Worth Ukulele Strings

Worth strings are my personal favourite ukulele strings. I think they handle finger-picking better than Aquila strings (and I do quite a lot of fingerpicking). For strumming, I think they’re fairly evenly matched. There’s also the matter of which ukulele they are on. Worths seem to sound best on mahogany instruments and Aquilas on koa. I change my mind all the time on this issue, but I very rarely stray away from using Worth or Aquila on any of my ukuleles.

There are two types of Worth strings: clear and brown. Personally, I much prefer the clear strings. It’s not just the strings that are clear, but the sound they produce as well.

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Ken Middleton using Worth strings on his Ohana Tenor ukulele.

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  1. Chase October 31st, 2010 7:48 pm

    I recently got a Cordoba 20TM-CE (Tenor Mahogany) and it came with Aquila Nylguts and I think it sounds fantastic!

    Just putting in my two cents 🙂

  2. Drew Lanius December 19th, 2011 6:09 am

    I have a 1960’s Swaggerty “Singing” Treholipee.
    Basically a ukulele with a very long neck. I heard that Worth made long uke strings… like 46″… where can I find these strings???
    Thanks for any help you can give.


  3. steve September 24th, 2012 7:18 am

    excellent words on Worths. Before I bought a uke that came w/Worths all I ever played was Aquila. At first I hated them because they hurt to play as they are so much thinner therfore they create smaller pressure points on fingers, but after I got used to them I now prefer them – clarity is the issue & they beat Aquila hands down. If you have any laminate ukes that have that muddy sound, Worths will pert them up – I learned the hard way on laminates but that is different post.

  4. John M April 29th, 2013 8:50 am

    I have used both Aquilas and Worths on my baritone uke. I prefer not to use wound lower strings so I go for Worths. The Worths sound really mellow and have great resonance. I also use clear Worths on my baritone ukulele banjo and again they give a lovely mellow tone with no harshness. Give them ago I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

  5. John Barter December 14th, 2014 12:48 pm

    I have an 8 string ukulele and as I prefer Worth strings was wondering if Worth make a set with the high C string as the white Aquila string I have fitted looks odd, sounds fine but it is arrousing too many questions if played in public.

  6. Flymo May 14th, 2015 3:57 pm

    Interesting thread – thanks folks!
    Been experimenting with Worth BBs on our Tanglewood baritone – the excellent Aquila Red wound strings are just wearing out too fast for my pocket. Wonderful when new, but they detriorate subtly quite early on, and in ten days they are toast.
    The subtle degradation in the first few days is a killer, once one becomes sensitised to it.
    So two Worth BBs were substituted (the D & G strings), more in hope than expectation – and they kinda work. With Aquila Red on B & E, that was surprising. Think that the Worth Clear rathewr than Brown might work better, but we’re away from home now for a bit.

  7. Kay July 1st, 2015 8:10 am

    I doubt the person who asked about long strings will see this, but for future reference the Worth strings come in “double sets”–4 strings, each one long enough to re-string a uke twice. So you just cut what’s provided in half for each string and have two sets. If your instrument is longer, it’s feasible that you could just cut them to the proper length and use those!

  8. Paul August 7th, 2015 11:30 pm

    I recently put Worth strings (Brown) on my Pono tenor Walnut uke. What a difference. I purchased the uke used and it had a very high treble sound which I didn’t car for. It originally had Aquila strings on it. The Worth totally changed the sound and made it clear and mellow. It is now my favorite uke to play. Im not sure what the difference is between the clear and the brown are? I usually play a low G but, Im starting to gain interest in the high G tuning.

  9. stephen July 26th, 2016 9:38 am

    I recently had my Kanilea K1C concert ukulele re strung with worth strings and I must say they feel better to play and sound a lot better than the original Aquila strings.They have definitely made the sound clearer ,mellower and the resonance is outstanding. I highly recommend them.Stephen July 2016

  10. Terry Last October 17th, 2016 4:52 am

    I played Aquilas (10 yrs) until the new series.
    Tone killers. I’ve played my Briko Uke since 1983.
    The new Aquilas made me exclaim ” I wrote that song and it doesn’t sound like that”.

    The Aquilas moved to my Sky Lark uke with painted man under palm tree. They killed the Sky Lark!!!!
    Righ, let’s try the Acme banjolele! EEEEK !!!
    How any string can muffle the Acme? The RED Aquilars are the worst.

    So the Aquilar company acquired a new son-in-law who is eager to impress?

    Face it Aquilar, you blew it!
    Once a great product. I’ve run of of original
    Aquilars so I’m trying Worth strings.

    Stay tuned…


  11. Chris Kenney September 13th, 2021 6:52 am

    I prefer Worth strings on my (unwound) Low-G Ohana TK-35G and Cordoba 35-TS tenors. There are two kinds of Worth strings; both are fluorocarbon, but the Browns are a little darker-sounding, softer, and wear faster. My preferred heavy sets of Clears are louder, brighter, and wear like iron. No Ka ‘Oi!

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