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    Default Cheap ukulele string upgrade

    I recently got my uke and am really enjoying it , itís a Kmise concert is there any advantage putting better quality strings on it my only concern is the second string from the top sounds a bit flat .

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    Strings are the least expensive say to change and often improve the sound of a ukulele. Start experimenting with different types of strings. I change every 1-3 months because I play a lot. As soon as a string starts to go flat I change the set.

    Lots of different brands and material. Out there

    Have fun!

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    Try a set of Martin M600 fluorocarbon ukulele strings......average cost $5.95 for the set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejfc View Post
    Try a set of Martin M600 fluorocarbon ukulele strings......average cost $5.95 for the set.
    Agreed - if they're available Down Under, they're great strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejfc View Post
    Try a set of Martin M600 fluorocarbon ukulele strings......average cost $5.95 for the set.
    best buy in strings...
    Just Play

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    best buy in strings...
    Thanks for the advice, I will give them a go .

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    Quote Originally Posted by M3Ukulele View Post
    As soon as a string starts to go flat I change the set.
    Wouldn't it be easier just to tune the string? :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan D View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier just to tune the string? :-)
    With cheap strings, intonation can be a problem. You get the open string in tune and then when you fret it, it's off. If all the strings are off then setup needs investigating. If it's just one string, then the string is probably at fault. Changing to decent quality strings can make a big difference.

    I use mainly Living Water or Worth Clear fluorocarbon strings. Both excellent quality.
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    at least, not yet.

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