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DownUpDave
10-13-2014, 08:49 AM
Title says it all. I love the sound of a wound 3rd and I like re-entrant tuning. Is there a wound 4th string available for High G application?

RAB11
10-13-2014, 09:00 AM
You could use a guitar string? The high E might work.

Jon Moody
10-13-2014, 09:13 AM
You could use a guitar string? The high E might work.

That's possible. Either a .009 or .010 might work, since the scale length of the instrument is such that it would put minimal tension on the body (the .009 would be around 8.5lbs and the .010 is closer to 11lbs).

Booli
10-13-2014, 09:22 AM
That's possible. Either a .009 or .010 might work, since the scale length of the instrument is such that it would put minimal tension on the body (the .009 would be around 8.5lbs and the .010 is closer to 11lbs).

Who makes a wound string with these specs?

I admit that I'm far from an expert, but I've only seen plain steel or nickel 'trebles'... for acoustic or electric...a wound string would be interesting to try...

please share a link :) (even if only something made by GHS)

RAB11
10-13-2014, 09:27 AM
Might not be wound but it would still give the metallic sound the OP is after.

DownUpDave
10-13-2014, 09:32 AM
Who makes a wound string with these specs?

I admit that I'm far from an expert, but I've only seen plain steel or nickel 'trebles'... for acoustic or electric...a wound string would be interesting to try...

please share a link :) (even if only something made by GHS)

Yea what he said. :cool:That is why I specified "wound" 4th string. Got to be someone out there who has found something and tried it.

Jon Moody
10-13-2014, 09:34 AM
Who makes a wound string with these specs?

No one that I know of. The smallest diameter wire I believe you can get is around a .004, which is automatically going to give you .008 in wrap diameter even before you factor in the core wire. There may be a .012 wound classical out there; maybe Savarez?

I was commenting on trying the plain steel string, as that would be easier/cheaper to obtain, provide the intended result but have the added benefit of already being "squeakless."

DownUpDave
10-13-2014, 09:44 AM
Might not be wound but it would still give the metallic sound the OP is after.

At first I discounted the idea but if no one has a wound recommendation I could give that a try. I have some guitar strings kicking around. Thanks

UncleMoon
10-13-2014, 09:49 AM
I think Kala Pearl Strings are wound strings. Here's a link to them on HMS's site. I bet a call there will get some questions answered. http://www.theukulelesite.com/kala-pearls-strings.html