Most Ukulele videos that we watch online feature a traditional island-y, warm and mellow sound, and that’s one of the reasons why so many people fall in love with the Uke. However, the sound that your Ukulele makes depends a lot from its strings and there are many types of strings out there to choose from, so it’s a good idea to spend some time learning about what are the ideal strings for your Uke.
Strings are one of those things in which it seems that no Ukulele player can agree on. Everybody has a different experience, and while some strings may feel amazing to some players, other players not so much. Strings can vary not just regarding their sizes (the popular Soprano Uke needs shorter strings than the Baritone Uke, for example), but also regarding the sounds that they produce, their softness levels, etc…
In general, a set of good quality nylon strings improve tone. They will help you get a warmer, mellow sound, and the strings are usually soft and friendly on the fingers. If, however, you would like a more crisp, brighter sound, and don’t mind a little finger workout, carbon strings will make you happy, and many brands carry them (such as Martin or D’Addario). Fluorocarbon strings (from Worth or D’Addario) are probably a good investment for those who want a more complex tone.
In the end, it all comes down to experimenting and trying out different strings to see if you like the way they sound. Every Ukulele player has different tastes and while every Uke’s build will impact its sound, the strings you use will have an effect as well (plus, they’re cheap and last a long time!), so don’t be afraid to try a few strings until you find the ones that are a perfect fit for you and your Uke!