Ukulele

Springfield Ukulele Strings

A fresh set of ukulele strings might be just the thing you need to revive your instrument’s sound. This is especially true if you bought a ukulele on the cheap as most low-cost ukuleles are shipped with inferior quality strings and getting the right ones can suddenly make your instrument sound completely different.

At Mando Mo Strings, we are a team of experienced professional who have been helping Springfield musicians get the most out of their instruments. We are available to assist you to find the right strings for your instrument and playing style. To help you get a sense of what you’re looking for and how we can help, please keep reading the buyer’s guide below.

Ukulele Strings That Fit

Before you start shopping for ukulele strings, it is very important that you know what type of ukulele you own. One size does not fit all, unfortunately. There are typically four sizes of ukulele and each size has a different scale length as well as string tension requirements.

1. If you own a soprano or standard ukulele, its scale length (the distance from the nut to the bridge) should be 13” and have an overall length of 21”.

2. If you own a concert ukulele, its scale length should be 15” and be 23” overall.

3. If you own a tenor ukulele, its scale length should be 17” with an overall length of 26”.

4. If you own a baritone ukulele, its scale length should be 19” with an overall length of 30” or more.

Once you have identified which type of ukulele you own, we can help you make an educated purchase.

Types of Ukulele Strings

Although the vast majority of ukulele strings are made from various nylon polymers, there are a number different types of ukulele strings, each with their own tone characteristics.

Nylon strings. Because every string maker uses a different nylon polymer, sound can vary from brand to brand. Nylon strings are good for resisting humidity, but temperature shifts may require re-tuning. They also tend to stretch more when new and take time to settle. Give new nylon strings time to stretch before attempting to adjust the intonation.

Fluorocarbon strings. This specific type of polymer, which was originally developed for fishing line, offers a brighter sound than nylon and isn’t as susceptible to temperature changes.

Titanium strings. These monofilament strings offer strength, durability and more projection and volume than nylon.

Steel strings. By in large, it’s not a good idea to string a ukulele with steel strings because of the tension they exert on the top, bridge and neck of the instrument. If your ukulele is a hybrid designed for steel strings, then by all means use them. But if you’re not sure whether your ukulele can withstand steel strings, contact the manufacturer or bring it by Mando Mo Strings for us to take a look at it.

No two ukuleles will respond the same way to the same type of strings. The trick is finding the right make that matches your specific instrument and playing style. Even the highest quality ukulele strings are inexpensive, pick up a couple from Mando Mo Strings to find your right fit.

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