Best Ukulele Strings (2020)

The ukulele is probably one of the enjoyable instruments to play. It is also fairly easy to learn. It originated in Hawaii, and quickly became a big hit all over the world. 

These days it's very common to see famous musicians integrating the ukulele into their songs.  Take for instance songs such as Hey, Soul Sister by Train, and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz.

These songs show how one little instrument can completely change your mood. When you hear a ukulele playing, it's hard not to stop and listen. The sounds it produces are just so beautiful and captivating. 

And because it's such an easy instrument to learn how to play, it's a popular choice for those just starting their journey into the world of music. 

Best Ukulele Strings

One thing you will quickly learn about the ukulele, is it is only as good as its strings. And similar to the guitar, your ukulele will need new strings from time to time. 

The problem is, finding the right strings is not as easy as you would expect it to be. There are literally dozens of different strings on the market. This makes choosing the right ones a bit overwhelming. 

With so many different strings to choose from, which are the best ones for the ukulele? That’s the million dollar question we hope to help you answer with this article. 

We will cover everything from the types of materials used to manufacture the strings, to the best strings for each type of ukulele. 

Are you ready to get this party started?  Well let’s dive in.

You Must Understand This First

Before we break down the different types of ukulele strings you can choose from, it's important you understand that each ukulele type will use different strings.

Every ukulele type has a different scale length. The scale length is what ultimately determines the type of strings that should be used. 

Let’s take a quick look at the four types of ukuleles, as well as their scale length.

Soprano - The soprano ukulele is the most common sized ukulele. The body is 21 inches, with the scale length being 13 inches. Soprano ukuleles are tuned using GCEA, or ADF#B. 

The sound they produce can best be described as bright. The strings you choose to use will have a huge impact on the overall sound of the instrument. 

Most people just starting out will start with the soprano ukulele. It is perfect for those with smaller hands.

Concert - The concert ukulele is a little bit bigger than the soprano ukulele. The body is 23 inches and the scale is 15 inches.

The concert ukulele has a deeper sound, and is louder than the soprano. When tuning the concert ukulele you will use the same GCEA, or ADF#B.

Tenor - The tenor ukulele has a 26 inch body and a 17 inch scale. If you are someone who has larger hands, this is the ukulele for you.

Because the body is larger, the sound this ukulele produces is deeper, and resonates more. The tenor ukulele is usually tuned using GCEA, ADF#B, or DGBE.

Baritone - The baritone is the big daddy of them all. It has a 30 inch body, and a 19 inch scale. Its size gives it a similar sound to the acoustic guitar. 

When it comes to hitting those beautiful low notes, the baritone ukulele delivers. For tuning, it most commonly uses DGBE.

Before you can get the appropriate strings, you will need to know which one of these ukuleles you have. 

The Best Ukulele Strings Reviewed

To make things a little easier, we are going to start with the smallest ukulele size and work our way up. 

Here are the best ukulele strings for the soprano ukulele. 

Aquila is a top of the line brand known for making some of the highest quality strings on the market. 

The sound produced by the AQ-4 soprano ukulele strings is very clear and concise.

And unlike regular nylon strings, these strings are made using nylgut, which is a special polymer that has similar characteristics to old school gut strings. 

The AQ-4 strings have perfect intonation and they are very durable. This particular set is a high G set. There is also a low G alternative which is the AQ-5. 

If you’re looking for durability and great sound, you will love the AQ-4 soprano ukulele strings.

Pros

  • Produces a very clear sound.
  • Settles fast.

Cons

  • Some users have complained about the sound produced by the C string.
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Video Transcript

