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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    How does a low G work on a concert?
    In a nutshell: just the same.

    Whether and for what you like/need it is another discussion and depends mainly on your personal preferences (as you can see already)
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    My question isn't so much about the benefits of a low G, but whether it's effective on a concert as opposed to a tenor. I have a tenor that I otherwise haven't bonded with size wise, but I still have it in order to try a low G. I've been told that low G works better on a tenor. I have a KoAloha concert, and a cedar/rosewood Loprinzi concert in the works. I could try the low G on that ukulele when I get it, and sell the tenor. However, if low G really is more effective on a tenor, then I'll keep it.

    From the responses so far, it seems that people use a low G on concert and even soprano ukes. I've ordered a Fremont Soloist low G. My Loprinzi won't arrive for 6-8 weeks, so I suppose I could see how I like the tenor with the low G in the meantime.
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    I have low G on my tenor Kamaka and my concert Eastman. Worth clears on the tenor and single Fremont Soloist with Martin 600s on the concert. Aside from the difference in ukuleles, imho no difference in how the low G sounds on either ukulele. ymmv
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    Pretty much the same difference on cheaper ukes too, (think Kala & Ohana).
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    I put low G on all my ukes, even my sopranos, for 2 reasons. 1st, I just think it sounds better. 2nd, I have noticed you can not play the melodies in a lot of uke books without it, its as if the people putting the uke song books together expect you to have low G.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MananAtma View Post
    I put low G on all my ukes, even my sopranos, for 2 reasons. 1st, I just think it sounds better. 2nd, I have noticed you can not play the melodies in a lot of uke books without it, its as if the people putting the uke song books together expect you to have low G.
    Just a tip, if you play melody and you go below the C on a re-entrant strung uke, you can substitute chords for the notes and it sounds very nice. I do it all the time.
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    My experience is a low G does sound better on a tenor. The larger body size resonates more and the longer scale length supports the string tension better. NOTICE that I said better, I did not say low G will not work on a concert. No flaming please from the rabid concert fans
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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    My question isn't so much about the benefits of a low G, but whether it's effective on a concert as opposed to a tenor.
    It's arguably a little low even for a tenor. I think it generally depends on the instrument, is subjective, and hard to generalize. I only ever heard two people who could make low-g work on a soprano in a way that sounded good to me (Otha-San and George Elmes, and the latter rarely uses low-g). I'd just try it and see whether you enjoy it.

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    Yes it works! Some people are just low-G peeps and others just love high-G. I favor low-G on my concert but it doesnt mean I won't break out the high-G soprano sometimes. Some songs just sound better on high-G.
    The one thing i really did not like is putting low-G on a soprano...

    Are you thinking of putting on a wound/metal low-G or a fluorocarbon kind? Cos the latter you might have to carve or file a piece of your uke so it fits in the slot better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    For strumming, I would give it a thumbs down overall.
    Thanks for making that point, I'm so accustomed to my own way of playing (which rarely involves straight strumming) that it didn't occur to me to point that out. I'm inclined to agree with your assessment, which I neglected to mention in my previous post. For me, sometimes for strumming low G works as accompaniment to a reentrant uke playing lead, but my primary use of a low G is for playing lead or counterpoint rather than straight strumming. I've found that standard uke chord charts rarely sound good to my ear on low G, particularly if played in a group of mainly reentrant ukes.

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