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Thread: What strings do you like on your Kamaka Tenor?

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    My HF3 wears a set of low G Worth Clears. Nothing wrong with the stock strings, just wanted to try something different.
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    My Kamaka tenor has Martins in it now and I just switched from high G to low G by using a Fremont Soloist. I have some Living Water Strings coming in the mail, both regular and a custom low tension set.

    Overall I like the sound of the Martins but I wouldn’t mind a little less tension. I am used to playing in a radiused neck and am thinking that a bit less tension on the strings may make playing on a non radiused neck a little easier. Just a hunch, I could be just making that idea up.
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    I really didn't like the stock Kamaka strings so I cycled through a couple of different sets before settling on Worth Brown Low G's. It really shines with the low G, but I kind of still want to try the Fremont Soloist to see how it drives the Koa vs the flourocarbon of the worth low g.
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    Worth Browns + koa seems to be a match made in heaven. Sorta like beer and pizza.

    (My T1K wears Worth Browns)
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    Quote Originally Posted by fretie View Post
    My Kamaka tenor has Martins in it now and I just switched from high G to low G by using a Fremont Soloist. I have some Living Water Strings coming in the mail, both regular and a custom low tension set.

    Overall I like the sound of the Martins but I wouldn’t mind a little less tension. I am used to playing in a radiused neck and am thinking that a bit less tension on the strings may make playing on a non radiused neck a little easier. Just a hunch, I could be just making that idea up.
    I have not tried it yet, but recent posts indicate that using concert strings on a tenor results in a lighter tension on the strings. With the same GCEA tuning.
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    I've come a bit late to this thread but on my Kamaka I normally use worth browns (the clear ones make it sound too tinny for my taste). However, just for giggles I tried the Fremont black lines. They are fine as well. Just to be in a state of full disclosure I should add that I use concert strings on the tenor and that I only tighten the strings until I get the tension I want (with the Fremonts, I have the Kamaka tuned to E A F# C#). I do have a set of Living Water concert strings to put on the Kamaka, but I have been hesitant merely for aesthetic reasons; I don't fancy the look of those non-dark strings sitting atop a dark fret board. I asked Ken about it and he said there would be no way that he'd ever turn out dark strings.

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    Thanks to everyone for the great input, You've mentioned a couple of sets I'll try out next. Sounds like several of you have switched over to low G on your Kamaka's. I really like both re-entrant and linear tunings depending on the music I'm playing, and I have a couple of each. I'm still not sure which lends itself to the Kamaka best but may head Low for a listen. Thanks again!

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    Thanks, this Kamaka is a great example from this great brand. I also have a Custom Shop Martin 3K tenor that I play with Martin strings and a low G and it's one of my favs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by efiscella View Post
    For the same reasons as you, I wanted a Kamaka tenor to go with my Martins, and KoAlohas. I just got a Kamaka HF-3 last week and when I got it out of the box and played it, I was not a fan. I decided to change the strings to a new set of custom strings that I have just recently learned about and have become a huge fan. I changed the strings out and I can't put this Kamaka down. The tonal quality is incredible. Each note is so clear. I play with low-G and I find that with this string combination, the Low-G does not dominate but provides exception balance and fills the sound out more. These are Savarez Alliance KF Alliance (Carbon) Single Strings | Classical Guitar Strings. (KF 60A - ist, KF 71 - 2nd, KF 81A - 3rd, KF 62A - 4th). I purchased a Martin Tenor here on UU and the seller put on this new set of strings. I already had a Martin Tenor so I could easily compare the two. This Savarez set wins hands down, for me, and it helped to make my new Kamaka a joy to play. Congrats on the new purchase. I was hoping to pick that one up but needed to sell my Martin first. My delay was your win-- it is a beautiful ukulele.
    Well I got a set of the Savarez as you specified except they didn't have an "A" after the numbers? Did I get the wrong ones? These have a High G. Obviously I can't play it very long without retuning but I like the feel and I think the sound is gonna be good. Stay tuned...

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    I have Aquila New Nylguts on my white label six string and I am very pleased with them.

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