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Thread: Higher Tension, Wound C, what should I do?

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    Default Higher Tension, Wound C, what should I do?

    I've only been playing for about a year, so I'm still trying to figure out what I like and how things work. On both of my ukes (both concerts), the C string bothers me. I feel like it is too loose and sounds "thuddy" and does not work well for finger style. I recently tried Worth Browns and like them a thousand times better than Aquila, but still have the issue with the C string. I haven't tried any other strings other than those two.

    What should I try next? Higher tension strings? The tension on G,E,&A feels fine to me. Can I just do a higher tension on C? Or if I'm going to do that, should I go for wound C? My hesitation there is reading about squeakiness and reading some who say you don't use wound C with re-entrant tuning (which is the tuning I prefer).

    Thoughts/opinions/advice from those who have more experience and know better than me would be appreciated! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    For concert scale. Any suggestions for that?

    I'll keep those strings in mind for when I get my tenor though. Thanks!

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    Hmm, it might work on concert but would be on the low side for tension.
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    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-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS O Warm/Worth B

    Jim's Blog

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    May we ask what brand concert you are playing? I have had thuddy C strings, especially on the 2nd fret. I personally like fluorocarbons and on certain brands I find they don’t thud. I use Mya Moe fluorocarbons even though the 3rd string seems perhaps thicker than Martin strings and others.

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    I switched to Living Water fluorocarbon strings early on in my uke journey, & I have never regretted it, (I'm mainly a melody player on low G strings).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    I switched to Living Water fluorocarbon strings early on in my uke journey, & I have never regretted it, (I'm mainly a melody player on low G strings).
    They've been on my list to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinlover View Post
    May we ask what brand concert you are playing? I have had thuddy C strings, especially on the 2nd fret. I personally like fluorocarbons and on certain brands I find they don’t thud. I use Mya Moe fluorocarbons even though the 3rd string seems perhaps thicker than Martin strings and others.

    I have Aquilas on a Cordoba 15CB and Worth Browns on an Ohana PKC-50G. The C string on both feels too loose to me. The Cordoba was my starter uke, so I'm not concerned with that right now. But I'd like the get the Ohana feeling and sounding like I want. The C strings sounds a bit better on the Ohana, but still bothers me. And definitely the loose feeling bothers me when trying to play finger style.

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    You might want to try the Oasis sets as well. I have the Warm set on a 17" scale at Bb tuning and the 3rd string doesn't feel too loose to me (although I generally like low tension) so it should work as a C string for concert. You might prefer the Bright set for fingerpicking:
    https://www.stringsbymail.com/oasis-...ble-11772.html
    but the 3rd string is the same in both
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    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-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS O Warm/Worth B

    Jim's Blog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    You might want to try the Oasis sets as well. I have the Warm set on a 17" scale at Bb tuning and the 3rd string doesn't feel too loose to me (although I generally like low tension) so it should work as a C string for concert. You might prefer the Bright set for fingerpicking:
    https://www.stringsbymail.com/oasis-...ble-11772.html
    but the 3rd string is the same in both
    I will give those a try! Thanks for the suggestion!

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