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Pete Howlett
02-28-2015, 11:28 AM
I'm at a loss to work out what strings to put on my baritone instruments. The scale length of 20" puts is at a third above concert on a guitar so when I made Terz guitars we tuned them with the first string at 'a'. It seems to me that this should be the starting point for Baritone ukulele. Furthermore I can't seem to find a set that could be tuned ebdg with sufficient tension. Am I missing something here? Any recommendations? I am thinking of stringing the recently completed one to aecg using the first string from a soprano set and the remaining three from a baritone...

02-28-2015, 11:47 AM
the sizes on the Martin baritone set M630 are
D=.89mm [silverplated copper on nylon
G=.86mm[alum on nylon
B= .65[fluro]
E=.55 [fluro]
these give my baris a nice sound in G tuning and are relatively inexpensive. I'm not crazy about the aluminum as it turns my finger black and is toxic if injested, but...
hope that helps. why reinvent the wheel?

02-28-2015, 11:50 AM
I tuned my baritone CGDA, but used the DG strings (wound) from the Aquila NylGut DGBE Baritone Guitar Tuning Set (Part # ABGT) for the CG. Have no tension problem at all, even downtuning the D to C.

Am not familiar with any baritone GCEA sets, but the D and A on mine are Nylguts of .77mm and .62mm respectively. Those sizes have worked well and tension seems fine.

Sound sample at https://soundcloud.com/steveztv/kala-ka-be-toes-sample

Pete Howlett
02-28-2015, 11:57 AM
I get a great sound from the D'Addario Titaniums but the tension sucks requiring a higher than desired action.

02-28-2015, 01:34 PM
Go to Southcoast Strings their site will answer all your questions. Any questions not answered Dirk will answer for you.

02-28-2015, 04:00 PM
I really like South Coast Ukes linear set tuned to GCEA on the 19 and 20" scale length Pete.

I haven't found any strings that I can go DGBE with at that short of a scale.

02-28-2015, 06:27 PM
I've just emailed South Coast for their recommendations.

Thanks for all the advice people!

02-28-2015, 07:31 PM
I really like South Coast Ukes linear set tuned to GCEA on the 19 and 20" scale length Pete.

me too........................

03-01-2015, 02:46 AM
What is the string tension that you want for the ebgd tuning. I have a excel spreadsheet that I can calculate which D'addario classical guitar strings will give you the tensions you want and then you can purchase the single strings from juststrings.com. The following set works well on my Pono Baritone.

e Nylo29 10.83lbs
b Nylo36 9.4 lbs
g Nylo24w 11.21 lbs
d nylo29w 10.54 lbs

I just finished a baritone 20.125" for a friend that wanted the tuning gcea, the following strings worked great.

a Nylo22 10.95 lbs
e Nylo29 10.83 lbs
c Nylo22w 13.3 lbs
g Nylo29w 12.6 lbs

you could use the Nylo24w on the g and drop the tension a little. Most Tenor players don't like a wound string on the c as they aren't used to it. but I have not found a nylon or fluorocarbon string for the 20.125" scale that sounds as good as the wound string for g when tuning to gcea.

Pete Howlett
03-02-2015, 06:27 AM
D'Addario Nyltech does the job....

03-02-2015, 07:12 PM
Hey Pete- As you may know, bartitone has become my main instrument over the last couple of years. We like a nice high tension set to give the bari some punch and brilliance. We don't like the standard dark and muddy baritone sound. For DGBE tuning, we like a D'addario .033W, a .028W, a fluorocarbon .319 and a fluorocarbon .260. Yes, we use a different set for linear gcea tuning on baritone: .028W, .291, .260, .205

Here is some more string gauge info: http://www.myamoeukuleles.com/string%20details.html

03-02-2015, 08:20 PM
I have re-entrant dGBE (high D) on a baritone with Living Water strings. Kind of keeps it light and uke-y with the re-entrant sound which I like. I don't mind the linear DGBE (low D) from the Martin 630's and they're affordable $-wise. There are almost tooooo many possibilities with baritones!