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

Michel liked Rob Uker's photo
20 minutes ago
Rob Uker commented on Jim Winslow's photo
Thumbnail

509D8F2B-B281-484A-88A7-468F8B08AFF2

"Nice Danelectro inspired Longhorn."
2 hours ago
Rob Uker liked Jim Winslow's photo
2 hours ago
Darryl Tuttle commented on Randy S. Bretz's photo
Thumbnail

Cherry bench done

"Looks like the perfect bench to sit and play guitar"
4 hours ago
Infirmity Citrus President posted a discussion

The entirely hypothetical encylopedic CGB design and construction book - a long post

I just bought a box full of CGB building books, and I must say I'm disappointed. I taught…See More
7 hours ago
BrianQ. commented on Randy S. Bretz's photo
Thumbnail

Cherry bench done

"I would too!!!"
7 hours ago
Randy S. Bretz posted a photo

Cherry bench done

My wife said she loves it !
8 hours ago
Uncle John commented on Matthew Borczon's video
Thumbnail

Dinks song

"Thanks a lot, Matt. '"
9 hours ago
Maddog commented on the anonymous pick's blog post UPDATE on my health issues
"I have not been on CBN for some time but did see your message a few days ago and needless to say…"
9 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Poorness Studios's video
10 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Matthew Borczon's video
10 hours ago
Keith Rearick liked Pavel Danilov's video
10 hours ago

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 -->