View Full Version : want to convert tenor to baritone need string advice

01-02-2017, 04:11 AM
can anyone recommend a string set that I can used on my 17 inch tenor scale pono tenor to make it a baritone dgbe (low d) ? with enough tension for playability and at least decent sound, if not stellar?

Croaky Keith
01-02-2017, 04:32 AM
It will never sound like a baritone - but having the lower notes does bring an extra something to a tenor in DGBE tuning.

I have down tuned tenor strings & have used concert low G strings, when I tried it - both gave lower tension than a normal tenor string, but enough for my liking.

Ukulele Eddie
01-02-2017, 04:50 AM
Ken Middleton offers a "custom" set of tenor strings for re-entrant G tuning (not sure if he offers linear G): http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/Pages/LWS.aspx

If you want linear G tuning, you can also use either HU-W3 or XHU-WB from Southcoast (http://www.southcoastukes.com/uku-w3.htm).

01-02-2017, 06:47 AM
Reentrant dgbe tuning works well on a tenor, but low d is near impossible to get tone and feel.
There are several strings sets including Living Waters for reentrant dgbe tuning.

01-02-2017, 07:23 AM
See my Review for sound and options. I tested eight string sets and found D'Addarrio Carbons and Fremont Black like Tenor strings worked best for me. Tell me what you think in the Review.


01-02-2017, 04:05 PM
Hey Mike,

Take a set of classical guitar strings, and use the A for D, D for G, G for B and B for E.

01-03-2017, 03:05 AM
Have not tried DGBE, but all my tenors are tuned CGDA (one is reentrant). Aquila's 31U concert CGDA string set works well at tenor tension.

Mixing and matching strings commonly available in packaged sets is another way to do the job. The low-D is the only challenge. The C (wound string) from the Aquila 31U should give the D. The G, C and E from any low-G tenor set should be able to provide the G, B and E.

As far as a D sound being too bass, I have low-C on most of my tenors and love it.

01-03-2017, 10:54 AM
Take a set of classical guitar strings, and use the A for D, D for G, G for B and B for E.

This is the best solution, as far as I'm concerned.