Useful for fans of Fluorocarbon ukulele strings…

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Spurred on by more recent chatter about using fishing line as ukulele strings, I picked up on some old research I began a while ago and never got around to completing. A recent post from Got a Ukulele got me started again, as this breached the next step where I had left my previous research…

Fishing line for ukulele strings

Although some have said that Seaguar Blue Label is the preferred type of fishing line/leader to use, I have found that the majority of gauges used by some of the more popular brands of pure Fluorocarbon ukulele strings are far more closely matched to that of Seaguar Red Label and Seaguar Ace, which also happen to be slightly cheaper and more accessible alternatives to Blue Label.

The research I have now completed takes this concept one step further – with a view to sharing my findings with others, I have laid out below the relevant Seaguar fishing line/leader, which most closely matches the gauge of some of the more popular sets of pure Fluorocarbon ukulele strings available. You have to buy each different line weight on the reel, so although the initial outlay is far and above that of your average pack of ukulele strings, you will save yourself a considerable amount of money in the long run.

Alive & Wet: (similar to Living Water)

Soprano Seaguar Concert Seaguar Concert Seaguar Tenor Seaguar
Re-entrant
(High G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Re-entrant
(High G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Linear
(Low G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Re-entrant
(High G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
1 = 0.52mm Red 30 0.52mm Red 30 0.52mm Red 30 0.57mm Red 40
2 = 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50
3 = 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60
4 = 0.57mm Red 40 0.57mm Red 40 0.91mm Ace 95 0.62mm Ace 52
Tenor Seaguar Baritone Seaguar Baritone Seaguar
Linear
(Low G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Re-entrant
(High D)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Linear
(Low D)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
1 = 0.57mm Red 40 0.62mm Ace 52 0.62mm Ace 52
2 = 0.66mm Red 50 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60
3 = 0.74mm Red 60 0.91mm Ace 95 0.91mm Ace 95
4 = 0.91mm Ace 95 0.62mm Ace 52 1.05mm Ace 125

Worth-Less Strings: (similar to Worth Clear)

Sop/Con
46″
Seaguar Sop/Con
46″
Seaguar Sop/Con
46″
Seaguar Sop/Con
46″
Seaguar
Re-entrant
(High G)
Light
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Linear
(Low G)
Light
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Re-entrant
(High G)
Medium
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Linear
(Low G)
Medium
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
1 = 0.47mm Red 25 0.47mm Red 25 0.52mm Red 30 0.52mm Red 30
2 = 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50
3 = 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60
4 = 0.52mm Red 30 0.91mm Ace 95 0.57mm Red 40 0.91mm Ace 95
Tenor
63″
Seaguar Tenor
63″
Seaguar Baritone 63″ Seaguar
Re-entrant
(High G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Linear
(Low G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
1 = 0.52mm Red 30 0.52mm Red 50 0.52mm Red 30
2 = 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50 0.74mm Red 60
3 = 0.74mm Red 60 0.74mm Red 60 0.81mm Red 80
4 = 0.52mm Red 30 0.91mm Ace 95 0.91mm Ace 95

D’Annio P-Arty (similar to D’Addario Pro-Arté Carbon)

Sop/Con
Seaguar Tenor
Seaguar Tenor
Seaguar Baritone Seaguar
Re-entrant
(High G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Re-entrant
(High G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
Linear
(Low G)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
lb Test
(Red/Ace)
1 = 0.52mm Red 30 0.52mm Red 30 0.52mm Red 30 0.62mm Ace 52
2 = 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50 0.66mm Red 50 0.81mm Red 80
3 = 0.81mm Red 80 0.81mm Red 80 0.81mm Red 80 1.05mm Ace 125
4 = 0.57mm Red 40 0.57mm Red 40 1.05mm Ace 125 0.89mm Ace 95*

* = No exact match found

Reference:

Personal discussion with Ian @ Ukulian
Fluorocarbon String Conspiracy? by SuperSecretBETA @ UU
Recent post from Got a Ukulele
Fishing for Ukulele String by Kevin Wolfe
Worth Ukulele Strings Website
Living Water Ukulele Strings Website
D’Addario Ukulele Strings Website
Seaguar Website

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4 thoughts on “Useful for fans of Fluorocarbon ukulele strings…

    Joe Obyrne said:
    11th September 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Great research, well done on this. Definitely something that needed to be done.

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      UK Ukee responded:
      6th October 2015 at 11:57 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. It took a little while to put together but well worth it I think… and it seems you do too 😀

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    Barry Maz said:
    11th September 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I found this to be an odd take. I posted about the concept as a means to try to counter the endless and mind numbing debates online about which is the best ukulele string brand – and this seems to take that to a level of ‘ best fishing line’… Anyway – I know four luthier brands that I respect highly who use Blue Label – so that’s good enough for me!

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      UK Ukee responded:
      7th October 2015 at 12:05 am

      Ha ha best fishing line for uke strings I like it, not really the aim of the article, more about the dimensions being used are the closest or an exact match. It’s all about whatever works for the individual in the long run 🙂

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