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Thread: Amazing how strings can make a difference!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Omaha, Nebraska

    Default Amazing how strings can make a difference!

    I had a 'problem uke' - my Applause UA10 is built well, handles well, and is attractive, if not minimalist. However, it always had an unpleasant sound; a harshness. I switched strings to D'Addario J65, and tuned it to 'D'. This made it fun for one or two vaudeville-type songs but not really pleasant to listen to. I tossed on some Aquilas and tuned to 'C'. This made it much louder, but still harsh. Finally, I ordered some Fremont Blacklines from MGM, and it brought out a mellowness to the uke that wasn't there before. It's now very clear in terms of articulation, projects well, but doesn't sound grating like it did.

    Moral of the story:

    Different ukes like different strings. (You all probably figured that out by now, but I'm new and this was a revelation to me!)

    Anyway, I recommend the Fremonts for your Applause (at least my ears do).

    Take it easy and Happy New Year, UU'ers!


    Makala Dolphin (Yellow Burst) soprano
    Fluke Flea Tiki King soprano
    Fluke Concert 'Natural Finish', with pickup
    Sprucehouse SO soprano
    Ohana PK25g Solid Mahogany Pineapple Soprano
    --- All held up with a Uke Leash (thanks Lori!)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Honolulu, Hawaii 5min away from waikiki


    Aloha John,
    Happy New Year....I try different strings on different ukes and the same strings on different ukes react different too...try them all out, if they don't work well on one uke, try them on another...don't clip
    the strings till you find ond one that fits so you can reuse them if needed...Have Fun and enjoy!! Happy Strummings!! MM Stan..

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Oakland, CA


    I love the Fremonts too John - they're my favorites. The Worth and Southcoast strings are similarly nice sounding on most ukes.

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