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    Question FluoroCarbons on Solid Cedar Top

    I have a solid top cedar Kala tenor that projects very well, but is brighter than I'd like (Aquila strings). Would fluoroCarbon strings warm it up? Will I lose a lot of its projection/loudness?

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    Some fluorocarbons are warmer than others. In general, they are more resonant but less loud than Aquila Nylgut.

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    If you go to the D'Addario website, they show their ukulele strings in a spectrum from brightest to warmest. It will give you a starting point to find what you want.

    https://www.daddario.com/products/guitar/ukulele/

    I have Low-G Living Waters Fluorocarbons on my Pono Cedar top/ebony b&s tenor. That I like a lot.
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    I bought an Ohana TK-50G a couple of years ago (solid cedar top / solid rosewood b&s), and it was VERY bright when I received it with Aquilas on it - to the point of being brash. I first tried Worth Browns, and that helped. Then I tried Living Waters and I haven't looked back - so much better!

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    Living Water low D fluorocarbons on my Kala cedar top bari = great tone.
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    Strings are (relatively speaking) Cheap, but are our physical connection to the instrument. Every combination of Uke, Player, and Music is going to feel and sound different to you.

    Whether it’s right for You is something only you can answer.

    For My playing, Aquila’s are a Good Enough string, BUT they have their own sound, which might not be your preference.

    Again, for My playing, I like medium tension fluorocarbon strings, which for me give a very clear tone that shows off the distinctiveness of my instruments.

    But it’s quite personal . . . Heck check out classical guitar strings, what with split sets, half sets, and “Two half sets, but g of a completely different material...” . . . .We Ukers have it fairly easy.

    Strings are cheap. Try them all.
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    Another vote for Worth Browns. I had them on a cedar topped KoAloha super soprano and they sounded great.
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    I have Pepe Romero UT2 flouro strings (made by LaBella) on my cedar top tenor, they sound great. Mine are low G, with the wound low G, but I swapped that out for a plain flouro low G, Living Water I believe, and am really enjoying the sound and feel. Plus, the non-wound low G lasts much longer.
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    I have Worth Browns on my cedar topped Ohana. They sound great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdkrugjr View Post
    Strings are (relatively speaking) Cheap, but are our physical connection to the instrument. Every combination of Uke, Player, and Music is going to feel and sound different to you.

    Whether it’s right for You is something only you can answer.

    For My playing, Aquila’s are a Good Enough string, BUT they have their own sound, which might not be your preference.

    Again, for My playing, I like medium tension fluorocarbon strings, which for me give a very clear tone that shows off the distinctiveness of my instruments.

    But it’s quite personal . . . Heck check out classical guitar strings, what with split sets, half sets, and “Two half sets, but g of a completely different material...” . . . .We Ukers have it fairly easy.

    Strings are cheap. Try them all.
    I see a few people mixing and matching strings on their ukes too. Choan Galvez had a mix of at least two different types in some of his recent videos. I've been tempted to mix before when I liked a set except the C-string dominated too much, or occasionally the A string rang out louder than the other strings.

    You can listen to other people's opinions all day, and they'll give you an idea of what you'll be getting, but ultimately you have to figure out what sounds good to you on your instrument.
    Last edited by glennerd; 11-10-2019 at 09:34 AM.
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