Types of Ukulele String Material

From Fluorocarbon, Cat Gut, Titanium, Nylon to Nylgut. Just what are the differences.

Types of Ukulele String Material

Information collection through various manufacturers and on-line resources.

Fluorocarbon Strings

Basically fishing line. A brighter sound than nylon string. A very technical description of Fluorocarbon can be found on WidipediA:

Typical string tension and gauges ( Tenor High G, C Tuning ): .0205, .026, .0319, .0413

These are the type of stings that I typically use. See Curt's Personal Ukulele Strings Recommendations page for more ingo

Real Gut Strings

"Cat Gut" is made from the intestines of the sheep or goats. For a long time, catgut was the most common material for the strings of harps, violins, and violas, as well as other stringed musical instruments, although most musical instruments produced today use strings with cores made of other materials, generally steel or synthetic.

Nylon Strings

There are two types of Nylon strings - Extruded, and Ground ( rectified ). Extruded strings are made by pushing hot nylon through a small hole. Ground strings are first extruded and then ground down to size.

Typical string tension and gauges ( Tenor High G, C Tuning ): .0285, .0327, .041, .029

Titanium Strings

D'Addario Titanium Ukulele strings are crafted from a dense monofilament material that has an attractive, translucent purple hue and a polished, smooth feel similar to nylon. This unique material is particularly beneficial to Ukulele’s due to its slightly brighter tone and increased projection, resulting in more volume, clarity and dynamics. ( ref: D'Adarrio }

Synthetic Gut Strings

Aquila has a trade name Nylgut. A synthetic material created to have the feel and sound of traditional gut strings with out the traditional problem of gut strings. Aquila supples the majority of mass produced manufactures with strings.

Typical string tension and gagues ( D'Addario NyTech Tenor High G, C Tuning ): .026, .032, .038, .028

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