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Thread: JBH...and the 'wrong'string mystery! A tale of (S)SLNG and Aquila

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    Default JBH...and the 'wrong'string mystery! A tale of (S)SLNG and Aquila

    Pleased to join the uke forum.

    I usually play on one of 3 Kala ''long neck'' sops. Though why the more expensive model seems tougher to play still remains a puzzle after a huge amount of action refinement, neck measuring, strings changes etc

    THEN..............'the wrong string' saga.

    The mystery 'wrong' strings: One of my cheaper Kala (SSL) models came strung with what appears to be an unusual set; they are lighter/thinner/more flexible yet absolutely in keeping with the look and feel of 'Super Nylgut' Aquila's which the label stated were factory fitted.

    I've since purchased similar in soprano and concert/super +non-super etc...yet none are the same 'light' gauge?

    Initially I disliked this 'lighter/flexible' string however I have since found my playing ability (speedy noodling/touch and fretting accuracy) is improved on the cheaper, odd-string SSL model which I would guess no one other than myself would prefer...at least initially.

    There is a trade-off in volume, though of little consequence as all 3 models are currently bug-fitted; if I want more volume, I plug in.

    These lighter strings are not going to last forever...and are starting to look difficult to replace; I would like to re-string but where did they come from, did the factory get a batch of lighter/experimental strings without knowing it? In my case, they turn a relatively competent player into something much more musical/expressive and with less fatigue...very useful when learning new material as well recording.

    Your comments/thoughts would be appreciated...perhaps you have had a similar experience or know of truly 'light, bright, smooth' string alternative packs available?
    Last edited by JBH; 07-12-2019 at 04:00 AM.

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    They were probably changed for someone who didn't buy it in the end, so they stayed on.

    Likely they are fluorocarbon strings - my favourites are Living Water concert low G, I have them on most of my ukes, (tenor scale ukes too).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Try some Martin M600s
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    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, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS, O Warm/Worth B

    !Flukutronic!

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    Welcome to UU
    Happy just to be a Newbie, Penny

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    ...never thought of that...perhaps it was a “return” and sold on as new? If so, it just goes to prove ‘one man’s meat’ is another (wo)man’s poison. In the words of Bob Taylor...the instrument should choose the player; in this case, so have the strings! I will try these Living Water strings if I can find a supplier.

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    Possibly D tuning Aquila’s? ...now that is an interesting suggestion...and they are very white! I’ve been looking at this from an entirely different angle; there are possibilities I hadn’t considered. Thanks!

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    If I can find a supplier, I will try these Martin M600’s. I live in a country rather lacking in uke supplies...but now I have a name to go on I will look on line. Thanks!

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    Thank you!

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    ...this I’m going to try...it makes sense to me that they would most likely be from the same brand....whether fitted in the factory or changed (very professionally) in the outlet/by the first (dissatisfied) owner...I am going to look for the ‘D’ tuning (33U) variety. Thanks.

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    ...this ‘red’ set sounds interesting. From Aquila’s to Worth’s there seem to be many avenues to try. Thanks.

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