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kissing
06-08-2017, 05:22 PM
I just strung up my Aria G-Uke last night in guitar tuning, EADGBE, but with the 6th as Re-entrant E instead of a Bass E.

And I am totally in love with this tuning!
It effectively grants this little instrument with the versatility of guitar, but with Ukulele DNA.

I love how it doesn't sound muddy and gives me the best of both worlds - a hearty bass and the light tinkle of ukulele.

Anyone else tried a tuning like this?


http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y121/pactio_kiss/Snapchat-454012726_zpsubnyu9pa.jpg (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/pactio_kiss/media/Snapchat-454012726_zpsubnyu9pa.jpg.html)


For this tuning, I used the 6th to 2nd strings as the -ADGBE, and an extra 2nd string as the Re-entrant E from a regular tension Classical guitar set.

Guitalele EADGBE = 2nd, 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd. strings of Classical guitar set.



EDIT: I made a quick video to demonstrate how it can sound


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUu6vwbGFsQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUu6vwbGFsQ

Jim Hanks
06-08-2017, 05:29 PM
Southcoast used to have a set called Eddie Freeman Special where the bottom 3 strings are all reentrant. De. Bekken has posted a lot of videos with this tuning. I like listening to it but can't play 6-strings any more. Looking forward to your recordings with the high e.

ETA: actually the EFS sets are still available- http://southcoastukes.com/013.htm

kissing
06-08-2017, 05:44 PM
Originally I had the 6th AND 5th as re-entrant, but I didn't really like it and restrung the 5th linear.

I'll make a sound sample later after work if I have time :)

It gives me the range that Linear tuning offers, but with that subtle jingle at the 6th :)

kissing
06-09-2017, 01:19 AM
I made a quick video to demonstrate how it can sound


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUu6vwbGFsQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUu6vwbGFsQ

drbekken
06-12-2017, 05:27 AM
Southcoast used to have a set called Eddie Freeman Special where the bottom 3 strings are all reentrant. De. Bekken has posted a lot of videos with this tuning. I like listening to it but can't play 6-strings any more. Looking forward to your recordings with the high e.

ETA: actually the EFS sets are still available- http://southcoastukes.com/013.htm

Another way to get this EFS type tuning is to buy Aquila dGBE tenor strings for the top four, and then use a classical guitar A string for the E (6th string) and a classical guitar D string for the A (5th string). Sounds great. The high E re-entrant tuning the OP shows us sounds pretty cool too.

https://youtu.be/Auo0W1ur15M

Jim Hanks
06-12-2017, 01:57 PM
I made a quick video to demonstrate how it can sound

I like it. Now the hatahs can get off your back for not playing a uke. :p

kissing
06-12-2017, 04:57 PM
Thanks everyone!

Something about having more than 1 re-entrant string affected the playing though.
Originally when I had both the E and A (6th and 5th) as re-entrant, when I play certain chords (such as guitar G chord), the 5th unwound string would become muted by the finger that's pressing the 6th string. When I changed the 5th back to a wound low A, the problem was gone.

But I prefer just having the one re-entrant string on the E, as I can play some bass lines on the A.



I like it. Now the hatahs can get off your back for not playing a uke. :p

I did end up come crawling back to ukuleles.
A friend was looking to buy an ukulele.. so I helped out by giving tips and showing some examples of ukuleles that are worth getting... and UAS hit me and I just *had* to get an ukulele again.

I didn't want something expensive, so I ended up getting this Epiphone Les Paul concert uke.


It's a bit of a fixer-upper though.
I have changed the saddle to a TUSQ and lowered the action... filed the nut a bit... Aquila supernylguts with low-G...
Next on the agenda is replacing the undersaddle pickup with a better quality one by Artec. The existing one is "ok" as far as inexpensive ukes go, but it hums quite a bit.

It does sound a lot better acoustically with the new strings and saddle, and with a setup, these are actually pretty good ukes.

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y121/pactio_kiss/Snapchat-1558362972_zpsl1g7v9hu.jpg (http://s4.photobucket.com/user/pactio_kiss/media/Snapchat-1558362972_zpsl1g7v9hu.jpg.html)