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#1 casapete

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 09:58 AM

So I've got a Countryman bass uke which is great. Had it nearly a year now, and was wondering when
is it time to change the strings? They still seem okay to me, but have noticed the undersides feeling a bit rough, where they make contact with the frets.

It came fitted with cream coloured Aquilar strings, so would be looking for the same replacements I guess?

Anyone restrung their bass uke, and could maybe recommend any strings please?
Also any tips on how to best do it as it looks like it might be a devil of a job, and I'm useless with
tying knots etc, which I think you have to do underneath the bridge. Cheers.

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 07:54 PM

I have just replaced the strings on my new u-bass. I used the Aquilar Thundergut strings, got mine on Amazon. They feel like the supplied strings and sound pretty good, though mine is a fretless so will be a bit different.
The bridge end of these strings are pre-tied. However the headstock end is a pain, spent the last two days trying to get the E string to stay in the tuner.
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Posted 03 January 2017 - 11:41 PM

View Postcasapete, on 26 December 2016 - 09:58 AM, said:

So I've got a Countryman bass uke which is great. Had it nearly a year now, and was wondering when
is it time to change the strings? They still seem okay to me, but have noticed the undersides feeling a bit rough, where they make contact with the frets.

It came fitted with cream coloured Aquilar strings, so would be looking for the same replacements I guess?

Anyone restrung their bass uke, and could maybe recommend any strings please?
Also any tips on how to best do it as it looks like it might be a devil of a job, and I'm useless with
tying knots etc, which I think you have to do underneath the bridge. Cheers.

I'd be asking myself do they really need changing? They will not corrode and at that tension, even if a bit rough underneath are not going to snap mid gig. They are never going to sound bright like new metal strings anyway so why give yourself a world of potential pain? Sleeping dogs and all that....!

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Edited by yorks5stringer, 03 January 2017 - 11:42 PM.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:43 AM

View Postyorks5stringer, on 03 January 2017 - 11:41 PM, said:



I'd be asking myself do they really need changing? They will not corrode and at that tension, even if a bit rough underneath are not going to snap mid gig. They are never going to sound bright like new metal strings anyway so why give yourself a world of potential pain? Sleeping dogs and all that....!

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My thoughts exactly. They are starting to feel a touch rough underneath, so was just concerned about longevity etc.
Had the uke just over a year, and play it on a gig once a week. It's still holding it's tune too.
Think I'll persevere with them a bit longer until I pluck up courage to have a go with replacements.
Thanks for your comments.

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:00 PM

Nice one...'pluck up courage'!
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