The strings of ukuleles are the main part of the instrument. Without the strings music cannot be played at all unless used as a drum. The strings are also very complicated as the strings need to be placed at the right position. They can also break while playing if it is not tied properly. So be really careful and check as many times as possible to see if it’s tied properly or not before playing.
Do Ukulele strings go bad?
The answer is yes. As ukulele strings age, they eventually lose their tonal qualities as the strings get affected by the moisture of the player’s fingers and the atmosphere. This causes the strings to rust and the sound quality decreases as the strings fail to vibrate. This can affect the player’s fingers as the surface will be very rough while playing. The sound quality will not be as fine as before and the rust and corrosion will make it really hard for the players to change frets.
Strings Getting Loose!
From time to time, ukulele strings will get loose because of the tuning peg. When the tuning peg loosens, it makes it turn and de tune on its own. This causes the strings of a ukulele to loosen and get out of tune. It causes the sound quality of the ukulele to drop as the strings are not tuned anymore. It can be fixed by tightening the peg which is the screw on top of the neck of the ukulele.
Strings not Being Placed Correctly
One of the most important parts of setting up a ukulele is getting the strings right. If they are placed wrong, the strings will break easily and the sound will not be as good. This is why the strings should be attached accordingly. The first and top string should be the E string. After that the two strings should be the B string and the G string. Lastly, the bottom one should be the D string. It is going to be easier to play if the strings are placed correctly.
How Tight Should it Be?
For tuning ukuleles, the right note needs to be found and needs to be tuned to perfection. It can be done by turning the tuning pegs till it hits the right note. It needs to be made sure that while it is being done, it should not be turned the other incorrect way. It also needs to be made sure that the strings are not being too tight or too loose. If so, it needs to be turned the opposite direction.
Changing the Strings
Changing ukulele strings depend on a number of things. If the ukulele is played for around 30 to 60 minutes a time for a few days a week, the string can last up to 2 to 3 months. It might not need to be changed even after that period of time! It needs to be changed once the ukulele player notices a difference in the sound quality. It should also be changed if the ukulele is old and hasn’t been used for years as the atmospheric moisture can cause rust.
Fixing a Broken String
A broken ukulele string can be fixed but it needs some work! First off all the broken string needs to be unwound and twisted back through the ball end. Pull the end of the string a bit and stick it through the ball end. Wrap the string around itself to secure it. The ball end part of the string and the broken end part of the string should be attached after this. It can be hard the first time but after getting used to it, it will be easy.
Cost of Changing Strings
A set of ukulele strings might cost anywhere between $3 to around $30 depending on the brand and the quality of the strings being bought. If the player is a beginner, it is suggested to go to a local music store to restring the guitar as the player might damage the ukulele if they do not do it correctly. Going to a music store and restringing a ukulele might cost around $20 to $40 depending on the ukulele.
Where to Change Them
Ukulele strings are very easy to find as they can be found in all the music stores, websites and social media like Facebook and Instagram. After going to the shop, a set of strings can be chosen from a bunch of brands. They can be chosen from different qualities and different prices. Once bought, the player can either change it themselves or they can change it from the music store they bought from.
The Best Strings!
Strings of different qualities and brands can be found at the stores. Some of the best guitar strings are the Aquila New Nylgut AQ-4 Soprano Ukulele Strings, D’Addario EJ87S Titanium Ukulele Strings soprano, Martin M600 Standard Ukulele Strings, D’Addario EJ65TLG Pro-Arté Custom Extruded Nylon Ukulele Strings Tenor Low-G and the D’Addario EJ65B Pro-Arté Custom Extruded Nylon Ukulele Strings, Baritone. A set of these can cost from around $14 to $22. These might be more expensive than the normal strings but they are more durable.
Everything goes out of order with time doesn’t it? So do the ukulele strings. No matter how expensive the strings are, they will surely get rusted or corroded after a certain period of usage that’s for sure! If the ukulele sounds bad after a couple of weeks after setting the new strings, it might be because the string got loose and the notes are out of tune. But no worries, it can easily be fixed. Moreover, ukulele strings can last way longer than a guitar string. None of these matter when you are enjoying yourself, jamming to the music and making records!