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NoyBoy98
03-13-2018, 04:57 PM
Hey all, was wondering if there was a good set of strings suitable for switching out the high/low G string. Since high/low G come in their own sets, Iím not sure if the CEA strings are made differently to go with whatever G youíre using.

I only have 1 uke and it would be a pain to have to switch out all 4 strings anytime I wanted to go between high/low G. Thanks all!

Nickie
03-13-2018, 05:07 PM
Personally, I think that'd be a pain in me arse.
Get another uke, keep one strung up lo G and the other hi g.
You'll be happier.

M3Ukulele
03-13-2018, 05:09 PM
Good one Nickie. +1 on getting a second ukulele!

NoyBoy98
03-13-2018, 05:13 PM
Yea, I’ve thought of that. Was thinking maybe a cheap Kmise or Vtab concert as a 2nd uke. I don’t mind switching strings for right now though.

Jim Hanks
03-13-2018, 05:32 PM
To answer your question, no, you don't have to switch out all 4 strings. "Balance" between the strings can be an issue, but that's generally the case with low G anyway. Switching between high and low, the low will probably have to be wound to be closer in size to the unwound high G. You might need to try a few low G options to find one that works well with your chosen CEA set.

Milehighuke
03-13-2018, 05:34 PM
It's just the g string that's different between the two sets, assuming same manufacturer and style of string. High g and low g, but CEA Is CEA.

robinboyd
03-13-2018, 05:38 PM
The CEA strings are the same, BUT every time you change your G string, it will take time (a few hours maybe?) for it to settle in. During that time, you will need to constantly play and retune that string. It's not as simple as simply switching the string and being good to go. Personally, I'd buy a cheap second uke to have both options available when I need them (I currently have ukes permanently tuned to both high G and low G).

UkerDanno
03-13-2018, 05:58 PM
Try the fremont Soloist low G...
https://www.ebay.com/i/173184004566?chn=ps

Croaky Keith
03-14-2018, 12:11 AM
Once you put a low G string on, you won't want that high string any more anyway......... ;)

hendulele
03-14-2018, 01:00 AM
Another option: a 5-string uke. Ohana makes them. It’s has two Gs. High and low. Or, as suggested, take your second uke and string one reentrant and the other linear.

DownUpDave
03-14-2018, 01:06 AM
Try the fremont Soloist low G...
https://www.ebay.com/i/173184004566?chn=ps

If you want to go this route the Fremont is your best bet. Yes you can switch out just the one string but as another reply stated you have to wait for each string to restretch everytime you switch them.

Jerryc41
03-14-2018, 01:35 AM
Personally, I think that'd be a pain in me arse.
Get another uke, keep one strung up lo G and the other hi g.
You'll be happier.

Perfect solution. Buy the time you go through Amazon picking out strings and then pay to get them shipped, installed, tuned, etc., you might as well buy a nice Kamaka low-G and be done with it. :)

Jerryc41
03-14-2018, 01:37 AM
Yea, Iíve thought of that. Was thinking maybe a cheap Kmise or Vtab concert as a 2nd uke. I donít mind switching strings for right now though.

Cheap ukes can be hit or miss. You'll find that you won't want to play the cheap one, so it will be a waste of money. Read the reviews on Got a Ukulele, and you will see some some good and some bad reviews for the cheapies.

NoyBoy98
03-14-2018, 03:15 AM
Cheap ukes can be hit or miss. You'll find that you won't want to play the cheap one, so it will be a waste of money. Read the reviews on Got a Ukulele, and you will see some some good and some bad reviews for the cheapies.

Oh trust me, I’ve gone through my fair share of his reviews and all very helpful. It’s how I found out about Vtab (his brand of the year for 2017). Kmise considerations come from other user experiences here on this board.

UkerDanno
03-14-2018, 03:41 AM
Once you put a low G string on, you won't want that high string any more anyway......... ;)

:biglaugh::biglaugh: NOT!

Joe King
03-14-2018, 10:28 PM
Having 2 different ukes is the solution. (this is also one way that UAS starts off)

Repeatedly changing/alternating the G string on the same uke is a recipe for disappointment. Nobody does this unless you are a glutton for punishment.

Others have commented elsewhere on UU about the technical aspects of this, which I cannot explain myself right now.

You can get a new Makala MK-C concert uke for like $62, or new Makala MK-T tenor uke for $75 almost everywhere and will give you a much better result, as well as the ability to try them back-to back with one uke in hi-G and one uke in low-g...

PereBourik
03-14-2018, 11:27 PM
Wound low G strings will sound better and fit better at the nut. They will also break quite easily. I’d be surprised it it lasted through the second swap.

kissing
03-15-2018, 04:57 AM
As others have stated:

-It's not very practical to keep switching between low-G and high-G on the same uke often.
In fact, it may accelerate wear and tear on the instrument a bit.

-Probably better to either settle on one tuning long term (provided you are able to find a clear preference) or have 2 ukes tuned differently.
My personal solution to this is have a Soprano tuned in high-G and have a Tenor (or Concert) tuned in low-G.
For some reason, this duo seems appropriate, like that's how the ukuleles are meant to be tuned.

-Inexpensive ukes doesn't necessarily mean bad quality. If you know what you're looking for, and perhaps have some skill (or interest) in doing basic setups, you can find excellent value and enjoyment in cheaper ukes.