The 10 Best Ukulele Strings

Can’t stand the strings that came with your ukulele? Need a spare set? Looking for something that helps you create a fuller, richer sound while feeling fantastic under your fingertips?

Everyone has an opinion about what makes the best ukulele strings, but a few different brands and varieties almost always make their way onto those “top 10” lists.

Here are our favorites.

Check them out and see if you agree!

10 Best Ukulele Strings

Pepe Romero Strings US2

Looking for lots of warmth and power? Playing a concert or soprano ukulele? If so, Pepe Romero US2 ukulele strings might be exactly what you’re looking for. The C, E, and A strings are fluorocarbon, and the low G is a wound nylon string by La Bella. These strings will make your ukulele sound like a completely different instrument (unless you’re using them already!)

Pros

  • Loads of warmth and depth
  • Excellent quality
  • Takes less time to settle in than nylon

Cons

  • Priced a touch higher than most other ukulele strings

Pepe Romero Strings UT1 Tenor Ukulele

Playing a tenor uke? Want to bring out the best in your instrument? This set of Pepe Romero Strings powered by La Bella offers traditional high G (Hawaiian) tuning. The treble strings (C, E, and A) are made with fluorocarbon, while the low G string is wound nylon.

Pros

  • Excellent sound
  • Durable strings
  • Less-prone to stretching

Cons

  • Priced a little over market average

Oasis GPX Clear Fluorocarbon Ukulele Strings

Want two sets of strings in one package? Oasis has you covered with GPX clear fluorocarbon ukulele strings. These strings are designed to fit any soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele. The sound is warm and wonderful, the feel is fantastic, and the break-in period is relatively short.

Pros

  • 2 sets of strings
  • Low cost option
  • Great sound

Cons

  • You must cut the A, E, and C strings in half yourself before installation

Aquila Super Nylgut Ukulele Strings

Smooth, comfortable, and great-sounding: Aquila super nylgut ukulele strings hit all the right notes! This pack comes in concert, tenor, baritone, and soprano sizes.

Pros

  • Attractive pearl color
  • Feels great under your fingers
  • Very little “squeak”

Cons

  • Takes a little while to settle in

D’Addario Black Nylon Ukulele Strings Concert High G

D’Addario strings are noted for offering a warm, rich sound, and these black nylon strings certainly don’t disappoint! Each string is carefully crafted to provide a smooth feel for outstanding playability to match their outstanding sustain. Play a tenor or baritone uke? You’re in luck, because D’Addario makes the same set in baritone and  tenor size.

Pros

  • Beautiful sound
  • Smooth, pleasant feel
  • Attractive appearance

Cons

  • Nylon strings take a little longer to break in

D’Addario Pro-Arte Carbon Ukulele Strings

Looking for long-lasting strings for your soprano, concert, or tenor ukulele? This set from D’Addario is easily among the best, with a great feel, bright, sunny sound, and plenty of volume. While it’s true that these fluorocarbon ukulele strings are a touch pricier than nylon, they’re very well-made, they look lovely on any instrument, and they help you bring out the best sound possible.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Attractive
  • Bright, contemporary sound

Cons

  • A little more expensive than nylon strings

Kala Elite Brown Fluorocarbon Ukulele Strings (Tenor)

If you’re playing a tenor ukulele and you’re having a tough time deciding whether to get strings with a low G or a high G, Kala has the answer. This package of Kala Elite brown fluorocarbon ukulele strings comes with both a low G and a high G, so you can swap whenever the mood strikes. The brown color is a nice touch, giving your uke a stand-out appearance.

Pros

  • Optimized for Kala ukuleles but will work well on other brands
  • Rich, full, sound
  • Plenty of clarity and loads of sustain

Cons

  • A little pricey

Aquila New Nylgut Strings for Baritone Ukuleles

Playing a baritone ukulele with GCEA tuning? Aquila new nylgut strings offer a nice combination of comfortable feel, fantastic sound, and reliable performance. Once they’ve settled in, your ukulele should stay in tune longer, as the composite material used in manufacturing is more resilient.

Pros

  • Sounds far better than plain nylon strings – lots of warmth
  • Feels marvelous
  • Stays in tune

Cons

  • A little less richness than you’ll get from a set of strings with a wound G

Aquila Lava Series Ukulele Strings Baritone GCEA (High G)

Want to tune your bari like a soprano, concert, or tenor uke? Check out Aquila Lava series strings for a classic island-inspired sound, designed to fit your baritone ukulele perfectly. These strings are made with touchable, resilient super nylgut in a rich charcoal color inspired by lava rocks. They feel absolutely fantastic under your fingertips while adding a touch of extra style to your instrument.

Pros

  • Unique appearance
  • Soft, comfortable feel
  • Lots of projection
  • Beautiful tone

Cons

  • Special series might be hard to find in the future

Pepe Romero Baritone Guilele Fluorocarbon Strings UG2

Hands down the best strings for baritone guitaleles, this set from Pepe Romero includes all six strings from E to E, all designed to fit baritone scale length guitarleles. Strings 1, 2, and 3 are made with hard-tension fluorocarbon, while strings 4, 5, and 6 are extra-extra-hard guitar wound basses. Warm, rich, tones and a great feel!

Pros

  • Specifically designed to bring out the best in your guitarlele
  • Excellent clarity
  • Plenty of power

Cons

  • What’s not to love? We couldn’t find anything to dislike about these strings.

Choosing the Right Strings for Your Ukulele or Guitalele

Now that you’ve had a look at our list of the best ukulele strings on the market, here are just a few tips to help you make a choice you’ll be happy with.

  • Pick the correct string size for your ukulele – some soprano / concert strings are interchangeable, but not all are.
  • Choose tuning – most ukuleles are tuned to GCEA, with a low G. You can go for gCEA, with the lower-case g indicating a high G, tuned an octave higher than usual. We recommend getting some help from a luthier if this is your first time stringing your ukulele, or if you’re trying an alternate tuning for the first time.
  • Consider fluorocarbon strings over nylon ones if you travel a lot or if your instrument is subject to frequent shifts in temperature. Fluorocarbon strings stretch less, and tend to take less time to break in.

That’s all for now!

We hope our guide helps you find the best ukulele strings for your instrument and playing style. Aloha, and happy strumming!

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