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  1. That's actually why, when I talk to players that...

    That's actually why, when I talk to players that want a specific tuning, I try to figure out what will work and then throw them a prototype set to see if that meets their needs. I've done that for a...
  2. You definitely would. A lot of research in terms...

    You definitely would. A lot of research in terms of determining tension as well as stringing up an instrument and playing them has gone into putting those sets together. And from there, we then do a...
  3. There are three important aspects when...

    There are three important aspects when determining tension of a string: the weight (per linear inch) of the string, the frequency of the note you're tuning to, and the scale length (nut to bridge) of...
  4. Chances are you already have been, but never knew...

    Chances are you already have been, but never knew it.

    Here's there the difference is. You (the player), think of strings in terms of "This is the A string for the ukulele, this is the E string for...
  5. In truth, wound strings will eat into your frets....

    In truth, wound strings will eat into your frets. However, the reality is that for a ukulele player, that is going to be so far down the road it's not really a consideration (unlike an electric or...
  6. Is the string you're using wound? Because the OP...

    Is the string you're using wound? Because the OP would like an unwound low G.

    You don't really need that heavy of a wound string for a low G; I've used the 4th string (.029w) and 5th string...
  7. That's one of the reasons I bought my custom...

    That's one of the reasons I bought my custom ukulele from Jerry at Boat Paddle. His nut isn't slotted, but uses a pin to allow the string to stay against. I can change strings to whatever gauge I...
  8. Not one that will work on a tenor uke with any...

    Not one that will work on a tenor uke with any good results. Best I found was the .035 fluorocarbon we have and even then, it's borderline.
  9. In my experience, none of the nylon tie end...

    In my experience, none of the nylon tie end strings (that are used in classical or ukulele - yeah, they're the same string) have enough stiffness to sound good in a low G tuning; they get boomy and...
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    Thanks! And honestly, Pete set it up so well that...

    Thanks! And honestly, Pete set it up so well that it WAS easy to play it.
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    Well, my "main performance uke" already has a...

    Well, my "main performance uke" already has a pickup installed, so I don't worry about that.

    But, if it didn't and I needed to be amplified, I would look into either one of the adhesive...
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    Yeah, I was really impressed. In the bass world,...

    Yeah, I was really impressed. In the bass world, Pete has apprenticed under and worked for Carl Thompson for many years and having seen the basses he builds, I knew any ukulele he built would be...
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    Thanks! I was surprised at how well the two wound...

    Thanks! I was surprised at how well the two wound strings worked with the regular nylon strings. I may try this myself in the office and see/hear it in a different setting.

    I'll have to post...
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    NUD - Well, not mine sadly

    Had to share this video. My buddy, Pete Hilton (of Hilton Guitars) came to the office last Friday for a factory tour, as well as to show off prototype tenor ukulele #3 and let me play it. What a...
  15. Well, I'm sure some of it is that yes, they come...

    Well, I'm sure some of it is that yes, they come from the same factory. And, given the history of companies putting out the same product with different names (much like how Pampers makes the Target...
  16. As long as the buttons are installed with the...

    As long as the buttons are installed with the consideration of instrument balance and you take your time doing it, I see no reason why it would be an issue of value, especially since some of the...
  17. Thanks. While the marketing part of me would love...

    Thanks. While the marketing part of me would love it if everyone played GHS strings, the musician in me is more concerned that everyone is playing, period.

    I actually tried an interesting setup...
  18. As someone working in the string industry (and...

    As someone working in the string industry (and just having had a nice chat with our fluorocarbon vendor last week), I can tell you that the strings we get for our fluorocarbon sets are specifically...
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    Your strings definitely don't need something that...

    Your strings definitely don't need something that indepth, but your fretboard thanks you in the long run.
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    I don't know if they make any precut pickguards...

    I don't know if they make any precut pickguards for the ukulele, but you can easily buy a 1ply sheet from All Parts or Stewart Macdonald no problem, and then cut to size.
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    It's an interesting design, but making a...

    It's an interesting design, but making a "portable" ukulele seems a bit redundant.
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    I read that too. That's just awesome news.

    I read that too. That's just awesome news.
  23. I don't know about 5 string baritones, but Rob at...

    I don't know about 5 string baritones, but Rob at Kalamazoo Guitar Works has been making 6 string baritones (and is getting me one for string R&D) with an octaved E and G.
  24. There will be some, because as you mentioned, the...

    There will be some, because as you mentioned, the scale of the strings is longer on a super-concert compared to a concert, resulting in more overall tension being put on the soundboard. That will...
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    I've been fiddlin' with different tunings, mainly...

    I've been fiddlin' with different tunings, mainly based on customer request and feedback (and also because I have the capabilities to do so).

    Currently have a GCEA black nylon/wound linear set on...
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