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    Default When you only like 3 out of 4 strings in a set

    I put some new strings on one of my favorite ukuleles, and 3 out of 4 strings are amazing. It's never sounded better. The A string, though, is terrible. Must need a slightly heavier gauge string. This is the thinnest A string I've tried. Feels great, but definitely does not sound great. But the other 3 are incredibly good.

    So, what do you all do in a situation like that? Use the A string from another brand, and toss out the other 3 strings from that 2nd set? (That's the reason I haven't changed it out yet - don't want to pay for a full set of strings so I can use only one string. Obviously can still keep the other 3 as spares, and not actually toss them, but essentially it will be the same thing.)

    Does anyone sell single A strings?

    I've given it enough time to settle in, but need to switch it to something else. The set comes with a spare g string, and though it's thicker than I want for the A string, I might give that a try.

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    I know people who buy spools of fluorocarbon to make their own string sets (usually Seaguar Blue Label or Red Label). I also know people who buy individual classical guitar strings to make their own ukulele string sets (usually d'Addario Pro Arte). They can choose whatever diameter, density, tension they want.

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    Well if you like fluorocarbon you can buy a pack of just four A strings from Living Waters.
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    I wanted a set of black strings for my all bamboo uke, which I modified with black fret and side markers, black nut and saddle, black string beads and black and gold strap buttons to match the tuners. The set I bought did not have one gauge I liked, so I bought a different set and used one string with my preferred gauge.




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    String by Mail sells florocarbon singles from Pyramid (huge selection of gauges) Savarez and GHS. All my tenors and baritone have wound strings on the 4th and 3rd position and I have been using the above brands and others for years in the 2nd and 1st positions.
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    You might try a 1st: Savarez Alliance KF 541R - (A) normal tension .0244

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    I had the same issue with a set of Uke Logic Baritone strings where the E string was too thin and just didn't sound right. I had an old set of Worth baritone strings and just replaced the Uke Logic E with a Worth. It solved the problem but I'm still short one E string. I recently ordered another set of the Uke Logic strings because I liked three of the strings and I'm hoping the skinny E string was just a packing error.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BBegall View Post
    I had the same issue with a set of Uke Logic Baritone strings where the E string was too thin and just didn't sound right. I had an old set of Worth baritone strings and just replaced the Uke Logic E with a Worth. It solved the problem but I'm still short one E string. I recently ordered another set of the Uke Logic strings because I liked three of the strings and I'm hoping the skinny E string was just a packing error.
    Interesting. I tried a set of Uke Logic low tension strings, and really liked their super thin A string, 0.019" vs the 0.022" of the Living Waters I use. And the E, 0.025" vs the 0.026" of Living Waters felt good too. But the Uke Logic C was 0.032", which just felt way too big compared with the 0.029" of the Living Waters set, so I took them off and went back to Living Waters. Perfection is hard to find.
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    Thanks, everyone. You've given me some options to pursue, so I'm sure I'll find a good route to take.

    Interestingly, the set of strings I'm referring to is also Uke Logic. The 0.019" A string is too thin for this ukulele, though it feels great. But the other 3 sound so good that I need to find a way to keep using those 3 strings, (now and for future sets), but do something else for the A string.

    I had already put Uke Logics on another ukulele, and all 4 strings are great on there, so it took me by surprise that the A string just isn't working for the one I just restrung. But, with options to follow up on, I'll get that resolved.

    As besley said, perfection is hard to find. And perfection for one ukulele is not necessarily going to be perfection for another ukulele, making it even harder to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    Well if you like fluorocarbon you can buy a pack of just four A strings from Living Waters.
    I had Living Water strings on there, which worked, so the pack of four A strings sounds good, but I don't see them listed. Do you contact Ken directly to put that together as a "custom" set?

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