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Thread: The winding on the g-string of my baritone wearing extremely quickly

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    Default The winding on the g-string of my baritone wearing extremely quickly

    Hey, I recently got an Oscar Schmidt baritone, tuned DGBE, and I'm loving it only for two problems with my G-string. I have changed the strings and I've had the same problem with both sets to an extent, though with the second it's been much worse. They are Aquilas with two wound.

    a) Within the first few hours of playing, the winding on every fret wore substantially, but by far the worst was at the second fret, were it's worn to the core, after only playing with that set since yesterday evening.

    b) I get bad buzzing at the second fret.

    I need help with this so bad. Why is the the winding getting so damaged so quickly on one string.
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    Haven't played a uke yet with wound strings,.....but i will say the ukes have a much finer fret wire (ie sharper top edge) than on a classical guitar say. On a classical the frets are much wider with rounded tops,....but even there the wound
    strings have to be replaced before the nylons.

    My dad used to play weekends in country bands locally,....and he had to change the strings on his Gretch Country Gentlemen before every gig,........to get the best tone.

    You want strings to last the longest,.....gotta use nylons or similiar i guess.

    PS,.....i've know some guitar players who pressed the strings much harder than needed on a classical, which probably
    sacraficed wound string life. Some had poor technique also and pressed the strings to the side a lot,....both raising the note a bit sharp and wearing the underneath of the wound strings a bit quicker.

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    This is a quote from the Aquilla website.

    Please read: the wound strings used for all Aquila ukulele sets such as soprano low G, concert low G, tenor low G, baritone in guitar tuning, and a few other varieties that use a wound string, use a very fine wire wrapping on the wound strings in order to produce their excellent tone. These strings do not have the long life span of the more durable but poor sounding wound strings offered by other manufacturers. Players who use Aquila ukulele sets with wound strings please be aware that the wound strings will need to be replaced much more often than the plain Nylgut strings that make up the rest of the set. We advise that players purchase 3 or 4 extra single wound strings with every set. When played often a wound string may last only about 1-2 weeks, which is also dependent on the condition of the frets. This is considered to be normal wear for these strings and is not a defective string. Thank you for your understanding. Players who do not want to replace strings as often as this are advised to use Aquila ukulele sets that have all Nylgut strings, which are most sets that have a high g.

    The condition of the frets is an extremely important component in this situation. In the case of some of the inexpensive ukuleles, the frets are sometimes not finished very well and have squared off edges, which is part of the reason the ukuleles are inexpensive. Proper fret dressing is a time consuming task that would add to the cost of the instrument. Frets that are rounded and smoothly polished are essential for the best life of Aquila wound ukulele strings as well as making for a much better playing instrument. We encourage players to be sure their frets are smooth, polished to a shiny finish, and well rounded. You will definitely notice a difference in playability.

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