I'm nearly done with my first build. It's a ukulele. I know that the better the strings, the better the sound, but right now I don't have strings on hand, and it's driving me crazy that I can't just string it up and get to strummin'!

I'll buy the real thing come payday, but in the meantime, what options are there for dirt-cheap string material? I tried your basic nylon fishing line, but it didn't work at all.

Views: 251

Replies to This Discussion

I get them for 3 bucks @musiciams friend

try some 50 and 100 pound monofilament fishing line.   I like yellow or red... you can probably go to the local fishing store that refills reels from bulk spools and score 10 feet of each for a $ 1 or.... free!!!!  more than enough to string up your uke.

 

the best,

 

Wichita Sam

I've been substituting Light Banjo strings on mine with  only minor differences in tone, and fine-grade stainless Craft wire in a pinch. Still sounds pretty much like a Ukulele when I (badly!) play it...

I am about to try string trimmer line for a CBG bass.

..I should have inquired about the free piano on craigslist that showed up a few weeks ago.  I didn't because I moved one... once.  I learned.

It might not be so bad if I went to pick it up from the donor, with a sawzall and sledgehammer !   :-)

A lot of good tone wood in them, also...

Best

rc

RSS

The Essential Pages

New to Cigar Box Nation? How to Play Cigar Box GuitarsFree Plans & How to Build Cigar Box GuitarsCigar Box Guitar Building BasicsCigar Box Guitar Parts Store

Site Sponsor

Recommended Links & Resources


Discussion Forum

The Effects of Coffee, in a good way, folks........

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by Wilda Connell Aug 5, 2020. 7 Replies

Low Budget Sanding Tool

Started by BrianQ.. Last reply by Order99 Jun 10, 2020. 3 Replies

Nails for frets?

Started by Mike. Last reply by Alan Robinson Aug 1, 2017. 8 Replies

Flea market finds

Started by Mike Jul 24, 2017. 0 Replies

Not just a lolly stick

Started by Wade Jan 2, 2015. 0 Replies

Save that box screw up!

Started by Wade. Last reply by Thomas "Duck" Petry Dec 4, 2014. 2 Replies

CB string height gauge

Started by Wade. Last reply by Wade Jul 9, 2014. 2 Replies

Recycled stuff

Started by Keith 66 Jun 11, 2014. 0 Replies

Free recycled Piezo pickups

Started by Wade. Last reply by Rob Brighton Jul 3, 2013. 19 Replies

Joining Lumber

Started by Where's Uranus?. Last reply by Mark Lindsay Jun 4, 2013. 8 Replies

Fretboard radius

Started by Wade. Last reply by rusty case Feb 11, 2013. 1 Reply

Free grounding foil

Started by Wade Feb 10, 2013. 0 Replies

Free Fret dot markers

Started by Wade. Last reply by Mark Lindsay Feb 3, 2013. 23 Replies

Recycled tonewood

Started by rusty case. Last reply by rusty case Nov 21, 2012. 13 Replies

Low $ substitute for banjo face?

Started by rusty case. Last reply by rusty case Nov 18, 2012. 6 Replies

Cheapo strings

Started by Karl G. Siewert. Last reply by rusty case Aug 27, 2012. 4 Replies

Hand saw.

Started by Wade. Last reply by rusty case Aug 27, 2012. 2 Replies

Tennis, anyone?

Started by Order99. Last reply by Order99 Aug 18, 2012. 4 Replies

1/2 Priced Nuts and Saddles

Started by Claude. Last reply by Order99 Apr 8, 2012. 10 Replies

Latest Activity

Gary O'slide posted a video

Gary O'Slide Hina

Stream album:STREAM THIS ALBUM ON Mississippi boy: https://open.spotify.com/album/1GkkGdsXQIhDAzxmJjyoA2?si=_XepOQMcSG6C5GRwHcrg-ASTREAM THIS ALBUM ON Wide o...
5 hours ago
A.D.EKER commented on A.D.EKER's blog post in What way does your type HEADSTOCK effect stringtension, and vibration flow?
"Thank you Taff Evans ,for your illustativ info on your type heads ,verry informativ, and Yes !!…"
10 hours ago
BrianQ. liked Adam Cripps's video
16 hours ago
Taffy Evans commented on A.D.EKER's blog post in What way does your type HEADSTOCK effect stringtension, and vibration flow?
"I thought this was an interesting topic and I was looking forward to viewing the peghead designs of…"
20 hours ago
Poorness Studios liked Danny Gordon's video
22 hours ago
Doug Thorsvik commented on Doug Thorsvik's video
Thumbnail

Pharoah Pharoah: 2-String Chugger Cigar Box Guitar

"I agree with you Danny! Glad you enjoyed it."
yesterday
Doug Thorsvik commented on Rich's photo
Thumbnail

3 guys CBG back

"Definitely!"
yesterday
AGP # commented on Danny Gordon's video
Thumbnail

I Just Wanna Be Me on LPG banjo

""That Thar LPG with Banjer Strings Sounds Great Danny", I hear a few strains of Sweet…"
yesterday
AGP # liked Danny Gordon's video
yesterday
Danny Gordon commented on Danny Gordon's video
Thumbnail

All My Loving and Yellow Submarine on the Lap harp

"No AG I did not build it. I found it at a thrift shop for $20 so I latched onto it. I did not even…"
yesterday
Danny Gordon posted a video

I Just Wanna Be Me on LPG banjo

Original played on a homemade license plate banjo
yesterday
Danny Gordon commented on Doug Thorsvik's video
Thumbnail

Pharoah Pharoah: 2-String Chugger Cigar Box Guitar

"I like it. A very unique twist on the song and a great teaching tool for the young"
yesterday

Music

© 2022   Created by Ben "C. B. Gitty" Baker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

\uastyle>\ud/** Scrollup **/\ud.scrollup {\ud background: url("https://storage.ning.com/topology/rest/1.0/file/get/963882636?profile=original") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;\ud bottom: 25px;\ud display: inline !important;\ud height: 40px;\ud opacity: 0.3 !important;\ud position: fixed;\ud right: 30px;\ud text-indent: -9999px;\ud width: 40px;\ud z-index: 999;\ud}\ud.scrollup:hover {\ud opacity:0.99!important;\ud}\ud \uascript type="text/javascript">\ud x$(document).ready(function(){\ud x$(window).scroll(function(){\ud if (x$(this).scrollTop() > 100) {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeIn();\ud } else {\ud x$('.scrollup').fadeOut();\ud }\ud });\ud x$('.scrollup').click(function(){\ud x$("html, body").animate({ scrollTop: 0 }, 600);\ud return false;\ud });\ud });\ud \ua!-- End Scroll Up -->