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    If this has been covered before - sorry, but could someone point me in the right direction please. Thanks.

    If not, then I wonder if anyone can shed some light here.

    Is there a difference in the diameters/circumference of one make of Concert strings to another?
    And if so, which is the thinnest and best quality?

    I have been used to a Soprano with both Hilo and Aquila strings, but it may be just me but the Aquila strings that came with my new Concert seems very large in comparison. So I changed them and put on Soprano strings which seems better.
    Now, if this is in my head then its very strange, unless the Concert came with Tenor strings because they did seem very thick to me.

    So is there quality strings out there in Concert size that are thin as the Aquila’s seem huge to me now?

    Thanks.

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    Aquilas are pretty thick so thick in fact that it wouldn't fit thru the friction tuner hole of one of my 'ukuleles twice with thinning the line end. Also on some 'ukuleles the grove in the nut needs to be enlarged for the Aquila strings to fit right especially the C string. That being said I love Aquila strings as they make most 'ukuleles sound better. I have a set of Worth browns and clears that I want to try since I hear nothing but praise for them. They are smaller than Aquilas and I'm looking forward to giving them a try just as soon as my Aquilas wear out.
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    See, this is wierd. I have found that Aquila's are thin compared to the strings I have used in the past (mostly GHS, and D'addario.) I have a set of aquila nylguts with no wound C on my tenor, and it's like they're not even there. These are literally the lightest thinest strings I think I have ever tried, and I have pretty much run the gamut of string makers.

    Are you guys using the nylgut strings, or is there some other variety of aquila that you are using?
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    I've made the permanent switch from ukulele strings to guitar strings on my ukes. I love the Savarez, but only use them on my Ko'olaus (they're expensive) and D'Addarios on my Flukes & Fleas... The D'Addarios are from a regular tension classical guitar set.

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    Yes, string diameters are different. As to which is best, only your ears can tell you that. You can find the diameters of Worth strings here.

    Aquila concert string diameters are; A = .024 E = .030 C = .037 G = .026

    D'Addario J92; A = .028 E = .032 C = .040 G = .028

    Hope this helps . . .

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    Worths are on the thin side (except for their low G, which is massive), and they sound similar to the D'Addarios. I like the Browns a little better than the clears. Not as loud and punchy as Aquilas, but they're easier to squeeze into a tight nut/bridge and the sound is great on a uke that's already loud.
    Seems as though some manufacturers' soprano strings are actually thinner than their concert/tenor strings, while others just label them based on length. Either way, soprano strings will usually fit a concert.

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    This is weird.
    Unless Aquila make their Tenor and Concert strings wider than their Soprano one's (which feel ok to me) then there is some kind of optical illusion going on because they are white...

    Whatever it is I'm not a fan of whatever size there was on my Concert and feel more happy I changed then to Soprano.

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    Material density plays a part in all of this. Let's talk extremes so you can see the difference: The same diameter in a steel string would require a much higher tension to reach the same note as nylon, nylgut, or gut strings. Also, a thicker string of the same material would need a higher tension to reach the desired pitch. Looking at it another way, a low density Aquila Nylgut would be thicker than a stiffer, higher density nylon string to maintain the same pitch.
    Last edited by DaveVisi; 06-28-2009 at 08:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    I've made the permanent switch from ukulele strings to guitar strings on my ukes. I love the Savarez, but only use them on my Ko'olaus (they're expensive) and D'Addarios on my Flukes & Fleas... The D'Addarios are from a regular tension classical guitar set.
    Do you have any vids of how they sound? I went to a guitar place that had some ukes and asked the guy if he ever would put guitar strings on his uke and he acted like it was the end of the world.. but I'm still thining about it.

    soo right now i have the D'addario concert set on them and they're pretty good. but no string has really struck me hard and made me loyal to only that kind yet
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    Do some math first, so you find a string thickness that gives you a similar string tension to what you already have. The overall tension is lower than something like a guitar, but you don't want to run the risk of peeling the bridge off of your treasured Uke because of using the wrong strings.

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