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Beautiful tone, warmth and volume (but with possible intonation problems?)
on 13 June 2016
I have a Stagg US60s soprano ukulele which I bought, 2nd hand, a couple of years back. It has a solid spruce top - which is thinner and more refined than the current version of the same model (from direct comparison) - with mahogany back and sides and is comparatively resonant and sweet sounding, and certainly far more lively than the cheap all-laminate ukes we have at the school I work in. My uke came with black nylon strings, of unknown make.
The thicker, white Aquila Nylgut strings took quite a while to settle in and hold their tuning but the difference in tone was immediately clear; warmer, louder and more rounded sounding and possibly even more comfortable to play. Unfortunately, the new strings also changed the intonation so that the A string, which had sounded a spot-on octave (to my ears, anyway) at the 12th fret with the old nylon strings, now played as much as a quarter tone sharp. I persisted for a couple of weeks, enjoying the sound of the new strings, until I got fed up with everything above the 5th to 7th fret sounding out of tune with the open strings. I have now taken off the Nylguts and put my old strings back on while I investigate other options; my uke sounds noticeably tinnier, quieter and 'closed' by comparison with the sound with Aquilas fitted but at least it is in tune with itself.
It might be that I got a rogue set of Nylguts but I had read other reviewers claiming that their ukes' intonation was improved by fitting them, which does suggest that they tend to pitch differently from nylon strings. Or maybe my ukulele just has poor intonation and I was lucky that the strings it came with somehow compensated for it...?
In conclusion: These Aquila Nylgut strings should bring out the very best sounds from your ukulele but they could also affect the intonation (tuning), for better or worse. However, if you are a beginner, strumming chords using only the first few frets, the problems I encountered probably won't matter anyway; I am an experienced guitarist who is so delighted to find an instrument which offers a whole octave within the span of my left hand that I tend to twiddle about with the high notes.