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Thread: NUD(ish): PhD Tenor Low G Strings

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    Default NUD(ish): PhD Tenor Low G Strings

    I dove into the 'deep' end this evening -- yes, bad dad pun intended

    I picked up some PHD TENOR Low G strings through Reverb, and put them on my Kala Tenor. OHHHH MY!! They are awesome!!

    This is my first venture into the low G world, and even though they are still stretching, they sound great on the solid spruce top. I can feel the mango and pau ferro tri-back vibrate against my chest like never before. It's like I have a new ukulele to play--hence the "NUD(ish)" title.

    If they continue to sound this good, I may never go back to high G strings on the tenor. That's what I have concert ukes for, right?

    Anyone else have this experience? New set of strings? Switching from High to Low G (or vice versa)?

    Here's the link to the strings on Reverb.
    https://reverb.com/item/10675560-phd...-jason-arimoto
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    I had the same experience when I switched my tenor to low G. It does transform the uke entirely. Now my concert is in low G as well, but wounded string which seems to have an even longer sustain and depth. I’m doing it to my soprano soon but I’m in a dilemma which soprano to low g. Most probably the Martin S1.

    By the way, you can go to the hms to download the awesome free low G chord melody tabs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiftsailor98 View Post
    I picked up some PHD TENOR Low G strings through Reverb, and put them on my Kala Tenor. OHHHH MY!! They are awesome!!
    Can you please tell me if you had to widen your nut slot for the g string to fit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    Can you please tell me if you had to widen your nut slot for the g string to fit?
    There are no wound strings in the set. The g string doesn't seem overly thick, so it fit the nut without any problems. My tenor was set up at HMS, if that makes a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swiftsailor98 View Post
    There are no wound strings in the set. The g string doesn't seem overly thick, so it fit the nut without any problems. My tenor was set up at HMS, if that makes a difference.
    Thanks. I haven't tried the low g Phds yet, but when the wound string that came with my RC Replica unwinds, I wanted to try fluorocarbon. I doubt HMS widens the slots unless they install the string.

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    I've got some pHD GCEA low g strings for my Pono Mango Baritone I have been meaning to put on that uke for months and just haven't gotten around to it. How do you find the string tension on the pHDs compared to fluorocarbon strings like martins or black lines?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanmoon View Post
    How do you find the string tension on the pHDs compared to fluorocarbon strings like martins or black lines?
    I want to say lower tension, but let me get back to you. I need to get all three ukes out and play them back to back (to back) to give you a more confident answer.

    UPDATE: After playing all three, and acknowledging that the Black Lines and Martins are on Concerts, I feel pretty confident in saying they're lower tension.

    Also, they feel "softer" on the fingers. I use the term, knowing it's not technically accurate, but it conveys the feeling of the lower tension combined with the relatively thicker strings in comparison to the finer fluorocarbons.
    Last edited by Swiftsailor98; 08-16-2019 at 04:33 PM. Reason: updated answer
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    Cool! I tend to favor slightly lower tension on strings, so your post has motivated me to finally get those strings on my uke tonight! I'll see how they sound.
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    I have PHD GCEA low G strings on both my kit built Stew Mac tenor and my 50s era Harmony baritone. I bought both sets from Lucy's Ukulele through Reverb. I like pretty much everything about both sets . . . the tone, the feel of the strings, the projection. Both instruments seemed to come alive with these strings.

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    I put some of these low G strings on my baritone. They seem kind of loose and a lower pitch than standard dgbe baritone tuning. Is this correct or do I have them an octive too low. I don't want to tighten them and break the string.

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