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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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!
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