Ukulele String Recommendations

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My Personal Ukulele Strings Recommendations

Here are a few ukulele string sets to try out first. These are sets that have a good reputation among ukulele players. I personally like the full line of Ko`olau strings.

Ukulele strings are basically Classical Guitar strings on a ukulele. The only difference is the packaging and the length of the string. Ukulele (a.k.a. classical guitar strings ) strings are primarily made of materials such as nylon, fluorocarbon, and other synthetics .

I bounce between using Ko`olau `Alohi Strings and Savarez Alliance ( 540R Trebles ) on my performance tenor ukuleles. Both of these sets are Fluorocarbon strings.

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Savarez now makes a dedicated ukulele string set for soprano/concert and tenor ukuleles. I use Thomastik-Infeld CF30 - 4th string .030 Chrome Steel Flat tuned to low G (G3). These are the same Alliance KF stings that I've always been using just in a ukulele package.

See below for my current / complete string setup.

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Thomastik-Infeld Classical Strings

Abe Lagrimas came through Funky Frets during his 2018 east coast tour and I noticed a different C string when I played his Ko'olau CS tenor. He was using a Thomastik-Infeld CF27 - 3rd string (g) .027 Chrome Steel Flat Wound string for the his C string. It had great balance and didn't wear out at the frets as a round would string typically does. I use a low G so I got the CF27 for the C string three as well as a Thomastik-Infeld CF30 - 4th string (D) .030 Chrome Steel Flat Wound for a low G. I play a Ko'olau CS tenor as well and this string combinationis great. I don't know why I didn't think of Thomastik-Infeld as I've been using their guitar strings on my American Archtop 7 string for decades. A bit pricey, but given that you use less of them in over time it is well worth it. ( We have them available at Funky Frets, Boyertown, PA USA or right here. If not we are not offended if you them from Amazon. )

Curt's Long-time Current String Set(s)

C Tuning, Low G

This is the set that I'm currently using for all my Tenor ukuleles. Two Ko'olau CS Cedar TOP / Rosewood Back and Sides Tenors.

  • String 1 - Savarez Alliance 541R - KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .024, 541R tuned to A (A4)
  • String 2 - Savarez Alliance 542R - KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .027, 542R tuned to E (E4)
  • String 3 - Thomastik-Infeld CF27 - 3rd string .027 Chrome Steel Flat tuned to C (C4) a.k.a., Middle C
  • String 4 - Thomastik-Infeld CF30 - 4th string .030 Chrome Steel Flat tuned to Low G (G3)

C Tuning, High G

This is the set that I'm currently using for on a Lanikai Malibu, Makau Series All Koa Tenor.

  • String 4 - Savarez Alliance 541R - KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .024, 541R tuned to A (G4)

Strings one, two, and three are the same as the Low G, C Tuning set above.

  • String 1 - Savarez Alliance 541R - KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .024, 541R tuned to A (A4)
  • String 2 - Savarez Alliance 542R - KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .027, 542R tuned to E (E4)
  • String 3 - Thomastik-Infeld CF27 - 3rd string .027 Chrome Steel Flat tuned to C (C4) a.k.a., Middle C

For a ukulele string recommendation that you can pretty much find at any music store, go with Martin Ukulele strings - which are fluorocarbon and their new premium strings are a special Aquila string.

For some great information on strings checkout the Strings by Mail - String Basics page .

Note: Ukulele strings are really just strings and typically classical guitar strings, cut shorter and re-packaged as ukulele strings.

12 Tenor String Sets on Kamaka HF-3

Here is a great video from the theukulelereview.com site.

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