When ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro performed Bohemian Rhapsody on the uke at TED2010, he opened his set by declaring, "What the world needs now is ukulele." He also called it the "instrument of peace," which makes perfect sense for the mellowest member of the guitar family. We think the world needs ukulele, too, and since a good set of strings is one of the keys to that familiar laid-back sound, it goes without saying that keeping yours up to date is a top priority. So take a look through the ukulele strings in this section - whether you're a beginner looking to upgrade from stock strings or a pro ready to play your part in bringing ukulele to the world, you'll find what you need here.
There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to ukulele strings. One of the most important is also the most straightforward: your strings need to match the size of your instrument. Since ukes come in different scales, it takes the right set of strings to get the proper sound out of it - or even to reach the tuning heads, for that matter. From the D'Addario EJ88S Nyltech Soprano Ukulele Strings to the Aquila GCEA Low Tune Baritone Ukulele Strings, the options run the whole range of uke sizes so you can find the right set no matter which style instrument you play.
Once you've narrowed the choices down to strings that will fit your uke, the biggest impact on your instrument's tone will come from the material the strings are made of. Historically, strings were made of natural gut, but nylon and other synthetics have thankfully taken over as standard. Looking for a brighter, clearer tone with more projection? In that case, you might also consider a metal set like the D'Addario EJ87S Titanium Soprano Ukulele Strings. They have a sound all their own, and as an added perk, they'll last even longer than nylon strings before needing replacement.
The uke may be a folk instrument, but that doesn't mean you necesssarily have to go traditional with your ukulele strings. In fact, there are all kinds of different tonal qualities waiting to be discovered with a simple change of the strings. Don't be afraid to experiment - you just might surprise yourself with the unique character that a special set of strings can coax out of your ukulele.