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Ukulele Strings

What size of ukulele string should I get?
The first thing to do is to make sure you get the correct size of string, which will be for either Soprano Ukulele, Concert Ukulele, Tenor Ukulele or Baritone Ukulele. If you are not sure which yours is, here are the approximate overall lengths of each Ukulele size
Soprano overall length 530mm
Concert overall length 620mm
Tenor overall length 665mm
Baritone overall length 772mm

Now which set of ukulele string do I go for?
There is quite a few variations in strings and tunings available for ukulele. The following are the main variations for Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles . If you are new to the Ukulele, you will probably want the regular set , also refered to as a high G set. This is the standard set that most ukulele's will have from factory and the Traditional way of tuning.This comprises a high G string, the next string is the C string which is lower in pitch, then above in pitch is the E string, and above that is the A string.

The alternative is a Low G set, which uses a thicker wound string so that it can be tuned to a low G instead of a high G.

For general playing and strumming, the regular tuning with high G is usual. For picking out melodies the low G has some advantages. Both are also refered to as standard C tuning because a C chord is made with 3 of the open strings. There are other completely different ukulele tunings, but these are rarely used.

Baritone is different altogether. Most people with a Baritone ukulele will likely know exactly what they want but if you have a Baritone Ukulele and need information, please give us a call on 023 9224 1567 or e-mail sales@courtneyandwalker.co.uk

What type or make of Ukulele string should I get?
Traditionally gut strings were used on the earliest ukulele's. When nylon became available, it was widely used because of its durability and low cost. Tonally though, some players preferred the warmth and tone that the old gut strings had.

Now there are new materials being made that combine the tonal qualities of gut with the durability and affordability of nylon. One such string is the Aquila Nylgut Ukulele String. We would recommend this type of string for both high end ukulele's and also for basic or learner ukulele's. For fairly little cost, there is in our opinion a big difference in quality of sound even when used with a student instrument.



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