Learning how to string a ukulele is not a particularly difficult process, but you will have to stretch out the strings to get them to hold their tone after you get them on the instrument. You may also want to learn some knotting techniques for the bridge. There are different ways that people do this, and learning to do it well can reduce the amount of time you spend stretching the strings out due to the knot tightening more quickly.
These string winders will reduce the time from stringing up your ukulele. They also come with clippers, so you don't need to carry a extra set of clippers. What a great deal!
For the purposes of these instructions, the top string is going to refer to the lowest string, which will be closest to the top of the instrument when you’re holding the ukulele in a playing position. Each successive string will be referred to as the next number in sequence.
Some players prefer to use the pegs for the C and E strings as their measuring guides, measuring 1 inch past those pegs to get the proper length for the other strings.
After you have all of the strings in place, go ahead and tune the instrument. You have to stretch the strings, so be prepared for this to take a while. It’s not uncommon for ukulele strings to keep stretching for around a week after they are put on the instrument, so you may have to retune more frequently during that time.
You may want to consider accessories such as string winders and electronic tuners to make this process easier. Most any stringed instrument with a fretboard will use this same stringing method, so feel free to use it on your other instruments, as well.
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