hi I'm Alex from the southern ukulele

store and today we are going to take a

bit of an overview look at aquila

ukulele strings so it's quite a few

different types here and not all of them

will be relevant to you

some of these actually are not

necessarily relevant to anybody anymore

let me explain why

the first type of string that we're

going to look at today is the most

popular Aquila string this is known as

new Naga this is an aquatic Knology Naga

meaning nylon gut it's a synthetic

material usually colored white if it's

it this package should be colored white

and that will be the string that 90% of

you had on your first ukulele unless

you've been playing more than 10 years

in which case it may have been something

different but Akula have found a place

in the market that no one else really

has they've managed to get their string

on pretty much every ukulele under 300

pound this probably goes back to the

earlier days of the ukulele boom where

players were going on ukulele forums or

review websites popped up and quite

rightfully said that I bought this

ukulele but it just doesn't sound as

good as it could no I managed to get a

set of these Akeelah AK wheeler that's

another point I bring up in a second

Akeelah a coiler strings and they're

fantastic they've improved the

intonation you could only sounds better

all of that was true and a good setup

would have also remedied the problem so

ik wheeler in their own way managed to

find a shortcut for manufacturers where

they wouldn't necessarily have to try as

hard getting the instrument out the door

to get a better string a better sound

from a better string so if you have ever

tried black nylon strings or clear nylon

strings and then compared them to a qui

lers you'll know that the nylon string

is very stretchy so beginners ukulele

with nylon strings by the time it left

the factory the strings were still

stretching

and quite often they never found their

their place where is the acquiesce you

pop them on and within a couple of days

the ukuleles harmonically resonant

unhappy with itself so now guy is a

fantastic material if you want to get

the best out of a cheaper instrument and

some high-end instruments has no doubt

but that brings me on to the negatives

there are negatives about Nile gut

strings they do have a tendency to make

a lot of instruments that should sound

very different sound the same

now I a few years back I did a test for

a customer where I recorded a ukulele

that was 800 pound with AK wheelers on

and I recorded the ukulele was a hundred

pounder the coolers on and they could

tell the difference between the two when

I switched back to the fluorocarbon

strings that was on the 800 pound

ukulele originally they definitely

preferred it and ultimately it convinced

them not to put a queen US on that

ukulele anymore so now Gert has its

place but if you're finding that it's a

little bit underwhelming don't be afraid

to try something new and aquila probably

know that because they keep producing

new types of string and I believe the

chap called me Moe the man the kind of

mad professor that owns runs and designs

Akula strings from Italy

he can't stop making new strings and

tinkering with his formula hence why

this is known as new no ger because it

precedes the original Nile gut string

which I honestly could never tell the

difference between the two but MIMO

obviously can and these are very good

strings to get going these will be the

strings that if someone that your

ukulele group goes Oh rubbish I tell you

what you want to get a set of those are

clean of strings

that's the shrinks they're talking about

unless they tell you otherwise

so that's new Nile gut I'm gonna have a

sip of my drink and we'll start on the

next one okay so the second set strings

here you heard of new noggin

now I've just talked about it at late

what about super naga

now super naga is a strange material in

itself it's slightly different to your

standard nile gut string but where does

it come from and what makes it so super

well the official story for this is the

upgraded version of our famous now guts

super now that string has a charming

natural pearl color and a very smooth

and polished surface feeling it's less

stretchy than any previous version of

Naga stable and quicker to tune when you

super now get is stronger and does not

suffer damage from sharp edges of the

nuts or marks from frets or nails that's

the official version and that is all

true but my understanding of where super

naga originated is with canele ukuleles

or can Alea if you are getting upset by

my pronunciation I'm terrible is it

Aquila is it Aquila does it matter

MIMO doesn't mind if I call it Aquila so

super naga is all of those things but

the origin of it lies with kana leia

ukuleles I believe that for about 15

years now kara Leia are the kind of

first and now probably the only Hawaiian

ukulele brand to use Aquila as their

string of choice but with the issues of

that new Naga and Naga causes comes that

kind of plasticy kind of cheaper sound

and I know kind of layer liked the look

of the white strings on their koa

ukuleles so they talked to Equator about

developing a new set for them that later

evolved into these super nile gut

strings but before these became

commercially available I used to see

these strings on the kinda layers now

I'm going to do a little zoom in while

