Replacing Uke Strings
Last Updated: 02/21/2022
Any brand nylon ukulele strings will work, as long as they match the
scale of the instrument. Generally nylon uke strings last a long time
however if thin spots, roughness, or poor intonation is noticed, the
strings should be replaced. Replacing one at a time will allow you to
copy how the others are done and make sure the get the different gauges
in the correct order. Knot the bridge end – double knot or figure 8 knot
for smaller G and A strings to prevent slipping through the slots on
the bridge. Needle nose pliers work well for pulling knots tight and
wire cutters or scissors for trimming, leaving about ½” beyond the knot.
Pass twice through hole in tuner and adjust slack such that you have at
least 3 to 4 full turns on the peg (when up to pitch) with the string
winding toward the head stock supporting the peg. Try not to exceed
pitch when tuning and remember all new strings will stretch for a few
days requiring constant tuning until they stabilize.