For a uke player, ukulele strings make a huge difference. A high-quality instrument will produce lousy sound if it has poor quality strings on it. Fortunately for ukulele players, strings for these instruments are not particularly expensive and, among companies that produce very high quality strings on the whole, there are significant differences in their products. The end result is that there really is no brand that makes the best strings, but there is very likely a brand out there that you will end up preferring above others.
Uke strings incorporate many different materials in their manufacture, and what’s chosen does make a noticeable difference. It’s not a difference in that one company makes the best uke strings because they use a material that a competitor does not. The difference is that the specific feel and response of a given brand of string—as well as its sound qualities—are likely to make it ideal for some players and not particularly good for others.
The vast majority of uke strings are made out of nylon. It’s durable and gives excellent sounds. Some strings, however, are made out of gut. The gut is taken from animals. Some players believe that these have the superior sound and other players prefer the sound of nylon. Some players use nylon strings for humane reasons, as well.
There are plenty of different brands to try and a lot of products within each of those brands, as well. Finding the best uke strings might take you a while, and your preferences may change with time. For instance, the softer touch allowed by a gold- or silver-wound string might appeal to you when you’re starting out, but you might prefer the sound of a steel string later on, and not be bothered by the increased pressure to fret it due to having developed callouses.
Experiment with strings. They’re cheap and, if you don’t like a brand, taking it off and changing it out is more practice stringing and tuning your instrument, which is good for a beginner. With time, you’ll find which strings work for you.Return to Home Page
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