I'm talking on the super nile gut string

against the new nile gut string and

you'll see it's slightly different in

color but honestly you've got to be a

little bit of a magician and a little

bit magic to know the difference I can

only really tell the difference by feel

I mean they really are smoother so if

you're finding that you like to move up

the fretboard a bit quicker then I think

the super now gets probably more for you

than the Naga which can feel a little

bit sticky by comparison

yeah I love super Naga there are other

ukuleles that I've seen used these in

the past

include eastman some of the for a short

while a couple of martin ukuleles came

with them Matan matin yeah i mean quite

a few brands have trialed these strings

and deemed that they are worthy of their

instruments so give them a try if you've

not tried them before I like the super

Nagas they've definitely got their place

in the market and for the one pound

difference between these and normal Nile

gut strings I do find that they stay

fresher for longer so if you like a

queen err and you've never tried the

super naga it's maybe that should be

your next you next ring change and

moving quickly on to the while on the

subject of super naga let's move quickly

onto the Aquila

lava brown strings now these are the

same string as the supernal gap strings

but they are dyed the kind of dark

charcoal color the Aquila packet says a

gray black string colored with a touch

of mother-of-pearl inspired by volcanic

rocks our new lava series naturally

inspired by a volcano and Hawaiian

symbol of new life is our respectful

homage to the Hawaiian people who made

the ukulele worldwide famous and share

their happiness with thousands of people

all around the world the lava sea

restrings maintain the same identical

mechanical and sound properties of our

famous white pearl super nugget string

this is all true some people just take

the look of the white strings if you

hate the look of the white wheeler

strings but love how they feel and sound

then the lavas are the string for you so

we've covered these let's talk about the

Aquila red strings the Equator heads are

the most divisive marmite string on the

market when they first came out I

remember vividly tearing what I had of

my hair at the time out with Rob the

owner of the shop and police manager

shop before me because every single

person who bought a set of these Aquino

red strings found that the first batch

they snapped within a few days now this

has improved over time but these strings

have kind of been labeled as the string

Lee you

if they work for you keep using them but

if they snap quickly once don't try them

again we keep doing the Reds despite

their reputation because there are some

players out there that can make a set

last for two or three years which is

crazy when you consider that most

ukulele strings alone should probably be

changed if you're playing daily kind of

after 8 to 12 months the red strings are

a bit different to the standard Naga and

the super Niall girl they haven't almost

like a slight resistance on the fingers

when you play them and Samwise they're

ever so slightly mellower than the

normal equations when they first came

out they were very very popular for jazz

players anyone playing a tenor in low G

would give these a try they were and

continue to be a good alternative to

something like the worth brown strings

or a poly gut string which I'll talk

about shortly a queen of themselves they

described these strings quite

differently to how I audibly hear them

and choose to recommend them to people a

cruller like to say that these strings

have a unique feeling and a strong

consistent sound until recently it was

necessary to increase the strings gauge

to get a lower pitch tone our

revolutionary new approach changes the

specific weight of this material

increasing it progressively to leave the

gauge almost unchanged the result is

amazing instruments sound brighter more

powerful and more responsive for the

entire range of the fretboard so that's

probably why they're a little bit more

prone to snapping if you tune up to

pitch and you've got a string the

slightly higher tension and you play

with any kind of force then you're gonna

find that the string is in slight

turmoil it can sound fantastic but I

personally disagree with a coiler zone

description and the purpose that they

will fill these strings belong to you I

mean they are good strings but they are

certainly better for and mellow a player

and give the red to try once and like I

said the rule is you know if you try

them and they snap within the first

couple of days then they're probably

allergic to your ukulele

but yeah they're not a perfect string

but like in the guitar world where you

get players that love silk and steel

strings and some people that only use

nickel wound strings against steel wound

strings you know it's horses of course

as everyone's got their own preference

their own sound and what they want to

hear from their ukulele and this could

be it

okay so let's talk about the Aquino

sugar strings this is the newest thing

that Aquila are doing and we love them I

personally use these on my ukulele they

have their faults like any string but

they are truly unique they don't feel

quite like a fluorocarbon string the

reason for the name sugar comes from how

they're made they are made they're like

