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    Default Any (low G) string recommendation for concert uke?

    Hi,

    I have tried Aquila red series (low G) and NEW NYLGUT (low G) so far.
    I didn't like red because of that paper-ish texture.
    New Nylgut is okey, but sometimes it buzz when I hold up to 7th fret.
    I want more flexible and soft string if possible (less gauge).
    Any recommendations?

    Have a good day

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    You might like the Living Waters Low G set. All four strings are fluorocarbon, the tension is not too high, and they are quite comfortable under the fingers. Lovely sound too. Available online from Uke Republic, or directly from Ken Middleton in England.

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    KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia concert)
    Thormahlen Yew-kulele (yew concert)
    Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)

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    You might like the Living Waters Low G set. All four strings are fluorocarbon, the tension is not too high, and they are quite comfortable under the fingers. Lovely sound too. Available online from Uke Republic, or directly from Ken Middleton in England.

    Jan
    KoAloha KCM-00 (koa concert)
    KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia concert)
    Thormahlen Yew-kulele (yew concert)
    Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)

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    Wow I should definitely try this! Thank you :3

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    I use Living Water low G concert scale fluorocarbons on nearly all of my ukes - both tenor & concert scales - best that I've found.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I don't have a low G on my concert, but I have D'Addario fluorocarbons on my tenor, and there is an equivalent set for concert scale available. I like them, they stretched quickly and stay in tune well, and weren't particularly expensive (not that any of the string sets I've looked at have been in the grand scheme of things!).

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    Since you're able to isolate the location of the buzz, perhaps it's a fret buzz?
    For wound lowG I am highly biased towards Thomastik (& will likely put Thomastik wound C-strings on all my better ukes).
    The only real reasonably sized gauge lower strings are all wound, IME. Most flour/nylon lower strings are too wide & require widening of slot at nut.

    Quote Originally Posted by ukutravel View Post
    Hi,

    I have tried Aquila red series (low G) and NEW NYLGUT (low G) so far.
    I didn't like red because of that paper-ish texture.
    New Nylgut is okey, but sometimes it buzz when I hold up to 7th fret.
    I want more flexible and soft string if possible (less gauge).
    Any recommendations?

    Have a good day
    Last edited by Wukulele; 11-20-2019 at 05:12 AM.
    keeping an eye out for a very special pre-owned concert....

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    I actually like the Aquila reds precisely for that dry, papery tone. The only thing I like about low G tuning is that I can play songs in a country acoustic fingerpicking blues vibe, and that distinctive dry tone lends itself nicely to that.
    Last edited by Swamp Yankee; 11-20-2019 at 06:22 AM.
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    I like the PhD low G set (fluorocarbon) on my KoAloha concert. They're available from Daniel Ho Creations (and elsewhere):
    https://www.danielho.com/physical-sh...ory=%27Ukulele

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    I actually like the Aquila reds precisely for that dry, papery tone. The only thing I like about low G tuning is that I can play songs in a country acoustic fingerpicking blues vibe, and that distinctive dry tone lends itself nicely to that.
    Exactly why I love them. Playing some country tunes just sound off to me in reentrant and I love the rough feel on the strings.
    I may try the Living waters just to see since so many people seem to like them.
    Good luck Uketravel.

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