When to change the strings of a ukulele?

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The ukulele owes its magnificent playful sounds to its four strings which make it an exceptional musical instrument. The great Iz (Israel Kamakawiwo'ole) certainly could not have produced his most popular song, the medley "Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World", if he did not have at his disposal a ukulele and good quality strings.
The condition of the strings is therefore an essential aspect that any good player must absolutely take into consideration. But how do you really know if it's time (or not) to replace the strings of your ukulele?

In case of wear

As with the guitar, it only takes a quick glance to see the wear on the strings of a ukulele. However, if experienced players have the ability to detect this defect more quickly, beginner profiles may have trouble detecting it. Of course, you can easily see with the naked eye that the strings are worn (the material is altered and the shape of the wires is no longer regular). However, it is mainly in terms of sound that we can deduce that the elements are no longer of very good quality. In general, the note will still sound bad in the treble when the strings are worn, even if the instrument is correctly adjusted. The strings must therefore be modified. As soon as the strings are replaced, the player will find that the sound is much rounder and warmer. In addition, it will also detect a clear improvement in terms of precision and sound projection.

When we want to improve the sound

It may happen that an artist decides to change the strings of his ukulele for the simple reason that he wishes to obtain a better sound both in terms of power and precision. The elements may still be of good quality, but the music produced may not meet the expectations of the player. In this case, the only solution will be to replace them. Different models and brands of strings are currently available on the market. We can notably cite:

  • Aquila: this Italian brand is renowned for its "Nylgut" strings. The threads are flexible and thick. The main advantage of accessories is that they give volume to the ukulele even if they produce a sound with little treble. This is the string mark used on all Upa Upa Tahiti ukuleles.
  • Worth: the elements are characterized by their fine and very smooth appearance. Like the previous one, this model will also give volume to the ukulele. It should however be specified that the strings exist in several rods and colors. Depending on the case, you can have a sound with more or less treble (and more or less volume).
  • D'Addario: The brand's products are among the most popular today. The accessories are fairly easy to recognize thanks to their reference (strings J65, J92 and others).

In addition to these three main brands, you can also choose from other brands such as Martin and Fremont. In all cases, the important thing for the player will be to make sure that the instrument produces a better sound color, with more projection and intonation, thanks to the new strings.


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    Soprano Nuku-Hiva


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