a bioplastic string that's derived from

sugarcane so it's a completely unique

feel a completely unique sound it's

bright like a fluorocarbon string but

has some depth to it I highly recommend

these for the low G because the worm

strings are wound over that she became

material and I find that they have more

sustain then kind of classical guitar

style wild string a queen of describe

these as being these give the ukulele

brightness very similar to Fleury carbon

strings promptness of attack amazing

sustain great and powerful dynamic Tom

bruh and a very easy for bharata and

that's all true I mean I'm not the most

expressive player in the world but I do

play a lot of finger style and I find

that these strings are amazingly

balanced and they ring out just so well

if you have a solid wood ukulele and you

want some want to try something that has

some kind of I want to say some kind of

eccentric character to it you know it

makes you ukulele sound old and new at

the same time give give these a try I

mean they say as well on the packet that

they have very low moisture absorption

I think the stability kind of under

humidity changes isn't something I've

had to experience and I've had no

customers comment on this but these are

supposedly a string that can handle kind

of traveling so if you are going

traveling soon there's a lot of our

customers are and you're buying you

perhaps try these strings

I mean these are nothing's not been out

that long so I have less to say about

these than some of the others but the

sugar strings if you currently use

something like a Martin Savidge or

daddario fluorocarbon string then these

are whatever tried to slightly different

texture and the downsides of these

strings is that the first few days after

you put them on they squeak so when you

run your hand up down up and down the

fingerboard you get a really nasty high

pitch it's almost like they're treated

with something to keep them fresh and it

maybe it's that maybe it's the moisture

on your fingers or something like that I

don't know but after a couple of days

that wears off and I actually found that

using a little bit of guitar polish that

when I first put them on for a customer

the other day actually got rid of the

problem almost instantly that would be

the only reason not to try these space

unless you're a really really manly

player and you want to be the quietest

person in the room these are these are

very good strings and they really suit

any ukulele give them a try okay so

we're gonna touch on the carbon blacks

now this hair this is a string that

we've sold quite a few of over the last

couple of years but they are now sadly

discontinued the carbon black is

acquiesce attempt at a black

fluorocarbon string so a mellower jazzy

sring AK wheeler like - I think he's

probably a promotional thing they like

to say that their sugar strings aren't

fluorocarbon their carbon blacks are not

black fluorocarbon strings but I think

these are about as true to a dark

fluorocarbon string as you can get I

mean I put these recently on a and I

muir ukulele that I have and I found

that it just really warms the whole

thing up so if you want a kind of

traditional Hawaiian sound all right

these might be worth a try you might not

see these in shops for very long you

know as of October 2008 Iman a film

knees I mean we've got maybe half a

dozen sets left of each but fear not

because if you like them these strings

now appear under a different guys I get

the impression handshake deal went on

with Martin and these strings are now

being made exclusively for Martin

made in Italy packaged in Mexico is what

it says on the back of the packet and is

even and developed exclusively with a

coiler logo on the string packet there

so these are now known as a poly gut

string if you want the codes for them

it's m6a 5rm 610 but basically the same

string just a new incarnation of it give

it a try I mean it's a slightly manner

alternatives of the sugar strings these

probably served as a queen a stepping

stone to get into a flurry Carbon string

even though they don't call it a

fluorocarbon string anyway yeah poly gut

or carbon black as it used to be known

okay so there is one set of strings left

in the Aquila catalog of that I can do

for you today this is the ordering

Guerrero signature set now those of you

that were hoping I'd be doing buy a

nylon I'm sorry but here in the UK we've

not been selling the bio nylon strings

for probably five years I'm not even

sure if they're still in development I

haven't done a lot of research from

outside of the UK I'm sure they're

decent strings but the times we have

them in stock no one wanted them and we

were a little bit underwhelmed by them

so we're gonna talk about this instead

the ordering Guerrero set is a green

nylon string it feels like a clear nylon

string and sounds like a clear nylon

string and when you fit them to the

ukelele it stretches like a clear nylon

string sound wise though it's slightly

deeper it's got a bit more bass to it

they say on the packet that all during

Guerrero and Aquila went back and forth

for three years developing this set and

I can see why they're the perfect set

for a Strummer I wouldn't necessarily

say that they are the best set for a

finger picker if you if you like to play

configure style then perhaps look at

fluorocarbon string or even a Niall gut

string these strings have a lot of

