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    Red face High G String or Low G String

    Hello people... this is my first post in this forum. I finally found this ukulele hideout place! Uhuwww

    Anyway, my first question is: should I have a high g string or a low g string?

    I started with the low g and was much happier with the sound of it. The string broke and i cant find ukulele strings no where here in Brazil. I got a high g string from a cavaquinho, which is very similar to a ukulele but it just doesnt sound the same (because it is not). Correct if I am wrong, but while in Hawaii the high g string was acceptable but the hawaiians didnt like it so much. It just doesnt flow as smooth though one can play with it.

    Is there a way to adapt a guitar string into a low g string for the uke?

    Thanks for the help in advance.

    Peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umagrama View Post
    Hello people... this is my first post in this forum. I finally found this ukulele hideout place! Uhuwww

    Anyway, my first question is: should I have a high g string or a low g string?

    I started with the low g and was much happier with the sound of it. The string broke and i cant find ukulele strings no where here in Brazil. I got a high g string from a cavaquinho, which is very similar to a ukulele but it just doesnt sound the same (because it is not). Correct if I am wrong, but while in Hawaii the high g string was acceptable but the hawaiians didnt like it so much. It just doesnt flow as smooth though one can play with it.

    Is there a way to adapt a guitar string into a low g string for the uke?

    Thanks for the help in advance.

    Peace.
    hi g or lo g its your choice. if your local guitar shop sells strings by the piece, try to find one that is a thicker gauge than your C string if you want to go all nylon.

    if you have a wound c string, you can actually use that as your low g string and just get a #3 classical nylon string to replace the C.

    or you can get a #4 classical string (nylon core - very important) and use that as your lo g.

    there are a lot of ways. it doesnt necessarily have to be "ukulele" strings. what matters most is how it feels and sounds to you. so you may need to do some experimentation to find what works best.

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    High G.
    Low G is castrated guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WS64 View Post
    High G.
    Low G is castrated guitar.
    hahaha

    still a matter of opinion. what would you call a baritone ukulele which is normally tuned DGBE?

    not implying anything, since i understood that it was just a joke. but to others that are still easily influenced the statement can look segregating and even elitist. and the one thing uke players as a group hate most is when guitarists scoff at our instruments and belittle it. calling it a castrated guitar is along those same lines. and thats the only reason im writing this. to avoid anyone interpreting that the wrong way.

    hahaha and can you imaging if you were to say that to someone like the late great IZ, or herb ohta jr, or many others who use the low G tuning? nah, im sure they'd get a good laugh out of it too. hahaha

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    I really like the sound of the low G. I have a low G on my concert, tenor, and baritone ukes, (yes, I have my baritone tuned G,C,E,A.....I can't transpose). I kept a high G on my soprano for traditional Hawaiian music or funny, corny, old songs like "5 foot two", Ukulele Lady, or "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian".
    UWC; only those who have not been can rationalize not going.

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    Thanks for all the input guys, specially NukeDoc´s message will help a lot finding a low g for my uke. I am going to try the low g on the uke and see what happens.

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    I had chickened out when I ordered my Pono tenor from MGM and went with high strings. But because I chickened out and changed my mind twice, MGM is leaving on the wound G and C strings, and giving me some free unwounds as a security blanket. He's determined that I should hear Low G.

    I think that's great. All of the pleasure and none of the guilt, I say. But I can see how it's going to go. I'll like the extra omph, but won't like the feel of wound strings. We'll see which side wins.

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    Hight G all nylons are standart in this time.

    Low G is something like a poor guitar..


    But for Hight G is writen 95% of tabs ;]
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    There's a lot of famous uke players who would get a kick out of hearing the "Low G is just crap guitar" argument, being that they used it often enough themselves.

    What's with all these rules anyway? "Must not use a pick, must be made of certain woods only, must only have these kind of tuners, only use these kind of strings." - That's not music is about really. Yes, music as we know it was born of very very strict rules, but music evolved through the bending and breaking of those rules.

    Whether I go with wound or unwound, it's not going to be an arbitrary set of rules that decides for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plainsong View Post
    What's with all these rules anyway? "Must not use a pick, must be made of certain woods only, must only have these kind of tuners, only use these kind of strings." - That's not music is about really. Yes, music as we know it was born of very very strict rules, but music evolved through the bending and breaking of those rules.
    not really rules, more like preferences that most players tend to agree, thus when some one goes against those rules people go crazy. its kinda like using Aheads on drums (Aheads are metal sticks, absolute crap =p )

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