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    The Martin baritone strings do have two wound strings. I use them in my baritone and prefer them to unwound strings because unwound D and G strings start to feel too low tension for me, but since you can't use wound strings you should probably cancel your order if you can. As mentioned, try Worth or Living Water strings. I tried Worth Brown strings on my baritone previously, and despite the low tension I otherwise liked them. If you can't find Worth strings locally you can order Living Water strings straight from Ken Middleton's website. They're a bit more expensive as far as strings go but they are good quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    No, Aquila strings have metal wound strings whether it be low G or DGBE strings.
    No, Aquila "Reds" have an unwound low G.

    I have them on my Tenor and the tension feels higher than any other string I've tried. Rather like the tension on a steel string acoustic guitar (not actual tension, but "feel").
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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonJim View Post
    No, Aquila "Reds" have an unwound low G.

    I have them on my Tenor and the tension feels higher than any other string I've tried. Rather like the tension on a steel string acoustic guitar (not actual tension, but "feel").
    Well now that you mention it, I have heard of unwound Aquila reds, but when I check the usual stores where I buy my strings they all mention wound low G or wound third and fourth string for baritone sets. What I did find is that you can buy individual unwound Aquila red strings for low G. Whether there's some illusive string sets for unwound low G, I don't know but I certainly can't find one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Well now that you mention it, I have heard of unwound Aquila reds, but when I check the usual stores where I buy my strings they all mention wound low G or wound third and fourth string for baritone sets. What I did find is that you can buy individual unwound Aquila red strings for low G. Whether there's some illusive string sets for unwound low G, I don't know but I certainly can't find one.
    Ok, now I'm confused.

    I have 5 full sets of Aquila Reds in front of me (What's left from my 10-pack), and they clearly have unwound low G's. Yet when I go to Aquila's web site, it says the low G is wound. So, either the online information is wrong, or they've changed the formula for these strings in the past couple of years. I don't know which.

    Here's a picture of the ones I have (set # 88U):
    2020-05-03 08.58.19.jpg

    And here are the strings themselves:
    2020-05-03 09.17.40.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Well now that you mention it, I have heard of unwound Aquila reds, but when I check the usual stores where I buy my strings they all mention wound low G or wound third and fourth string for baritone sets. What I did find is that you can buy individual unwound Aquila red strings for low G. Whether there's some illusive string sets for unwound low G, I don't know but I certainly can't find one.
    I think that the current sets of Aquila reds actually come with wound low G's. A plain low G used to come with the Super Nylguts but that may be wound now too. Some dealers may have older packs left. The 6 string set comes with a red low A and it is fantastic. So best bet is buy a single string and mix with nylguts or reds for nice balanced sound. This will also give you the comfort and thickness similar to Nylon strings.

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    It could very well be that the info on Aquila's site, and by extension on other sites, is just incorrect. Or maybe older sets have an unwound low G and newer ones have a wound one, or vice versa. I don't really use low G so I haven't bought a set of Aquila reds with a low G myself but I have seen others that have and they had a wound low G in the set. I've also seen this confusion on this very forum before. In any case, at the very least you can buy individual Aquila red low G strings that are unwound, that much is certain.

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    Maybe Mimmo will find this thread and confirm if low G sets now include the plain strings or wound strings. I certainly have often enough complained about having wound strings as default.

    And for description of strings: plain strings get wound to create a wound string. It does not work the other way round where a wound string gets unwound to create a plain string. I don't even understand how this notion can enter so many people's minds in this forum.

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    In addition to the brands mentioned already, Worth strings also are all non-metal, non-wound, etc. I like them a lot.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    D'Addario EJ99TLG fluorocarbon Low G for the tenor. Will have to enlarge the G nut relief.

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    Thank you for all of the responses. Now I need to look on line and order new strings.

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