attack but not a great amount of sustain

so if you're even if you're someone

maybe like a form B style player these

might be a good choice for you I don't

know what order in Guerrero uses these

four I played I've seen him play a few

times and I found it to be very much a

hard Strummer you know like almost like

a flamenco stir

guitar player and that makes loads of

sense when you try these strings but if

you're a slow player or somebody that

likes to kind of linger on and hope for

a bit too long these probably aren't the

strings for you okay so that was the

bulk of the Akula string catalog thank

you all of those that have been asking

for this video for a while now

I needed the I needed someone else's

enthusiasm to get around to it I love

talking about ukulele strings but aquila

do such a vast array of strings and

there are such similarities between them

hopefully you can see now why I stalled

on it for a little while I didn't want

to give you guys a bad video and I

wanted to give you good information

hopefully I have this time and if

there's any other strings you want an

in-depth description of don't hesitate

to leave a comment as you can see I read

the comments and when I get time I get

around to responding and fulfilling

those videos yeah if you have any

questions otherwise you feel free to

email us at shop at southern ukulele

store credit UK or you can give us a

call on oh one 202 for 308 - oh I

believe I have a direct email now at a

shop which is Alex a ukulele code at UK

yeah I've been Alex anyway and I look

forward to doing another video again

soon take

D’Addario is a pretty famous company and their products are used by musicians all over the world. 

The EJ87S Titanium Ukulele Strings are manufactured in the United States and they offer some of the best performance you will ever experience. 

And the tone these strings produce, is truly amazing. It's very modern, yet very powerful.

Compared to the stock strings you usually receive, these strings produce a far better sound.

For pretty cheap you will get a set of strings that are well balanced, and produce a crisp tone. 

Pros

  • Great tone.
  • Volume is very dynamic.

Cons

  • The strings are a bit sharp.

Yes, your ukulele strings can be stylish and still produce a great sound. The Aquila Colored Soprano Ukulele Strings are multi-colored, and very durable. 

And unlike most competitor strings, these strings are able to stay in tune for longer periods of time.

If you want to give your instrument a personal touch, while still maintaining great sound, these strings will help you do that.

Now let's move on and talk about the best concert ukulele strings.

Pros

  • Smooth to touch.
  • Easy to play.
  • Very colorful.

Cons

  • They are expensive.

The GHS H-10 strings are a great fit for any concert ukulele. They have a punchy, well balanced sound, and are very comfortable to play.

These strings are black and will fit nicely with a black turner. Or, if you simply want to add a little contrast, they can do that as well. 

Overall, the GHS H-10 strings are a solid choice if you are looking for something that’s durable, yet also very affordable.

Pros

  • Very durable.
  • Produces a clean and crisp sound.
  • Provides more volume.

Cons

  • Not that much better than stock strings.

If you are looking for comfort, coupled with better volume, the Aquila Red Series strings can deliver. 

And being that all the strings have a similar diameter, and they all have a different material density, the intonation is very enhanced. 

The Aquila Red Series strings are also very responsive. With these strings it's easy for your skills to shine through. 

The AQ-86 concert strings are best for advanced musicians and those who are looking for a significant improvement over the strings they are currently using.

Pros

  • Made using high quality materials.
  • Produces a very snappy sound.
  • Feels very uniform.

Cons

  • On the pricey side.

If you are the type of musician who likes fluorocarbon strings, you will enjoy the M600 Standard Concert Ukulele Strings by Martin.

The way these strings are produced make them very precise when it comes to tuning.

It has a higher tensile strength which means it can hold tuning for longer periods of time.

The sound produced by the M600’s is warm and clear. 

These strings show the advantages of using fluorocarbon strings. If you are looking for concert ukulele strings that do a great job of holding the tuning, the M600’s are what you want.

Next up we will share the best tenor ukulele strings.

Pros

  • Great quality.
  • Has great harmonic output.
  • Holds tuning very well.

Cons

  • Very thin when compared to other strings.

The EJ65T tenor ukulele strings have been precisely manufactured to ensure you always have the best playing experience. 

When making their strings, D'Addario uses the knowledge of Jake Shimabukuro, an expert when it comes to playing the ukulele, to make their strings.

This pretty much guarantees the strings will sound amazing. 

Since the EJ65T are specifically designed for the tenor ukulele, the low G string is wound. This gives it that extra deep tone you expect from a tenor ukulele. 

With these strings you will experience unbelievable intonation and that coveted acoustic tone. For a little over $5 you can give your ukulele a brand new sound.

Pros

  • The tone is very mellow.
  • The tone is well sustained.
  • The strings are durable.

