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Xochi
05-03-2019, 01:35 PM
I'm looking for a good used banjolele, baritone size.

ukulately
05-03-2019, 02:00 PM
What exists besides the Goldtone?

Jim Hanks
05-03-2019, 03:59 PM
There is the Firefly by Magic Fluke: https://www.magicfluke.com/Magic-Fluke-Firefly-Baritone-Banjo-p/firefly-baritone.htm

ukulately
05-03-2019, 05:05 PM
There is the Firefly by Magic Fluke: https://www.magicfluke.com/Magic-Fluke-Firefly-Baritone-Banjo-p/firefly-baritone.htm

Ah nice, I didn't realize they made a baritone.

Xochi
05-06-2019, 01:42 PM
That's cool. I want guitar strings on it though.

Jim Hanks
05-06-2019, 01:59 PM
That's cool. I want guitar strings on it though.
You can put nylon guitar strings on these. If you want steel strings, I would not call that a banjolele. That would be more like a mini banjo :https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XMZ2G7X/

river_driver
05-06-2019, 03:43 PM
A couple years back the folks at Gold Tone assured me that their baritone banjo uke could be strung with steel strings. Just need to use lighter gauges and tweak the setup.

Have you thought about a 4string tenor banjo though? The scales a little longer, but you can use baritone tuning. I had a tenor ‘jo with steel string in DGBE, it was a blast.

Xochi
05-07-2019, 12:25 AM
Maybe I'm being confusing/confused... My plain old Kala baritone uke (20.5" scale) has two wound strings for low D and G, and two nylon for B and E. I want that on a banjo uke... Sounds like I could do that on a Gold Tone?

Jim Hanks
05-07-2019, 01:36 AM
Maybe I'm being confusing/confused... My plain old Kala baritone uke (20.5" scale) has two wound strings for low D and G, and two nylon for B and E. I want that on a banjo uke... Sounds like I could do that on a Gold Tone?

wound nylon strings are not the same as steel strings that would typically be found on a banjo, electric guitar, etc.. You can certainly use wound nylon on any banjolele.

SteveZ
05-07-2019, 03:02 AM
That's cool. I want guitar strings on it though.

Considering the scale and physical size, a 17-fret or 19-fret tenor banjo, such as the Deering Goodtime tenors, would appear to fill the desire. Either steel or nylon strings would work (though steel does sound better, to me anyway) and any tuning is possible. Also, the price would not be outrageous and used banjos are usually available. I have a uke-tenor scale banjo-uke (Dukec10) and a 17-fret tenor banjo (Deering Goodtime)and the size difference is quite similar to one feeks going from a tenor uke to a baritone uke.

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Xochi
05-07-2019, 03:04 AM
Ah, okay! That's what was throwing me. I've got Martin wounds on my Kala baritone, so I guess those are wound nylon. Thanks!

ukulately
05-07-2019, 01:39 PM
I put baritone uke strings on a Deering 19 fret Tenor Banjo and it sounded fantastic! Better than steel strings IMO with a wider range of available sounds. Pretty narrow nut though ...