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Thread: I need some advice regarding strings for a "baritone" ukulele.

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    Default I need some advice regarding strings for a "baritone" ukulele.

    I'm an experienced musician ----- acoustic guitar, lap slide Weissenborn, mountain dulcimer. I've just bought a baritone ukulele on Ebay and I will receive it in a few days. It is my first ukulele. It will be tuned DGBE. The scale length is just over 20 inches.
    I've had no experience with nylon strings. What would be some good quality, yet not too expensive, nylon string sets for a baritone? I will sometimes tune a bit lower than DGBE, so the string tension will need to be strong enough for that, but 95% of the time I will tune DGBE.
    I may also be interested in purchasing single strings, rather than sets. What would be some suitable individual string gauges for my tuning? I will not be strumming the ukulele, I will be fingerpicking using a thumbpick and 2 fingerpicks.
    Thanks for any help.

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    I have Living Water fluorocarbon strings on mine, but you could use classical guitar strings too.
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    As a musician of 60 years playing currently as a lead flat pick player in a bluegrass group playing steel stringguitar and a couple uke groups playing a baritone with nylon, this is what I go with. Thomastic-Infeld CF35 for the D CF30 for the G and Oasis Carbon trebles Normal tension(3rd) G string for the B the (2nd) B string for the E. These strings are classical guitar strings that are for the longer scale c guitar. Being the baritone is shorter, we use the lower guitar string for the next higher string on the bari. I also use this combo. for a custom made "contra baritone" I play. It's a tenor guitar sized baritone with nylon strings. I've tried the Savarez Alliance normal tension trebles also but forget the numbers.

    I like a wound 3&4.

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    I think Guadalupe makes the best baritone strings out there.
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    I liked Living Waters string enough to order a second set.
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    For down tuning you might have to do some experimentation to find a tension that would work for that.

    I like Living Water all-unwound, but not for down tuning and not for all fingerpicking.

    I like Patrick's recommendation for your use-case. The T-I strings are not cheap, but they are very good and can be ordered as singles.
    Last edited by Jim Hanks; 06-28-2019 at 02:44 PM.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

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    I have 7 baritones now. All of them went through many brands of strings & all ended up with Aquila Sugar Ukulele Strings 156U For Baritone Ukulele.

    When a fellow baritone lover borrows 1 of my ukes & plays it, he always switches his barry to the Sugars. No exceptions. Sugars are sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellgamin View Post
    I have 7 baritones now. All of them went through many brands of strings & all ended up with Aquila Sugar Ukulele Strings 156U For Baritone Ukulele.

    When a fellow baritone lover borrows 1 of my ukes & plays it, he always switches his barry to the Sugars. No exceptions. Sugars are sweet!
    $10 on Amazon, worth a try. Thanks!
    https://www.amazon.com/Aquila-Sugar-...cm_wl_huc_item
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    Are you the Oregon Jimbo 123?

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    I highly recommend the ones Brad Bordessa lists on his site here:

    https://baritoneukulele.net/strings/

    I've been through a few sets with my Spruce/Rosewood Pono and those are it for me. Flatwound D and G.

    Here's an old thread from here: https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...-strings/page3
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