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Thread: Alternative stringing for lower pitched Concert?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2015

    Default Alternative stringing for lower pitched Concert?

    Hello. I haven't used the forum for quite a while and have four ukes now instead of one. I'm more interested in the smaller ones now than I thought I would be but standard tuning is I think always going to be a bit high-pitched for me. I could and probably will experiment, but has anyone here tried something like the following?

    I was thinking of trying to use some hard-tension classical guitar strings, if not extra-hard, and trying to get at least three semitones lower without losing too much tension that it sounds bad. Does this sound like a hiding to nothing? (I can't believe how many times I've used that phrase today on massively different online discussion boards...)

    I tune my guitar to open C, and my baritone ukes a semitone lower than normal, and like how detuning can warm up a not so expensive instrument. I suppose I could also try my experiment on my all-mahogany tenor but I like the smaller sound of the Concert better for a reentrant tuning with no wound strings.

    'Been there, done that'?

    Presumably I can get two sets of Concert Uke strings out of four nylon guitar strings too...


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Sweet Home Osaka Japan


    Yes you can use classical guitar strings.
    classical guitar       ukulele
    1st                     1st
    2nd                     2nd
    3rd                     3rd
    4th                     4th
    Just check tension on this site.
    Kamaka HF-1 100

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.


    I bought some cheap guitar strings & tried them on my tenor & a long neck soprano, the tenor worked well, the concert scale was 'usable'.

    I presently have my long neck concert scale tuned to D G B E, (using tenor low G strings).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
    Formerly known as uke1950.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    You can definitely get 2 semitones (Bb) lower with Southcoast HMU-NW or LHU-NW. 3 semitones (A) is "not recommended" but you could try it with the LHU set and if it didn't work, wind on up to Bb
    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
    Once upon a time:
    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT

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