Cons

  • Some have complained about the G string being too loud.

The Aquila 115U Lava Series is double the price of many of the strings on this list. However, the unique playing experience they offer makes them well worth the price. 

Inspired by the volcanic rocks in Hawaii, Aquila made these strings a gray black color. This gives them a look that is not all that common when it comes to strings.

The strings are also very solid and produce a very vibrant tone.

The material used to manufacture these strings is Supernylgut. Supernylgut is a material that imitates the sound of some of the most expensive gut strings. 

Similar to other strings on this list, the low G string is wound. However, instead of being wound in nylon or metal, these strings are wound in silver plated copper. 

If you can handle the higher price point, we recommend you invest in the Aquila 115U Lava Series strings. We believe they are the best ukulele strings for tenor.

Pros

  • Made with premium materials.
  • Features a unique, gray black design.
  • Great projection.

Cons

  • The strings are known to be a bit stiff sometimes.

These particular strings are some of the cheapest you will find on the market. For their price point, which is just under $3, GHS managed to manufacture some pretty decent strings.

The GHS H-T10 strings feature a sleek black design that is similar to the Lava Series by Aquila.

The C string, however, is wound and made of aluminum. The remaining strings are all nylon strings. 

As a result they produce a very soft and mellow sound.

The GHS H-T10 strings give you a great way to have fresh new strings, without breaking the bank.

Last but not least, we will cover the best ukulele strings for the baritone.

Pros

  • Has both nylon and aluminum strings.
  • Clear sound.
  • Very affordable.
  •  Great volume.

Cons

  • Not that much better than stock strings.

The M630’s are made from clear fluorocarbon. This guarantees they are able to perform for longer periods of time.

To ensure you get that low end punch musicians want, aluminum wrap wire and silver plated copper is used.

Unlike other wound strings, the M630’s don’t squeak as much. 

At first these strings may be a bit tough to tune. However, once they have been properly stretched, they will hold their tune just fine.

These strings are a great investment for those on a tight budget.

Pros

  • Feels good under the fingers.
  • Easy to play.
  • Produces a very clear and vibrant sound.
  • Tuning is very consistent.

Cons

  • Some users have complained about the wound string becoming unraveled.

This is the same model we previously reviewed in the tenor section. However, there is one big difference. These are optimized for baritone ukuleles. 

The first two strings are D’Addario’s Pro-Arte extruded clear nylon strings, while the 3rd and 4th are nylon core wrapped with a silver- plated copper wound.

Together the strings work to produce a very crisp and balanced sound.

If you are looking for the best baritone strings, at the best possible price, check out the D'Addario EJ65B’s.

Pros

  • Durable.
  • Produce a very clear sound.
  • Good contrast between nylon strings and wound strings.

Cons

  • The wound strings are quite a bit louder than the nylon strings.

Just like the Aquila’s Red series concert ukulele strings, the Aquila 89U strings are a great choice for anyone looking to improve the sound of their ukulele. 

If you are looking to optimize volume, these strings will provide you with a loud, yet very balanced tone. They are also comfortable and very durable. 

The Aquila 89U strings are able to hold their tuning without any problems. And once they have been properly stretched, they will perform even better. 

Because these strings are meant for low-D tuning, the D and G strings are wound. This makes for a more vibrant sound.

The Aquila 89U strings offer great value at an affordable price. 

Pros

  • Great quality.
  • Durable and can last a long time.
  • Nice sustain.

Cons

  • The two wound strings can be squeaky.


Top 7 Materials Used To Make Ukulele Strings

The strings you currently have on your ukulele are more than likely nylon. This is because nylon strings are the most popular strings. 

There are however, six more types of strings that can be used on the ukulele. All seven strings vary in the type of material used, the way they are wounded, the sound they produce, and their level of comfortability. 

Let’s take a quick look at the 7 different materials used to make ukulele strings. 

Nylon Strings

We will start with nylon strings since they are the most commonly used strings. Nylon strings are interesting because they use different types of nylon polymers. 

This means nylon strings that come from different companies may have a completely different sound.

The cheapest nylon strings are made using a process known as extrusion. Molten nylon polymer is pushed through holes of all different sizes. Out of it comes a nylon filament. 

This process gives each string a different thickness. As a result different tones will be produced. 

