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                                                            “W3” stands for “Wound 3rd”.  These sets are a unique new formulation and are not simply traditional wound 3rd strings added to an NW set.  All strings are specifically selected for these sets alone, with clarity and projection being valued over volume.  The new low density hand wound, hand polished 3rd string gives better string to string tone than any wound 3rd set ever produced, and the feel is almost that of an NW material set-up.  They are offered in Medium through Heavy Gauges.  In the Medium Gauges, these sets should be considered for those who play up the fretboard, either for single note picking or chord melody.  In that setting they give greatly increased clarity and projection.  With the Heavy Gauges, their greater clarity could make them a choice for either up the neck or first position playing.  Also on this page are Add-Ons  to create sets for the six course Guilele. Technically a “double-reentrant” set-up, with two wound strings these Lili’u reentrant sets can be used for chord melody playing up and down the neck and are excellent for 1st position strumming as well.  Single note melody playing would require a substantial adjustment.  But however they are used these strings will provide much greater depth and sustain than either the NW or W3 series strings. Also on this page are Add-Ons to create the traditional Lili’u tuning  for a 6-String Ukulele. Please Note that while Cuatro Sets are also a Reentrant form, Add-Ons to form this arrangement are now below with the Linear Sets. Ukulele players who know only C tuning are likely to refer to certain  of these as Low G sets. These sets are for the common 4-note interval tunings, high to low, in a linear progression, as with the guitar.  Most of these sets can be used for Ukulele, although others are formulated with our 4-string guitars in mind.  Linear ukulele sets are sometimes called “low 4th” sets.  This group offers both plain string sets (light-to middle gauges) and wound string sets (middle to heavy gauges). Also on this page are numerous Add-Ons  to create sets for:  Machete/Open TuningCuatro Tuning,  Plectrum Tuning  and for  5-String & 8-String Ukuleles.   A form of tuning that originated on the Plectrum Banjo and was then also used on the rare 4-string Plectrum Guitar, this tuning works as well with fingers as with picks and can be used for chord melody or vocal accompaniment.   Nonetheless it is best known as a solo melody set-up, and in this application it is superb.  For those looking for a 6-string “guitar sound” with 4 strings, the Plectrum arrangement is unsurpassed.                                                    

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If you have arrived at this page directly, please be advised that you will not be able to select sets from any of the categories below if you have not seen “Quick Guide to Selection” on the previous “String Sets” page.   While Ukulele slang terms and notation may be sufficient for those companies offering only simple basic choices, we offer much more than that:  generally a choice of materials and tensions for any given set-up.  Therefore a brief knowledge of basic terms and how to use the tension charts will be needed to make your selection. 
The Lili’u Series

Ukulele Reentrant String Sets

Ukulele players who know only C tuning are likely to refer to certain  of these as High G sets.  These sets are for the traditional reentrant tunings for Ukulele.  Ukulele reentrant sets are also called “high reentrant’ or “high 4th” sets.  “NW” stands for “No Wound”, the traditional stringing for the Ukulele.  These strings are an excellent choice for 1st position strums.  Used in that fashion they provide smooth powerful sound while our use of mixed high density materials provides superior balance in both feel and tone.  They are available in this standard formula throughout all gauges, but the Medium Gauges are also offered in the “Soft” formula for a warmer sound.  
The W3 Series

Linear String Sets

            For the basic selection process simply use the “Quick Guide” on the preceding page.   For more detail on tone and selected recommendations for the Ukulele Reentrant set Group              Click here: Tech Pages/Tips:  “Southcoast Ukulele Reentrant Sets - Our Review” 
            For the basic selection process simply use the “Quick Guide” on the preceding page.   For more detail on tone and selected recommendations for the Ukulele Reentrant set Group              Click here: Tech Pages/Tips:  “Southcoast Linear String Sets - Our Review” 

Plectrum String Sets

            For the basic selection process simply use the “Quick Guide” on the preceding page.   For more detail on tone and selected recommendations for the Ukulele Reentrant set Group Click here: Tech Pages/Tips:  “Classical Plectrum Stringing for Guitar Family Instruments” 
Plectrum String Sets

Discontinued String Sets

After a lengthy process which produced a marked expansion of the types of material used in our sets, at the beginning of 2017, we determined to discontinue certain string sets or groups.  In some cases it was simply a matter of concentrating on traditional material and the sort of sound most of our customers want.  In others the function of the set was taken over to some degree by a newer formulation.  These are the discontinued sets and groups:  ML-NWM   Medium Gauge Linear Set w/ Nylon Wrapped Metals HML-CM   Heavy Medium Gauge Linear Set w/ Classical Metals EFSBU-SW  Eddie Freeman Special String Set for Baritone Ukulele                                                         see the Cuatro Sets & Lili’u Sets for similar function                                                                                                                                                          the Amplified Ukulele Strings Group                                                                                                             The Tips Archive still contains the description of these strings the 5ths Tuning Strings Group                                                                                                                       The Tips Archive still contains the description of these strings