Here are a few ukulele string sets to try out first. These are sets that have a good reputation among ukulele players. I personally like the full line of Ko`olau 'Alohi strings.
I bounce between the Ko`olau `Alohi strings and Savarez Alliance (Red Card-R) on my tenor ukuleles. Savarez now makes a dedicated ukulele string set for soprano/concert and tenor ukuleles. No low G, so I use the D'Addarrio Pro-Arte J4304 for the Low G. These are the same Alliance KF stings that I've always been using just in a ukulele package.
For a string recommendation for ukulele strings that you can pretty much find at any music store, go with Martin Ukulele strings.
Ukulele Strings are available at these great dealers: Funky Frets, Elderly Instruments and UkuleleWorld.com and many more on the ukulele dealers page.
For information on using classical guitars strings on ukulele.
At our Funky Frets music store I also try and have a few of the ukuleles strung up with the strings that we carry.
Aquila Corde Armoniche Srl
Via Aviano 16
P. IVA 02295710244 Phone: +39 0444 986972 Fax: +39 0444 989399
P.O. Box 82761
Portland, OR 97282-0761
Ph/Fax (503) 788-5029
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Aquila Strings brand.
from the Aquila Strings web site
Gut strings were already produced in Padoa, Verona, Venice, Treviso and Vicenza since the beginning of the 17th century. Documents of the time show that such production lasted uninterruptedly well into the 20th century. Locally produced strings, thanks to their superior quality, were exported abroad in big quantity, as proven by numerous recently discovered archival sources. Our products are wholly produced in house in Vicenza (60 Km far from Venice), to individual requirements, beginning from fresh gut, respecting and reviving the old tradition. With this catalogue we would like to introduce our complete range of strings and propose some favorable sales conditions; we would also like to offer you any advice and technical assistance you may require.
J. D’Addario & Company, Inc.
595 Smith Street
East Farmingdale, NY 11735
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the J. D’Addario & Company, Inc. brand.
from the J. D’Addario & Company, Inc. web site
D’Addario’s first factory was in Lynbrook, New York, and the initial staff consisted of only five employees. As always, it was a real family operation with John, Sr., John, Jr. and James leading the company’s growth and business plans. James’ wife Janet helped to design packaging, heading up what would eventually become the company’s art department. The printing facility was still a strong support for the fledgling company, providing a steady source of income as the family developed their superior line of strings. The D’Addario reputation for service and quality served them well as they tapped into the market with their own products. Aggressive marketing strategies would help their product line gain popularity, and the staff of five quickly multiplied to fifteen.
from the GHS Strings web site
Innovation has been a key for us since 1964 when our company founders brought a wealth of string making experience to a small family-owned business. Now, 35 years later, as a top brand in the global market GHS Strings is staffed with dedicated personnel trained and experienced in string technology. Our continuous innovation can be seen in such areas as our ìBrightness Barî (found on select string packages and designed to show what strings will produce which tones), our close collaboration with key artists (who often actually provide direct input during the string design process for Signature strings), and our ongoing efforts to create new and exciting product.
2610 East Cesar Chavez Ave
East Los Angeles, CA 90033
from the Guadalupe Custom Strings web site
Fourteen years ago Francisco Gonzalez, a very accomplished and knowledgeable musician himself, set out to design strings that would "respect the aesthetics, traditions and musical uniqueness of each instrument and the cultures they represent." His time and dedication produced the basic formulas the artisans of Guadalupe Custom Strings use to create strings that maintain a reputation for their exceptional quality, durability and craftsmanship.
GERMANY Phone: +49 8639 1638
Fax: +49 8639 5177
from the Hannabach Strings web site
Werner Hannabach, the son of Adolf and Elisabeth joins the company in 1962. In 1965 he marries Maria (Maridi) Schwaiger whom he met during a holiday in Austria. Maridi joins Werner in the management of the company and they build up the company to what it is today. Their two sons Uwe (1966) and Jörg (1971) are involved in the company from their early ages. While Jörg decides to follow a career as a musician, Uwe again follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and carries on with the family tradition of string making. In 1991 Uwe joins the company and in 1995 becomes the General Manager of Hannabach.
Bob Gleason/ Pegasus Guitars & Ukuleles
Kurtistown, HI 96760
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Hilo Strings brand.
from the Hilo Strings web site
Hilo strings for ukulele are precision ground to close tolerances. This helps them stay in tune and play in tune. They are made from Tynex, which is more resistant to moisture than nylon.
401 N.Cane St. A-10
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company brand.
from the Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele Company web site
Ko’olau Guitars and ‘Ukuleles are professional quality, hand crafted instruments. The shop is located in Kaneohe, on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, approximately fifteen minutes from Honolulu, at the foot of the the beautiful Ko’olau Mountains.