The best nylon strings are also made through extruding. The difference is they are then ground to ensure they are a precise diameter. 

Please note the best nylon strings will cost a bit more. They will also provide a more textured feel. 

Some musicians love this, while others hate it. 

Benefits of Using Nylon Strings

  • They better protect your fingers.

  • They produce a warm, yet very clear sound.

  • They last longer because they aren’t affected by humidity.

Cons Of Using Nylon Strings

The slightest shift in temperature can affect nylon strings. They stretch in warm conditions, and contract in cooler conditions. When the temperature shifts, it can cause your ukulele to get out of tune.  And as you very well know, there is nothing worse than having an out of tune ukulele. 

When you purchase new nylon strings, they will need a little time to settle down. It's a good idea to change your strings before a show. Doing so will ensure you get the best sound possible. 

However, you must give the strings enough time to fully stretch. Otherwise they won’t stay in tune. 

A simple way to get around this is to stretch the strings a bit more than the tuning calls for. Doing so will minimize the chances of your ukulele getting out of tune while you are performing.

Wound Metal Strings

Wound metal strings are exactly what they sound like. A set of strings that have a metal core, and are surrounded by winding materials. 

Benefits of Using Wound Metal Strings

  • These strings are best on larger ukuleles that need a boost in the lower end of the frequency range. 

Cons of Using Wound Metal Strings

  • They can be a bit squeaky at times. 

  • You won’t be able to cut them to your desired length as that has the potential to ruin them. Once you start to cut, the wrapping material may start to unravel.

Gut Strings

This may gross a few people out, but gut strings are also exactly what they sound like. They are literally made from the guts of animals. They were actually the first types of strings to be played on an acoustic instrument.

Which makes sense since back in the day a lot of the materials on this list were not around.

Benefits of Using Gut Strings

  • They produce a really rich sound. Better than that of nylon strings or titanium strings. (we will discuss titanium strings next)

  • They feel better under the fingers. Most musicians love how easy it is to slide on gut strings. 

Cons of Using Gut Strings

  • They don’t last very long.

  • They cost more than the average ukulele strings. 

Titanium Strings

With a name like titanium, you can believe these are some very strong strings. They are much more durable than nylon strings. 

Benefits of Using Titanium Strings

  • They are monofilament, but also made of metal. This basically means they are not likely to snap under pressure. 

  • If you are looking for more volume and projection, these are the strings you want. They produce a very bright and loud sound. 

Cons Of Using Titanium Strings

  • We couldn't find any real issues with using this type of string.

Fluorocarbon Strings

Fluorocarbon strings are nothing more than plastic ukulele strings. They are the best alternatives to nylon strings and musicians tend to love them. 

The great thing about them is they produce a sound that is similar to the sound produced by nylon strings. 

The only difference is they don’t stress the fingers in the same way nylon strings do. 

Benefits of Using Fluorocarbon Strings

  • Unlike nylon strings, fluorocarbon strings are not affected by changes in temperature. 

  • On the other hand, like nylon strings, fluorocarbon strings can be easily cut to the desired diameter. This means even if you purchase longer strings, they can be cut to size with a pair of scissors.

Cons of Using Fluorocarbon Strings

  • We couldn’t find any real issues with using this type of string. 

Wound Nylon Strings

There are two parts to a wound nylon string. The inner core, which is made of nylon, is wrapped using a polymer-made winding material.

Benefits of Using Wound Nylon Strings

  • If you are looking for a deeper sound, wound nylon strings can help you get it. Most musicians will use this type of string as their two lower strings. These types of strings are usually used on baritone and tenor ukuleles. 

Cons of Using Wound Nylon Strings

  • When fretting these strings, you will notice they make a squeaky sound. For some musicians this is a big turn off.

Steel Strings

Steel strings are not all that common on ukuleles. As a matter of fact, they are most often used on acoustic guitars. 

Benefits of Using Steel Strings

  • In all honesty, there aren’t very many benefits to using steel strings on a ukulele. 

Cons of Using Steel Strings

  • Steel strings can be a bit heavy. They therefore cause a lot of tension on the body of the ukulele, as well as on the bridge.  As a result, this type of string can cause serious damage to your instrument.

