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    Default string suggestions for spruce top concert?

    I've got worth browns on her now, but I'm looking to up the volume a bit. Any tips or suggestions on doing this with a spruce top?
    Mainland mahogany soprano
    Kala KA-SC
    Kala La Salle tenor

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    Apr 2012


    I am pretty sure Aquila Nylgut would boost your volume, but I would try some clear Martin 600, Living Water or Savarez first.

    See this review of Worth clear vs Living Water, or this one of Savarez vs Aquila.

    Asked for a ranking I'd say
    (1) Living Water
    (2) Savarez
    (3) Martin
    (4) Aquila (because they always sound like Aquila strings and tend to "kill" the personality of the uke - not bad strings at all, this is just the price you pay for volume)
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    Makala MK-S (Baton Rouge SU-BW)
    Kala SSTU-FMCP (ukuMele FC)
    Makala Waterman (ukuMele)
    Firefly Walnut (Aquila)
    Flight TUS50 (ukuMele)
    Flea M-42 (Worth CM-LG)
    Koa Pili Koko Acacia (Aquila CGDA)
    Big Island KTO-CT (ukuMele)
    Blackbird Clara
    Pono MTDX8 (Worth BM) Kala Ubass EM-FS (Aquila Red)

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    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Philadelphia, PA


    I'd say Worth Browns are some of the mellowest strings out there. They are sometimes good on spruce or cedar topped instruments as they tend to counteract the "boomier" nature of those woods-- I have large-bodied spruce-topped tenor and the Worths really help balance it. Overall, though, I find them a little meek.

    I'll come out as a stronger advocate of Aquila Nylguts than Louis did above. I find them to have a full-bodied tone with good volume; I've had them on everything from Kala to Moore Bettah with very favorable results. While tone is subjective, and not everybody likes the same things, I've definitely never found Aquilas to kill the personality of my ukes. Your mileage, as always, may vary.

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    Oct 2008


    In all the years I have owned this Kala spruce top, I have yet to find any strings that compliment it as well as a set of light gauge Worth Clears. And honest....I do try other types from time to time. Right now I have a set of D'Addario Titanuims on it. I'm trying to leave them on long enough to feel like I've got my three bucks worth out of them. At that point, I will put some Worth clears back on it and use the the T2's as shoe laces so I can squeeze another buck-fifty out of them.

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