LINEAR STRING SETS

LL-WB:  Light Gauge Linear Set w/ wound bass                                                

This the lighter of our single wound Linear sets.  A polished “virtually noise free” material is used for the 4th string.  For true medium and heavy gauges a proper transition between a wound 4th and the 3rd string requires that the 3rd string should also be wound.  In this instance, the gauges are light enough that the 4-3 transition is, in effect, a 3-2 transition.  Therefore we pair a single polished wound bass with three trebles.   

                                       

LML-NW:  Light Medium Gauge Linear Set -                        

no wound strings  

This is the heaviest of our three Linear sets using all plain material.  It can be used both in the

same applications as the Light Gauges for a higher tension, or can be tuned down for more

normal tensions.  As a high tension set, this arrangement may work well for C tuning on a

Baritone where heavier construction requires greater tension.  But at a more relaxed tension, it

can give the same key of C on the typical 17” Tenor scale & Key of B flat on the 20” Baritone

Ukulele scale. 

 

LML-WB:  Light Medium Gauge Linear Set                         

w/ wound bass  

This the heavier of our single wound Linear sets.  A polished “virtually noise free” material

is used for the 4th string.  For even heavier gauge sets a proper transition between a wound

4th and the 3rd string requires that the 3rd string should also be wound.  In this instance,

new high density plain material is used for the 3rd string.  In combination with the smooth,

restrained tone of our small batch production 4th string, for the first time we now offer a

single wound set in the Medium Gauges.

 

 

                                         

 

ML-WB:  Medium Gauge Linear  Set                                     

w/ wound basses  

A unique new formulation as of late 2016, the ML-WB set is a double wound set that now features lower density material to give a fuller, warmer sound with great power and a more substantial feel than traditional wound string / high density treble sets.   Polished “virtually noise free” material is used for both the 3rd & 4th string. For more detail see the Linear Set Review, linked above.
                                                 All Linear String Sets have a minimum length of 30 inches.                                              This length allows any linear set to be used on any sized ukulele.
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Linear tunings are those where the notes progress in equal steps, from

high to low in a “linear” progression, as opposed to the up & down

arrangement of reentrant tunings. 

They have a long history going back to the original Guitars: the

Renaissance 4-string and 4-course designs, and they have actually been

the predominant style of tuning throughout the entire history of

stringed instruments.  Their use on ukuleles is recent, and is used to

give more of a 4-string guitar sound. 

For larger Ukuleles & deeper tunings the best arrangement for this

type of set is to have two wound strings - not single wound as is often

seen.  We have a lot of experience with this stringing, as we build true

4-string classical guitars.  The heavier gauges on this page are directly

taken from set-ups for those instruments.  But for the smaller Ukuleles

& higher tunings, single wound and all plain sets are preferred. 

             For more detail and selected recommendations on the Linear Set Group                             Click here:  “Southcoast Linear Sets - Our Review                                                                                                                                                                  Please also note:  If you are looking at any of these sets for use on a Baritone Ukulele, scales vary more on Baritones than other Ukulele sizes.  Our tension charts rate a 20” scale.  Many Baritones, however, use 19”.                         If your model has the shorter scale, expect slightly lower tensions than indicated. 

Optional Add-Ons:

Options in  the drop down menus below are strings added to the standard 4-string 

Linear selection and all will be shipped together in a single packet.  

1) Add Open/Machete 1st:  If you have wanted to try an Open Tuning, one popular form has the same set-up as a Linear arrangement with the exception of the 1st string being a step down.  While you can simply “slack’ the 1st string from a Linear set by one note to sample this tuning, you can also add an additional 1st string here for improved tension feel and sound.  This option has the name “Machete 1st” where it can be pitched for original Machete Ukulele Tuning and “Open 1st” for the deeper tunings.  For more information on Machete / Open tuning, click here:  Open Tuning on the Ukulele 2) Add Cuatro 1st:   A Cuatro Tuning is exactly the same as a Linear arrangement with the exception of the “octave” (down) 1st string, at which point that string is reentrant.  We are limiting this option to plain string sets only.  As such, these set-ups give much greater depth than one would expect from the light gauges where they are offered.  For more information on Cuatro tuning, click here:  Cuatro Tuning on the Ukulele   3) Add Octave 4th:   This option is for those with 5-string Ukuleles, and adds a plain string an octave above the Linear 4th string for an octave doubled 4th course.  For best intonation, these are offered only as Add-Ons for sets with wound 4th strings. 3) Add Unison 1st & 2nd + Octave 3rd &  4th:   This option is for those with modern 8-string Ukuleles, and adds 4 plain strings for unison 1st & 2nd courses plus octave (above) strings for the 3rd & 4th courses.  Note that this is for modern 8-string Ukuleles.  There is also the original 8-string Taropatch form which is simply 4 unison courses in the standard Ukulele reentrant form.  For this configuration use a pair of sets from either the NW or W3 Ukulele reentrant series.   4) Add Plectrum 1st & 4th:   Similar to the first option, the Plectrum tuning pairs the same “drop” Machete / Open 1st with a 4th string that is also a step lower.  For instrumental players, the Plectrum repertoire is possibly the most beautiful example of 4- string solo music.  It combines elements of Romantic Classical composition with Ragtime. For more information on Plectrum tuning, click here:  Plectrum Tuning on Guitar Family Instruments    

