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noeinstein
06-05-2016, 02:06 AM
First posted in ukulele beginners thread, sorry.

I bought a cheap 50 dollar laminated mahogny baritone ukulele from aliexpress a couple of months ago. It looks good and the craftmanship is nice but the sound is nothing like my other baritones.

I decided to try to convert it to 6 strings With low and high G and 2 high E strings. So far I have changed all the geared tuners like this:

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The problem I ran in to is what space do I need between the low and the high G string, I saw a youtube video that said 2,4 mm on a soprano ukulele , is that enough to avoid buzzing on a baritone? Do I need the same Space between the high E strings?

I llike the sound of 6 strings ukulele and like the challenge to see if this will be playable With ok sound when I am finished.

Best regards
Noeinstein

English is not my native Language so typing errors may occur.

SteveZ
06-05-2016, 03:09 AM
Just measured the "dual string" gap on my 6-string tenor uke. The measurements came out to be:

At the nut and saddle:
From center-of-string to center-of-string = 2.5 mm
From interior-edge-of-string to interior-edge-of-string = 2.0 mm

Have my tenor tuned GDAE (G3-D3-D4-A3-E4-E5) and love it.

noeinstein
06-05-2016, 08:15 AM
Thank you very much, I hope I can get a good sounding 6 string when I am finished With it.

noeinstein

noeinstein
06-20-2016, 04:56 AM
Finally managed to finish this project. I like the sound, very different from the other baritones we have. I added high G and low E strings.

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sound samples:
This one With Aquilla nylglut strings:
Sample (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByobQKPD-DfneHpNWHlKdGl3cU0/view?usp=sharing)

My wifes Morgan baritone with Martin 630 strings:
Sample 2 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByobQKPD-DfnV29SdE9hckFjOHM/view?usp=sharing)

My sons Caramel Baritone With Aquilla nylglut strings:
Sample 3 (https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByobQKPD-DfnRGtzNTYzV2tzc0k/view?usp=sharing)

Recordings taken with cell phone.

Thank you for Your help, maybe I managed to give inspiration to others here.

Noeinstein

igorthebarbarian
06-20-2016, 01:54 PM
Dang, that's pretty handy and cool that you could do that yourself. Nice!