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    does anybody know the recipe for using fluorocarbon fishing line for ukulele strings?

    from reading on the forum at fleamarketmusic.com it seems that the most common line to use is seaguar, but what pound test and which model of line specifically? i am looking to string up concert and soprano styles.

    thanks!

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    go by the diameter of the strings. That's how lb tests go.

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    Here you go...Using the Seaguar Fluoro Premier leaders:

    1st string - 40lb test (0.022" dia)
    2nd string - 50lb test (0.024" dia)
    3rd string - 60lb test (0.028" dia)
    4th string - 40lb test (0.022" dia)

    This is the closest I could get to a set of Worth CMs based on diameter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rar jungle View Post
    does anybody know the recipe for using fluorocarbon fishing line for ukulele strings?

    from reading on the forum at fleamarketmusic.com it seems that the most common line to use is seaguar, but what pound test and which model of line specifically? i am looking to string up concert and soprano styles.

    thanks!
    Now I got to ask, and not being a smart ass but am curious. Why are you using fishing line insted of regular fluorocarbon strings.

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    Being a fisherman I can tell you that Seaguar a Japanese company makes the very best quality fluorocarbon fishing lines and I would not be surprised if Seaguar supplies Worth with their strings. Price per foot would be much cheaper buying in bulk as fishing line for those that want to string multiple 'ukuleles, or guys like me that also use these lines for fishing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfwhitson View Post
    Now I got to ask, and not being a smart ass but am curious. Why are you using fishing line insted of regular fluorocarbon strings.
    fluorocarbon is fishing line, officially. So.. it's cheaper to buy in bulk. You can get.. 200 ft of an A string, 200ft of a G, E, and C strings... haha And it might cost... maybe 15 bucks?

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    I too have been experimenting along these "lines" (hee hee). I tried Martin flouros and did not like them - too wimpy. I checked around and found THIS. Available locally.

    I tried one size just to see if it had tone then picked up 30, 40, 50, 60, and 80 lbs 50 yard spools. Total cost about $25. They worked well on my concert using 30-60 lbs but even using 40-80 on the soprano they were not stiff enough. I recently changed out the concert to 40-80 and it sounds very nice, stays in tune (once stretched) and feel great, smooth and not so skinny. So here's what I mean...

    A = 40 lbs
    E = 60 lbs
    C = 80 lbs
    G = 50 lbs

    So this leader is "Perlon" not flouro but it's made by a German company with a long history of nylon and they report that Perlon has a much better stretch memory that monofilament. All the flouro leader was way more expensive. 50 yard spools are cheap yet give me many, many sets of uke strings. Any left over I can always use fishing.

    I wanted to do a video but I've been busy.
    Last edited by UkeNukem; 09-13-2009 at 04:57 PM.
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    do we have any videos of fishin line strung up ukes???

    would love to hear it

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F9Qu...e=channel_page

    I still have my original strings on my Waverly Street #51, sounds great.

    Hit the sound sample link here: http://www.wsukes.com/51/u51.html
    Last edited by Ahnko Honu; 09-13-2009 at 06:25 PM.
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