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Ukulele Strings Can Make a Difference

Published on 01/03/2011

  • Ukulele Strings Can Make a Difference

The strings on the ukulele are the sound source as they vibrate when strummed. The type of string you have on your ukulele can make a big difference to the sound.

Size

It is important to buy the right size of string to fit your ukulele. The thickness and length of the string differs depending on the size of ukulele.

For the standard, smallest size ukulele, make sure you buy soprano strings. If you have a tenor or baritone ukulele, buy the strings  for the corresponding size.

Brand

Nylon strings are a cheap option for ukulele players. Clear and black nylon strings are popular, and both are good. It's just a matter of preference. Aquila ukulele strings are generally considered a great choice, and for good reason. The Italian company, Aquila, produce both gut strings and a synthetic alternative called Nylgut.

Aquila Nylgut ukulele strings are made of a white synthetic material. These strings have the same qualities as nylon and gut. Nylgut is more stable than nylon in keeping its tonal qualities against temperature and humidity. Nylgut is elastic to tension as compared to gut.  Aquila strings are highly polished to a smooth surface and more expensive than nylon strings. Aquila strings have superior tonal qualities and strength.