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Jo3x
11-19-2018, 10:54 AM
Hi,

I see many low g threads these days, which makes me also want to try low g. But not like many UUer's here, I only have one Tenor UKE, so if I want to use it for both low g and high G, I'll have following problems:

1) Not that convenient to switch between low g and high G frequently;
2) Wouldn't the nut/saddle need to be adjusted as low g string is generally thicker?

If there are not good solutions, it seems I'd better purchase another UKE. I'm not sure about that just because I don't think I have qualified skills to spend more money on a new uke.

Ukulele Eddie
11-19-2018, 11:08 AM
No, it's not something you want to do regularly even though it may not require an adjustment to nut or saddle. However, before you buy a second uke, I'd recommend trying "Low G" on your current uke for a few weeks to see how you like it. Assuming you do, you then have a well-justified "need" for another uke. ;-)

jimavery
11-19-2018, 11:09 AM
1. No, and the strings would wear out more quickly if you swapped them back and forth all the time.
2. Not necessarily. Aquila Red strings are made weightier by adding copper, so the low G might not be too thick. I don't think an Aquila Red string would withstand being swapped out and back frequently though.

Personally I would purchase another uke to string high G, but if you make that a soprano then it won't be as expensive as a second tenor, and won't take up so much space either.

stevejfc
11-19-2018, 12:12 PM
No, it's not something you want to do regularly even though it may not require an adjustment to nut or saddle. However, before you buy a second uke, I'd recommend trying "Low G" on your current uke for a few weeks to see how you like it. Assuming you do, you then have a well-justified "need" for another uke. ;-)

Exactly what Eddie said,.......try one string change to linear......if you like it, get a 2nd uke.

NewKid
11-19-2018, 03:57 PM
I used to have a tenor for Low G and one for High G but decided they both sounded better with Low G.

fretie
11-19-2018, 07:34 PM
I prefer soprano in high G and my tenor low G. Switching strings just doesn’t seem practical.

Croaky Keith
11-19-2018, 10:27 PM
Just put a low G on your uke, you won't go back to re entrant. :music::smileybounce:

(Or try it in linear DGBE.)

Wingnutz
11-20-2018, 04:47 AM
Most people would buy a second uke with no justification whatsoever. Having both tunings will expand your musical horizons. There - totally justified!

Lacole
11-20-2018, 05:09 AM
I had a concert that was tuned to low A. If you only have one tenor but more concerts you could put low Gs on a concert.

It was not my decision to go from Low A tuning to high g tuning. It was changed by a technician who did repairs to it. I do not current have a ukulele with low tuning, but may consider changing a concert.

frolicks
11-20-2018, 11:35 AM
Definitely different ukes. And for a simple reason: While ukes which work with low g will most likely also work with high g, not all ukes working with high g will really work well with a low g string. That doesn‘t necessarily mean that only tenor ukes work with low g, but from my experience that‘s often the case - a certain body construction is necessary for the lower frequencies. I tried a couple of sopranos and even concert ukes, but the low g string (various brands) sounded dull and without any presence (compared to the other strings).

However, the low g string works surprisingly well on a ROmero Creations soprano, for example. Anyway, tht point is: different strings, different ukes.

Kenn2018
11-20-2018, 12:16 PM
If there are not good solutions, it seems I'd better purchase another UKE. I'm not sure about that just because I don't think I have qualified skills to spend more money on a new uke.

You have the qualified skills to own a second ukulele. You don't have to be a great player to enjoy having options when you play.

You may even find that you play a tenor more with a low-G because you like the sound more. Give it a try.

SailingUke
11-20-2018, 12:32 PM
Yes, I use one uke for high and low g, I have a five string tenor.

johnnysmash
11-20-2018, 02:18 PM
Put on a Low G string on all of your ukuleles. It is the only way to go IMO.

Jim Yates
11-21-2018, 07:12 AM
Put on a Low G string on all of your ukuleles. It is the only way to go IMO.

I'll have to disagree, and I bet I'm not alone in this group. I like the low G a lot for melody picking and finger picking when I need a bass line, but the high G seems to sound much nicer for strumming chords and there are some finger style tunes where the 4th string is used for melody. I really appreciate having both options, but if I were forced to have only one ukulele, it would be tuned with a high G. That's what makes the "Ukulele Sound" for me.

frolicks
11-21-2018, 08:22 AM
I‘ll have to agree here, and fully so. Even the part with „only one ukulele“. Although I seriously hope that this will never be the case...

kapahulu50
11-22-2018, 09:54 AM
You need 2 more, one low g, one reentrant, one for the alternate tuning youre experimenting with at any point in time.