Aquila 30U Soprano GDAE Nylgut Ukulele Strings
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- New nylgut strings provide better sound than traditional nylon or pvdf
- Designed to have excellent player feel and a sweet tone similar to that of genuine gut strings
- Proprietary composite material absorbs less moisture to assure tuning stability
- Accurately gauged strings of varying densities provides increased accuracy of fret-intonation
- Soprano in fifths, gdae
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The New Nylgut Series of ukulele strings by Aquila were developed by blending three different synthetic components to make a composite material that sounds better and stays in tune better than standard nylon strings, but with the feel and playability of genuine gut. An added feature of this exclusive composite material is that is was designed to absorb less moisture than other strings; which greatly improves intonation and tuning accuracy.<Br>
The New Nylgut Ukulele strings have a density similar to gut, but provide an even more refined sound; eliminating the characteristic metallic-like tones often found in other synthetic designs. For the best sounding synthetic gut string for ukuleles, that still gives the player the feel of genuine gut, Aquila New Nylgut are the perfect choice!
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I really like the sound of these but the high E string is definitely a stretch. It does sound "plinky" like other people have mentioned but I still love it. Playing higher on the fretboard on the E string there is barely any sustain but I don't know what you could expect. Maybe there is a better string to use for the high E. Maybe a CGDA tuning on tenor makes more sense.
I did eventually snap the high E but it's because I went past the tuning accidentally. (I had already tuned up the instrument 3 times because I kept loosening them to make adjustments on the instrument). I put them on a LONG NECK soprano - concert sized - so I can also vouch for them working at that scale length. Maybe that's part of the reason the high E sounds shrill / thin and lacks sustain?
As other people have mentioned you can try 20 lb test monofilament nylon fishing line for the E string.
For sure if you want an instrument to sound like a mandolin you need to get a mandolin. These strings do something so cool though - they go about 50% of the way to a mandolin sound. In the end it's the combination of the fifths tuning and nylon strings that I really really love. Very addicting to play.
You will need an instrument with VERY good intonation because I can't imagine how terrible these would sound with poor intonation.
Switched back to standard soprano strings but kept the low g for a nice warm sound. Guess I’m saving for a mando now.
I was a little concerned about inserting the string, simply because I wasn't sure if the stringing process was different for the metal than it would be for nylgut. All of the instructional videos I was able to find were for nylon strings, and lacking any evidence to the contrary I decided to put in the low G the same way, which has been working splendidly for the last 5 months or so-- hopefully someone can correct me if I should have done it some other way.
As I say, I've been using these strings for the past 5 months, and I'm very pleased with their sound and longevity. The metal does, as other reviewers have mentioned, give the instrument a slightly different sound, but I don't think it's a bad sound. And contrary to what another reviewer said, I don't believe that the string rusts quickly-- rather, I think the string is composed of a nickel plating over a copper center, and frequent use causes the silver plating to wear off on the parts of the string that see the most action (high up on the fretboard and the sweet spot where you strum), and I can see why one might think the copper showing through was actually rust.
Overall I'm very satisfied with these strings, and will definitely buy them again once this set wears out.
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I like to take this further by tuning down a step to F Bb D G which is even less bright, the only downside is you have to relearn your chords or learn to transpose on the fly.