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Thread: PONO Baritone NUI 23in Scale Strings

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    Greetings all,


    I'm seeking any insights. I've just received a NUI---which I adore! I noticed immediately that the stock strings had a higher tension which I'm unaccustomed to. Still, I kept playing. Needless to say, a string snapped. I also noticed it was more difficult to strum at this tension.

    My LGS suggested Ernie Ball classical strings for a more comfortable tension. Now though, the sound is dull, not as loud, and there's hardly any sustain. Also, the G string is unwound and sounds the worst. Even to me, a beginner, the sound quality is devastating and really deadened my initial joy for receiving this instrument.

    I've browsed older threads (circa 2014) regarding string recs for NUIs. Southcoast strings came highly recommended and my condolences for the owner's passing. Other than Southcoast, others generally recommended standard baritone strings but I'm seeking less tension, more butter feel and ease on the fingers.

    Can anyone link me sets that they recommend (classical or baritone)? I'm afraid to ask this---but, generally, with the NUI---will seeking the 'right' string be far more difficult than if I settled on a standard scale length baritone?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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    So I just found a couple more threads on 23 inch scale strings. The different gauges, different makers, mixing, etc. have me up in arms. It's a foreign language. Just want to reiterate I'm a beginner and ideally, for now, looking to buy ONE set vs. mix and match. Any new discoveries since Patrick Madsen's thread in 2019?

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    Email Joel at Uke Logic - I bet he can help.

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    Thanks! I will do that ASAP.

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    I have a 23" scale Thomas baritone and previously a Pono 23" scale.I use Thomstic-Infeld CF35 for D CF30 for G and Savarez trebles. I used to use the Savarez unwound G for the B and Savarez B for the E. Last string change I used the Savarez B for the B and E for the E. Seemed to Resonate a bit better.

    This is what we use for a 20" baritone scale also. THe T-I CF 35 is an A string and CF30 is a D string. Am about to try regular nylon guitar strings for a bit lower tension. There are short scale guitar strings that should work also.

    I really like the longer 23" scale too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    I have a 23" scale Thomas baritone and previously a Pono 23" scale.I use Thomstic-Infeld CF35 for D CF30 for G and Savarez trebles. I used to use the Savarez unwound G for the B and Savarez B for the E. Last string change I used the Savarez B for the B and E for the E. Seemed to Resonate a bit better.

    This is what we use for a 20" baritone scale also. THe T-I CF 35 is an A string and CF30 is a D string. Am about to try regular nylon guitar strings for a bit lower tension. There are short scale guitar strings that should work also.

    I really like the longer 23" scale too.
    Thanks, Patrick!

    So to confirm:

    D: https://www.stringsbymail.com/thomas...SABEgJOSvD_BwE

    G: https://www.stringsbymail.com/thomas...ound-2481.html

    B: https://www.stringsbymail.com/savare...-set-4175.html

    E: ^^^ Only need to purchase the above set for both the B & E.


    Please report back on the regular nylons whenever you try them out
    Last edited by DLB; 11-07-2020 at 07:57 PM.

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    You might want to call Strings by Mail and ask what they would recommend. It seems as though Nylon guitar strings are what you are looking for with maybe a wound G. But I know nothing about guitars or their strings. The folks at SBM are easy to talk to and more than willing to make recommendations.
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    Did some checking DLB.A 23" scale is rated a 3/4 size guitar (22-24") so any nylon 3/4 stringset should work. D'Addario EJ27N 3/4 Student Nylon Fractional is a 3/4 size string. This would end up with an unwound third string.

    I used to put on a g string for the B and B string for the E. My last string change I went with a B for the B and E for the E to see if it would resonate better; I think it does.

    First two are correct the Savarez are different.I looked up my last bill and this is what I bought. I'm adding a G string in case you feel it's to floppy. Last time I spoke with Joel, he thought it was a good combo.

    This is for a wound 3rd set. If you want an unwound third, try the D'Addario set above.

    T-I. CF35, CF30. Savarez Alliance KF 541R, 542R, 543R(optional). Will do and same for you if you write Joel. I get mine from StringsbyMail.com. They have the D'Addarios too
    Last edited by Patrick Madsen; 11-07-2020 at 11:06 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Did some checking DLB.A 23" scale is rated a 3/4 size guitar (22-24") so any nylon 3/4 stringset should work. D'Addario EJ27N 3/4 Student Nylon Fractional is a 3/4 size string. This would end up with an unwound third string.

    I used to put on a g string for the B and B string for the E. My last string change I went with a B for the B and E for the E to see if it would resonate better; I think it does.

    First two are correct the Savarez are different.I looked up my last bill and this is what I bought. I'm adding a G string in case you feel it's to floppy. Last time I spoke with Joel, he thought it was a good combo.

    This is for a wound 3rd set. If you want an unwound third, try the D'Addario set above.

    T-I. CF35, CF30. Savarez Alliance KF 541R, 542R, 543R(optional). Will do and same for you if you write Joel. I get mine from StringsbyMail.com. They have the D'Addarios too
    Whew! Glad you caught the incorrect Savarez strings. I'm going to order that exact set today.

    Great point on the 3/4 strings. I hadn't thought of that.

    Thanks again for your help, Patrick. I'll be in touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Did some checking DLB.A 23" scale is rated a 3/4 size guitar (22-24") so any nylon 3/4 stringset should work. D'Addario EJ27N 3/4 Student Nylon Fractional is a 3/4 size string. This would end up with an unwound third string.

    I used to put on a g string for the B and B string for the E. My last string change I went with a B for the B and E for the E to see if it would resonate better; I think it does.

    First two are correct the Savarez are different.I looked up my last bill and this is what I bought. I'm adding a G string in case you feel it's to floppy. Last time I spoke with Joel, he thought it was a good combo.

    This is for a wound 3rd set. If you want an unwound third, try the D'Addario set above.

    T-I. CF35, CF30. Savarez Alliance KF 541R, 542R, 543R(optional). Will do and same for you if you write Joel. I get mine from StringsbyMail.com. They have the D'Addarios too
    Hey Patrick,

    Just reaching out again to say the NUI is strung w/ the exact strings you recommended. They feel far better than what was on the NUI originally that's for sure! So thanks again for all your help.

    To me, I think I'm not used to this scale length nor added tension to compensate for scale length. I miss vibrato and bending notes. My previous uke was a 19" scale Favilla. The NUI still feels "choked" if that makes any sense. That said, I'm continuing the search and will try low tension fluorocarbon classical strings next. It's all a learning process
    Last edited by DLB; 11-18-2020 at 04:06 PM.

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