Soprano Ukulele Strings

Soprano strings almost always come in re-entrant tuning. If there is no indication of whether the set is high or low G, it’s fairly safe to assume they are high-G.

They will often indicate a tuning either C-tuning (gCEA) or D-tuning (aDF#B). However, which ever size is indicated, the strings will be suitable for the other tuning – there’s not a great deal of difference in tension between the two.

Soprano String Comparison

The Baron tests out D’Addario J6502, then Aquila Soprano Regular, then Seaguar 100% flourcarbon fishing line

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BF#DA???

One thing that’s caught me and others out in the past: some companies (such as D’Addario) write the string names in the opposite order i.e. BF#DA or AECG. This isn’t some strange new tuning – just the standard C and D tunings written the other way round.

10 Comments

  1. brian November 22nd, 2010 3:39 am

    I like the Seaguar 100% flourcarbon fishing line the best.

  2. brian November 22nd, 2010 3:40 am

    Seaguar 100% flourcarbon fishing line sounds best on your video, I mean.

  3. Rachel June 11th, 2011 3:04 am

    The D’Addarios sound quite tinny in comparison to the other two.

    Also, I love your sandwich shirt.

  4. Derrick July 6th, 2011 9:10 pm

    What gauge was the Seaguar line? I thought that sounded really nice and am going to be getting my first uke this week. I’d like to string it with that line : )

  5. Sameer November 10th, 2011 3:44 pm

    Hello,

    To be honest I can’t hear much difference between the different strings. I was wondering what song you were playing. I think I will get the fishing line string as I think it will last longer.

  6. Banjo Bob January 1st, 2012 7:42 pm

    Hello wife got Me a Ukulele kit I have it all done
    and it came out great . this was My 3rd Instument to build the book that came with the kit doesn’t
    tell You what string goes were two of them are thicker I play guitar and Banjo so I know size matters need some help Thanks

  7. paulmalcolm July 26th, 2012 2:06 pm

    I have just bought a Lamakai U11 which came with Aquila gut nylon strings. It keeps going out of tune, especially the C string, which is incredibly annoying. My question is, do I have to spend more time ‘breaking them in’, would it be better to change to other strings, or could the instrument itself be defective?

    Thasnks!

  8. Graeme Needham March 12th, 2014 6:11 pm

    I just bought a Kala KA-PWS and it said it came with aquila strings, it didnt, it cam with a label saying ‘this instrument is string with D’Addario strings’ I use Aquila on my concdert Uke and they are far superior strings. I even put some on my first Mahalo Uke with pleasant results. Paul Malcolm, when you first get a Uke the strings need to find their playing level and will need re-tuning just about everytime you pick it up, they will eventually ‘calm down’ when they have took up tension

  9. Marty May 17th, 2014 12:07 am

    Looking at stringing up an old soprano uke but would like some strings with a higher tension in the standard C tuning. Tried Martin, GHS & D’Addario and all seem “sloppy” – when forming especially bar chords the least bit of pressure will throw them way out of tune. Is there anything on the market like this?

  10. Bob December 8th, 2014 2:17 pm

    Of the three sets of strings used in this video the Seaguar sounded the best. As in all fish lines there are different weight tests (e.g. 10 lb./30 lb.). What weight test line did you use and did you use the same line for all four strings?

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