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    Default Mahogany concert owners. Your favorite strings?

    Iím having a 12 fret all Mahogany concert built. Looking for string choices. If you own an all mahogany concert what has been your favorite string choice?
    I know sound and feel are subjective.

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    I have worth browns on mine at the moment which I think suit it well. Interested to get other string suggestions though!
    ~ "Music washes away the dust of everyday life" ~



    Soprano - KM (walnut)
    Concerts - Ziegenspeck (mahogany) Howlett solid body electro (korina) Anuenue (koa; spruce top)
    Tenor - Anuenue moon bird (spruce top)

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    Good question. I also have a build in progress and when I asked the luthier he said he was considering Aquila Lava strings. I have Aquila Super Nylgut on my mahogany tenor, and d'Addario fluorocarbon on my koa concert, and I like both ... so I though I just go with what the luthier thinks is best. But obviously open to suggestions here.

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    I'll be surprised if there is a brand not mentioned here.

    I'd have top check, but I'm sure that most of my mahoganies came with D'Addario strings. I like the Martin fluorocarbon, and I've put them on a uke or two. I don't change strings just to see how they sound. I keep a supply on hand, and I have several different brands.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    I've settled on Martin M600 strings for my Eastman all solid mahogany concert.
    Martin OXK Soprano
    Kamaka HF3 Tenor
    Eastman EU3C Concert
    Martin S1
    Martin T1K

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    Quote Originally Posted by pix.fairydust View Post
    I have worth browns on mine at the moment which I think suit it well. Interested to get other string suggestions though!
    I’ve heard this suggestion before. What is it you like about the Worth browns? Typically I don’t like fluorocarbons. They are too bright and feel thin under my fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Good question. I also have a build in progress and when I asked the luthier he said he was considering Aquila Lava strings. I have Aquila Super Nylgut on my mahogany tenor, and d'Addario fluorocarbon on my koa concert, and I like both ... so I though I just go with what the luthier thinks is best. But obviously open to suggestions here.
    Is your build an all mahogany?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astein2006 View Post
    I’ve heard this suggestion before. What is it you like about the Worth browns? Typically I don’t like fluorocarbons. They are too bright and feel thin under my fingers.
    They were the ones the luthier put on them and they sound right. Bright and clear and crisp with good volume and sustain.
    The sound reminds me of water.
    I think I'm partial to thinner strings too
    ~ "Music washes away the dust of everyday life" ~



    Soprano - KM (walnut)
    Concerts - Ziegenspeck (mahogany) Howlett solid body electro (korina) Anuenue (koa; spruce top)
    Tenor - Anuenue moon bird (spruce top)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astein2006 View Post
    Is your build an all mahogany?
    Yes "african mahogany" aka Khaya body, with spanish cedar neck and rosewood fingerboard.

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    Jeepers, I've got three solid hog concerts and each has different strings on it. One has super nylguts, one has Martins, the other has black strings... dunno what they are but they came with the uke when I bought it second hand. I'm quite happy with each choice.
    Bruko No. 6 soprano
    Kala Waterman soprano
    Mainland Mahogany Classic soprano
    Mainland Red Cedar soprano
    Ohana SK-28 soprano
    Cahaya CY-0112 concert
    Kiwaya KTC-1 concert
    Musicguymic's "Kolohe" brand - prototype concert
    Cordoba 24T tenor
    Kanilea Islander MST-4 tenor
    Cordoba 24B baritone

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