Using Classical Guitar Strings on Ukulele

Ukulele and classical guitar strings are basically the same - just different packaging.

Guitar TIP-Stringing a Nylon String Guitar

Buster B. Jones shows you his fast technique for changing nylon strings. If you're a gut string player you'll love this video. (YouTube link)

This technique for changing strings applies to ukuleles as well with a tie bridge.

Using a Classical Guitar String Set on Ukulele

A ukulele is constructed basically like a small classical guitar. As such, a lot of the same concerns and information, technique and resources can be used for ukulele.

Here are a few links and resources for some great information on classical strings:

(source: FleaMarketMusic.com) Any classical guitar strings will work. You'd only use the D G B and E strings. As far as I know there aren't any unwound classical D strings.

  • Use the classical guitar D string for the uke G when using a low G tuning.
  • Use the classical G string for the uke C.
  • Use the classical B string for the uke E.
  • Use the classical E string for the uke A.

(Ed.) Any gauge string would work depending on how much tension you like on your strings. A favorite brand is Savarez. I've use Savarez Alliance strings (red package) on my tenor ukulele. Another favorite brand among players are D'Adarrio strings.

Savarez Classical Guitar Strings on Ukulele

Both low and high string four variations.

"C" Tuning (G C E A) Low "G"

Savarez Alliance (red card-R)

  • E-1 KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .024, 541R for the A
  • H-2 (B-2) KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .027, 542R for the E
  • G-3 KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .033, 543R for the C

D'Addario Pro-Arte

  • D Light Silverplated Copper Wound .028, J4304 for both the low G and low A bass strings

"D" Tuning (A D F# B) Low "A"

Savarez Alliance (red card-R)

  • E-1 KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .024, 541R for the B
  • H-2 (B-2) KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .027, 542R for the F#
  • G-3 KF Plain Treble Standard Tension .033, 543R for the D

This is the same set as a Low "G", "C" Tuning set.

D'Addario Pro-Arte

  • D Light Silverplated Copper Wound .028, J4304 for the low A bass string

This is the same set as a Low "G", "C" Tuning.

"G" Tuning (d G B E) High "D"

Savarez Alliance (red card-R)

(red card-R) and high tensions (blue card-J)

  • Plain KF Treble High Tension .033, 543J for the D
  • Plain KF Treble Standard Tension .027, 542R for the E
  • Plain KF Treble Standard Tension .033, 543R for the B

D'Addario Pro-Arte

  • D Light Silverplated Copper Wound .028, J4304 for both the low G (string 3)

D'Addario Classical Guitar Strings on Ukulele

Both low and high string four variations.

daddario_titaniumT2 Titanium Trebles - The titanium trebles offer a projecting tone that is brighter than traditional nylon. With its attractive purple hue and ultra-smooth feel, they are comfortable for the traditional nylon user. They are laser sorted for guaranteed precise intonation set after set and offer an ideal volume and tonal balance with the dynamic wound strings.

daddario_proartePro Arté - All Pro-Arte treble strings are sorted by a sophisticated computer-controlled laser machine which performs diameter and tension measurements, ensuring true-sounding, precise trebles in every set. Pro-Arte basses are wound using silver-plated copper on a multi-filament nylon core for consistent and warm, yet projecting tone.

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