soprano ukes. ebay usually has someone selling a set of 5 or so D strings. but then i do love the squeak of wound strings
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