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Thread: Do you use high-G/reentrant or low-G/linear tuning exclusively?

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    Default Do you use high-G/reentrant or low-G/linear tuning exclusively?

    I went back and forth about re-entrant and linear tuning for a while, and seem to lately settle on just using both on different ukuleles. This doesn't entirely remove the wondering what the other tuning format would sound like on a given uke, but at least I don't change weekly!

    What about you folks? Are you exclusively using re-entrant tuning? Only linear? Or do you have different ukes for both? I meant to include a poll, but can't add one after posting.

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    I have both but I lean toward linear. I keep linear on my best most frequently played ukes and reentrant on my beaters. I like the sound of both, but like the logic of linear for fingerstyle (and the extra low notes).

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    I have used both, but I prefer a high 4th string. I use DGBD on my baritone though.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD
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    Only re-entrant so far. I've heard comments here that linear sounds less uke-like, more like a guitar, but I guess some songs/compositions call for low G. I was watching some HMS uke comparison videos, and heard Aaron make a comment when he switched to a linear stringed uke that is was for a more Hawaiian sound. Not sure what that means, but have noticed that Iz seemed to play his Martin tenor with low G on classic songs like White Sandy Beach and Over the Rainbow, not sure if he was exclusively low G.
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    Only high G for 5 years! Although, after a friend showed me some slack key tuning, I considered putting low G on my Islander, but haven't gone to the dark side yet!

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    All my ukes are hi-G re-entrant tuning, I love the sound. I think it sounds more like a uke than a guitar. I tried low G and it just didn't sound "right" to me. When I started playing uke 4 years ago, I stopped playing guitar (after almost 50 years) and have not touched them since. I feel like if I want the sound of linear tuning, I would play my guitars, but after getting so comfortable on uke, I doubt that would happen.


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    I only have one uke and it's a tenor with low-G. It originally came with re-entrant strings but I noticed that many finger-picking songs are asking for a low-G and once it was re-strung I would never go back. That said, I also would like to have a second uke, possibly a long-neck soprano, and would keep that in re-entrant.

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    I like the Low G on my chord and melody songs. I use my high G on my Tin Pan Alley type songs. I also have a 5 string with both a Low & High G which I use for my strumming and sing-along type stuff. While I can play any song on any uke, some songs really sound better on a certain uke.

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    I have a concert strung linear that I constantly and probably stupidly switch between low g and low a. My sopranos are reentrant. I prefer reentrant, and nearly always play that, but have a few pieces I'm working on that require linear. I'm sort of surprised that many, or even most (?) people who immitate Jake in uke size and even headstock, don't in what's more important to his sound and arrangements--high g. That said, that's not why I like reentrant (I don't think). I prefer how it sounds, and the clever things that can be done with that oddball high g string. I think the limitations and advantages of the one tuning are pretty evenly matched in the other, so having both might be ideal.
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