View Poll Results: Wound or unwound 3rd string on tenor ukuleles?

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Thread: Tenor ukes in high G tuning: wound or unwound poll

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    Default Tenor ukes in high G tuning: wound or unwound poll

    I am curious to learn what folks prefer as far as wound versus an unwound 3rd string for high G tunings on tenor ukuleles. My experience has been that when a uke can do it, I prefer an unwound C string. However, some ukes just don't seem to like it (the string can sound weak and flabby). How about you all?

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    Personally dislike ANY wound string on a uke
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    Unwound for me all the way.

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    Despite playing lots of instruments that use wound strings, I really don't like wound strings on my uke.



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    It depends on the uke. I have one re-entrant tuned uke with a wound C and like it a lot. I have come to like wound strings on my ukes, they seem to have more life to them, although I cast my vote for unwound in the poll because most of my ukes have non-wound third strings.

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    I use and love a wound third on one of my concerts, but my tenors are happier without...

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    I voted for wound. Besides sound, feel is very important and I don't like the C string to be much thicker in diameter than other strings as I don't like my A string to be much thinner. I play a wound G and the difference in tension seems more consistent with 2 wounds and 2 non-wounds vs. 1 wound and 3 non-wounds...Relative tension.

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    I selected wound, even though up 'til now most of my ukes have unwound 3rds. I'm discovering that I really like a wound third even on soprano ukes - however - they have to be Thomastik-Infeld chrome flat wound classical guitar strings (CF27 for the 3rd). They are almost squeakless, brighter than a lot of wound strings I've tried, and just seem to work really well especially against fluorocarbon strings.

    I suspect that eventually all of my ukes will be sporting wound 3rds. They aren't so flabby and "snappy" and they intonate better up the neck than do thick plain strings.


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    I much prefer unwound.... The notes are the same on a wound C string, but the tone is totally different - really doesn't blend in for me.
    Having said that, I have 3 tenors. 2 of them take an unwound C string beautifully, but one - a very well built Hawaiian brand - sounds slightly wooden and clunky down there with flourocarbon strings, especially on the fretted D note (2nd fret). Everywhere else is sweet and bell-like. I've tried every type of plain string, but still clunky. A wound C string gives me the sustain I am seeking, but sounds too different to the other strings.
    Anyone else beaten this problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bazmaz View Post
    Personally dislike ANY wound string on a uke
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

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