What Type Of Ukulele Strings Should You Use?

The answer to that question is, it depends. Everyone is different and will have different preferences. 

What it really boils down is the type of sound you are trying to produce. That is the main factor you should consider when it comes to ukulele strings. 

If, however, you are on a tight budget, your focus should be more on durability and overall performance. 

For those who play the tenor or baritone ukulele, opt for wound strings as they will provide you with that bass sound you want to achieve. 

Don’t Forget About The Tuning

Another important factor to consider when buying ukulele strings, is the tuning. As previously mentioned, each type of ukulele uses a different tuning, with the most common one being GCEA.

Please note this tuning has two different versions. The first one is GCEA, and it is just that. The second one, however, is gCEA. With this version the G string is tuned one octave higher. 

On special occasions, alternate tuning methods can be used. As a beginner we recommend you don’t try any alternate tuning methods. 

Once you get a little more experience under your belt, you can then try out different tunings.

Be sure to double check each string pack to ensure it is the right one for your ukulele. 

Our Final Thoughts

This article has basically covered all the information you need to know when it comes to purchasing ukulele strings. 

So now the question is, which strings should you buy?

That all depends on you and what you prefer. For example, is the quality of sound important to you?

What about durability? 

Or are you more concerned with comfort and the ability to play for hours on end?

No matter your preference, the strings on this list will help you achieve that goal. Any of the options above will make a huge difference in how you play, and the sound you are able to produce. 

The ukulele strings you use can literally make or break your performance. Not only do they affect your instruments ability to stay in tune, but they also determine how comfortable your fingers are when playing. 

One thing you will quickly learn about stock strings, is they aren’t very durable. Yes they will get the job done, but they aren’t optimal for those who are trying to take their skills to the next level.

The great thing about all the strings on this list is that they are very affordable. That means you can try out different strings and see which ones work best for you.

Keep in mind ukulele strings can be made from a variety of different materials. While nylon is the most common material used, it isn’t always the best option.

Research each type of material and find the one you are most comfortable with. 

We do appreciate you taking the time to read this article all the way through, and we hope you have found it useful. 

If so, please share it and help us spread our love of all things ukulele!

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Video Transcript

one of the most common questions I get

asked is what students I use well I used

to use these marking the fluorocarbon

strings but in the last six months I've

gone back to the ones I started with

which is these akela null good strings

it doesn't surprise me I always get

asked this because there is such a wide

selection of strings available it can be

confusing to know which is the most

suitable some brands are made of

different materials while there are

others which are made of the same

material fluorocarbon but come in at

different price points there is also

constant discussion online about which

is the best or most suitable brand to

use some people swear by certain brands

saying they make their you sent ten

times better some people avoid certain

brands at low costs while there are

others who say that if your strings are

made of fluorocarbon you may as well

just use the correct gauge of

fluorocarbon fishing line as it's

essentially the same thing fluorocarbon

is fluorocarbon either way I have a

bunch of some of the most common packs

here I'm going to record them all on the

same instrument so you can decide for

yourself there are other variables in

what makes a good string such as

durability and tuning stability over

time but this video is just testing

heavy sound after putting them on and

spending some time breaking them in

until they hold their tuning so I'm

using Assad mahogany kyo

kts seven soprano so obviously I'll be

using packs made for the soprano scale

so let's take a look at the strings

okay so here are all the strings so

first of all we have Aquila noon all

good which is what I use we then have

Aquila supernal good which I actually

haven't tried yet so I'm curious is here

they compare to the original ones Aquila

lava which are the same as the super

analogous terms but they're different

colors so let's see if there's any

difference this is their eco friendly

set Aquila bio nylon this is the Aquila

red series which are lighter and

brighter this company

Aurora used strings made by Aquila but

the other on colored ribbon so these

ones aren't blue button get them in

green and pink and other colors these

are the otário titanium ukulele strings

we then have three fluorocarbon sets so

the first one is free month black line

we then have worth brands and then we

have Martin fluorocarbon strings I also

have this last set which was the

cheapest one I could find so these cost

you one pound eighty-five from Amazon

they're called rocket music that's in

the company and in the description they

said that they were a black nylon boat

as you can see they're not so we'll see

how they compare to the rest

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