View Poll Results: How many of you play cousins of the uke?

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  • Tiple

    1 7.14%
  • Charango

    4 28.57%
  • Cuatro

    4 28.57%
  • Guitelele

    7 50.00%
  • Cavaquino

    3 21.43%
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Thread: Cousins of the ukuele

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Apr 2013


    Coming from classical guitar, prior to getting into ukulele, I had purchased a Yamaha GL-1 guitalele.

    Once the shiny wore off from being new, I realized that the nut width of 45mm was WAY too tight compared to the 51mm of my full size classical, but I still have it. I consider it 'replaced' with the Cordoba Mini SM-CE (spalted maple back and sides (lam), cedar top (solid) and pickup/preamp).

    Since getting into 5ths tunings, and having several instruments strung this way, I have considered hacking the GL-1 to be a 5-string instrument, tuned in 5ths F2-C3-G3-D4-A4, but currently lack the time to make the modifications to the nut an bridge...

    I have also been looking at some of the other instruments mentioned at the top of the thread, primarily those that are built for steel strings, so as to have a 4-course, 4-string instrument to tune in 5ths like a mandolin, G3-D4-A4-E5, but with a much more comfortable nut with and string spread and only 4 strings instead of the 8 of a mandolin.

    I tried a few mandolins in the local music shop, and found the 30mm nut and 28mm string spread near impossible to play compared to my custom tenor guitar with a 42mm nut and 38mm string spread, so a steel-string soprano uke cousin would be great...but they are all considered 'exotic' or niche instruments here in the USA and most are selling for about 3-4x of what I'd be willing to spend...

    I also have a Lanikai LU-21B baritone uke tuned in 5ths G2-D3-A3-E4, and a mango tenor Fluke tuned in 5ths, but re-entrant, as C4-G3-D4-A4.

    So whether these are mando-style or some alien world of 5ths tuning, they are still ukes in construction, but with different string configurations.

    I spend about equal time in 5th tunings, and uke tunings, as well as with the Cordoba Mini, which is in fact in Terz tuning, G2-C3-F3-Bb3-D4-G4, which is similar to the ukulele Bb tuning, and Terz as the name is derived from the Italian word meaning 'third' as in 'a minor third up from E tuning' and there's a significant amount of classical music written specifically for Terz guitars from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, but I use it mainly for my own songwriting....
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  2. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Port Hope, Ontario, Canada


    My Tiple is a Regal, made in Chicago. I tune it gG-cCc-eEe-AA. I only play a few songs on it, but it's a cool sound.

    Tiple on chair.jpg

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