For many years Ko’olau Guitar and Ukulele has been building some of the finest quality ukes money can buy, allowing the customer to pick from many woods and decorative options. The company was founded and is still run by John Kitakis, whose career began as a furniture maker. He moved from the mainland US to Hawaii forty years ago, then for a period of time went back to the mainland doing warranty repair work for Martin, Taylor, Gibson, Guild and other guitar manufacturers, and in between built custom guitars and mandolins. Eventually he, his wife and children returned to Oahu to begin Ko’olau Guitar & Ukulele Company. All of John’s children worked in the family business, from sorting screws to sweeping floors. His oldest son, Noa eventually chose to pursue stringed instrument making, and now manages all Ko’olau production. His youngest son, Andrew also joined the family doing repairs and assisting in Ko’olau construction and finishing, but eventually established his own retail guitar and ‘ukulele business.
EAST COAST: 1000 Technology Park Dr.
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone: (800) 446-6010
Fax: (804) 515-0347
WEST COAST: 1240 Quarry St.
Corona, CA 92879
Phone: (800) 637-0477
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Lanikai Ukuleles brand.
from the Lanikai Ukuleles web site
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii - its name means “Heavenly Ocean”… and Lanikai Ukuleles let you “ride the wave” to your own heavenly musical landscape.
510 Sycamore Street
P. O. Box 329
Nazareth, PA 18064-0329
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. brand.
from the C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. web site
Martin’s steadfast adherence to high standards of musical excellence, mixed with experienced management, has largely accounted for the company’s remarkable longevity. Marketing methods and product mix have changed at Martin over the years, but the company attitude towards guitar building has never varied. In the preface to the 1904 catalog, Frank Henry Martin explained to potential customers, “How to build a guitar to give this tone is not a secret. It takes care and patience. Care in selecting the materials, laying out the proportions, and attending to the details which add to the player’s comfort. Patience in giving the necessary time to finish every part. A good guitar cannot be built for the price of a poor one, but who regrets the extra cost for a good guitar?” Almost eighty years have passed since Frank Henry Martin authored this statement of policy, but it still is an accurate expression of Martin’s ongoing commitment to quality.
Capital de 731 500 €
SIREN : 784 124 463 000 59
APE : 363Z
5, Avenue Barthélémy Thimonnier
69643 Caluire et Cuire Cedex
France Tèl : (0033/0) 4 37 40 32 00
Fax : (0033/0) 4 37 40 32 10
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Savarez S.A. brand.
from the Savarez S.A. web site
Benefiting from the most recent discoveries, the classical guitar strings (three trebles strings made at first of plain gut and basses strings made of copper wound on silk (later on silver plated copper wound on silk)) have evolved into the use of monofilament nylon called plain nylon for the three trebles strings and of silver plated copper wound for the three basses strings.
****These are the strings I’ve been using exclusively on all my ukuleles for the past 10+ years. - **Curt**
Here is a tenor uke string set that I‘ve been using for years:
C Tuning, low or high G
C Tuning, low G or D Tuning, low A
PO BOX 5219
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06610
Our family store, Funky Frets is an authorized dealer and carries the Strings By Aurora brand.
from the Strings By Aurora web site
Strings by Aurora is proud to bring their line of colored guitar strings to guitarists throughout the world. Aurora produces top of the line guitar strings that combine tried and true winding methods with the latest technology – producing the most brilliant and durable colors and coatings. Strings by Aurora, manufactured in Bridgeport, Connecticut, are the ONLY guitar strings that are made entirely from domestic components; truly 100% made in the USA. We use top-grade materials, fabricated from our own rod, sealed with our patented enamel coatings, and precision wound. All processes are meticulously over-seen by our master craftsmen, drawing on 60 years experience. The result is a truly unique product that is available in a multitude of colored and clear coated sets that sound as good as they look!
Daniel Ho, and Jason Arimoto, Ph.D.
914 Westwood Blvd. #813
Los Angeles, California 90024
from the Ukulele Creations web site
‘Ukulele Creations is a comprehensive music program based in Southern California, developed by six- time GRAMMY award winner, Daniel Ho, and Jason Arimoto, Ph.D.
Daniel and Jason met in July 2010 at an ‘ukulele festival in Cairns, Australia. After sharing a 15-hour plane ride halfway around the globe, they realized that they had grown up only a few miles from each other in Honolulu, Hawaii and were currently living only a few miles away from each other in Los Angeles.
Their mutual interest in ‘ukulele and music education inspired their creation of a multi-faceted venture dedicated to “all things ‘ukulele” - recordings, books, DVDs, accessories, events, workshops, private lessons.
Worth Creation Ltd.
SK702 3-6-4 Kitanagasado-ri.
Business Hour 9:00am-5:00pm on Monday-Friday( except holiday ).
from the Worth Strings by Worth Creation web site
100% Fluoro-carbon Ukulele Strings “Worth Strings” is made of an special material called Fuluoro carbon. The features are a clear sound and a good balance, so it can be adaptive not only for solo play but also for stroke(strumming) play. Therefore, despite “Worth Strings” is higher price many people choose them, because the length is longer than other company’s string, and you can get two from one of our strings sets as long as normal size ukulele.
Content is always being added and updated. So check-in often. Thanks, Curt
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