LL-NW:  Light Gauge Linear Set - no wound strings                                               

This is the mid range of our three Linear sets using all plain or treble material.  Normally, wound strings are required for the deeper notes, but in this instance the gauges are light enough that the unwound low 4th string gives good response.                                
Moe Keale w/ Cuatro style 5-string
Early Nunez Taropatch
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XLL:  Extra Light Gauge Linear Set  

The Extra Light Gauge strings are an all plain set, and will be best suited for the smaller

instruments.  They will have a light and airy tone.  They will give the high tunings that are

best suited to these smaller instruments.  Note that key of G for these strings refers the one

line octave - an octave above the common key of small G used on a Baritone or Tenor

Ukulele.                                                                                                                                        

Add-Ons are especially important with this set; the Cuatro 1st gives

traditional tuning on either a Cuatro or Baritone Ukulele while the Machete

1st gives traditional tuning when used on a modern Soprano.  Please also

note that the Plectrum 4th add-on will be a polished wound string.                   

Extra Light Gauge Linear

Keys & Tensions

Extra Light Gauge Linear Tunings & Tensions
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LHL-WB:  Light Heavy Gauge Linear  Set                               

w/ wound basses        

This set also uses the traditional 4-string 50-50 linear arrangement with “virtually noise free” highly polished wound 3rd strings & 4th strings with two plain trebles. By traditional standards, the gauges are somewhat substantial, but far from cumbersome.  The sound is rich, full and exceptionally well balanced.  This set will be excellent for a Baritone Ukulele, but best tension will be one step up from typical Baritone tuning.  This slightly higher pitch is actually ideal in terms of sound for the body volume of the Baritone. Also a great choice for moderate tension as a G tuning set for a 23” scale 4-string guitar.                               

   Heavy Medium Gauge Linear      

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Light Heavy Gauge Linear             

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HML-WB:  Heavy Medium Gauge Linear  Set                      

w/ wound basses                                                      

This set is only a very slight step up in tension from our Medium Gauges. It consists of “virtually noise free” highly polished 3rd & 4th strings with two plain trebles.  The sound will be somewhat bright and the clarity of these strings gives this set great projection.  In November of 2017 this set received a lower tension hand polished 3rd string for more even balance with an accompanying lower tension plain 2nd string as well.  1st & 4th strings remain the same.

Medium Gauge Linear        

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Light Gauge Linear              

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Light Medium Gauge Linear   

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HL-WB:  Heavy Gauge Linear  Set   w/ wound basses               

This set again uses the traditional 4-string 50-50 linear arrangement with “virtually noise

free” highly polished wound 3rd & 4th strings with two plain trebles.  While these are our

heaviest gauges, and therefore somewhat warm as a result, they are surprisingly responsive

when used as recommended.  If using this set on a Baritone Ukulele, then good reference

reading includes the archived letters on “Linear Tuning for the Baritone Ukulele”, the

“Tuning Your Ukulele” series and the “Linear Set Review”, all of which are found on the Tips

Page.   

 
               All  “WB” strings listed below are “Virtually Noise Free” under hand.                            See:  Tips&Info / “Our Materials” for further information 

Heavy Gauge Linear             

Keys & Tensions

Light Heavy Gauge Linear Keys & Tensions Heavy Gauge Linear Keys & Tensions Heavy Medium Gauge Linear Keys and Tensions
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