In this article I want to tell you why I use classical guitar strings on ukulele. So let’s dive in!
What kind of strings?
One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “What strings do you use?” For a long time I have used the first four strings of D’Addario EJ45c Pro Arte classical guitar strings on my ukulele (for Low-G tuning). And there are several reasons why.
The traditional ukulele strings are quite thin. And for that reason they don’t provide enough grip and response in the right hand. With fingerstyle ukulele it’s important to have a string diameter that makes it easy for the right hand to play. The thicker classical guitar strings provide that. While I use a wound fourth string, you can also use a nylon, non-wrapped fourth string for re-entrant tuning and still get a good feel in the right hand.
Another important factor of the thicker diameter of classical guitar strings is the tone of the strings. I find the classical guitar strings simply provide a warmer, richer tone on the ukulele than ukulele strings. Getting a good sound out of the instrument is so important and so having a string that allows you to shape the sound you want is equally important.
How to Change Strings on Ukulele
Another question I get asked often is how to change strings on ukulele. With the longer classical guitar strings you’ll have a lot of excess string, which is actually great because it means you have plenty of string to make sure everything is secure when you tie the strings at the bridge and the headstock (another plus for using classical guitar strings on ukulele). Here I’ve created a simple tutorial on how to change strings on ukulele.
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